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Taitung hermit crabs found using plastic waste as shells
三仙台悲情寄居蟹 學者痛心:牠們幾乎都背著垃圾殼

While studying hermit crabs in Taitung County’s Sanxiantai area last month, Professor Chiu Yuh-wen of National Cheng Kung University recorded 14 Coenobita brevimanus — a species of land hermit crab — using discarded plastic as their shells. Even when they were able to find FULL STORY


A : Try some of this 70 percent cocoa chocolate, it’s the cat’s meow. B : Mmm ... that’s the best chocolate I’ve ever tasted. Where’d you get it from? A : A friend just returned from a holiday in the UK and brought some back. B :FULL STORY

Battered into submission: Cake franchise shuts up shop after 21 years
白木屋不敵虧損一週內停業 員工約一百九十人

Genmont Biotech Incorporation on Friday announced that famous cake maker White Wood House, a wholly owned subsidiary of the company, will cease trading within one week. The decision was made at a meeting of the company’s board of directors to protect the interests of shareholdersFULL STORY


A: It’s an absolute scorcher today. B: Tell me about it, I think I got a little sunburnt just walking to work. A: I saw some people eating spicy hot pot just now. They must be mad. B: I know what you mean, but if there’s good airFULL STORY

USING IDIOMS 活用成語2018-05-21

Chinese Practice 三十六計,走為上策 (san1 shi2 liu4 ji4 zou3 wei2 shang4 ce4) of the 36 Strategems, flight is the best option 上週的「活用成語」談到了稱為「三十六計」的一系列兵法計策,最早之記載見南齊王敬則將軍所說的一句話——王敬則聽說皇太子為躲避齊明帝清算而逃走後,便說:「檀公三十六策,走是上計。汝父子唯應急走耳」(檀道濟的三十六計中,最好的選擇是撤退,你們父子快逃吧。)此即為成語「三十六計,走為上策」(或作「三十六計,走為上計」)的由來,字面意思是「在三十六個計策中,逃跑是最好的選擇」,也就是說逃走並非都是懦弱的,甚至可能是最明智的選擇。 從戰場上逃走,以避免送死或己方軍隊被消滅,好讓未來可以有機會擊敗敵人——這意義無論是字面上的或比喻的,都可以用「he who fights and runs away lives to fight another day」(能戰能逃的人才能活下來,以便改日再戰)這句話體現出來。 此諺語咸認出自古希臘演說家及政治家狄摩西尼。西元前三三八年在雅典和馬其頓之間的沙洛內亞發生了一場大戰,狄摩西尼卻從戰場上開溜了。當狄摩西尼被指控為逃兵時,他回答說:「逃跑的人可以再戰。」 這個概念也在其他不同語言中出現,例如古羅馬元老院議員及歷史學家普利烏斯·科尼利厄斯·塔西佗(約西元五六~一二○年)便說:「He that fights and runs away, may turn and fight another day; but he that is in battle slain,FULL STORY


A: A survey has shown the average rate of nearsightedness among children in Taiwan is the highest it’s ever been. B: Really? How high is it? A: The percentage of third-grade junior high students with nearsightedness is as high as 89.3 percent. B: We should restrict children’s useFULL STORY

In interplanetary first, NASA to fly helicopter on Mars
星際首例 美國太空總署送直升機上火星

NASA announced on May 11 that it will send a small helicopter to Mars as part of the US space agency’s 2020 mission to place a next-generation rover on the Martian surface, marking the first time such an aircraft will be used on another world. TheFULL STORY


A: Okay. Left a bit … right a bit. Stop. Hold it right there and I’ll get the hammer. B: This painting is so heavy, could you hurry up. I won’t be able to hold it much longer. Too late, I’m losing my grip. Help... A: Ouch,FULL STORY

Bilingual Music: Swedish soprano Nina Stemme wins Birgit Nilsson Prize

Swedish opera singer Nina Stemme has won the US$1 million prize awarded in memory of the Nordic nation’s legendary soprano Birgit Nilsson, the award’s panel of judges said on Tuesday. Stemme was honored “for her interpretations of the dramatic soprano repertoire with her respect forFULL STORY


A: Could you do me a huge favor? I’m organizing a surprise farewell party for Sarah and I need you to help me keep it a secret. B: Okay, my lips are sealed. But what do you need me to do? A: I need you to goFULL STORY

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