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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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IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 2: FAIR GAMES?

IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 2: FAIR GAMES?

FAIR GAMES?   For seventeen days every four years the world is briefly arrested by the captivating, dizzying spectacle of athleticism, ambition, pride and celebration on display at the Summer Olympic Games. After the last weary spectators and competitors have returned home, however, host cities are often left awash in high debts and costly infrastructure maintenance. The staggering expenses involved in a successful Olympic bid are often assumed to be easily mitigated by tourist revenues and an increase in local…

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IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 2: Environmental medicine

IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 2: Environmental medicine

Environmental medicine – also called conservation medicine, ecological medicine, or medical geology- A    In simple terms, environmental medicine deals with the interaction between human and animal health and the environment. It concerns the adverse reactions that people have on contact with or exposure to an environmental excitant . Ecological health is its primary concern, especially emerging infectious diseases and pathogens from insects, plants and vertebrate animals. B    Practitioners of environmental medicine work in teams involving many other specialists….

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IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 2: The Daylight Saving Time

IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 2: The Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Saving Time   Each year in many countries around the world, clocks are set forward in spring and then back again in autumn in an effort to ‘save’ daylight hours. Like many modern practices, Daylight Savings Time (DST) dates back to ancient civilisations. The Romans would adjust their routines to the sun’s schedule by using different scales in their water clocks for different months of the year. This practice fell out of favour, however, and the concept was renewed…

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IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 2: Angelo Mosso’s Pioneering Work in the Study of Human Physiology

IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 2: Angelo Mosso’s Pioneering Work in the Study of Human Physiology

Angelo Mosso’s Pioneering Work in the Study of Human Physiology A Scientists in the late nineteenth century were beginning to investigate the functions of blood circulation, trying to tease out the reasons for variations in pulse and pressure, and to understand the delivery of energy to the functioning parts of our bodies. Angelo Mosso (1846–1910) was one such pioneer, an Italian physiologist who progressed to become a professor of both pharmacology and physiology at the University of Turin. As was…

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