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Monday, October 26, 2020

"Without a murmur" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Kyle Glenn on Unsplash

"Without a murmur" -> nghĩa là không phản đối hay phàn nàn, yên lặng làm theo.

Ví dụ
He was a man of fervent (nồng nhiệt) piety (hiếu thảo) and deep thought. His daughter married Louis Marselle, and adopted with grace the coarse fare and rustic accommodations of a new country, without a murmur.

This is akin to a tiger grabbing a leopard’s hard kill and the smaller big cat scooting off (chạy vội đi) without a murmur of outrage. Here, poetic justice emerges as a sub-plot of Nature’s typically unjust ways, which are premised on the amorality (phi luân lý) of ‘might is right’.

Without a murmur from the stands, Brown believes the silence will have to be shattered (phá vỡ) by the sound of strong leadership. Brown, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “People like myself who know the fixture well and even people such as Shane Duffy, who hasn’t played in one yet but knows what it’s about, we need to make ourselves heard.

The passing of this bill so easily "without a murmur" is bound to raise eyebrows. Time will tell what concessions (nhượng bộ) (or arm twisting) have been given to the opposition in exchange for the nod (gật đầu) for this bill.

Ngọc Lân

"Quaking in your boots" nghĩa là gì?

Cảm giác này có hơi mạnh quá! Photo courtesy: Scott 97006

"Quaking in one's boots" = đi giày vẫn run -> nghĩa là rất sợ hãi về chuyện sắp xảy đến.

Ví dụ
This big, ugly dog was growling (gầm gừ) at me and baring (để lộ) its teeth. I was quaking in my boots, I can tell you!

She may have fallen, but she could — and did — get up. She sat up straight and exclaimed, “Wrong shoes!” (To which her stylist certainly started quaking in her boots backstage.) Then it was on with the show, which included an intimate chat with singer-actress Jennifer Lopez.

Fair readers, stop quaking in your boots about the future of America or too many thumbs addicted to screens or the dreaded (đáng sợ) notion that The Greatest Generation might never be replicated again, because there’s Lauren, grinding it out (nghiền, nạo ra) at Caledonia High School, on the golf course, as a volunteer, while mentoring – and in her recent past, battling pain and grief that most of us will never experience.

Ngân Nguyễn

Thói quen xài đồ gỗ và bài học từ sự sụp đổ xã hội của đảo Phục sinh


from tác phẩm “Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed” (Sụp đổ: Các xã hội đã thất bại hay thành công như thế nào?) của Jared Diamond. Cuốn sách trả lời cho câu hỏi tại sao nhiều nền văn minh trong quá khứ đã sụp đổ.

...sự sụp đổ của xã hội trên đảo Phục sinh: 
Đó là một hòn đảo nổi tiếng nằm ở Đông Nam Thái Bình Dương với 887 bức tượng đá khổng lồ hình mặt người (được gọi là Moai) được tộc người Rapa Nui cổ tạo ra. 

Sau cuộc đua xây Moai, cả xã hội trên đảo Phục sinh rơi vào tình trạng cạn kiệt các loại cây gỗ lớn vì đã bị khai thác hết để phục vụ cho việc xây tượng. Không còn cây gỗ lớn trong rừng dẫn đến việc chim chóc và các động vật sống trong rừng chịu chung số phận. Người dân Rapa Nui cổ sinh sống bằng cách đánh bắt cá, các loại cây gỗ lớn được dùng làm thuyền để đánh cá, không có cây gỗ lớn thì không đóng được thuyền và không đánh được cá. Các nguồn tài nguyên thiên nhiên trên đảo Phục sinh ngày càng cạn kiệt, tình trạng thiếu thốn lương thực xảy ra dẫn đến những cuộc chiến tranh để giành giật nguồn sống vốn đã khan hiếm. Xã hội trên đảo Phục sinh rơi vào tình trạng sụp đổ rồi từ từ biến mất.

Không có niềm vui nào bằng niềm vui của các nhà khoa học

điều khiển robot trong... lỗ đít :D
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In a world’s first, a team of scientists at Purdue University built a tiny microrobot that can be operated inside a colon (ruột kết) of a living animal.

The goal is to one day allow such Lilliputian machines to deliver drug (đưa thuốc) payloads (trọng tải) to different parts of a patient’s body, greatly enhancing their effects (hiệu ứng, tác dụng) and applications.

The robot itself is only as wide as a few human hairs and navigates (lái tàu đi khắp (biển, sông...)) its colon environment by essentially doing back flips. The movement allows it to traverse “rough terrain,” or in this case, the colons of live anesthetized (gây tê, gây mê) mice (chuột) and colons excised from pigs.

Bài trước: Nơi cuối cùng

“Buy a lemon” nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Ralph Mayhew

“Buy a lemon” = mua chanh -> nghĩa là mua thứ vô ích, it giá trị hơn so với mình nghĩ.

Ví dụ
The thing is, there are plenty trustworthy used car dealers out there, and there are good used cars to be had for good prices. We always advise readers to deal with reputable dealerships to ensure they don't buy a lemon so to speak.

In fact, they rank even lower than stockbrokers, ad execs, politicians and talk back radio hosts. This is because most of us realise - often from personal experience - that buying a car can be a real minefield. Not only is it a depreciating asset but if you buy a lemon or get saddled with high interest payments from predatory finance, you can end up getting more than you bargained for, literally!

Don’t Buy a Lemon — Ask the Used Car Dealer These Questions. Used cars come with baggage from their previous owners. A used car might need a total engine rebuild or it might need nothing more than a new set of tires. Before you drive a used car off the lot, make sure you know exactly what happened in its history, what’s been done to fix any issues and how protected you’ll be from future problems.

Ka Tina

“Spice things up” nghĩa là gì?


“Spice things up” có spice up là thêm gia vị -> cụm từ này nghĩa là làm cho mọi thứ hấp dẫn và thú vị hơn.

Ví dụ
That’s why OU’s 33-14 victory over the Horned Frogs wasn’t as consistently spectacular as so many of the Sooners’ wins have been since Riley arrived in 2015 to spice things up. Those expecting more of the same are as spoiled by the past five years as Riley has been spoiled by all of his talent.

In years past, the Frantic 48 Film Challenge would challenge teams within the association to grab their camera gear and create a short film all within a 48-hour time span. However, because of COVID-19 and the limiting of people to cohorts (bọn người tụ tập), the association decided to spice things up.

Since 2016, The Straits Times Run has been a yearly event for Ping Yi Secondary School, and this year was no different even though the run was converted to a virtual one owing to the Covid-19 pandemic. To spice things up, the school turned the virtual run into a friendly competition among its four student houses: Andes, Rockies, Atlas and Alpine. The 20 students who took part in The Straits Times Virtual Run's (STVR) 17.5km category were ranked by their pace and awarded points according to their ranking.

Ka Tina

“Receive a kickback” nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Markus Spiske

“Receive a kickback” có kickback là tiền cò -> cụm từ này nghĩa là nhận tiền hối lộ/bất hợp pháp.

Ví dụ
But limiting how much jails can charge its inmates could have an effect on local sheriffs’ budgets. County jails receive a kickback on the profits from those inmate phone calls — which can add up to tens of thousands of dollars.

The Beneficiary Inducement CMP prohibits the offer or transfer of remuneration (tiền thù lao) to any person that receives Medicare or Medicaid when the person making the offer knows or should know the offer is likely to influence the patient to order or receive an item or service from a particular provider, practitioner, or supplier.[6] Unlike the Anti-Kickback Statute, the Beneficiary Inducement CMP is a civil law (luật dân sự), not a criminal one, so it does not require the “ill-intent” to pay or receive a kickback.

"It's a question of bribes really," said Jeb White, President of Taxpayers Against Fraud. "It is a question of: did a provider receive a kickback from a healthcare system that caused them to then prescribe or encourage people to go in a particular hospital? The harm happens whenever a physician makes a decision on his own bottom line versus the needs of the patient. This is a massive case. This is a massive case by any standard. A lot of times when you see $800 million dollars it involves pharmaceutical fraud (vụ gian lận y dược) or medical device fraud. to see a health care system around $800 million is almost unprecedented."

Ka Tina

"Work without a net" nghĩa là gì?


"Work without a net" = làm việc không dùng lưới -> nghĩa là hành động liều lĩnh hoặc không dùng những biện pháp an toàn.

Ví dụ
"I do my best work without a net. I really do,” Jones said at this year's NFL Combine when justifying (bào chữa) his decision to let Garrett coach on the last year of his deal once again.

And that’s the right way [that] they should go out there and do it as well. You know what I mean? Because it is a thing to where they’re trying to learn as much as they possibly can. And they’re getting information from guys, hopefully, that know a whole lot more than they do. So it’s definitely one of those things. My thing is, with Reality of Wrestling it’s the same way. I’ve got guys that are experienced (có kinh nghiệm) enough to go out there, that can work without a net.

“One of the biggest things that (SkillsUSA) teaches the kids is how to think on their feet and troubleshoot (khắc phục),” Starace said. “When a problem comes up in the field, sometimes you have to know how to handle it. Their teachers don’t compete with them, so they have to basically work without a net and figure it out for themselves.”

It takes guts to work without a net in front of thousands of people, but it’s business as usual for Gov’t Mule, a band that can blend (hòa trộn) muscular Southern rock with gritty, down-in-the-gutter blues, delicate country-folk, and jazz-fueled improvisation. It probably also helps that they’ve been at it for almost 25 years, a number that no one’s more surprised about than Haynes.

Ngọc Lân

"Sink without trace" nghĩa là gì?


"Sink without trace" = lặn không tăm hơi/không sủi tăm -> nghĩa là thất bại nhanh chóng, hoàn toàn; nghĩa khác là bị cộng đồng lãng quên, nhất là sau một khoảng thời gian nổi tiếng.

Ví dụ
Tondela continued to sink without trace before the hour-mark, going three goals down to Ricardo Horta’s close-range finish, courtesy of Galeno’s pull-back. In a merciless (không khoan dung) mood, Galeno’s header in the 43rd minute made it 4-0 in a goal-filled opening half.

As successful as all these entrepreneurs have been, they all operate in an environment in which the chances of failure are greater than success. It’s a well worn stat that 90% of start-ups fail. For every success story there are many which sink without trace.

Again, injuries offer some mitigation (làm dịu) for this season’s slump, but for that argument to carry any weight then the Cherries need to come back from the pause looking significantly better than Watford, West Ham or Brighton. They have missed David Brooks and they have missed others, but that will give them no comfort in the Championship, where they could easily sink without trace with Howe still at the helm.

Some biotech (công nghệ sinh học) businesses flourish, others get bought out by rivals (đối thủ), and many sink without trace. By contrast, pharmaceutical (dược phẩm) giants are 'safer' investments, often providing shareholders with an attractive dividend.

Ngọc Lân

"A man without a smiling face must not open a shop" nghĩa là gì?

Luôn luôn tươi cười. Photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash

"A man without a smiling face must not open a shop"  -> nghĩa là 'ai không biết cười đừng nên mở tiệm'.

Ví dụ
"Fine art has a much smaller base of people that support it, so connections with dealers/collectors are way more long term and intimate (thân thiết) than we usually encounter," said Gilheeney. "But as in any service-based industry – ours being commercial art – the Chinese proverb 'A man without a smiling face must not open a shop' is very relevant. Repeat customers and recommendations are, for sure, a part of our business."

Going by the age-old saying, “A man without a smiling face must not open a shop,” is indeed the utmost (cực kỳ) etiquette (xã giao) and prerequisite (điều kiện ) norm that forms the base of any tourism sector that is usually seen absent in our work culture. A warm hospitality service served with a cordial (thân mật) smile to the customers, be it in any small retail shops to resorts, hostel services, restaurants or any public places,  is always the first thing a tourist remembers.

Nobody wants to do business with a sourpuss (bẳn tính). It’s how the Chinese proverb, “A man without a smiling face must not open a shop” became a proverb in the first place. Do whatever you need to do to make this happen. I’m not saying you need to be Mr or Mrs Sunshine, but at least be warm and friendly. Be genuinely glad when customers call, or walk in, or send you an email.

There is a famous ancient Chinese proverb, “A man without a smiling face must not open a shop.” It is applicable (áp dụng được) to every profession (ngành nghề) but more in the corporate sector.

Ngọc Lân

Chủ tịch Tập đoàn Samsung qua đời. Thọ 78 tuổi

Samsung được bố của Lee Kun-hee là ông Lee Byung-chull thành lập để xuất khẩu hoa quả và cá khô...
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Samsung announced the death but did not specify the cause. Mr. Lee had been incapacitated (mất khả năng lao động) since a heart attack (cơn đau tim) in 2014.

...In 1996, Mr. Lee was convicted (bị kết án) of bribing the country’s president (hối lộ tổng thống), then pardoned (tha tội, tha lỗi, tha thứ). More than a decade later, he was found guilty of tax evasion (trốn thuế) but given another reprieve (ân xá, giảm tội), this time so he could resume lobbying to bring the Winter Olympics to the mountain town of Pyeongchang in 2018.

Soon after the Pyeongchang Games, Lee Myung-bak, South Korea’s president from 2008 to 2013 and no relation, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for accepting $5.4 million in bribes from Samsung in exchange for pardoning Mr. Lee.

...Lee Kun-hee was born in Daegu, in Japanese-occupied Korea, on Jan. 9, 1942, to Park Doo-eul and Lee Byung-chull, who had founded Samsung a few years earlier as an exporter of fruit and dried fish. The younger Lee was a wrestler (đô vật) in high school (trường trung học).

Lee Kun-hee graduated (tốt nghiệp) from Waseda University in Tokyo in 1965.

"Take to the stump" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Maria Lupan on Unsplash

"Take to the stump" có stump là gốc cây (ngày trước là nơi ai đó đứng trình bày luận điểm, thuyết phục đám đông) -> cụm từ này nghĩa là vận động, thuyết trình/diễn thuyết về chính trị.

Ví dụ
Bon Jovi was not the only celebratory to take to the stump for Biden this weekend – Cher held campaign events in Las Vegas, Nevada and Phoenix, Arizona this weekend.

Trump’s eagerness to again take to the stump during this cycle’s convention (hội nghị) indicates that his campaign feels it has little choice amid slumping polls, a bump in support for Biden after his history-making running mate pick of Senator Kamala Harris, and an anticipated (thấy trước) post-convention bump in Democratic support, Ham said.

The Philippines' revival (trở lại) of its claim over Sabah has come just in time for politicians in Malaysia's easternmost state to take to the stump ahead of its Sept 26 vote.

“Bloviate” has risen and fallen in American life. It was coined in the 1840s from “blow,” a facetious (khôi hài) pseudo-Latinism mocking the inflated (thổi phồng) oratory (văn hùng hồn) of an era when, as Tocqueville observed, Americans couldn’t take to the stump without “venting their pomposity (hoa lệ) from one end of a harangue (bài diễn thuyết) to the other.”

Ngọc Lân

Khởi nghiệp sáng tạo

lao động tình dục, diễn viên phim khiêu dâm... trong dịch covid phải live stream sex service ;), giờ bán đồ homemade đắt như tôm tươi :D
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Pornography (phim khiêu dâm) is the most common form of sexual experience (trải nghiệm tình dục) available online — so common, perhaps, that a market for rarer intimacies (thân mật, riêng tư) has emerged.

Bottles of influencer (người có ảnh hưởng) bath water sell for $30 a jar. Some cam models have scaled back (giảm quy mô) on erotic performance (trình diễn khiêu dâm) because they can earn more money selling homemade cookies and hair clippings. You can even pay a stranger to gorge (ngốn, tọng, nhồi nhét) himself on snacks from Trader Joe’s, if that’s your thing.

For some people, such work is a full-time job; others see it as a side hustle — one where the hourly pay can be considerably higher than the going rate for, say, dog walking or bartending. Plus, it doesn’t require leaving your dorm room or apartment…

Ella says that in her first semester at Parsons, she made around $800 a week from a few different sex-work-based revenue streams, including selling photos of her feet

Still, what’s the appeal, one may ask, of having someone pay you to count your stretch marks, or selling pictures of your phalanges (đốt ngón tay, chân) to strangers?

Do note this (Average is Over!):
Becoming a successful online sex worker isn’t easy. To gain a following, freelancers have to be savvy (hiểu biết, lương tri) marketers, be highly proficient in search engine optimization (tối ưu hóa công cụ tìm kiếm), know how to budget, maintain a blog, and have pretty advanced video editing and producing skills.

Mz. Kim has created courses to help people build that skill set, including “Monetizing Your Appeal Online: Content Strategies for Models”; before the pandemic, she held classes across the country. Part of her gospel is: “It’s not about starting a profile on Twitter. You have to provide something more than selfies. You have to think about: What is your core appeal?” (Next week a new class, “Investing for Sex Workers,” will go live.)

"Of the same stripe" nghĩa là gì?


"Of the same stripe" -> nghĩa là cùng một loại hoặc có chung ý kiến/quan điểm; "cùng một giuộc".

Ví dụ
Had we had a fully anti-science populist (chủ nghĩa dân túy) prime minister — i.e. the one we will have, gifted by Murdoch, in 10 years — or a couple of premiers (thủ tướng) of the same stripe, disaster would have been possible.

Brad Reardon was in the health care industry (ngành công nghiệp) for 20 years. And, his new venture (dự án) is of the same stripe — helping people. Reardon just signed on to open two My Salon Suite franchises in the city, with a third in the works.

It is not a coincidence (trùng hợp) that Arvind Kejriwal, who is the next big leader on the political landscape after Modi, forms a new party that is also rightwing (cánh hữu). It is not a coincidence that the Opposition is also of the same stripe as the main party. The problem is not with Kejriwal or Modi. The problem is with our middle class that is constantly making right wing Hindutva-vadi leaders succeed one after another whether it is in the government or in the Opposition.

We are not an association (tổ chức); we are not all feminists of the same stripe. We are just anonymous (ẩn danh) people who take our time and energy to illustrate something that our world denies and forgets. We want to give a voice to women who have been silenced by men.

Ngọc Lân

Hãy từ thiện thêm cho nhau lời nói

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Các bác ạ, miền Trung chỉ nắng được hôm nay nữa, từ mai lại đón bão số 8, khó khăn còn ở phía trước. Đợt bão vừa qua mọi người đã rất cố gắng rồi, tiền góp nhiều rồi, công không quản ngại rồi, bánh chưng nấu suốt quốc lộ 1 rồi. Chỉ còn có chút lời nói, sao không từ thiện nốt cho nhau, mà cứ quay ra vặc nhau để làm gì. 

Tiêu cực ở chỗ khác, ngu si ở chỗ khác, còn căng mình ra trong mưa trong bão, không ai là không vất vả, không ai là không dũng cảm.

Người xưa nói kiêu ngạo thì hay gặp động đất, ganh ghét thì hay lũ lụt, mà tham lam thì hay nắng hạn. Nước mình chẳng kiêu, chẳng tham cũng chẳng ganh, gặp thiên tai nhiều hay có phải do suốt ngày cứ cãi nhau ỏm tỏi lên không.

Trước một cơn đại hoạ, dù ở quốc gia nào, thì mọi nguồn lực, cá nhân hay tổ chức, chính quyền hay phi chính quyền, tự phát hay thường xuyên, đều cần thiết không thể thiếu. Các kênh này bổ sung cho nhau như cơm với cá, rễ với cành, đàn ông với đàn bà. Phép tính duy nhất là phép cộng. Cứu người, giúp người thì không có loại trừ, không có cạnh tranh. Ngồi so sánh kênh này với kênh kia là một việc rất thừa hơi, ngu dốt.

Cứu trợ của chính quyền với nạn nhân thiên tai là nghĩa vụ của chính quyền, và là xương sống của hoạt động cứu trợ. Tuy nhiên chi tiêu công có những ràng buộc của riêng nó. Phải có tiêu chí rõ ràng, phải được phê duyệt, có kiểm tra, kiểm soát. Bởi thế tính tức thời của nó giảm đi. Tiêu chí chặt quá có khi cứ loay hoay chả giải ngân được (như gói Covid). Tính linh hoạt gần như không có. Nhưng hoạt động này nhiều tiền, phục vụ số đông, nắm rõ địa bàn và thuận lợi về phương tiện. 

Thiện nguyện cá nhân không có tiêu chí, hoặc chỉ một câu ngắn gọn. Không cần thanh tra thanh mẹ, đã góp là tin nhau. Và sự giúp đỡ của những người dân cho nhau là ngay lập tức, giải quyết tại chỗ ngay vấn đề, cứu ngay, cho ngay, nhiều ít do cảm nhận, nhưng tình người lại thường công bằng hơn sổ sách. Nếu hoạt động của chính quyền như những viên gạch thì thiện nguyện của dân như mạch vữa, mềm dẻo, linh hoạt, khoả lấp những nơi mà sự cứng nhắc không vươn tới được, hay chưa vươn tới kịp.

Và có lẽ đã đến lúc bỏ khái niệm "thù địch" vào dĩ vãng. Tinh thần cảnh giác nhìn đâu cũng thấy kẻ thù đó chỉ đúng khi cách mạng còn ở dưới hầm, ngoại xâm ở trên mặt đất. Nay trời mình, đất mình, dân mình, làm gì có kẻ thù nào. Thiện nguyện chỉ là thiện nguyện, bánh chưng chỉ là bánh chưng, tiền chỉ đơn giản là tiền, thế thôi. A kiss is just a kiss.

Trong cơn nguy nan thứ cần nhất là sáng suốt, cho dự báo, cho điều hành, cho sơ tán, cho cấp cứu. Hãy giữ gìn sự sáng suốt cho nhau mà cơm sôi bớt lửa.

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At least five people in Vice President Mike Pence's orbit (quỹ đạo) have tested (xét nghiệm) positive (dương tính) for coronavirus in recent days, including chief of staff (chánh văn phòng, cố vấn) Marc Short, close aide (phụ tá thân cận) Zach Bauer and outside adviser (cố vấn độc lập) Marty Obst.

There are concerns (lo lắng, quan ngại) that more people within Pence's inner circle will test positive in the coming days. "They're scared (lo sợ)," the source said of staffers in the vice president's office.

Vice President Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence each tested negative (âm tính) for coronavirus on Sunday. Despite contact with (tiếp xúc) multiple people who recently tested positive, Mike Pence is refusing to quarantine in defiance (bất chấp, thách thức) of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Trung tâm kiểm soát và phòng ngừa dịch bệnh) guidelines (hướng dẫn).

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bị bắt do đánh bạn cùng phòng vì... giữ lại chuột chết trong máy ướp lạnh để cho rắn ăn :D
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A Marathon man attacked his roommate (bạn cùng phòng) with a baseball bat (gậy đánh bóng chày), the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office says, and the victim says the beating was over a dead rodent he was keeping in their freezer (máy ướp lạnh, máy làm kem) to feed a pet snake (con rắn làm vật nuôi).

Javier Francisco Arellano, 59, was arrested (bị bắt giữ) early Sunday morning and faces a charge (đối mặt với bản án) of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon (vũ khí chết người).

Authorities say the victim, a 57-year-old man, was taken to Fishermen’s Hospital and then airlifted to a Miami hospital “with injuries that required staples to his head.” He also suffered injuries to his legs, arms and hands, investigators say.

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The North Korean dictator wanted to find the exotic product and sneak (trốn, lén) it into the hermit state, according to Danish filmmaker Mads Brugger.

Mads has produced a documentary (phim tài liệu) called The Mole in which he goes undercover to investigate who North Korea tries to flout (coi thường, miệt thị) trade sanctions (lệnh cấm thương mại).

He claims a North Korean diplomat in Sweden, named only as Mr Ri, asked spies to help him obtain a variety back of bovine (giống bò; như bò; đần độn, ngu độn; nặng nề, chậm chạp) sperm (tinh trùng).

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Scientists have found a previously undiscovered (trước đây chưa được khám phá) organ deep inside the human head, where the nasal (thuộc mũi) passages meet the back of the throat. Yes, the news is an extraordinary-sounding surprise, but the researchers say the discovery is likely a fourth pair of salivary glands (tuyến nước bọt)—not a second brain or transistor radio. If the findings are confirmed, this will be the first discovery of a new human organ in around 300 years.

Keen-eyed viewers may recognize that specific location as the major place where COVID-19 swabs are taken, but the new study from the Netherlands came from a different angle, so to speak. While studying patient scans, the scientists identified the almost-hidden fourth salivary glands as the cause of a rough side effect from radiology treatment of cancers.

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