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  • Boris Johnson’s grand

    Boris Johnson’s grand "mummy"

    Scientists in the Swiss city of Basel have solved a forty-year-old mystery over the identity of a mummified woman who died in 1787. Thanks to DNA testing they discovered that this corpse found buried in a church in 1975 was the great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandmother of… UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson! The British politician revealed he was very proud to be descended from this ancient mummified Swiss woman who died of syphilis. "Very excited to hear about my late great grand 'mummy' - a pioneer in sexual health care. Very proud," he joked on Twitter.

    to solve/résoudre - over/ici, au sujet de - to mummify/momifier - thanks to/grâce à - DNA/ADN (acide désoxyribonucléique) - corpse/dépouille - to bury/enterrer - great/ici, arrière - foreign secretary/ministre des Affaires étrangères - proud/fier - ancient/très ancient - late/ici, défunt - health care/soins de santé

    Publié le 5/02/2018
  • When Harry met Barack

    When Harry met Barack

    It was the prince, and the president. Last month, the BBC aired a very special interview of Barack Obama, conducted by Prince Harry for the Today programme. The prince asked Obama about his memories of the day he left office, his post-presidential life, his work with the Obama Foundation, the role of social media and his hopes for the future. But the interview wasn’t all about politics. Prince Harry couldn’t resist buttoning it up at the end of the conversation with a rapid-fire series of questions like ‘Chris Rock’ or ‘The Rock’ ? Boxers or briefs? LeBron James or Michael Jordan? The interview was recorded in Toronto in September during the Invictus Games, a sports event for injured military personnel championed by Harry. So, will Barack Obama be invited to the Royal Wedding in May? Prince Harry has said he and Meghan Markle are yet to work out the guest list to the wedding.

    When Harry met Barack/réf. au film When Harry met Sally de Rob Reiner (1989) - to air/diffuser - to leave, left, left office/quitter ses fonctions - to button up/ici, conclure - rapid-fire/en rafale, rapide - Chris Rock/humoriste, acteur, réalisateur et producteur américain - The Rock/surnom de Dwayne Johnson, catcheur, acteur et producteur américano-canadien – boxers/(n. pl.) caleçon – briefs/(n. pl.) slip – injured/blessé - to champion/soutenir - to work out/ici, réfléchir à

    Publié le 4/01/2018
  • Archaeologists unearth 'sphinx' in California sand dunes

    Archaeologists unearth 'sphinx' in California sand dunes

    The discovery of head of a sphinx uncovered from beneath the sand dunes of California has blown the dust off one of the greatest stories of extravagance in Hollywood history. On the central California coast, archaeologists have dug up an intact plaster sphinx that was part of an Egyptian movie set built more than 90 years ago for “The Ten Commandments.” The 300-pound sphinx is the second recovered from the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes. The set of the 1923 movie included more than 20 sphinxes. After filming, American director DeMille ordered everything buried in the dunes 175 miles northwest of Los Angeles. They lay undisturbed for decades before recovery efforts began. The newly recovered sphinx is expected to go on display at the dunes museum next summer.

    to unearth/exhumer, mettre au jour - to uncover/découvrir - to blow, blew, blown the dust off sth/dépoussiérer ici, exhumer - to dig, dug, dug up/déterrer - movie set/décor de cinéma - to recover/retrouver - to bury/enterrer - mile = 1,609 km - to lay, laid, laid undisturbed/demeurer en l'état - to go, went, gone on display/être exposé

    Publié le 8/12/2017
  • Honolulu says no to

    Honolulu says no to "phone zombies"

    Don’t text while walking! In Honolulu, Hawaii’s largest city, staring at your phone while crossing the street is now illegal. The city has passed a law that allows the police to fine pedestrians up to $35 dollars for staring at their phones while crossing the road. The bill states that “no pedestrian shall cross a street or highway while viewing a mobile electronic device”. “This is really milestone legislation that sets the bar high for safety,” Brandon Elefante, the member of the city council who proposed the bill told the New York Times. In the United States, pedestrian deaths rose 11% in 2016 to nearly 6,000, according to a report from the Governors Highway Safety Association, which cited “an increase in walking as a primary mode of transportation, and distraction due to growing use of smartphone technology” as potential factors for the jump.

    to text/envoyer un texto, un SMS – while/ici, tout en - to stare at/regarder (fixement) - to cross/traverser - to pass/ici, voter – law/loi - to allow/autoriser - to fine/infliger une amende à – pedestrian/piéton – bill/proposition de loi - to state/stipuler – highway/grand-route, route nationale, autoroute - to view/regarder – device/appareil – milestone/historique - to set, set, set/fixer, mettre – safety/sécurité - city council/conseil municipal – death/mort, décès - to rise, rose, risen/augmenter – nearly/presque, près de - according to/selon – report/rapport, étude – increase/augmentation – primary/principal – growing/croissant, grandissant – jump/ici, hausse

    Publié le 9/11/2017
  • A doll to fight discrimination

    A doll to fight discrimination

    Her name is Alexa and she’s got a beautiful blond afro. In South Africa, a young designer has just introduced a doll with albinism to promote tolerance. The albino doll is part of the Malaville collection which celebrates natural hair and all skin tones. She was created to challenge prejudice and discrimination against albinism. “Teaching children from an early age will help change the views of a new generation for the better; they will then treat people with albinism as equals,” Alexa’s creator Mala Bryan said in an interview with The Huffington Post. Today, people with albinism are still persecuted, hunted down and killed for their body parts in eastern and southern Africa, and children are particularly at risk.

    doll/poupée – afro/coiffure afro – skin/peau – tone/ici, teinte, couleur - to challenge/remettre en question, s'opposer à – prejudice/préjugé(s) - to change sth for the better/modifier positivement qqch - to hunt down/traquer, pourchasser - at risk/menacé, en danger

    Publié le 3/10/2017
  • Bad idea

    Bad idea

    A teen fashion brand thought it was a good idea to put a neon sign in store which read "Send me nudes x". The London store, Missguided, which sells cheap clothes to the teen market, has since taken down the sign after a petition for its removal was signed by more than 8000 people in under 24 hours. "Teenage girls feel under increasing pressure to create and send nude pictures of themselves," it read. "Once online, these nude images can be seen and used by anyone, making girls and vulnerable young women the victims of bullying, revenge porn and exploitation."

    teen = teenager/adolescent - fashion brand/marque de vêtements - neon sign/enseigne lumineuse – nude/(photo de) nu – bullying/brimades, persécution - revenge porn/lit. "vengeance pornographique", pratique consistant à publier des images érotiques ou pornographiques d'une personne sans son consentement

    Publié le 28/08/2017
  • The eye of the beholder

    The eye of the beholder

    A "blueish mass" of 17 contact lenses has been discovered in the eye of a British patient who was scheduled for cataract surgery. The 67-year-old was unaware that the contact lenses were missing, and later told surgeons that she thought her discomfort was due to dry eye and old age. A further 10 individual contact lenses were discovered in the woman's eye after further examination at Solihull Hospital. When the patient was seen two weeks after the lenses were removed, she said her eyes felt a lot more comfortable.

    beholder/réf. à la citation de Margaret Hungerford "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" la beauté est dans l'œil du spectateur – blueish/bleuâtre - contact lens/lentille de contact - to be scheduled for/ici, devoir subir – surgery/intervention chirurgicale – further/supplémentaire

    Publié le 28/08/2017
  • DNA tracking

    DNA tracking

    A California burglary suspect has been arrested after police say he left a key piece of evidence at the crime scene when he forgot to flush the toilet. Investigators say Andrew Jensen's sample in the toilet bowl at the home in Los Angeles suburb of Thousand Oaks matched DNA on an FBI database. The 42-year-old was arrested on 28 July nearly a year after the residential burglary in October 2016. Police said they collect any type of evidence left behind at crime scenes. Ventura County Sheriff's Office Detective Tim Lohman said the suspect "did his business and didn't flush it". "Most people don't assume or don't know that DNA can be obtained by other things besides hair and saliva," the police detective told BBC News.

    DNA/ADN – tracking/traçage – burglary/cambriolage - evidence (inv.)/preuve(s) - to flush the toilet/tirer la chasse d'eau – bowl/cuvette - to match/correspondre à - to assume/s'imaginer

    Publié le 28/08/2017
  • Blown away

    Blown away

    With North Korea test-firing ballistic missiles, Japan is in constant conflict over whether to become more militarily robust even though its constitution requires a low profile. When the country's defense minister recently suggested placing females into combat roles, constitutional law professor Shigeaki Iijima strongly objected, initiating the possibility that Japan's enemies might have bombs capable of blowing women's uniforms off, exposing their bodies.

    Publié le 3/07/2017
  • Yummy


    Scientists writing in the journal of the American Society for Microbiology recently recommended that parents not discourage children from picking their noses because snot contains a "rich reservoir of good bacteria" beneficial to teeth and overall health. The findings even suggest snot could defend against respiratory infections, stomach ulcers and even HIV. The researchers are even working on a synthetic mucus toothpaste and chewing gum to harness the dental benefits of bogies.

    Publié le 3/07/2017

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