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Some U.S. lawmakers are pushing for a pay raise.
Five things to know about this:
One, members of Congress are currently paid 174,000 a year for their service in the government.
It's been that way since 2009, the last time their pay was raised.
Two, Representative Alcee Hastings, a Democrat from Florida, and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, a Democrat from Maryland, are calling for the increase.
Hastings says it's so expensive to live in the capital that an increasing number of lawmakers sleep in their offices because they can't afford to rent an apartment in the city and maintain a home in the district they represent.
Three, a one bedroom in northeast Washington, D.C. can cost more than 2,000 a month.
"USA Today" says a resident would need to earn 108,000 to live comfortably in the capital.
Four, most lawmakers are millionaires.
Representative Hastings says the high cost of renting would keep middle and lower class from serving in Congress.
Five, many Americans might not agree with this.
The average household income in the U.S. is just under 52,000 a year.
It's said to be the thinnest compound known to man, a tiny fraction of the thickness of a human hair.
It's incredibly lightweight, an exceptional conductor of heat and electricity and it's more than 100 times stronger than steel.
But you probably haven't heard of it because graphene, as it's known, wasn't isolated until recently.
If researchers find a way to mass produce and that's still an "if" at this point, what could it be good for?
It's only as thick as a single atom.
It's super bendy, but it's also one of the strongest substances on Earth, a form of carbon called graphene.
The guys who first isolated this amazing stuff, Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, won a Nobel Prize in 2010.
Now, the world is racing to figure out how graphene can be used to create new products that could change our lives.

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district ['distrikt]

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n. 区,地区,行政区
vt. 把 ... 划

 
mass [mæs]

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n. 块,大量,众多
adj. 群众的,大规模

 
fraction ['frækʃən]

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n. 分数,小部分,破片

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单词fraction 联想记忆:
fract=break打碎+ion→部分,小片,分数
 
produce [prə'dju:s]

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n. 产品,农作物
vt. 生产,提出,引起,

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单词produce 联想记忆:
pro向前,duce引导-引导出的产品-农产品
 
exceptional [ik'sepʃənl]

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adj. 例外的,异常的,特别的,杰出的

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单词exceptional 联想记忆:
exception例外+al表形容词,“…的”→例外的
 
haven ['heivn]

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n. 港口,避难所,安息所 v. 安置 ... 于港中,

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源于heaven(n 天空;天堂)是神仙的避难所have,n:有一个n(山洞)当作避难所
 
compound ['kɔmpaund]

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n. 混合物,复合词
n. 院子(用围墙圈起来

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com全部+pound放→全部放到一起→化合物
 
isolated ['aisəleitid]

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adj. 分离的,孤立的

 
minority [mai'nɔ:riti]

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n. 少数,少数民族,未成年

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minor小或少+ity→少的状态→少数;未成年
 
conductor [kən'dʌktə]

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n. 售票员,导体,指挥

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conduct引导,带来+or→指挥家;乘务员
 

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