PTE Read Aloud repeated questions



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1. For centuries, Atlantis has been one of the western world’s favorite legends, a tantalizing blend of fantasy and mystery. Stories tell of a rich and glorious empire that was lost to the sea where some hope its ruins still lie, waiting to be discovered.

2. Magnetic field lines tangled like spaghetti in a bowl might be behind the most powerful particle accelerators in the universe. That’s the result of a new computational study by researchers from the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, which simulated particle emissions from distant active galaxies.

3. Swirling columns of sand and dust, known as dust devils, are a feature of desert areas on Mars and on Earth. Now, a study of terrestrial dust devils has shown that around two-thirds of the fine particles lifted by these vortices can remain suspended in the atmosphere and be transported around the globe. The findings have implications for the climate and weather of both planets and, potentially, human health here on Earth.


4. A new study of the response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico showed that massive quantities of chemically engineered dispersants injected at the wellhead — roughly 1,500 meters (4,921 feet) beneath the surface — were unrelated to the formation of the massive deepwater oil plume.

5. The science is clear that human activities over the last century have contributed to greenhouse-like warming of the Earth’s surface. Much of the global conversation around climate change fixates on what individual countries or regions are contributing to the problem, and what they will do (or not do) to reverse the tide.

6. To get accurate numbers, Stanford University scientists analyzed more than a billion high-resolution satellite images with a machine learning algorithm and identified nearly every solar power installation in the contiguous 48 states. The results are described in a paper published in Dec. 19 issue of Joule. The data are publicly available on the project’s website.

7. The preparation of abstract is an intellectual effort requiring general familiarity with the subject to bring out of the points of an author’s argument course for skills and experience. Consequently, a considerable amount of qualified manpower that could be used to advantage in other ways must be diverted to the task of facilitating or to information.

8. The border itself between Mexico and the United States is fraught with a mix of urban and desert
terrain and spans over 1,900 miles. Both the uninhabited areas of the border and urban areas
are where the most drug trafficking and illegal crossings take place. Crime is prevalent in urban
cities like El Paso, Texas and San Diego, California.

9. While blue is one of the most popular colors, it is one of the least appetizing. Blue food is rare
in nature. Food researchers say that when humans searched for food, they learned to avoid toxic
or spoiled objects, which were often blue, black or purple. When food dyed blue is served to
study subjects, they lose appetite.

10. When countries assess their annual carbon dioxide emissions, they count up their cars and
power stations, but bush fires are not included – presumably because they are deemed to be
events beyond human control. In Australia, Victoria alone sees several hundred thousand
hectares burn each year; in both 2004 and more recently, the figure has been over 1 million

11. Tesla came over from Graz and went to work for Thomas Edison. Nonetheless, Edison offered
him a job, promising Tesla fifty thousand dollars if Tesla could redesign Edison’s breakdown-prone DC generator designs. The new generator designs were a vast improvement over Edison’s
originals. Upon completing the job Tesla went to Edison to collect the $50,000 promised for
the task. ‘Tesla,’ Edison replied, ‘you don’t understand our American humor.’ And Tesla was
never paid.

12. The core of the problem was the immense disparity between the country’s productive capacity
and the ability of people to consume. Great innovations in productive techniques during and
after the war raised the output of industry beyond the purchasing capacity of U.S. farmers and
wage earners.

13. Although it hails from a remote region of the western Himalayas. This plant now looks entirely at home on the banks of English rivers and colonized river banks and damp woodlands. In the Himalayas, the plant is held in check by various pests, but take these away and it grows and reproduces unhindered. Now it is spreading across Europe, New Zealand, Canada and the US.

14. Pluto lost its official status as a planet yesterday when the International Astronomical Union
downsized the solar system from nine to eight planets. Although there had been a passionate
debate at the IAU General Assembly Meeting in Prague about the definition of a planet – and
whether Pluto met the specifications – the audience greeted the decision to exclude it with

15. At the beginning of each fiscal year funds are allocated to each State account in accordance
with the University’s financial plan. Funds are allocated to each account by an object of
expenditure. Account managers are responsible for ensuring that adequate funds are available
in the appropriate object before initiating transactions to use the funds.

16. Akimbo
Akimbo, this must be one of the odder-looking words in the language and puzzles us in part
because it doesn’t seem to have any relatives, What’s more, it is now virtually a fossil word,
until recently almost invariably found in arms akimbo, a posture in which a person stands with
hands on hips and elbows sharply bent outward, one signalling impatience, hostility, or

17. Yellow
Yellow is the most optimistic color, yet surprisingly, people lose their tempers most often in
yellow rooms and babies will cry more. The reason may be that yellow is the hardest color on
the eye, so it can be overpowering if overused.

18. Edison and Tesla
Tesla actually worked for Edison early in his career. Edison offered to pay him the modern
equivalent of a million dollars to fix the problems he was having with his DC generators and
motors. Tesla fixed Edison’s machines and when he asked for the money he was promised,
Edison laughed him off and had this to say, “Tesla, you don’t understand our American humor.”

19. Avi Loeb
The situation is similar to a pregnant woman that has twin babies in her belly. Avi Loeb of the
Harvard – Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. He’s proposing the idea in a paper that’s been
accepted for publication in the Astrophysical Journal Letters.

20. Yellow Tulip/Square Root
How do we imagine the unimaginable? If we’re asked to think of an object – say, a yellow tulip
– a picture immediately forms in our mind’s eye. But what if we try to imagine a concept such
as the square root of negative number?

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