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IELTS Reading Practice Test 13: The MAGIC of KEFIR

IELTS Reading Practice Test 13: The MAGIC of KEFIR

The MAGIC of KEFIR A    The shepherds of the North Caucasus region of Europe were only trying to transport milk the best way they knew how – in leather pouches strapped to the side of donkeys – when they made a significant discovery. A fermentation process would sometimes inadvertently occur en route, and when the pouches were opened up on arrival they would no longer contain milk but rather a pungent, effervescent, lowalcoholic substance instead. This unexpected development was…

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IELTS Reading Practice Test 10: Electroreception

IELTS Reading Practice Test 10: Electroreception

Electroreception A    Open your eyes in sea water and it is difficult to see much more than a murky, bleary green colour. Sounds, too, are garbled and difficult to comprehend. Without specialised equipment humans would be lost in these deep sea habitats, so how do fish make it seem so easy? Much of this is due to a biological phenomenon known as electroreception – the ability to perceive and act upon electrical stimuli as part of the overall senses….

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IELTS Reading Practice Test 7: “For the strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack”

IELTS Reading Practice Test 7: “For the strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack”

“For the strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack.” – Rudyard Kipling, The Law for the Wolves A wolf pack is an extremely well-organised family group with a well-defined social structure and a clear-cut code of conduct. Every wolf has a certain place and function within the pack and every member has to do its fair share of the work. The supreme leader is a very experienced wolf – the alpha…

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IELTS Reading Practice Test 4: The Discovery of Penicillin

IELTS Reading Practice Test 4: The Discovery of Penicillin

The Discovery of Penicillin   A The Scottish bacteriologist Dr Alexander Fleming (1881-1955) is credited with the discovery of penicillin in London in 1928. He had been working at St Mary’s Hospital on thebacteriology of septic wounds. As a medic during World War I, he had witnessed the deaths of many wounded soldiers from infection and he had observed that the use of harsh antiseptics, rather than healing the body, actually harmed the blood corpuscles that destroy bacteria. B In…

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IELTS Reading Practice Test 1: Sending money home

IELTS Reading Practice Test 1: Sending money home

Sending money home A    Every year millions of migrants travel vast distances using borrowed money for their airfares and taking little or no cash with them. They seek a decent job to support themselves with money left over that they can send home to their families in developing countries. These remittances exceeded $400 billion last year. It is true that the actual rate per person is only about $200 per month but it all adds up to about triple…

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