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Geologist Gregory Retallack from the University of Oregon, studied images of the Martian landscape as well as mineral and chemical data that were both captured and sent to Earth by the Mars Rover, Curiosity.

The images and data revealed that the soil he studied dated back to some 3.7 billion years ago, providing him with evidence that Mars was once, a long time ago, a much warmer and wetter planet than it is today.

Professor Retallack joins us today to talk about his research and how Mars, at one time, could have been habitable.

Also… The Ebola outbreak in West Africa, so far, has claimed hundreds of lives and infected even many more. Officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other international health agencies are working hard to reduce the spread of the infection.

New proposed rules to cut pollution from the 600 coal-fired power plants here in the United States are generating a heated debate.   Those who are for or against the new rules are making sure that the US Environmental Protection Agency knows just how they feel before any new rules are enacted.

There is good news and bad news in the fight against malaria. First the bad news: Research indicates drug-resistant malaria is spreading across Southeast Asia.  The good news: a new anti-malarial drug looks promising in an early test.

We’ll learn about the “FabLab” at Kenya's University of Nairobi and its role in using 3-D prototyping to spark a manufacturing revolution throughout the country.

Officials with the European Space Agency say its Rosetta spacecraft will soon reach the comet it has been chasing for the past ten years.   And we’ll hear what the space agency is hoping to learn from its up-close study and hoped-for landing on the comet.

These stories and more are coming up for you on VOA's science, health and technology magazine, "Science World."

January 2013

January 05, 2013

Science World

Program that examines global issues in science, technology, agriculture, and the environment .

January 05, 2013

Science World - Alan Alda's Challenge to Scientists

We talk with Alan Alda, best known for playing the wisecracking Doctor "Hawkeye" Pierce on the old TV series MASH, but now he's challenging scientists around the world to see if they can explain what time is.

Google's chief executive officer, Eric Schmidt, is headed to North Korea

People who are slightly overweight or mildly obese have a lower risk of early death than normal weight individuals.

A U.S. ecologist and key supporter of panda conservation, says that China’s Panda preservation program is failing to re-introduce the bears to the wild. 

Agricultural innovations can result in climate-friendly food production.

Science World Quick Quiz for you.

January 04, 2013

Science World

Program that examines global issues in science, technology, agriculture, and the environment .

January 2013

Science World is VOA’s on-air and online blog covering science, health, technology and the environment.

Rick PantaleoHosted by Rick Pantaleo, Science World‘s informative, entertaining and easy-to-understand presentation offers the latest news, features and one-on-one interviews with researchers, scientists, innovators and other newsmakers.

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Science World begins after the newscast on Friday at 2200, Saturday at 0300, 1100 and 1900 and Sunday at 0100, 0400, 0900, 1100 and 1200. The program may also be heard on some VOA affiliates after the news on Saturday at 0900 and 1100. (All times UTC).

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