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A professor from the University of Georgia is allowing students to choose their own grades to reduce their stress and to walk out of any class if they don't like “the group dynamics.” If the professor were to write a book outlining this educational philosophy（教育理念）, what could it be titled? Would you like to write down your possible title and then send an email to us?
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Since his early childhood, G. A. Minton has always been a faithful fan of science fiction and horror. Whenever a scary movie was playing at the local theatre, he was there in attendance with his friends, loudly screaming in terror.
In his everyday life, Minton likes playing the game of golf most, having lettered on his high school golf team. In addition to writing, he also enjoys reading, traveling, fishing, swimming, working out, listening to hard rock music, and watching great movies－especially those about horror, science fiction, mystery and comedy.
Strangely enough, it was only after Minton was knocked down by a drunk driver and suffered a closed-head injury that he developed a new found passion for writing. After the car accident, he suffered from both memory loss and problems communicating with others, which frustrated him to no end. He had to go to see his doctor on a regular basis and for weeks he had to take medicine used by patients who are suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Luckily, his brain slowly began to mend itself.
At the end of the healing process, something was very different. He noticed that he had developed a strong urge to write down a story that had formed in his mind. That's how his first novel Trisomy XXI was born. He penned（写作）it in only three months. He began with chapter one and wrote in a freestyle manner—almost in a stream of consciousness. The narrative flowed freely from his vivid imagination, creating a thrilling tale of terror that is formed from an ordered sequence of events.
One could think that the damaged neurons（神经元）had rearranged themselves into a different pattern, and thus improving the creative elements in his brain. Besides, stranger things have happened! He has recently completed his second novel. Currently, his brain is busy at work, seriously processing the text for another -story of the terror-one that will both entertain and horrify its unsuspecting reader!
The faces of the four U. S. presidents on Mount Rushmore will likely last for centuries. But at a newly opened exhibit in Japan, you can catch them only for about eight months. This year, the annual sand sculpture event at the Sand Museum in Tottori, Japan, is focused on another country. This is the 10th anniversary of the event. Artists came from 19 countries to shape sand into different sculptures that represent events in U. S. history and American landmarks.
Tottori is a remote city in western Japan. In the past, not many tourists traveled to it. To attract more visitors, Tottori officials decided to use a natural resource: sand. They decided to create a sand museum that would house a series of sand sculptures based on different geographic areas of the world. The sand from each year's exhibition is used again the next year. The project has been a success. About 500,000 people visit the museum during the eight months. Some return year after year to see the new sculptures.
The city is now a popular spot for sand sculpture artists too. Sculptors from around the world come to Tottori each spring, spending a few weeks working on their masterpieces. They use special tools to smooth the sandy surfaces, cut angles and details. They use only sand and water to create the huge sculptures, some of which tower over their creators.
Originally, the artists built their creations outside. But the works lasted less than two months outdoors. So the museum built a permanent structure 10 house the artworks, which extended their life to eight months. Now many more tourists get to see the sculptures. Still, the fact that this art is not permanent is part of the appeal. The temporary sculptures reflect the Japanese value of appreciating the fleeting（稍纵即逝）nature of the world.
Tottori is not the only Japanese town that shows temporary art like this. Sapporo, in northern Japan, hosts a similar exhibit in the winter, using snow instead of sand. Thai will be just about the time that the U. S. sand sculpture exhibition is taken apart, and the sand is saved for next year's show.
Are you always disturbed by the noise made by your coworkers while you're working hard at your task? What kind of feelings will you have on hearing such kind noise? Have you ever got an idea that a certain helmet will help you out of the trouble no you can focus on your work at the office? Now, you needn't worry for the “Helmfon” will help you ignore noisy co-workers and other distractions.
Created by Ukrainian design company Hochu Rayu, the Helmfon is a big helmet that uses special equipment to absorb the sound so as to completely block out any outside noise, giving the wearer their own quiet personal space so they can better focus their attention on their work. Made of a glass fiber shell, cloth and polyethylene（聚乙烯）, the helmet not only blocks outside sound, but it also keeps the noise you make in, allowing you to answer calls, hold Skype conferences, watch or edit videos, privately.
The company came up with the idea for the Helmfon after being asked to design a new phone booth for an IT company. The project made the team think about the way we communicate and finally begin work on a device that would allow you to be in two worlds just sitting on your chair in the office, in a meeting, or everywhere you feel like just wearing your helmet.
The Helmfon comes complete with a system board, microphone, speakers, and a special holder for your phone. The only trouble is that it makes you look like a character from Mel Brooks famous movie Spaceballs, but the company also made public a variety of great choices, including Bat man-inspired design, and even a Native American headgear.
The Helmfon is still in prototype（维形）stage, but the Ukrainian company is already working on a commercially available design and plans to offer the design for sale. A release date has not yet been made public.
According to a study conducted in 2010, about 39 % companies had blocked employee access to Facebook. They think some employees spend their entire day sitting glued to Facebook, updating and commenting, which has a negative effect on their work. Some reasons are listed why employees should be allowed access to Facebook.
Employees may be working hard to find a particular solution, but cannot come up with anything. Browsing through Facebook can help them gel inspired to find solutions in a different way and be successful at it.
Blocking access to Facebook means that the employer doesn't trust the employees. People are dissatisfied with the company if they're not allowed access to Facebook. Therefore, allowing access to Facebook means that the employees are given a certain amount of freedom.
Today many companies have pages on Facebook which they use for spreading news and something about products. If Facebook pages arc blocked in an office, how will employees like or share something from the company page? Employees can also interact with each other through Facebook. It creates a sense of bonding and they get along well with each other. Many talented professionals don't like to join places where Facebook is blocked, and thus companies may lose talented employees.
As far as I'm concerned, whether an organization should ban Facebook depends largely on factors like its culture, type of work, Internet policy, business goals, etc. As far as the employees are concerned, most of them will be in support of allowing access to Facebook.
A. However, their banning isn't widely accepted.
B. People hold different attitudes towards Facebook now.
C. People who have special skills are interested in Facebook.
D. Keeping in touch through it helps in improving their relations.
E. So the company should take the employees, interest into account.
F. In order to keep people active, essential that they are kept happy.
G. Firm, they think it's necessary to take a break after working for hours.
Designer Susan McLeary is taking the jewelry world by storm with her jewelry made from living plants. She uses real succulents（多肉植物）collected from her 1 to create wonderful headpiece, necklaces, rings bracelets, and other pieces of bio-jewelry that literally 2 on you.
Each piece from McLeary's 3 can be worn for two to four weeks before the plants begin to 4 in their metal base. When this happens, wearers can 5 remove the succulents from their metal base and re-pot them to keep in their homes. The jewelry bases can still be 6 as usual. If the pieces are worn for special 7 like weddings, the potted plants become all the more 8.
McLeary, who has worked with leading floral designers（花艺设计师）across the US, has spent years 9 her two loves — plants and jewelry — and 10 her own style. Before she was a florist, she made jewelry for friends. 11 one of her friend got married, she was asked to design some wedding flowers 12 some jewelry. As she had her friend's flowers in her hands, she knew she had got her idea. She still loves 13 for weddings, but she has found that she enjoy creating floral wears and floral 14 even more.
She makes each piece by hand, and 15 she can pay careful attention to composition and color. Each jewelry piece is made with 16 sourced plants from a family owned greenhouse and jewelry bases 17 by other small businesses.
There is no doubt that the floral jewelry adds more fun and more 18 sights to there occasions. Of course, the wearers can also 19 their time by taking care of the plants on their metal base. McLeary's beautiful designs are 20 on her Easy store, which ranges from $ 20 to $ 300.
Several days ago, a letter attracted a lot of attention on the Internet. It was written to NASA by 9-year-old Jack Davis (ask) to be considered for a job working with astronauts. He wrote to apply a planetary protection officer position at NASA. Despite his young age, he thought he would be fit for the job (perfect).
With a pencil, he wrote: “I may be nine, but I think I would be good fit. My sister says I am an alien. Also, I. (see) all the space and alien movies in the past years.” Jack ended the letter stating the other (factor) that would make him perfect for the position, such as his great video game skills and his youth, would make it easy to learn to think like an alien. He then signed the letter, “Jack, Guardian of the Galaxy.”
The position of planetary protection officer is well-paid every year. The job, however, is more about science and biology and (little) about fighting aliens. The officer must make sure that no new species or plants (bring) to other planets, and doesn't return from trips to space with anything that might harm Earth. The recent announcement of the position created in the 1960s has caused a lot of (excite) in the public, according to a NASA's statement.
Last summer holiday, I paid visit to Hong Kong with my father. To their surprise, we found the streets were not as wide as those in our city. The bus and cars were running very fast. The sidewalks were always crowding because many visitors went there every day. The people there were friendly, and when we were asked them for help, they were willing to help us. We take many photos there and then we shared them on WeChat Moments（朋友圈）. We also bought some gifts there for much things were sold for a discount. It's so hardly to say goodbye to Hong Kong. We hope to go there once more unless we have chances.