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Researchers assessed how effective caffeine was in counteracting the negative effects of sleep deprivation on cognition.  As it turns out, caffeine can only get you so far.

‘Sky Pool’ Opens over London Streets

A2+ to C1
2 - 3 pages
90 - 120 mins
ESL Lesson Handouts - Sky-Pool-Opens-over-London-Streets
TechnologyLifestyle
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Are you afraid of heights?  Embassy Gardens, a London development, has opened what is being called the world’s first Sky Pool.  The completely transparent swimming pool has been built between the roofs of two adjacent buildings, making swimmers appear as if they are floating in the air.

More People Shop According to Brand Values

A2+ to C1
2 - 3 pages
90 - 120 mins
ESL Lesson Handouts - More-People-Shop-According-to-Brand-Values
CultureLifestyle
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A survey on brand values finds that the majority of Americans now say companies should take a stand on issues, even if they disagree with it.  Researchers wanted to study generational differences in consumer values and how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected brand-related buying.

Biden Plans to End Gun Violence Epidemic

A2+, B1, B2, C1
2 - 3 pages
90 mins
ESL Lesson Handouts - Biden-Plans-to-End-Gun-Violence-Epidemic
Culture
Listening, Reading, Vocabulary
The 46th president of the United States, Joe Biden, said at a press conference on April 6th 2021 that gun violence in his country was an “epidemic” and “a shame at the international level.”  He also announced a series of executive actions aimed at reducing gun violence and the proliferation…
Culture
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Archaeologists have discovered the world’s oldest known industrial-scale brewery.  The brewery was an ancient complex with the capacity to produce enough beer to serve thousands of people in a single batch.  The team of American and Egyptian archaeologists, who discovered the facility while excavating at the site of Abydos in…
Technology
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The UK will be the first in the world to run a COVID-19 human challenge study, after receiving approval from the UK’s clinical trials ethics body.  Backed by a £33.6 million government investment, the first-of-its-kind study for this virus is hoped to give researchers greater understanding of how the virus…
Lifestyle
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A new study shows that on nights before a full moon, people go to bed later and sleep less.  In the study, researchers report that sleep cycles in people oscillate during the 29.5-day lunar cycle.  In the days leading up to a full moon, people go to sleep later in…
Health
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According to the World Health Organization, as of January 6th 2021, 235 candidate COVID-19 vaccines have been developed worldwide with 63 of them in clinical trials in countries including Germany, China, Russia, Britain, and the United States.  Messenger RNA vaccines, also called mRNA vaccines, are some of the first COVID-19…

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