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Listening is the skill you need most

When I started out as a reporter, I had to learn to really listen, which didn’t come easily to me. 当我初为一名记者的时候,我不得不学会倾听,这对于我来说并不容易。 I’m from a family that loves to debate and argue, and I’m naturally opinionated. 我来自一个喜欢辩论和争吵的家庭,所以我天生就喜欢发表意见。 Early in my career, I found myself frequently interrupting my subjects, but when I played back the tapes of…

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Demystifying the lean diet

What are the unique eating habits of thin people? 瘦人有什么独特的饮食习惯? These are the 3 of most important habits to keep your diet healthy. 以下是保持饮食健康的三个最重要的习惯。 1. Eat less: the 80% rule 1.少吃:八分饱原则 According to the Okinawans, you should eat until you’re 80% full. Okinawans call this rule “Hara Hachi Bu”. Here’s a simple fact: it takes…

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A McDonald’s customer poured coffee on the clerk’s face

McDonald’s customer gets 3 years in prison for throwing hot coffee in drive-thru worker’s face. 一名麦当劳顾客将热咖啡泼到得来速汽车餐厅员工的脸上,被判入狱3年。 An Ohio man was sentenced to three years in prison for throwing hot coffee at a McDonald’s drive-thru worker. 俄亥俄州的一名男子因把咖啡泼到了麦当劳得来速汽车餐厅员工的脸上,而被判三年监禁。 The incident occurred after the worker accidentally gave the man an extra cup of coffee with his order. The…

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Sell you a bottle of sea water to eat salt at home

Time to up your salt game. You can now harvest artisanal sea salt right on your countertop. 是时候提升你的“盐艺”了。你现在可以在自家料理台上收获手工海盐了。 Gourmet salts are having a moment. Sure, on one hand, table salt is just sodium chloride, and don’t let anyone tell you differently. On the other, the crystalized, colorful finishing salts used by gourmet restaurants will often…

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Christmas cookies

My Mom came from a family of 14 children. 我母亲来自一个有14个孩子的大家庭 Christmastime wasn’t always the best. 圣诞节却并不总是最开心的时候 However, 可是 there was a man, 却有一个人 who went out of his way, 费心费力 to make the day special. 让这一天变得独一无二 Over the years 数年来 my Mom talked about 母亲每每谈及 how this man would come out on Christmas 这个人总会在圣诞节的时候到来 and…

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Should I get a credit card when I’m just employed?

There are people who love credit cards and people who hate them. People on both sides of the credit card fence have a point. If you’re trying to decide whether to get a credit card or whether to nix credit cards altogether, consider these pros and cons. 有的人喜欢信用卡,也有的人讨厌信用卡。信用卡交易双方的人都有自己的观点。如果你正在纠结是办还是不办信用卡,请参考一下这些优缺点。 The Pros of Credit Cards 信用卡的优点 #1.…

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Greener inks are born! No oil, seaweed

Inks, paints, pigments, and dyes have come from the natural world for centuries. 数百年来,墨水、颜料、涂料和染料都来源于自然界。 During the Renaissance, the gemstone lapis lazuli was ground down to make rich ultramarine blues and cochineal insects were used to make deep red pigments (and still are); minerals like copper and lead were used in green paint; and carbon-derived soot…

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Australia is getting hot

Australia may set a record for its hottest day this week, as temperatures soar past 104 degrees (40 Celsius) in most of the nation’s major cities, with inland areas of Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia possibly eclipsing 122 degrees (50 Celsius). 澳大利亚这周可能会迎来有史以来最热的一天。澳大利亚大多数大城市的气温飙升,超过104华氏度(40摄氏度)。而维多利亚州、新南威尔士州和南澳大利亚州的内陆地区可能要超过122华氏度(50摄氏度)。 The heat wave, which is unusually severe for so early in…

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U.S. severe shootings again

A Chicago house party held to memorialize a member of the community who died from gun violence last spring was interrupted by two gunmen who opened fire in and around the house, wounding 13 people, four of whom are in critical condition. 芝加哥的一个家庭聚会上,两名持枪人在室内及房屋周围开火,造成13人受伤,其中4人伤势严重。这个聚会是为了纪念社区中的一名今年春天死于枪击的成员而举办的。 Fred Waller, who heads the patrol division for Chicago police, said the…

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If you have a super power

If you could have one superpower, what would it be? 若你能拥有超能力,那会是什么呢? More time. More energy. If the world can put more of both into the hands of the poorest, we believe it will allow millions of dreams to take flight. Just imagine, for a minute, life without energy. Without access to energy, the poor are…