Falta de vento deixa Pequim sob 'nuvem tóxica gigante'
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Falta de vento deixa Pequim sob 'nuvem tóxica gigante'

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In Beijing this week, people say they're 'living under the dome'. After days on end of heavy pollution, it feels like being trapped under a giant toxic cloud. In Beijing at the moment, both primary and secondary schools have been closed, as have building sites. It feels a bit cabin feverish at the moment; we're all watching the weather reports and waiting for the winds to come along to make this pollution somebody else's problem.

This is one of the most volcanically active places on Earth. But now scientists plan to harness the power of volcanoes, by drilling into the heart of one. This site has been operating continuously for 24 hours a day using this huge piece of kit. In Iceland, towns are already using energy generated from volcanoes, but this new approach could create up to ten times more electricity. And if it works, this technology and the energy it harnesses could be used around the world.

A Japanese firm has come up with a holographic character that is also a smart home device. With ease, she can give you weather updates, and turn on the lights and air conditioning. But the device creators say that Hikari can also be your companion, for when you just need a pal. Social isolation appears to be a growing problem among young people in Japan, very often due to busy lives and heavy work schedules. This venture is aimed at single men who are living alone.

Transcrição para o português:

Em Pequim nesta semana, as pessoas estão dizendo que vivem ‘sob um domo’. Após vários dias sob intensa poluição, a sensação é de que se vive dentro de uma nuvem tóxica gigante. Em Pequim neste momento escolas do ensino primário e secundário foram fechadas, assim como canteiros de obras. É um clima claustrofóbico; estamos todos de olho na previsão do tempo e aguardando a chegada dos ventos que levem a poluição para outro lugar.

Essa é uma das localidades vulcânicas mais ativas da Terra. Mas agora os cientistas planejam explorar a força dos vulcões perfurando o interior de um deles. Esse local está em operação 24 horas por dia usando essa grande engenhoca. Na Islândia, cidades já fazem uso de energia gerada por vulcões, mas essa nova abordagem pode gerar 10 vezes mais eletricidade. E se funcionar, essa tecnologia e a energia que ela gera poderão ser usadas no mundo inteiro.

Uma empresa japonesa criou um personagem holográfico que também é um aparelho doméstico bastante esperto. Facilmente, ela pode te dar atualizações do tempo, acender luzes e o ar condicionado. Mas os criadores do dispositivo dizem que Hikari também pode te fazer companhia quando você for precisar de um amigo. Isolamento social parece ser um problema crescente entre jovens no Japão, muitas vezes por causa das vidas atarefadas repletas de trabalho. Essa empreitada é dirigida a homens solteiros que vivem sozinhos.

Words and phrases and definitions:

cabin feverish (to have cabin fever) frustrating and boring because you have been indoors for too long

harness control and make use of

holographic three-dimensional and life-like, created by lasers

companion person you spend a lot of time with

Exercise:

Use one of the words or phrases from Lingohack to complete each of these sentences. Note that you may have to change the form of a word or phrase to complete the sentence correctly.

cabin feverish / harness / holographic / companion

1. Electrician Carl Holdsworth has set up _________ video footage of Mr and Mrs Claus behind the windows of his house. It suggests Father Christmas is in his front room preparing for the festive season!

2. A project to ________ the power of a Borders river to generate energy has secured more than £1.5m in funding.

3. A guide dog is more than just a mobility aid to its owner - it is a loving and faithful _________, and very much part of the family.

4. After being stuck on the island for a week, the head warden said that _________ was beginning to kick in.

Answers:

1. Electrician Carl Holdsworth has set up holographic video footage of Mr and Mrs Claus behind the windows of his house. It suggests Father Christmas is in his front room preparing for the festive season!

2. A project to harness the power of a Borders river to generate energy has secured more than £1.5m in funding.

3. A guide dog is more than just a mobility aid to its owner - it is a loving and faithful companion, and very much part of the family.

4. After being stuck on the island for a week, the head warden said that cabin fever was beginning to kick in.