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This may seem obvious, but a good breakfast can make your day. As your mother said, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Your body is out of fuel by morning. You need some to help you control your blood sugar. That affects your mood and energy level for the day.

obvious:明顕的、顕著的

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Whether you love or hate mornings, they’re a fact of life. If you dread them, here are some ways to make them less awful. If you’re a morning person, these same tips can make mornings even better!

Dread:懼怕、害怕、擔心

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Possible e-waste solutions

Owners can prolong the life of their gadgets by upgrading less frequently and by repairing the devices instead of replacing them. Owners might also choose to sell their old gadgets to a company like Gazelle that prepares them for resale overseas. That way, owners can earn money while preventing these devices from ending up in a garbage dump. Similarly, owners could send their used electronics to Attero, a company that specializes in extracting the valuable metals in used gadgets.

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Gadgets don’t seem to last long these days. There’s pressure to upgrade everything from TVs to computers to smartphones on a frequent basis. Having cutting-edge gadgets is fine, but the question remains: What happens to all of the old devices? Unfortunately, a lot of them end up as e-waste, with up to 50 million tons of e-waste filling garbage dumps around the world each year. But a new industry is focusing on recycling such gadgets and offers two benefits. First, recycling electronic gadgets keeps them out of garbage dumps. Second, new recycling techniques can extract several kinds of precious metals contained in gadgets.

gadget:小機件、小器具(=device、machine)

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“Over the Rainbow”

In 1899, writer L. Frank Baum wrote the book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. It quickly became the most popular children’s book of the day, and Baum followed it with a series of “Oz” books. He and others produced stage shows and silent film versions of the story. But when movie studio MGM released The Wizard of Oz in 1939, all previous versions were basically forgotten.

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“There’s no place like home!”

This famous line from The Wizard of Oz touched hearts worldwide as moviegoers journeyed into a world of enchantment. The file opened in 1939, a year movie buffs consider Hollywood’s “Golden Year” since many memorable films played that year. Perhaps no other movie, though, has had the impact of Oz with its story of friendship, adventure and love. Generations have enjoyed the film’s great songs, lively dances and heartwarming story.

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Rachel:When I try to stay up late, I fall asleep while I’m working. I usually feel so tired that I can’t concentrate. I’m more productive when I’m well-rested.

Sarah:But what if you don’t get up early enough to finish something? Then you have to skip class or not finish the assignment.

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Sarah and Rachel are roommates at their university.

Sarah:I’m going to stay up late again tonight. I have a big history paper due tomorrow.

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Some urban adventures offer more than simply heart-racing thrills and excitement. Perhaps you prefer challenging your intellect during the adventure. You may be interested in participating in the Great Urban Race, an organized competition held in many U.S. cities. In this competition, it is impossible to feel gloomy. People race through a city wearing silly costumes and looking for clues to solve puzzles. It’s a great way to explore a city.

heart-racing:心跳加速

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It’s one of those days; you’re feeling mischievous and want an adventure. However, you have a dilemma; you don’t want just any ordinary adventure. Fortunately, there are creative urban activities you can do in only a few hours.

mischievous:惡作劇的、調皮的

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Chamberlain has always loved music, especially singing and dancing. After graduating from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, she chose a musical career. Small singing and acting opportunities came along, with TV appearances starting in 2008.

graduate from:從…畢業

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Close your eyes and listen to this young artist sing, and you’ll probably think she’s Asian. Yet in reality, Corinna Chamberlain is a blond, blue-eyed Westerner.

yet:然而

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Trying to make hay while the sun shines, the prince and Ray left immediately. After a while, they stopped for a snack. While they were eating, they heard a roar. A monster, which looked like a giant bat, was flying toward them. Prince Gale threw caution to the wind and charged. He swung his sword but missed, and the monster knocked him down.

make hay while the sun shines:把握時機

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After a long journey, Prince Gale and Ray reached a city in Foggy Kingdom. A guard stopped them and asked who they are.

Once Prince Gale and Ray had explained their mission, the guard said, “This city is all that remains of Foggy Kingdom. A monster has destroyed the other cities. We came here to weather the storm, hoping the monster will go away.”

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Once upon a time there was a king who began to feel under the weather. The court physicians could not cure him. He grew sicker and sicker, and his family began to worry.
One day the king’s wisest adviser spoke with the queen and the prince.

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Ever catch yourself dozing off at work? If so, maybe your body – or brain – is trying to tell you it’s time for a break. Instead of ignoring such signals, maybe it’s time you tried working smarter, not harder.

catch oneself:偶然發覺

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Musical taste is very individual yet built on the musical taste and talents of others. As time goes on, different styles and voices produce more and more musical combinations with no end in sight. Here are a few.

taste:愛好、興趣(=savor)

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Jazz Rap
For every well-known musical fusion, there are many others with small followings.  For instance, fans of jazz and rap no longer to keep those tastes exclusive because of jazz rap.  It started as an endeavor to bring the past and present of African-American music together and to give a positive alternative to aggressive gangsta rap.

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