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World News

SpaceX makes history, carrying NASA astronauts to International Space Station

SpaceX delivered two astronauts to the International Space Station for NASA on May 31, following up a historic liftoff with an equally smooth docking in yet another first for Elon Musk’s company.

With test pilots Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken poised to take over manual control if necessary, the SpaceX Dragon capsule pulled up to the station and docked automatically, no assistance needed. The hatches swung open a few hours later, and the two astronauts floated into the orbiting lab and embraced the three station residents.

Unlike the SpaceX and NASA flight control rooms, where everyone was spaced well apart, there was no social distancing or masks needed in orbit.

“The whole world saw this mission, and we are so, so proud of everything you have done for our country and, in fact, to inspire the world,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a call from Mission Control in Houston.

It was the first time a privately built and owned spacecraft has carried astronauts to the ISS in its more than 20 years.

make history 歴史的な偉業を成し遂げる
liftoff 打ち上げ、発射
be poised to… …する態勢にある、…する構えだ
orbiting lab 軌道上にある研究所(国際宇宙ステーション)






Japan News:

JR aims to open 100 unmanned convenience stores

East Japan Railway Co. will accelerate plans to open 100 unmanned convenience stores within the next four years, sources close to the matter said, as it takes advantage of the need to reduce human contact amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The company’s first unmanned convenience store began operation in March at Takanawa Gateway station, which opened earlier that months as the first new stop on Tokyo’s Yamanote loop line in nearly 50 years.

Utilizing a system developed by Touch To Go Co. a joint-venture company of JR East, stores have around 50 cameras installed inside to identify every item customers pick up.

unmanned 無人(操縦)の
accelerate 速度を上げる、加速させる
amid ~の真っ最中に、~の真っただ中に、




JR東日本との合同ベンチャーであるTouch To Go 社によって開発されたシステムを利用し、店内にはおよそ50のカメラが配置され、客が手に取るものを認識する。

  New! Learning through News Videos
Business English Expression and Phrases <ビジネス英会話フレーズ>
-Learn expressions such as idioms and slang that is unique to culture, age, and business!
新しい英語表現: 文化・時代・ビジネスで使う特有なイディオム表現や俗語を覚えよう!
read a room「部屋の空気を読む」
These people know how to read a room—a capacity that can be partly inborn, but also learned.


  read a roomは「部屋の空気を読む」。 read / sense the atmosphere「その場の雰囲気を読む」とも言う。senseは「(直感的に)理解する、感じ取る」。また、read between the lines「行間を読む、発言の真意を理解する、その場の空気を読む」もよく使う。inbornは「生まれながらの、持って生まれた」、leanedは「学んだ、後天的な→後から身に付けた」。
see better days 「時代遅れになっている」
“I really believe that the traditional, antiquated crunch has seen better days, and it’s time to make a change,” Mr. Hoi says.


   see better daysは「全盛期を過ぎている、使い古されている、時代遅れになっている」という意味の決まった表現。例文のように現在完了形で用いることが多い。seeは「経験する」、better daysは「良き時代」という意味。他にも、Our refrigerator has seen better days and needs to be replaced with a brand-new one.「うちの冷蔵庫はもう使い古されてしまったので、新品と取り換える必要がある」、Obviously he’s seen better days but he’s still a lot of fun.「明らかに彼は全盛期を過ぎているが、まだまだとても楽しい人だ」のように使う。 antiquatedは「時代遅れの、旧式な、古風な」という意味。old-fashioned、outdated、out-of-dateなどに置き換えることができる。
ビシネス英会話 drive home the point 「そのポイントを強調させる」
Fairphone’s purpose is to be open. To drive home the point, the phone’s translucent back cover lets you see the circuits inside.


  drive home~、あるいはdrive ~homeは「~を納得/強調させる」なので、drive home the pointは「そのポイントを納得させる/強調させる」という意味の決まった表現になる。the pointは前文のFairphone’s purpose is to be open.を指すので、「この目的のため」と意訳。なお、drive the point home to ~「~(=人)にポイントを理解させる/納得させる」という表現もある。The pointを適当な語に置き換え、The speakers were able to drive their messages home to the audience.「スピーカーたちは、自分たちの言いたいことを聴衆に納得させることができた」のような使い方ができる。translucentは「透明な」。



NEW! – Learning Western Cultures and Humors through Jokes!!
No matter how hard a man tries…

A man was sitting on the edge of the bed, watching his wife, who was looking at herself in the mirror. Since her birthday was not far off he asked what she’s like to have for her birthday.

I’d like to be eight again,

she replied, still looking in the mirror.

On the morning of her Birthday, he arose early, made her a nice big bowl of Coco Pops, and then took her to Adventure World theme park. What a day! He put her on every ride in the park; the Death Slide, the Wall of fear, the Screaming Roller Coaster, everything there was.

Five hours later, they staggered out of the theme park. Her head was reeling and her stomach left upside down. He then took her to a McDonald’s where he ordered her a Happy Meal with extra fries and a chocolate shake.

Then they went to a movie and had popcorn, a soda pop, and her favorite candy, M&M’s. What a fabulous adventure! Finally, she wobbled home with her husband and collapsed into bed. They were exhausted.

He leaned over his wife with a big smile and lovingly asked,

“Well, dear. What was it like being eight again?”

Her eyes slowly opened and her expression suddenly changed.

“I meant my dress size, you idiot!!!”