It’s June! Time for another “You Should Read More” column.
A few interesting tidbits in the April 10 issue of “Science News.” Like:
- A Sea Slug’s Detached Head Can Crawl Around and Grow a Whole New Body. This would make the basis of a a great Type 4 speaking question. Like: “Explain how certain animals survive losing their whole bodies.”
- Most of Mars’ Missing Water May Lurk in its Crust. Mars stuff is a mainstay of the TOEFL. Check it out.
- Cone Snail Venom May Trick Mate-Seeking Worms Into Becoming Meals. Unique animal features are always popular in TOEFL speaking questions three and four. Check it out!
I enjoyed an article about the negative health effects of forest fires in the April issue of National Geographic.
Finally, I got my first issue of “History Today” magazine (the June issue). I really enjoyed an article about English king Alfred the Great and whether he actually was great. Alas, you’ll need a subscription to read that one (which you can get really, really cheap over here). There are couple of free articles from this month, though:
- Women and the Birth of England’s Stock Market discusses how women got heavily involved in the first British Stock Market.
- Blood, Stone and Holy Bones discusses the concept of Holy Relics (that is artifacts of Christian saints) and how travelers to the Middle East related to them in the middle ages. I recall writing a very long essay on this topic when I was in university.
Before I close, I must mention that I published another TOEFL book review this month! You can find my comments about Barron’s TOEFL Writing over here.