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October 2013

October 26, 2013

Dreams of Other Worlds: The Amazing Story of Unmanned Space Exploration

Today we talk with one of the authors of "Dreams of Other Worlds: The Amazing Story of Unmanned Space Exploration" a new book that reflects on some of the most remarkable and iconic space missions of the last 50 years. Also… A scientist searching for the origin of flowering plants says the earliest flower to bloom did so during a period when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Communications technology like mobile phones and the internet are providing clinical health care at a distance expanding care to new levels of accessibility. NASA lifts its controversial ban on the participation of Chinese scientists at a scientific conference in California next month. As smartphone usage grows in South Africa, companies are tapping into the technology.  We look at the growing market for smartphone apps. Scientists have found a possible answer to an age-old question, why do we sleep? The answer may lead to new treatments for neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease.


October 19, 2013

Smithsonian Scientists Find Fossil of Ancient Blood Engorged Mosquito

This past week scientists from the Smithsonian's Natural History Museum stirred a bit of excitement when they announced the discovery of a fossilized mosquito full of ancient blood.  In this edition of Science World we'll talk with the leader of the research team that made the discovery. Also… Remember that spectacular meteor that streaked across the Russian skies this past February?  Scientists there this past week scooped the huge meteor out of the lake where it splashed to Earth. Workers at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan are about remove the fuel rods from one of the worst-hit reactors.   Honeybees have been dying mysteriously over the last few years. We'll hear about a new study that suggests a possible cause. Three pioneers in the science of genetically modified crops have received this year's World Food Prize, awarded this past Thursday in Iowa.   And, astronomers are having a hard time getting a good view of the night sky due to light pollution. We’ll have a report about the efforts that are underway to address this problem.


October 12, 2013

Formation and Evolution of Earth's Internal Structures - October 12, 2013

Scientists at Stanford University say the processes behind the formation and evolution of planet Earth are similar to those that allow water to trickle through coffee grinds to brew your morning coffee. We'll learn more about this when we talk with the leader of the research team. Also… Scott Carpenter, one of the legendary seven original U.S. astronauts and the second American to orbit the Earth, has died.  He was 88. The 2013 Nobel Prizes for Physiology or Medicine, Physics and Chemistry were announced this past week in Stockholm, Sweden. China has become world’s biggest purchaser of robots. This week a team of South African scientists said that they found the first sizeable specimen of a comet's nucleus. Scientists met this week to discuss how some flooded crops like rice could stay alive for long periods.


October 05, 2013

The Best of Science World

Today it's the "Best of Science World".   We'll feature some of the most interesting conversations we've had on our program's ‘One on One’ segments.  So stay with us for this special edition of VOA's science, health and technology magazine, "Science World."

October 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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Environmentalists in South Korea are protesting a Winter Olympics construction project to build a ski slope through a 500-year-old protected forest. Brian Padden reports that although there is strong national support for hosting the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, there are growing public concerns over the costs and possible ecological damage at the revered mountain.
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