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  • 'Corona Antibody Pralines'

    'Corona Antibody Pralines'

    Torsten Roth, a master confectioner in Erfurt, central Germany, created 'Corona Antibody Pralines'. These colourful sweets consist of nougat and marzipan. He came up with these unusual pralines when the coronavirus pandemic put a damper on a trade fair he was attending.

    confectioner/confiseur - marzipan/pâte d’amandes - to come, came, come up with/imaginer, inventer - unusual/insolite - to put, put, put a damper on/gâcher; ici, mettre un terme à - trade fair/salon, foire commerciale - to attend/assister, participer à.

    Publié le 1/04/2020
  • Destination : l’espace

    Destination : l’espace

    SpaceX, the private spacecraft company founded by Elon Musk, has struck a deal with Space Adventures, a U.S. tourism firm that has helped organise trips to the International Space Station in the past, to begin offering tourist flights on its Dragon spacecraft. Up to four people will have the chance to break the world altitude record for private citizen spaceflight as early as next year. The cost of this once-in-a-lifetime experience has not yet been disclosed. The last individual orbital tourism flight was carried out by Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte in 2009 and reportedly cost 30 million dollars

    spacecraft/vaisseau spatial - to found/fonder, créer - to strike, struck, struck a deal/conclure un accord - up to/jusqu’à - to disclose/révéler - to carry out/effectuer - reportedly/paraît-il (ici, aurait coûté)

    Publié le 28/02/2020
  • Space robot

    Space robot

    The Indian Space Research Organisation has unveiled a robot named Vyom Mitra that will travel to space as a part of a mission called Gaganyan. The half-humanoid robot, whose name translates as « space friend » will be able to communicate with astronauts, recognise them, and also respond to their queries. While she doesn’t have legs and can only move sideward and forward, she can detect and give out warnings if environmental changes within the cabin get uncomfortable for astronauts.

    Indian Space Research Organisation/Organisation indienne de recherche spatiale - to unveil/dévoiler, présenter - to translate (as)/(se) traduire (par) - query/question, demande - sideward/de côté - forward/vers l’avant - warning/avertissement (ici, give out warnings.../avertir, sonner l’alarme...) - within/dans, au sein de - uncomfortable/peu confortable, gênant

    Publié le 3/02/2020
  • The sardine ball

    The sardine ball

    In the Philippines, sardines have a hypnotic way of avoiding predators : they move in a single undulating disco ball-like formation that twists, turns, shrinks, expands, and wraps itself around any object that gets in its way.

    to avoid/ici, échapper à - to twist/(se) tordre - to shrink, shrank, shrunk/(se) rétrécir - to wrap itself around sth/s’enrouler autour de

    Publié le 6/01/2020
  • Shakespeare and Company

    Shakespeare and Company

    The famous English-language bookshop located in the heart of Paris, is celebrating its centenary. American bookseller Sylvia Beach first opened it on rue de l’Odéon where it attracted the great literary expats of the time, such as Hemingway and Fitzgerald. It closed in 1941 during WWII. A decade later, another American, George Whitman opened a bookstore on Rue de la Bûcherie. Initially called Le Mistral, Whitman changed it to Shakespeare and Company in 1964, on the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth—in honour of Sylvia Beach, the founder of the original Shakespeare and Company in 1919.

    famous/célèbre - to be located/être situé - time/ici, époque - WWII/World War II (Seconde Guerre mondiale) - decade/décennie - founder/fondateur, créateur

    Publié le 6/12/2019
  • Boris Johnson mène une étonnante campagne

    Boris Johnson mène une étonnante campagne

    If you live in the UK, you may just bump into the Prime Minister one of these days. Boris Johnson is on the campaign trail. From sipping tea with Tetley’s workers to making clay figures in a school arts class, the Conservative leader is pulling out all the stops to ensure this general election on the 12th of December gives the Tories the majority they need to carry out Brexit as they see fit.

    Publié le 12/11/2019
  • Area 51

    Area 51

    Inspired by a podcast, Matty Roberts, a student from California, created a joke event on Facebook called “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us.” Area 51 is a highly classified United States Air Force facility, which has long been rumoured to house secrets about extra-terrestrial life. The plan was for people to meet in the early morning of the 20th of September in Rachel, Nevada – the closest town to Area 51 - and swarm the defences to see if the government was indeed hiding aliens. The event soon listed millions of potential attendees, before splintering into several other events. In the end, about 3,000 people turned up to the gathering for fun and most of them did not try to storm the gates of the secretive army base.

    joke/blague ; ici, faux - Area 51/Zone 51 - highly classified/classé ultra secret - facility/complexe, base - rumoured/selon les rumeurs - to house/abriter - to swarm the defences/prendre d'assaut - to hide, hid, hidden/cacher - to list/ici, enregistrer, afficher - attendee/participant (to attend/assister à) - to splinter/se diviser, se scinder - to turn up/ici, venir - gathering/rassemblement - for fun/pour rigoler - to storm/prendre d'assaut - gate/grille, barrière - secretive/secret, mystérieux

    Publié le 30/09/2019
  • La pyramide ratée de Snéfrou

    La pyramide ratée de Snéfrou

    King Sneferu’s “bent” pyramid, in Egypt, is now open to the public. The 101-metre structure, located in the Dahshur royal necropolis, south of Cairo, was built for the pharaoh 4,600 years ago. With its very unusual shape, it marks a key step in Egyptian architecture: its first 49m are built at a steep 54-degree angle before tapering off towards the top. Architects are believed to have changed the angle of the pyramid when cracks started appearing in the structure.

    Bent Pyramid/Pyramide rhomboïdale - Dahshur/Dahchour - Cairo/le Caire - pharaoh/pharaon - unusual/inhabituel, insolite - shape/forme - step/étape, ici progrès - steep/(très) élevé - to taper off/diminuer progressivement - top/sommet - to be believed to/dont on pense que - crack/fissure

    Publié le 2/09/2019
  • Nouveaux bureaux de vote

    Nouveaux bureaux de vote

    At the next general election, due to take place in November 2020, voters in New Zealand will be able to choose their new prime minister at the supermarket! The new legislation, which will also allow same-day registration and voting, was announced by Jacinda Ardern’s government in order to make voting easier in the country. “It's important that ballot boxes are placed where people are going about their normal business,” New Zealand Justice Minister, Andrew Little, said.

    to be due to/devoir, être censé - to take, took, taken place/avoir lieu - to allow/permettre - registration/inscription (sur les listes électorales) - in order to/afin de - ballot box/urne - to go, went, gone about/ici, vaquer (à) - normal business/ici, activité quotidienne

    Publié le 9/07/2019
  • Chauffeur silencieux

    'Chauffeur silencieux'

    In the U.S., Uber has launched a new preference in the app that allows customers to specify what level of conversation they would like to have during their ride. They can choose between the "quiet preferred", "happy to chat" and "no preference" modes, and the driver is notified before picking them up. This is one of the new features recently unveiled by the ride-sharing company to ensure a "consistent and high-quality experience" for their premium customers.

    Publié le 7/06/2019

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