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Clothes Made of Human Hair Are Good for the Earth

Clothes Made of Human Hair Are Good for the Earth


I want to buy a new sweater. But I don’t want to buy a cotton one. Cotton needs chemicals to grow faster. It needs chemicals that kill bugs. These chemicals are bad for the Earth.
我想買新的毛衣,但我不要棉花做的。棉花需要化學物質才能除蟲、長得快,可是化學物質對地球有害。
Should I buy one made from polyester? No, thanks! Polyester makes microplastics. They're bad for the Earth… and us.
那要買聚酯纖維做的嗎?也不行! 因為聚酯纖維會製造塑膠微粒,對地球跟我們也有害。
How about a sweater made of … human hair!? It sounds gross, but I heard it feels very soft!
那用人類頭髮做的毛衣呢?感覺有一點噁心,但是聽說摸起來好柔軟。
We take care of our hair every day. Some of us spend lots of money on our hair. But when we get haircuts, we don't want the hair that's cut off. Thousands of tons of hair become waste! But now, one company wants this hair!
我們每天都會保養頭髮,有一些人還會花很多錢保養。但是當我們把頭髮剪了,就不會想留下來。上千噸的頭髮變成垃圾,現在有一間公司卻想要這些頭髮。
A Dutch woman's...

Episode 10 July 2024 5m and 32s


Robot Carts for the Moon

Robot Carts for the Moon


NASA is the space agency of the U.S. It wants to do many things in space. It looks for ideas to help.
美國太空總署NASA想要在太空做不同的事,NASA也會收集各種好主意來解決問題。
Many scientists have good ideas about doing things in space. Some ideas can help NASA. Scientists make these ideas better. NASA will use the best ideas in space!
許多科學家對於在太空中做事有很多好的想法。有一些可以幫到 NASA。科學家們把想法變得更好。 NASA會將最好的創意運用到太空!
NASA will send people to the moon. They need buildings to live and work in. NASA will use moon rocks to make buildings. So one idea is using robot carts on the moon. They can carry heavy rocks!
NASA未來會派人到月球,這些人需要房子住跟工作的地方。NASA會用月球上的石頭蓋房子,就有人想到可以用機械推車來運送石頭。
The robot carts have magnets, so they float over a track. They don't have wheels or legs. They don't t...

Episode 9 July 2024 5m and 28s


Will Taiwan Have Longer, Hotter Summers?

Will Taiwan Have Longer, Hotter Summers?


Oh boy, it's so hot. Let's go for a drive to cool down.
天啊,真的好熱。我們去開車兜風。
Ugh. There are so many cars on the road. Hey, we need to get some gas!
路上有好多車,而且我們還需要加油!
Summers are hot in Taiwan. We turn on air conditioners to cool down. Maybe we go for drives and use gas. When we do these things, we use fossil fuels.
台灣的夏天真的很熱,我們都會開冷氣或是開車出去兜風,都會用到化石燃料。
What happens if our fossil fuel use doesn’t change? Climate change will make Taiwan's summers hotter and longer.
如果我們不減少化石燃料的使用,氣候變遷會讓台灣的夏天又長又熱。
By the year 2100, our summers will be 210 days long! Noooooo! Do you like 36-degree days? There will be 75 more!
到了2100年,台灣的夏天會長達210天!36度的天氣會多75天喔!
Climate change will also bring more heavy rain. More floods will happen. There will be fewer typhoons. But…...

Episode 8 July 2024 5m and 23s


Reading for the Brain

Reading for the Brain


Do you like stories about magic? How about stories about superheroes? These stories are fiction. Fiction means the stories are NOT real. But they're exciting! You can use your imagination!
你喜歡關於魔法的故事嗎?或是關於超級英雄呢?這些故事都是虛構的,不是真的。但是閱讀它們很令人興奮,因為可以運用你的想像力。
One girl loves fiction. She likes adventure stories. She likes stories about magic. But she LOVES fairy tales…
有個女孩很喜歡閱讀小說,像是冒險故事、魔法故事。她還特別喜歡童話故事。
Once upon a time, the girl had a question … Is reading fiction good for the brain?
有一天她想到一個問題,看故事對大腦有益處嗎?
One day, some scientists gave her the answer. They said reading fiction helps the brain in many ways!
有一些科學家給了她答案,說閱讀小說對大腦有不同的好處!
Fiction readers understand other people's feelings better. They think more clearly. They solve problems better. They're good at understanding ideas and things they can't see or touch.
小說的讀者可以更容易理解別人的感受,也更容易解決事情,他們把事情想得更清楚。擅長理解看不到、摸不到的東西或想法。
The scientists looked at studies on people who read fiction and people who watch fiction. They said rea...

Episode 7 July 2024 5m and 20s


Cleaning the Earth’s Air

Cleaning the Earth’s Air


Do you help clean your home? Maybe you vacuum dust from your floor.
你會打掃家裡嗎?像是用吸塵器吸家裡地板。
Hmmm… What can we do to help clean the Earth, everyone's home? The Earth's air has too much carbon dioxide. This is bad. Carbon dioxide makes the Earth warmer. It comes from cars, factories, and us! We breathe out carbon dioxide.
那我們該怎麼打掃我們的家園地球呢?空氣裡有太多二氧化碳讓地球更熱。汽車、工廠甚至是我們都會產生二氧化碳。
Well, we can't stop breathing! How about vacuuming? Some companies are vacuuming carbon dioxide from the air!
我們不能不呼吸,那如果把它吸走呢?有一些公司把二氧化碳從空氣中吸走。
These vacuums are VERY big. They cost a lot to make and use.
這種吸塵器很龐大,而且需要很高的成本製作跟使用。
The biggest vacuum now is in Iceland. Every day, it vacuums one hundred tons of carbon dioxide. Then the carbon dioxide goes down, down, down into the Earth. It becomes rock there! And it's there forever! This is good!
最大的吸塵器在冰島,每天會吸一百噸的二氧化碳到地底下變成岩石。
But… that's not very much...

Episode 4 July 2024 5m and 15s


This Plastic Eats Itself

This Plastic Eats Itself


Plastic garbage is a very big problem. We put lots of plastic in the ground with other garbage. This is bad for our Earth.
塑膠垃圾是一個很嚴重的問題,我們把塑膠跟其他的垃圾丟在一起,這樣很不環保。
There's also lots of plastic in our oceans. It breaks down into small pieces there. Ocean animals eat this plastic. It's bad for them. And many ocean animals die when they get trapped in plastic.
大海裡也有很多塑膠垃圾,它們被分解成小碎片,很多海生動物把碎片吃下肚,有的還會被塑膠纏住而死亡。
Plastic can take hundreds of years to break down. The pieces become too small to see. But they never go away…
塑膠需要花上百年才能被分解,雖然我們肉眼看不到碎片,但是它並沒有消失。
Now American scientists have made a new plastic. It's soft and lasts a long time. It can be used in shoes, pillows, and foam products. After the product is thrown away, the plastic goes away in about five months!
現在美國科學家研發新的一種塑膠,它是軟的,而且耐用,可以用來做鞋子、枕頭跟泡綿產品。這種塑膠只需要五個月就會被分解掉。
How does it go away? It’...

Episode 3 July 2024 5m and 9s


Earth’s Hot, Dry Twin

Earth’s Hot, Dry Twin


Earth’s Hot, Dry Twin 

Four and a half billion years ago, Venus and Earth were born together. They looked almost the same. They both had blue oceans and green mountains. They were twin planets!
45億年前,金星跟地球一起誕生。兩個星球看起來幾乎一樣,都有藍色的大海和綠色的山,簡直是雙胞胎!
Earth is the right distance from the sun. Earth's oceans are full of water. Earth is warm but not too hot. The air is cool.
地球的海洋充滿水分,又離太陽的距離很剛好,讓地球很溫暖又不會太熱,空氣也很涼爽。
But Venus is too close to the sun.* *The sun’s heat made Venus’ oceans lose water.
但是金星離太陽太近了,金星的海洋都蒸發了。
Venus has a lot of volcanoes. Lots of bad gases came out of them. The gases made the air thick. The thick air kept more heat in. Venus became the hottest planet around the sun!
金星又有很多火山釋放大量的氣體,讓大氣層變得很厚,整個星球又更熱,成為太陽周圍最熱的行星!
Water is made from hydrogen and oxygen. In...

Episode 2 July 2024 5m and 7s


Watching Sports is Good for You

Watching Sports is Good for You


Watching Sports is Good for You

Baseball! Basketball! Soccer! Playing sports is good for us. We get exercise. We become healthier. Playing sports makes us feel happy too. We make friends. We are part of a team or a group. That's good for us too.
棒球、籃球、足球! 從事運動可以讓我們會變得更健康,還會交到朋友,成為團隊的一份子。

Many of us don't play sports. But maybe we watch sports. This doesn't make us exercise. But it can make us feel happy. So… is watching sports good for us?
大部分的人不玩運動,但我們會看運動賽事,雖然沒有做運動,還是會讓我們感到快樂。那看運動賽事對我們好嗎?

Researchers in Japan studied people who watch sports. They looked at lots of data. They asked questions. They studied pictures of people's brains after the people watched sports.
日本研究員研究看運動賽事的人,向他們問問題又看了很多數據,研究他們看完比賽後的腦部影像。

The researchers say wat...

Episode 1 July 2024 5m and 16s


The Race on Stairs

The Race on Stairs


The Race on Stairs

One morning, 5,000 runners went to Taipei 101, Taiwan's tallest building! They came from 34 countries. All were running in the Taipei 101 Run Up and some in the Towerrunning World Championship.
有一天早上,5000名跑者聚集在台北101,他們來自34個國家參加台北101 垂直馬拉松跟世界高樓登高錦標賽。

The runners entered the Run Up race one at a time. Then they started to run up 2,000 steps!
跑者一個接一個開始跑垂直馬拉松,要爬2000個階梯。

After a while, they didn't know what floor they were on! If a runner passed by, they were running too slow. When they passed a runner, they were happy!
過了不久,他們都不知道爬到哪一層樓了! 假如被其他參賽者超過,表示跑得太慢囉! 但只要能超過別人,就很開心。

After the finish line on the 91st floor, some runners needed to lay down on the floor! They didn't care about the great view!
終於抵達終點91樓,有一些跑者需要躺下來休息,根本不在乎絕佳的景觀。

This wasn't the end for the runners in the Towerrunning World Championship race! They...

Episode 30 June 2024 5m and 20s


How Wind Spins into a Tornado

How Wind Spins into a Tornado


How Wind Spins into a Tornado

Do you know what tornadoes are? They are towers of wind. They spin around and around very fast. They're very strong and very, very scary!
你知道什麼是龍捲風嗎? 它是一個旋轉的空氣柱,破壞力很強,又非常嚇人!

A big tornado hit an American town. The tornado destroyed buildings and cars. People had no electricity. They needed help!
龍捲風襲擊美國一個小鎮,摧毀建築物跟車子。當地還停電,民眾需要幫助。

How do tornadoes happen?
龍捲風怎麼形成的呢?

During some storms, warm air goes up to the clouds. At the same time, cold air falls from the cloud. The warm and cold air mix and spin faster. If the spinning air goes down to land, it becomes a tornado!
天氣不穩定的時候,暖空氣上升,冷空氣同時下降,冷暖空氣對流讓轉速越來越快,碰到地面就變成龍捲風。

Tornadoes show us that nature has...

Episode 27 June 2024 5m and 24s

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