NUCLEAR ENERGY

31 03 2009

 

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Lots of people think that nuclear energy needs to disappear because it is really dangerous. Well, in my opinion, I could say that it is truly safe, since all the wastes that are produced are locked in a pool inside a building completely made of concrete and other resistant materials,  and that makes it impossible that a lethal quantity of radioactivity goes out of the power plant. Apart from that, the power plant can also resist terrorist attacks.  The only risk they have is if a nuclear meltdown starts, which is practically impossible, because if something wrong happens, automatically some control bars get into the nucleus and the reaction stops avoiding the catastrophe. It is true that there are plants that must be closed because they are actually old, but if they close, how could we produce all the energy that they make? In Spain we have 8 nuclear plants that produce 20% of the necessary energy.

int28Another interesting thing is that scientists are trying to produce energy in the way that is produced in the sun, That is called fusion and the only waste would be Helium, which is a gas used to inflate balloons. But before that takes place, nuclear plants need to be operating. I believe that thermal plants have to be closed before the nuclear ones, because these are the ones which emit the most polluted gases into the atmosphere.

By Jorge

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CRAZY INVENTIONS

30 03 2009

     As we are dealing in class with the topic of inventions, I am including here something that a friend of mine has given to me, which is totally appropriate for this topic.

In one of the classes, we discovered two amazing inventions that have been in use for a long time but that none of us had ever heard about. They were “the magic ball”, for washing your clothes without any soap, washing-powder or softener; and the incredible robot that cleans your house without you being worried about it.

Some classes asked me for the possibility of having more talks about inventions, so here it goes what I found: CRAZY OR USEFUL INVENTIONS!!!

CRAZY INVENTIONS

What do you think about them?





IMPROVING YOUR ENGLISH

12 03 2009

Hi guys!!!!

        

Since for some of you listening seems to be such a big problem, I am including here some  tips to help you.

The other day meddling through the Internet I found something really interesting: a website where you can download a programme which allows you to listen to any radio and to watch any television in the world. Great, isn´t it????

Well, this is the address:

http://www.radioytelevisiongratis.es/.

Then you have the possibility of downloading podcasts, as I explained to you in class. For instance, in www.bbc.co.uk/radio/podcasts

Then you have a quite educative radio station called Vaughan Radio: http://www.vaughanradio.com/.

And, as far as your speaking is concerned, I have found an interesting website called palabea, whose address is http://www.palabea.net/. Here you can find an exchange in your city, or in the Net and talk through a chat or a videoconference, you can also improve your English, practise your grammar, and even act as a teacher by sharing information.  

Hope you’ll find all of these interesting, and, of course, you can always continue investigating in the Net!!!!





Penelope Cruz’s Acceptance Speech

5 03 2009

Hi, guys!

In  case you didn´t see it, here it goes Penelope Cruz acceptance speech. Since she is supposed to have been the first Spanish actress to have won an Oscar, I guess this is such an important moment that we need to consider and take into account. So enjoy it!





THE ETERNAL DEBATE

2 03 2009

 

imagesDuring the last days, probably because of the murder of Marta del Castillo, the debate about life imprisonment has been rekindled and I think there are a couple of issues that should be taken into account.

To start with, crimes could be grossly classified into two big groups: those that are against people’s integrity and those that are not, and to my mind, punishment should be connected with the fault. For example, someone who kills another person, or a robber using any weapon or violence in order to get the loot or someone who drives over the speed limits, shows no respect for human life, and even if it sounds quite excessive, he or she should be treated in the same way. The harder the punishment is, the more the people will think about committing the crime. Moreover, in some way, this lack of pressure on punishment is one of the biggest problems in Justice. You don’t always pay dearly for mistakes.

Another argument used by opponents of life imprisonment is the fact that this measure goes against the spirit of any system of justice, which is to achieve social rehabilitation of the criminals. Well, I totally disagree. Life imprisonment is not to punish people who have done something wrong, but to protect society. There are people who could go to any lengths to get what they want, so the only way to protect people is to keep these individuals out of the streets.

That’s because, as far as I am concerned, it could be a solution that governments should not reject this right from the start.