London's new black cabs put to Arctic test 伦敦新黑色出租车送往北极测试
Pollution-fighting pigeons 英国科学家利用鸽子研究城市污染模式
This is the brand new design for the iconic London black cab. But before they can put this through its paces in the cities, they have to try it out in one of the most hostile environments on Earth. It's got an electric engine, most of the time driving with zero emissions, although a small petrol motor charges the battery from time to time.
Can pigeons help us in the battle against air pollution? It sounds far-fetched but academics from Birmingham University are convinced they can. They're attaching sensors to the birds which, unlike drones, can fly without restrictions above busy urban centres. The information collected will help to model how pollution moves around cities and could be used by planners to help decide where to build hospitals or schools.
emissions / far-fetched
1. A collapse in the use of coal has driven UK carbon ______ down to levels barely seen since the Victorian era, new figures show.
2. The idea of pigs producing human organs might sound a bit ______ but that is what a group of Japanese scientists is attempting to do.
1. A collapse in the use of coal has driven UK carbon emissions down to levels barely seen since the Victorian era, new figures show.
2. The idea of pigs producing human organs might sound a bit far-fetched but that is what a group of Japanese scientists is attempting to do.