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IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 2: Stealth Forces in weight Loss

IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 2: Stealth Forces in weight Loss

Stealth Forces in weight Loss The field of weight loss is like the ancient fable about the blind men and the elephant. Each man investigates a different part of the animal and reports back, only to discover their findings are bafflingly incompatible. A. The various findings by public-health experts, physicians, psychologists, geneticists, molecular biologists, and nutritionists are about as similar as an elephant‘s tusk is to its tail. Some say obesity is largely predetermined by our genes and biology; others…

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IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 2: Art in Iron and Steel

IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 2: Art in Iron and Steel

Art in Iron and Steel A. Works of engineering and technology are sometimes viewed as the antitheses of art and humanity. Think of the connotations of assembly lines, robots, and computers. Any positive values there might be in such creations of the mind and human industry can be overwhelmed by the associated negative images of repetitive, stressful, and threatened jobs. Such images fuel the arguments of critics of technology even as they may drive powerful cars and use the Internet…

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IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 2: The reconstruction of community in Talbot Park, Auckland

IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 2: The reconstruction of community in Talbot Park, Auckland

The reconstruction of community in Talbot Park, Auckland A. An architecture of disguise is almost complete at Talbot Park in the heart of Auckland‘s Glen Innes. The place was once described as a state housing ghetto, rife with crime, vandalism and other social problems. But today after a $48 million urban renewal makeover, the site is home to 700 residents – 200 more than before – and has people regularly inquiring whether they can buy or rent there. “It doesn‘t…

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IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 2: London Swaying Footbridge

IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 2: London Swaying Footbridge

London Swaying Footbridge A. In September 1996 a competition was organized by the Financial Times in association with the London Borough of Southwark to design a new footbridge across the Thames. The competition attracted over 200 entries and was won by a team comprising Amp (engineers), Foster and Partners (architects) and the sculptor Sir Anthony Caro. B. The bridge opened to the public on 10 June 2000. Up to 100,000 people crossed it that day with up to 2000 people…

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IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 2: The history of salt

IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 2: The history of salt

The history of salt A. Salt is so simple and plentiful that we almost take it for granted. In chemical terms, salt is the combination of a sodium ion with a chloride on, making it one of the most basic molecules on earth. It is also one of the most plentiful: it has been estimated that salt deposits under the state of Kansas alone could supply the entire world‘s needs for the next 250,000 years. B. But salt is also…

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IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 2 : Smell and Memory

IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 2 : Smell and Memory

Smell and Memory Smells like yesterday Why does the scent of a fragrance or the mustiness of an old trunk trigger such powerful memories of childhood? New research has the answer, writes Alexandra Witze. A. You probably pay more attention to a newspaper with your eyes than with your nose. But lift the paper to your nostrils and inhale. The smell of newsprint might carry you back to your childhood, when your parents perused the paper on Sunday mornings. Or…

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IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 2 : Water Filter

IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 2 : Water Filter

Water Filter A. An ingenious invention is set to bring clean water to the third world, and while the science may be cutting edge, the materials are extremely down to earth. A handful of clay, yesterday‘s coffee grounds and some cow manure are the ingredients that could bring clean, safe drinking water to much of the third world. B. The simple new technology, developed by ANU materials scientist Mr. Tony Flynn, allows water filters to be made from commonly available…

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IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 2 : Griffith and American films

IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 2 : Griffith and American films

Griffith and American films Movies are key cultural artifacts that offer a window into American cultural and social history. A mixture of art, business, and popular entertainment, the movies provide a host of insights into Americans‘ shifting ideals, fantasies, and preoccupations. A. Many films of the early silent era dealt with gender relations. Before 1905, as Kathy Peiss has argued, movie screens were filled with salacious sexual imagery and risque humor, drawn from burlesque halls and vaudeville theaters. Early films…

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IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 2 : Coral reefs

IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 2 : Coral reefs

Coral reefs     Coral reefs are underwater structures made from calcium carbonate secreted by corals. Coral reefs are colonies of tiny living animals found in marine waters that contain few nutrients. Most coral reefs are built from stony corals, which in turn consist of polyps that cluster in groups. A. Coral reefs are estimated to cover 284,300 km2 just under 0.1% of the oceans‘ surface area, about half the area of France. The Indo-Pacific region accounts for 91.9% of…

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IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 2: FOOD FOR THOUGHT

IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 2: FOOD FOR THOUGHT

FOOD FOR THOUGHT A    Why not eat insects? So asked British entomologist Vincent M. Holt in the title of his 1885 treatise on the benefits of what he named entomophagy – the consumption of insects (and similar creatures) as a food source. The prospect of eating dishes such as “wireworm sauce” and “slug soup” failed to garner favour amongst those in the stuffy, proper, Victorian social milieu of his time, however, and Holt’s visionary ideas were considered at best…

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