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Topic Reading-Vol.80-6/30/2012

Dear MEL School's Topic Readers,David Beckham not selected for London 2012 football squad!!!
Isn't it quite surprising for most people in the world to learn that the football superstar, also a big promoter of London Olympic Games isn't playing in the games this summer Olympic Games?
What would you say if you wore his shoes, or the manager's of the UK team who had shortlisted him but had dropped him from the final list?
Enjoy reading and learning from this article!


Topic Reading-Vol.79-6/29/2012

Dear MEL School's Topic Readers,In numbers: Women in politics globally!
How many female global leaders in politics, business or academic do you remember?
Here are some interesting stats about how much female leaders represent in today's global politics.
What numbers did we see a few decades ago and will we see in the middle of the century?
Enjoy checking these numbers and learning from them!


Topic Reading-Vol.78-6/28/2012

Dear MEL School's Topic Readers,U.S. charges 24 people in massive hacking sting.
It took considerable time, efforts and cooperation by several countries to conduct this extensive covert operation, which resulted in arresting 24 harmful hackers, who are all young males.
One surprising thing is that there was a publically trading market for such stolen data and information.
At the same time, several of Japan's ministries' homepages were assaulted by so-called anonymous hackers.
There seem to be terrorists all over the places and spaces, on the ground, under the ground and on the Internet.
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Topic Reading-Vol.77-6/27/2012

Dear MEL School's Topic Readers,Facebook is trying to hijack your email address!
This stunning headline of today's article may scare you a lot but if you read the article, what FB is doing is to set (whatever the name) as the default email address instead of your preferred one.
The article also refers FB's business manner as mess up and apologize, which doesn't seem to be so uncommon among other online service providers.
The company has just added its first female, its COO Cheryl Sandburg, to its board.
Although their stock price has been well below the IPO price, it surely is getting attention to its every single move rather more negatively than positively as it had been expected to grow further and faster.
Enjoy reading and learning from it!


Topic Reading-Vol.76-6/26/2012

Dear MEL School's Topic Readers,Day of pride from orbit to ocean
It was a quite astonishing and historic day for People's Republic of China, which succeeded two scientific experiments on a same day, a docking with an orbiting space module and reaching to the bottom of the deepest sea trench.
Did they plan to have those events on a same day? Probably yes may be because of the chance to fail two experiments at once is less than make both of them successful.
Enjoy reading and learning this! You'll surely agree with the title of this topic reading.


Topic Reading-Vol.75-6/25/2012

Dear MEL School's Topic Readers,Big Mac attack: US man eats record 25,000th burger!
Yesterday, some of you might have read about the difference between a photo on the menu and the thing that is served at the restaurant chain.
Today, you're going to read an article about a man who had eaten 25,000 Big Mac in his life as of May last year. If he has been eating a Big Mac a day since then, he might have already eaten 25,400 or so of the calorie and fat rich fast food.
Enjoy reading and learning about this staggering person's eating habit and history!


Topic Reading-Vol.74-6/24/2012

Dear MEL School's Topic Readers,Why photos of McDonald’s burgers look so much better than the real thing???
It's a kind of question you may always ask, "Why the thing I'm served doesn't look like the thing was presented on the menu?".
Interestingly, a subsidiary of the world  largest restaurant chain answers this question by video very easily and straightforwardly!!!
After reading the article and seeing the video, a question may arise; are the photos on the menu fake or real?
Enjoy this article and video to learn what could make a difference!


Topic Reading-Vol.73-6/23/2012

Dear MEL School's Topic Readers,Oracle chief buys Hawaiian island!
He's a well known billionaire who loves Japanese traditions, nature and yacht sailing and he's not buying an island in Hawaii!
These days, buying an island seems to be a global trend, Tokyo municipal government's initiative to raise fund to buy a disputed island against China is one and this is another.
We may welcome any attempt to benefit not just few or one side but others on and around the island as well as the environment in the region.
Enjoy reading and learning from it.


Topic Reading-Vol.72-6/22/2012

Dear MEL School's Topic Readers,Easter Island’s statues may have been ‘walked’ to their location!!!
The giant rock statues in the small Pacific island called Easter Island weigh as heavy as 90 tons, nearly twice the weight of Stonehenge in England.
Same questions have been asked to these two mysterious monuments of gigantic rock statues; how were they transported? what were those statues or rocks for?
Here is a very innovative premise and experiment to the question.
Enjoy reading and learning from it!


Topic Reading-Vol.71-6/21/2012

Dear MEL School's Topic Readers,G20 pledges to support global economy.
Leaders from 20 most developed and emerging countries got together to pledge something but haven't decided or concluded anything particular, as Japan's PM Noda made a one-night stay all the way across the Pacific amidst of the most critical political disputes of its tax and social security issues.
Things seem to be more unpredictable these days. No matter how substantial and influential the economies of certain countries are, it's getting difficult to set courses where to go as too many things are inter-connected and making things awfully complicated.
Enjoy reading and learning from it.


Topic Reading-Vol.70-6/20-2012

Dear MEL School's Topic Readers,Microsoft unveils Surface Windows 8 tablets!
A long-waited introduction of MS tablet, was unveiled Monday, showing key specifications of the 10" screen device but no specific information such as it's release day or even more importantly, the price. Since it's a late comer to the newly developing market where Apple developed and has been enjoying  the largest share ever since, it's got to be soon at a reasonable price.
Now, Amazon has Kindle Fire which is selling extremely well, NEC has just introduced one this month and now the Giant Microsoft. Who will be next in the line? Google?
Enjoy reading and learning from this intro article and video.


Topic Reading-Vol.69-6/19/2012

Dear MEL School's Topic Readers,Historic Chinese space mission docks successfully!
Yes, not the U.S. or Russia, but People's Republic of China, has launched its third manned rocket to orbit and dock their space station for the first time.
Is the country developed or developing? It's still one of those G-20 states but no G-7 or 8. It exhaust more carbon emission gasses, sells more new vehicles and mobile phones than any other country in the world and spends more money on its military only after the U.S. in the world.
And unlike NASA in the U.S., this space mission is part of their military projects.
Enjoy reading and learning from this article and video.


Topic Reading-Vol.68-6/18/2012

Dear MEL School's Topic Readers,4 missing climbers presumed dead after avalanche!
The missing four were among the five experienced senior climbers from Japan, who didn't take unusual or risky route to reach the popular Alaskan peak during the busiest time of year.
You may ask a question; why mountain climbers climb mountains. "Because they're there."
Should you be interested in reading one of those mountain climbers sagas, you may want to check Jeffery Archer's "Paths of Glory".
Our deepest condolences to those who lost their lives and their loved ones in the tragic incident.;_ylt=ApA2_lg6Fi5qxRW.6wLbZkms0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTNsNW1tOTkyBG1pdANUb3BTdG9yeSBGUARwa2cDNWI0ZTNjYzQtNjhjZi0zZGIyLTk0ZmMtMzkxMmJlMjM2Nzc5BHBvcwM4BHNlYwN0b3Bfc3RvcnkEdmVyA2E2MDVjMjczLWI4MDgtMTFlMS1hNWRiLTU3NTI1OTAwNTgzNw--;_ylg=X3oDMTFlamZvM2ZlBGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRwc3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdAMEcHQDc2VjdGlvbnM-;_ylv=3


Torpic Reading-Vol.67-6/17/2012

Dear MEL School's Topic Readers,
Japan's washing machines may be another "Galapagos"?
Today, first time ever, you'll read an article written in Japanese.
Pretty unusual, isn't it. The reason this article is chosen is that it'll show you historical, traditional, natural, technological and habitual background behind different types of washing machines have been used in Europe, America and Japan.
It is sort of eye-opening to learn how differently people used to wash their clothes in those areas how much nature influences people's living styles and habits.
For those who aren't comfortable reading Japanese written article, please enjoy prior volumes of Topic Reading.
For those who wish to read this Japanese-written article, enjoy reading and learning from it!


Topic Reading-Vol.66-6/16/2012

Dear MEL School's Topic Readers,Study shows Obama slipping in global esteem, China now seen as top economic power!
Three  and a half years ago, not only Americans but also many in the world even including wise-people's committee in Norway, expected this then-new leader would bring Changes to the world.
Now according to a world-scale survey, those who expected seem to be less optimistic at best if one person turn the world to  a better one while the other super power is gaining its presence and influence economically and politically.
Enjoy reading and learning from this article.;_ylt=AsagJpTrerue_8zlQimPEy2s0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTNsZm8xZTVlBG1pdANUb3BTdG9yeSBGUARwa2cDMGUzZThmODQtMmEyYS0zMjFmLWE0M2MtMTczYzAwZjdiMTAwBHBvcwMzBHNlYwN0b3Bfc3RvcnkEdmVyAzY1ODFiOTYxLWI1N2YtMTFlMS1iZmRmLTk4NWNjOWE3MzdlZA--;_ylg=X3oDMTFlamZvM2ZlBGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRwc3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdAMEcHQDc2VjdGlvbnM-;_ylv=3


Topic Reading-Vol.65-6/15/2012

Dear MEL School's Topic Readers,Beedi industry's child workers trapped in economic slavery!
You may find it difficult to believe that such working and living conditions are still common in certain areas of the largest democratic country by number.
Working over 12 hours a day only for a day's meal and a roof for the night as early as at the age of ten till they turn 40 when they no longer be able to roll cigarettes. Neither democracy nor capitalism seems to provide descent life to this poor children and women in India where modern economy and lifestyle are booming in developing areas and nuclear weapons are deployed to protect the sovereign state.
A simple question; why they don't grow food for themselves by farming, why they struggle to make only $2?
Enjoy reading and learning from this staggering report.


Topic Reading-Vol.64-6/14/2012

Dear MEL School's Topic Readers,The woman who defied Saudi's driving ban and put it on YouTube.
First, did you know that women aren't supposed or even allowed to drive cars in Saudi Arabia? Also, have you ever thought about a place, not north Korea, where women won't be allowed to vote or hold public office until 2015, can't get married, leave the country, go to school or open bank accounts without permission from a male guardian, who most of the cases is the father or husband?
Enjoy reading and learning what's been going on in an Arabic country and women who live there.


Topic Reading-Vol.63-6/13/2012

Dear MEL School's Topic Readers,Cost to lunch with Warren Buffett: $3.5 million!!!
This over-million-dollar luncheon with one of the world most prominent and wealthiest business person has been auctioned 13 times, generating and contributing a total of over eleven million dollars to a cause to help homeless people in San Francisco, and even the New York restaurant that host the lunch contributes no less than ten thousand dollars to the cause.
The billionaire is planning to divide his second largest fortune to five charitable causes, one of which is the famous Bill and Melinda Foundation. He's also encouraging other richest people to follow his suit.
Click the below and enjoy reading and learning from this article about what can a person with fortune and fame could do to change or contribute to the world and people.;_ylt=Aht.QJ5EbXd1sY2pBzhBOVSs0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTNtbDM5b2E0BG1pdANUb3BTdG9yeSBGUARwa2cDYmQ3MWJkNGQtOTllOS0zY2JkLTk0OWYtYzVkMDhhMmNlZjJhBHBvcwMxMwRzZWMDdG9wX3N0b3J5BHZlcgNmMjExNmZkMS1iMjEyLTExZTEtOWM4OC00Yzg5OGUwMDhlNzY-;_ylg=X3oDMTFlamZvM2ZlBGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRwc3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdAMEcHQDc2VjdGlvbnM-;_ylv=3


Topic Reading-Vol.62-6/12/2012

Dear MEL School's Topic Readers,Solar-powered 'supertrees' breathe life into Singapore's urban oasis!!!
This is a  must-read kind of introductory article to a Singapore's new initiative to transform its urban structure and image to a more eco-friendly and sustainable city.
Seeing is believing. Enjoy viewing the photos featured in this article and learning this ambitious and futuristic project!!!


Topic Reading-Vol.61-6/11/2012

Dear MEL School's Topic Readers,
Drastic measures as China students sit exams!
Do you think your exams are tougher than any others in the world? In Japan, as low as 1.05 million new babies were born last year (2011), while approximately a little over that number of students are taking so called "Center Exams" this past January.
In China, nearly 10 million students are taking national college entrance exams, which could or most likely determine their academic fate, these two days for six million slots at universities nation wide.
There are numbers of extraordinary activities around the exam locations, including special meals, nanny services and special devices to fool the exam.
Enjoy reading and learning how serious the exam is for Chinese.


Topic Reading-Vol.60-6/10/2012

Dear MEL School's Topic Readers,China Forbids International Tourism to Tibet Indefinitely.
Over a half century ago, the territory was stormed by a massive army force of PRC and have been ruled ever since then. Only a limited number of foreign travelers had been permitted to visit the plateau region with the highest elevation of 4,900 meters above sea level.
Enjoy reading and learning what sort of restrictions and sanctions have been imposed on this tiny yet attractive region to the tourists and the residents.;_ylt=AukPc_Qbb54VGOUvHPyFcIis0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTNsMHFvbm1mBG1pdANUb3BTdG9yeSBGUARwa2cDYzhkMWUxM2EtN2JjZi0zZjliLWJlM2MtYjdjMzk2NGEzNDEyBHBvcwM5BHNlYwN0b3Bfc3RvcnkEdmVyAzk2OWVlNmExLWIwYjktMTFlMS1iYzZkLTViNDcxYWNjOTdjOQ--;_ylg=X3oDMTFlamZvM2ZlBGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRwc3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdAMEcHQDc2VjdGlvbnM-;_ylv=3


Topic Reading-Vol.59-6/9/2012

Dear MEL School's Topic Readers,World's first airline seating system that depends on your mood!
Yesterday, you might have read an opposite practices by profit-hungry low cost carriers. Today, you're going to be introduced attempts to satisfy passengers' mental or mind preference by arranging their seating profile and mood. There seem to be many different options and practices to travel by air these days simply to move from point A to B even sitting in a same size of seat in the same duration of time.
Enjoy reading and learning this article to fly better!


Topic Reading-Vol.58-6/8/2012

Dear MEL School's Topic Readers,Fliers stung by charges for window and aisle seats!!!
Can you imagine that you and your travel companion can't sit next to each other when you travel by air simply because you haven't paid enough?
The lower the airfare is, the less you'll get including not only food or drinks but also a chance to sit together, not to mention the fee charged for your carry on baggage!
Enjoy reading and learning this eye-opening article, which may make you think which airline you'll be flying next.


Topic Reading-Vol.57-6/7/2012

Dear MEL School's Topic Readers,North Korea faces worst drought in 50 years; South says aid unlikely.
Knowing what is going to happen to its 24 million people, who are always hungry and struggling to live, the country, neighboring countries and the world don't seem to work together to help them.
Draught is no less severe than other disasters such as earthquake or tsunami but no international aids seem to be provided. Very difficult situation to understand.
Enjoy reading and learning from it.


Topic Reading-Vol.56-6/6/2012

Dear MEL School's Topic Readers,Japan PM Noda reshuffles cabinet over tax bill!
This article is kind enough not to mention anything about how long those replaced ministers were in their offices. Rather, it focused on PM's determination to devote his political future to raise the consumption tax by working with an opposition party rather than opposing colleagues.
Enjoy reading and learning how this reshuffling is reported in western media!


Topic Reading-Vol.55-6/5/2012

Dear MEL School's Topic Readers,China rounds up activists on Tiananmen anniversary.
What happened in 1989 was very tragic and shouldn't or won't be forgotten.
There have been uprisings in northern Africa and middle east, which have been threatening the rulers or ruling bodies of some power regimes such as ...
How much the advocates, activists, voices on the street or the Internet can do still remains to be seen but it is happening everywhere.
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Topic Reading-Vol.54-6/4/2012

Dear MEL School's Topic Readers,US, Iran dig in for long cyber war!
It sounds like an scientific novel or movie but it seems to be in action among aggressive nations that are eager to harm others or defence at a lower cost and casualties.
These attacks are targeted at government, military or state institutes whose defence or monitoring systems are highly sophisticated, well equipped and staffed and deeply invested.
But what about private sectors that handle hazardous materials such as nuclear power or process plants, chemical or medical institutions whose defence systems aren't as sophisticated nor managed as the state-run organizations? What about conventional power plant, water sources or public transportation?
Enjoy reading and learning more about what's going on in the cyber space!;_ylt=AurBqgNmVE56WkJqde8ogUms0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTNsbmJpazBtBG1pdANUb3BTdG9yeSBGUARwa2cDODgzMTE0OGQtM2JiZC0zMjhkLTgzMWQtNGE2YTM3M2Q5ZDMxBHBvcwM2BHNlYwN0b3Bfc3RvcnkEdmVyAzdjYzIxMzgxLWFjZDktMTFlMS1hZmY2LTQ2Njc2NTNjN2U3OQ--;_ylg=X3oDMTFlamZvM2ZlBGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRwc3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdAMEcHQDc2VjdGlvbnM-;_ylv=3


Topic Reading-Vol.53-6/3/2012

Dear MEL School's Topic Readers,Snigdha Nandipati wins National Spelling Bee!!!
The National Spelling Bee is a national competition in the U.S. where contestants, usually children, are asked to spell English words.
This year, a fourteen-year old Indian American girl won the prominent title, which no longer is any surprise as Indian American contestants have won ten out of the last 14 competitions and this is the fifth straight year. This smart and dedicated girl has been studying six to ten hours on weekdays and nearly half a day on weekends and she seems to continue doing so to study at a medical school.
Enjoy reading this amazing story below and learning from it!!
Click below to read the article.;_ylt=Aj6F37gxHlXxk_ZLy2YLSJ.s0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTNtOXVmdDBiBG1pdANKdW1ib3Ryb24gRlAEcGtnA2IxZTE0ZmY5LTZmZDItM2IwOS1hMGE4LTRlNTg1NGZiYTYwOARwb3MDMwRzZWMDanVtYm90cm9uBHZlcgMzOTFlY2JjMS1hYjkyLTExZTEtYjVlZi1iODZiNWUxYzVjYTE-;_ylg=X3oDMTFlamZvM2ZlBGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRwc3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdAMEcHQDc2VjdGlvbnM-;_ylv=3


Topir Reading-Vol.52-6/2/2012

Dear MEL School's Topic Readers,
Italian university switches to English!!!
Italy or other Latin countries seemed to have been conservative in terms their native tongues but globalization is now giving stronger motivation and incentive to transform their higher education toward globally competitive one. It'll require quite a work and fund for those schools that are taking such initiatives but they seem to be more committed to move rather than to lose their competitiveness and students' employability even for highly regarded Politecnico di Milano .
Enjoy reading and learning from this ariticle.


Topic Reading-Vol.51-6/1/2012

Dear MEL School's Topic Readers,Samsung begins Europe sales of latest smartphone!!!
Once Japanese companies' play ground has been completely taken by other global giants, Nokia, Apple and now Samsung. They are/were the ones that enjoyed number one market share in highly competitive, innovative and volatile market, mobile phones.
Such words like electronics, high-tech, compact, easy-to-use, reliable, stylish, are the ones Japanese electronics or high tech companies had been very good at.
Enjoy reading and learning from this fast growing and changing market and product.;_ylt=AnnviLcHt6CcSbQxoFO.YUMjtBAF;_ylu=X3oDMTNxamY3MnBhBG1pdANUb3BTdG9yeSBUZWNoU0YEcGtnAzA2NWQxZTNmLThmMzYtM2ZkZS1hNmQ5LWM4NjA2Y2VjM2ZkZgRwb3MDMTQEc2VjA3RvcF9zdG9yeQR2ZXIDZmVmMTljZTAtYTk1Zi0xMWUxLWI0NzctMGJjMTFlMDMxNzNh;_ylg=X3oDMTFlamZvM2ZlBGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRwc3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdAMEcHQDc2VjdGlvbnM-;_ylv=3