Imagine looking at something and being able to move it just by using your brain!That is exactly what the new technology called BrainGate can do —with the help of a robotic arm,anyway.
BrainGate is the idea of Professor John Donoghue and his team of researchers at the Brown Institute for Brain Science,USA. BrainGate is attached directly to the brain. First of all,gold wires are put into the part of the brain that controls movement. These are then connected to a small computer chip(芯片) . When the person thinks about different movements,this creates electrical signals,which are picked up by the chip. After this,the signals that are created by the brain are sent back to a computer,which changes the signals into movements. Finally,the computer uses the robotic arm to carry out these movements. BrainGate can already be used to write an e-mail or play computer games,just by brain power.
The technology has already cost millions of dollars to develop and when it is available for use,it will probably cost thousands of dollars per person. There are still many challenges ahead for Donoghue and his team. They are currently planning a mini wireless version,which will allow people to be connected to the computer at all times. Donoghue also dreams of using this technology to help disabled people who can't move their arms or legs. He plans to connect BrainGate directly to their own paralysed limbs(瘫痪的胳膊或腿) .This will mean that the person can control their own body again,without relying on a robotic arm.
This research is attracting the military's (军方的) attention as well. However,it is easy to understand why scientists might be concerned about how thought-controlled machines could be used by the military.
1.What does the underlined word “These” refer to?
A. Movements. B. Thoughts.
C. Brains D. Wires.
2.What is one of BrainGate's disadvantages?
A. It needs improvement. B. It produces few movements.
C. It is too expensive. D. It is difficult to control.
3.How will Donoghue help disabled people?
A. By developing a wireless version.
B. By replacing their limbs with robotic ones.
C. By making BrainGate smaller.
D. By attaching BrainGate to their bad limbs.
4.What does the military think of thought-controlled machines?
A. They could lead to disasters. B. They would face fierce competition.
C. They could be useful. D. They would be in mass production.
The international community should make every effort together to the barriers of fear and unfriendliness which divide the two countries.
A. break out B. break down
C. break through D. break into
In 2012, I had just recovered from a serious illness when I received an invitation to a writer’s conference in Orlando, Florida. My family persuaded me that a(n)______might be just what the doctor ordered, so off I______.
Arriving in the Sunshine State was rather tiring, but I______to catch a taxi to my______and settle in. The next morning, I took another______to the shopping centre to buy a few souvenirs.______I went to a cafe to have lunch, but all the tables were______. Then I heard a friendly voice saying, "You can______my table."
I gratefully sat down with the______lady and we had a happy lunch together. As the______drew to a close she asked how long I would be in Orlando. I had already told her that I hadn't______a car, and hadn't realized how______taking taxis would he. After a while she said, "My dear, don't use any more taxis. I'm retired and it would be my pleasure to______you wherever you wish." I told her that I couldn't put her to that______,but she brushed aside my protests(反对). She asked me where I was______and the next morning she was waiting at my apartment at the______time to take me to Disney World. She spent some time with me before leaving me to______alone. At the end of the day, she______to take me back to my accommodation. I______her money but she refused to take any.
I'll never forget that wonderful lady who, through her______, filled my brief holiday in Florida with wonderful memories.
1.A. holiday B. ceremony C. operation D. experiment
2.A. kept B. went C. dropped D. knocked
3.A. intended B. promised C. managed D. deserved
4.A. hospital B. company C. university D. accommodation
5.A. colleague B. passenger C. suitcase D. taxi
6.A. Instead B. First C. Later D. Once
7.A. classified B. occupied C. decorated D. painted
8.A. share B. reserve C. set D. possess
9.A. old B. poor C. innocent D. stubborn
10.A. journey B. meal C. speech D. interview
11.A. donated B. repaired C. hired D. guided
12.A. convenient B. worthwhile C. unfortunate D. expensive
13.A. inspire B. entertain C. call D. drive
14.A. business B. argument C. trouble D. challenge
15.A. working B. staying C. moving D. shopping
16.A. appointed B. limited C. favourite D. regular
17.A. digest B. explore C. perform D. calculate
18.A. forgot B. refused C. returned D. preferred
19.A. sent B. lent C. offered D. owed
20.A. confidence B. dignity C. curiosity D. kindness
This is a true story which happened in the States. A man came out oi his home to admire his new truck. To his 1. ( puzzle), his three-year-old son was 2.(happy) hammering dents (凹痕) into the shiny paint of the truck. The man ran to his son, knocked him away, hammered the little boy’s hands into pulp(果浆汁) as 3. (punish). When the father calmed down, he rushed his son to the hospital.
4. the doctor tried desperately to save the crushed bones, he finally had to cut the fingers from both the boy’s hands. When the boy 5. (wake) up from the operation and saw his bandaged stubs, he innocently said, “Daddy, I’m sorry about your truck.” Then he asked, “6. when are my fingers going to grow back?”
The father went home and committed suicide.
Think about this story 7. next time someone steps on your feet or you wish to take revenge. Think first 8. you lose your patience with someone you love. Trucks can 9. (repair). Broken bones and hurt feelings often can’t. Too often we fail to recognize the difference between the person and the performance. We forget that forgiveness is 10. (great) than revenge.
People make mistakes. We are allowed to make mistakes. But the actions we take while in a rage will impress us forever.
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Good afternoon, everyone! I feel honored to stand here to share with you my opinions on what to learn in senior high school.
Thanks for your listening!