Mission Critical—The Naked Superhero 關鍵任務 —— 裸體英雄 This hideous▼ rodent▼ may be the superhero we need in the battle against old age. 這種難看的囓齒動物可能是我們對抗老化所需的超級英雄。
Even the ugliest animals are valuable and deserve our respect. With a nearly hairless body, wrinkled▼ pink skin, and huge teeth, the naked mole rat isn't exactly easy on the eyes. However, scientists have discovered that these strange little rodents may hold the secret to helping humans get over some of the problems of aging. National Geographic's Mission Critical—The Naked Superhero investigates how this amazing creature can help us live longer, healthier lives.
Scientists first took notice of the naked mole rat after they looked into its lifespan▼. While most members of the rodent family live very short lives, these underground creatures can live up to 31 years. They also rarely get sick, can handle a lot of pain, and can survive without air for up to 18 minutes. Once researchers started to dig for the answer to these superhero abilities, they noticed that naked mole rats produce a special kind of protein▼. This substance helps fight cancer and protects the animal from quickly getting old like other rodents. Turn on National Geographic's Mission Critical—The Naked Superhero to find out how scientists want to use this ugly animal to cure cancer and fight diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
▼hideous a. 極醜／極難看的 ▼rodent n. 囓齒動物（如大老鼠、兔子等） ▼wrinkled a.（皮膚、布）有皺紋的，有皺褶的 ▼lifespan n.（平均）壽命 ▼protein n. 蛋白質
1. critical a. 關鍵性的，極重要的；危急的
Interest and passion are critical factors in learning a language.
The patient was once in critical condition, but he is stable now.
2. valuable a. 有價值的，貴重的
Beth knew that the watch was really valuable, but she wouldn't sell it because it was her grandfather's.
3. easy on the eyes / ears 好看的／悅耳的
This music is easy on the ears late at night.
4. investigate vt. 調查
= look into...
The police are going to investigate the links between two similar cases.
5. take notice / note of... 留／注意……
Our teacher took notice of our hard work and gave us extra points for teamwork.
6. substance n. 物質
Chocolate contains a special substance that makes people feel happy.
7. cure vt. 治癒，治好（疾病）& n. 藥
We still can't cure the disease; it must run its course.
* run its course 自然地發展
There is still no cure for the common cold.
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