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World's biggest music company to invest in K-Pop

South Korean pop music is now popular worldwide. In the past few years, the boy band BTS has been successful in America and Europe. They are the first K-pop band to have a number one song in the U.S. This caused big record labels to put money into Korean bands. The world's biggest music label, Universal, will join a live-streaming music platform set up by Korea's biggest record labels. It will invest in Big Hit Entertainment, the company BTS belongs to.

Universal also teamed up with YG Entertainment. The girl band BLACKPINK may be YG's next success. YG said: "We will work closely with Universal globally for the successful debut and promotion of BLACKPINK. In addition, we will do our best to help other YG artists to break through into the North American and European markets." YG added: "Real talent rises above culture and language and has no boundaries."

https://breakingnewsenglish.com/2103/210313-k-pop-1.html

 

Scientists find the animal with the biggest ears

Scientists find the animal with the biggest ears

What animal has the biggest ears? We know it's the elephant. However, scientists looked at what animal has the biggest ears for its body size. A natural history museum in New York found the answer to this. It is the long-eared jerboa. Not many people know about this cute animal. It is a rodent and lives in the deserts of China. It is nocturnal. This means it is active at night and sleeps during the day.

A zoologist described the jerboa. She said its body is 10 centimetres long. Its ears are up to 5cm long. They are up to 50 per cent as long as its body. Elephant's ears are 17 per cent of its body length. The zoologist said jerboas usually live in very hot places. Their large ears help them to keep cool in the heat. Their ears are thin and have many tiny blood vessels. Blood releases heat from the body. This helps the animal cool down.

https://breakingnewsenglish.com/2103/210309-animal-ears-1.html

 

'Miracle' puppy born with six legs

'Miracle' puppy born with six legs

There is a lot of bad news today, but a heart-warming story comes from the USA. A puppy was born with severe abnormalities. Doctors are hopeful that she will live a healthy life. Skipper the puppy was one of nine puppies. Eight were "normal" but Skipper was born with six legs and two tails. These are her most visible abnormalities. She also has two pelvises and two reproductive regions. Her vet said that all her organs are working "just fine".

Vets called Skipper's survival a "miracle". They wrote that: "She has survived longer than we suspect with her combination of congenital conditions." They added: "We think that she may have some things to overcome, but she is determined right now and thriving." Skipper has her own Facebook page. It says she is at the correct weight for her age and that she is following a path to a happy and healthy life.

https://breakingnewsenglish.com/2103/210311-miracle-puppy-4.html

 

Denmark to make an artificial clean-energy island

Denmark to make an artificial clean-energy island

Denmark has an idea for clean energy- an artificial island 80km off its western coast. It is expected to be working by 2033. This project should end Denmark's reliance on fossil fuels within three decades. Denmark is Europe's largest oil-producing country. The end of oil production will boost Denmark's green credentials. A professor of energy called the project, "a cornerstone in the green transition which will help facilitate the reduction of Danish CO2 emissions".

The island will be the size of 18 football fields and cost around $34 billion. Much of the energy will come from wind farms. These will power three million homes and help make Denmark carbon neutral. The island should create a greener Europe. The professor said: "In the North Sea, we have tremendous potential for offshore wind. That means we can actually shut down all European coal-fired power plants." He said it was an international effort.

https://breakingnewsenglish.com/2103/210315-clean-energy-4.html

 

Turkish Lake Helps Scientists’ Search for Ancient Life on Mars

Turkish Lake Helps Scientists’ Search for Ancient Life on Mars

The American space agency NASA recently landed its robotic explorer Perseverance on the surface of Mars. Now, scientists are using information gathered at a lake in southwest Turkey to help them search for signs of ancient life on the distant planet. NASA says the minerals and rock sediments at Lake Salda are the closest match on Earth to those around Jezero Crater on Mars. The spacecraft landed in Jezero Crater and it is believed to have once been flooded with water.

A team of American and Turkish scientists carried out research in 2019 around the edges of Lake Salda. Scientists believe that the sediments around the lake came from large deposits formed with the help of microorganisms known as microbialites. The team supporting the Perseverance spacecraft wants to find out whether there are microbialites in Jezero Crater. They will compare the sediments from Lake Salda with carbonate minerals discovered on the edges of Jezero Crater. Thomas Zurbuchen, the associate administrator of NASA told, “When we find something at Perseverance we can go back to look at Lake Salda to really look at both processes.

https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/turkish-lake-helps-scientists-search-for-ancient-life-on-mars-/5808074.html

 

Will the End of Internet ‘Cookies’ Bring More User Privacy?

Will the End of Internet ‘Cookies’ Bring More User Privacy?

Google has announced plans to stop supporting tools designed to follow internet users across the web in order to target them with specific advertising. Such tools are known as cookies. These are small data files that are stored on an internet user’s computer as they browse different websites. This data can be read by web servers to identify the web browsing behaviours of the user.

Cookies make it possible for users to avoid having to repeatedly enter their user names and passwords to get access to websites. But the use of cookies raises major privacy concerns, with critics saying a user’s browsing history should not be recorded just to target them with ads. Google announced it had decided “to remove support for third-party cookies” from its Chrome browser. Other browsers, such as Mozilla’s Firefox have already blocked third-party cookies. In another recent online announcement, Google repeated this promise and said it will not build or use new tools to replace current cookie technology.

https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/will-the-end-of-internet-cookies-bring-more-user-privacy-/5809138.html

 

British COVID-19 Variant Causes More Deaths

British COVID-19 Variant Causes More Deaths

Researchers say that a highly infectious variant of the new coronavirus is 30 per cent to 100 per cent more deadly than earlier strong variants. In the British study, infection with the new variant led to 227 deaths in a group of nearly 55,000 COVID-19 patients. The variant was first found in Britain late last year and has since spread around the world. The new study compared death rates among people in Britain infected with the new variant to those infected with other versions of the virus. Scientists said that the new variant’s death rate was “significantly higher.”

The variant is known as B.1.1.7. It has been found in more than 100 other countries since September 2020. It has 23 mutations in its genetic material and some of those changes make it spread more easily. Scientists say it is about 40 to 70 per cent more infectious than earlier strong variants. “This makes B.1.1.7 a threat that should be taken seriously,” said Robert Challen, a researcher at Exeter University.

https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/study-british-covid-19-variant-causes-more-deaths/5809158.html

 

Two Iraqi Women Engineers Are Succeeding in the Oil Industry

Two Iraqi Women Engineers Are Succeeding in the Oil Industry

Two Iraqi women are working as engineers in Iraq’s oil industry to help develop their country’s economy. Zainab Amjad is a 24-year-old engineer who works on an oil rig for six weeks at a time. The rig is where companies drill deep into the ground to look for oil. Amjad said she is often asked what she is doing in the oil fields. “They tell me the field environment only men can withstand,” said Amjad. “If I gave up, I’d prove them right.”

Ayat Rawthan is a 24-year-old engineer working in another oil rig in Basra. She supervises a team that prepares large drill pipes used to collect information about rock formations. Most women who are petroleum engineers in Iraq work in an office. Instead, Amjad and Rawthan chose to work in the oil fields. These are not usual jobs for women from conservative communities. Both women were in the top 5 per cent of their graduating class at Basra University in 2018. They are part of a new generation of Iraqi women who are going against tribal traditions.

https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/two-iraqi-women-engineers-are-succeeding-in-the-oil-industry/5803295.html

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