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Can Mobile Phones Cause Disease?
1 "Mobile phone killed my man,"screamed one headline last year.Also came claims
that an unpublished study had found that mobile phones cause memory loss.And a British
newspaper devoted its front page to a picture supposedly(假定地)showing how mobile
phones heat the brain.
2 For anyone who uses a mobile phone,these are worrying times.But speak to the scientists
whose work is the focus of these scares and you will hear a different story.According to them,
there is no evidence that mobile phones cause cancer or any other illness in people.
3 What we do have,however, are some results suggesting that mobile phones'
emissions have a variety of strange effects on living tissue that can't be explained by the
general radiation biology.And it's only when the questions raised by these experiments are
answered that we'll be able to say for sure what mobile phones might be doing to the head.
4 One of the odd effects comes from the now famous"memory loss" study.Alan Preece
and his colleagues at the University of Bristol placed a device that imitated the microwave
emissions of mobile phones to the left ear of volunteers.The volunteers were just as good
at recalling words and pictures they had been shown on a computer screen whether or not
the device was switched on.Preece says he still can't comment on the Effects of using a
mobile phone for years on end.But he rules out the suggestion that mobile phones have an
immediate effect on our cognitive abilities." I'm pretty sure there is no effect on short-term
memory,"he says.
5 Another expert,Tattersall,remarked that his latest findings have removed fears about
memory loss.One result, for instance, suggests that nerve cell synapses(突触)
exposed to microwaves become more一rather than less一receptive(感受的)to undergoing
changes linked to memory formation.
6 Hopefully,microwaves might turn out to be good for you.It sounds crazy,but a couple
of years ago a team led by William Adey at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in California
found that mice exposed to microwaves for two hours a day were less likely to develop brain
tumours when given a cancer-causing chemical.
Tattersall said for sure that the________over memory loss caused by mobile phones was unqrounded.
A:different messages
B:is hoped
C:public attention
D:solid evidence
E:attracted public attention
F:public anxiety

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Something Men Do Not Like to Do
Eric Brown hates shopping."It's just not enjoyable to me,"said the 28-year-old
Chicago man who was carrying several shopping bags along the city's main street,Michigan
Avenue."When I'm out_______(1),I basically know what I want to get.I rush in.I
buy it.I_______(2)."
Common wisdom says that guys hate to shop.You can ask generations of men.But
people who study shopping say that a number of social,cultural and economic factors are
now_______(3)this "men-hate-to-shop" notion.
"_________(4)social class and age,men say they hate to shop,"says Sharon
Zukin,a City University of New York sociology professor."Yet when you ask them deeper
questions,it turns out that they__________(5)to shop.Men generally like to shop for
_________(6),music and hardware(硬件).But if you ask them about the shopping they
do for books or music,they'll say,'Well,that's not shopping.That's________(7)."'
In other words,what men and women call"buying things"and how they approach that
task are________(8).
Women will__________(9)through several 1,000-square-metre stores in search of
the perfect party dress.Men will wander through 100 Internet sites in search of the
________(10)digital camcorder(摄像放像机).
Women see shopping as a social event.Men see it as a mission or a________(11)
to be won.
"Men are frequently shopping to win,"says Mary Ann McGrath,a marketing professor
at Loyola University of Chicago."They want to get the best deal.They want to get the best
one,the last one and if they do that it________(12)them happy."
When women shop,"they're doing it in a way where they want_________(13)to be
very happy,"says McGrath."They're kind of shopping for love."
In fact,it is in clothing where we see a male-female________(14)most clearly.
Why,complain some men,are all male clothes navy,black or brown?But would they
wear light green and pink(粉红色的)?
These days,many guys wear a sort of"uniform",says Paco Underhill,author of
"Why We Buy"."It's been hard for them to understand what it means to be fashion-
conscious(时尚意识)in a business way. It becomes much, much easier _________
(15)you narrow your range of choices."
Interior Design
Although interior design has existed since the beginning of architecture,its development into a specialized field is really quite recent.Interior designers have become important partly because of the many functions that might be________(51)in a single large building.
The importance of interior design becomes________(52)when we realize how much time we ________(53)surrounded by four walls.Whenever we need to be indoors,we want our surroundings to be________(54)attractive and comfortable as possible.We also expect________(55) place to be appropriate to its use.You would be________(56)if the inside of your bedroom were suddenly changed to look________(57)the inside of a restaurant.And you wouldn't feel________ (58)in a business office that has the appearance of a school.
It soon becomes clear that the interior designer's most important basic________(59)is the function of the particular________(60).For example,a theater with poor sight lines,poor sound-shaping qualities,and________(61)a few entries and exits will not work for________(62)
purpose,no matter how beautifully it might be________(63).Nevertheless,for any kind of space, the designer has to make many of the same kind of________(64).He or she must coordinate the
shapes,lighting and decoration of everything from ceiling to floor.________(65)addition,the designer must usually select furniture or design build-in furniture,according to the functions that need to be served.
Battle Hymn of Tiger Mother
In general,I think Western parenting gives children too much freedom at too young an age.The average American child spends almost 70 percent more time watching television than attending school.In the recent PISA international tests,the US came out an embarrassing 23rd in science and 34th in math一with Shanghai children ranked No 1.Western children have alarming rates of alcohol and drug abuse and teenage pregnancy,too.On the other hand,American universities continue to be the envy of the world,and the US excels at teaching creativity,innovation and leadership.
What are the lessons for China then?Here are a few things China may be able to learn from the West.
First,while children in the West have too much choice,their counterparts in China may have too little.In between school,tutoring and lessons,many Chinese children work nonstop,getting little opportunity to have fun with friends,explore on their own and discover what they truly enjoy.What I learned is that as children grow up,parents should listen to their choices more carefully and gradually
give them more freedom to pursue their own passions.
Second,Chinese parents should pay more attention to their children's individual personalities. Every child is different. So depending on children's natural predispositions(秉性),different career paths will make them happy. Some people may find it more fulfilling to become a photographer or fashion designer instead of a doctor. If Chinese parents become more open-minded in what they consider"success",it may help lessen the intense competition and pressure that many Chinese children feel.
Finally,Chinese parents are good at getting their children to memorize,practice and drill一skills I believe the West needs more of一but they should also find ways to encourage creativity and initiative.My daughters were lucky because my husband taught them the value of independent thinking. He always asked"why".Just because someone told you so,how do you know it's right?
Parenting is the hardest job I've ever had.When Lulu rebelled and I began questioning everything I'd done.I feel very lucky that I adjusted in time一today my daughters and I are close friends一and I wanted to share my story with other mothers,because we are all struggling with the same problem:how can we raise happy,strong,self-reliant children?
The author has more than one children.
C:Not mentioned
It took us a long time to mend the old church.
US Blacks Hard-hit by Cancer
Death rates for cancer are falling for all Americans,but black Americans are still more likely to die of
cancer than whites,the American Cancer Society said Monday.
In a special report on cancer and blacks, the organization said blacks are usually diagnosed with cancer
later than whites,and they are more likely to die of the disease.
This could be because of unequal access to medical care,because blacks are more likely to have other
diseases like diabetes as well,and perhaps because of differences in the biology of the cancer itself,the report added.
"In general,African Americans have]ess likelihood of surviving five years after diagnosis than whites for
all cancer sites and all stages of diagnosis,"the report said.
"In describing cancer statistics for African Americans,this report recognizes that socioeconomic dispari-
ties and unequal access to medical care may underlie many of the differences associated with race."
The Cancer Society said blacks should be encouraged to get check-ups earlier,when cancer is more
treatable,and it said more research was needed to see if biological differences play a role.
Since 1992,cancer death rates among black Americans_______.
A:have been going up and down
B:have remained stable
C:have increased
D:have fallen
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