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May 2013

June 01, 2013

Science World - Mars!

The planet Mars is in the news this week - New radiation findings made by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity and the impact it may have on plans to send a manned mission to the red planet and the robotic explorer has also just provided clues of an ancient streambed on the Martian surface you'll hear from one of the scientists involved with this remarkable discovery.


May 25, 2013

Science World - Solar Maximum

Our sun has been really active lately; throwing off a number of solar flares and coronal mass ejection's in the past few weeks alone.  Joe Kunches from the Space Weather Prediction Center tells us more.  We’ll also talk about… Underground storm bunkers and hardened safe-rooms Star Trek’s continued influence on society, science and technology. Human damage to global water systems could permanently change the Earth. UN says AIDS-related deaths in Africa are falling, while the number of Africans getting treatment is on the rise. We have a Star Trek themed Quick Quiz this week.


May 18, 2013

Science World - Human Influence on Ecosystems

Dr. Marco Musiani from the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada says humans are having a greater impact on ecosystems than what was long thought. Kepler Spacecraft, NASA’s planet finder is on the fritz. What options are available to women facing a breast cancer risk? A human powered helicopter? Retired U.S. Navy Admiral James Stavridis thinks cyber threats are more of a concern than terrorism or nuclear war. Researchers have developed an inexpensive scanning device that quickly and accurately diagnoses brain injury. Science World Quick Quiz too!


May 11, 2013

Science World - Comet ISON

Dr. Dennis Bodewits , an astronomer who's been keeping an eye on Comet ISON provides some details on what we can expect as this “comet of the century” nears us later this year. Global immunization efforts and what's still needed to reduce the number of preventable deaths. Scientists and ag experts working to fight a deadly plant virus in East Africa Low prices for the HPV vaccine that protects against cervical cancer. Remember the movie Erin Brockovich?  Residents of the small California town portrayed in that movie are still having trouble with polluted groundwater. Science World Quick Quiz


May 04, 2013

Science World - Einstein's Right Again

After studying an incredibly massive pulsar/white dwarf combo astronomers have learn once again that Einstein was right with his General Theory of Relativity. Mother Nature influences first robotic fly. Are insecticides behind the dramatic die-off of honeybees. Minor Planet Center and the work it’s doing to protect us from asteroid strikes.  Drug for children and teens infected with HIV remains out of reach for many because it’s expensive and not widely available . Science World Quick Quiz: Who was first to fly faster than the speed of sound?

May 2013

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A year ago on August 3, Islamic State militants stormed the homelands of Iraq’s Yazidi minority, killing hundreds of men and enslaving thousands of women. The scenes of desperate Yazidi families crowding on the top of Sinjar mountain without food or water spurred Kurdish fighters into action, an emergency airlift and the start of the U.S. airstrike campaign against the Islamic State Sunni extremists. VOA's Sharon Benh reports from northern Iraq.
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