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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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Water from heavy rain in eastern and central Texas is now swelling rivers that flow into the Gulf of Mexico, threatening towns along their banks. VOA’s Greg Flakus visited the town of Wharton, southwest of Houston, where the Colorado River is close to cresting.
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Video Texas Town Residents Told to 'Just Leave' Ahead of Flood Threat

Water from heavy rain in eastern and central Texas is now swelling rivers that flow into the Gulf of Mexico, threatening towns along their banks. VOA’s Greg Flakus visited the town of Wharton, southwest of Houston, where the Colorado River is close to cresting.
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Video New York's One World Trade Center Observatory Opens to Public

From New Jersey to Long Island, from Northern suburbs to the Atlantic Ocean, with all of New York City in-between.  That view became available to the public Friday as the One World Trade Center Observatory opened in New York -- atop the replacement for the buildings destroyed in the September 11, 2001, attacks.  VOA’s Bernard Shusman reports.
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Video Seoul Sponsors Korean Unification Fair

With inter-Korean relations deteriorating over the North’s nuclear program, past military provocations and human rights abuses, many Koreans still hold out hope for eventual peaceful re-unification. VOA’s Brian Padden visited a “unification fair” held this week in Seoul, where border communities promoted the benefits of increased cooperation.
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Video Purple Door Coffeeshop: Changing Lives One Cup at a Time

For a quarter of his life, Kevin Persons lived on the street. Today, he is working behind the counter of an espresso bar, serving coffee and working to transition off the streets and into a home. Paul Vargas reports for VOA.
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Video Modular Robot Getting Closer to Reality

A robot being developed at Carnegie Mellon University has evolved into a multi-legged modular mechanical snake, able to move over rugged surfaces and explore the surroundings. Scientists say such machines could someday help in search and rescue operations. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Video Shanghai Hosts Big Consumer Electronics Show

Electronic gadgets are a huge success in China, judging by the first Asian Consumer Electronics Show, held this week in Shanghai. Over the course of two days, more than 20,000 visitors watched, tested and played with useful and some less-useful electronic devices exhibited by about 200 manufacturers. VOA’s George Putic has more.
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Video Forced to Return Home, Afghan Refugees Face Increased Hardship

Undocumented refugees returning to Afghanistan from Pakistan have no jobs, no support system, and no home return to, and international aid agencies say they and the government are overwhelmed and under-resourced. Ayesha Tanzeem has more from Kabul.
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Video Britain Makes Controversial Move to Crack Down on Extremism

Britain is moving to tighten controls on extremist rhetoric, even when it does not incite violence or hatred -- a move that some are concerned might unduly restrict basic freedoms. It is an issue many countries are grappling with as extremist groups gain power in the Middle East, fueled in part by donations and fighters from the West. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London.
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Video 3D Printer Makes Replica of Iconic Sports Car

Cars with parts made by 3D printers are already on the road, but engineers are still learning about this new technology. While testing the possibility of printing an entire car, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy recently created an electric-powered replica of an iconic sports roadster. VOA’s George Putic has more.
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Video Al-Shabab Recruitment Drive Still on In Kenya

The al-Shabab militants that have long battled for control of Somalia also have recruited thousands of young people in Kenya, leaving many families disconsolate. Mohammed Yusuf recently visited the Kenyan town of Isiolo, and met with relatives of those recruited, as well as a many who have helped with the recruiting.
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Video A Small Oasis on Kabul's Outskirts Provides Relief From Security Tensions

When people in Kabul want to get away from the city and relax, many choose Qargha Lake, a small resort on the outskirts of Kabul. Ayesha Tanzeem visited and talked with people about the precious oasis.
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Video Kenyans Lament Losing Sons to al-Shabab

There is agony, fear and lost hope in the Kenyan town of Isiolo, a key target of a new al-Shabab recruitment drive. VOA's Mohammed Yusuf visits Isiolo to speak with families and at least one man who says he was a recruiter.
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Video Scientists Say Plankton More Important Than Previously Thought

Tiny ocean creatures called plankton are mostly thought of as food for whales and other large marine animals, but a four-year global study discovered, among other things, that plankton are a major source of oxygen on our planet. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Video Kenya’s Capital Sees Rise in Shisha Parlors

In Kenya, the smoking of shisha, a type of flavored tobacco, is the latest craze. Patrons are flocking to shisha parlors to smoke and socialize. But the practice can be addictive and harmful, though many dabblers may not realize the dangers, according to a new review. Lenny Ruvaga has more on the story for VOA from Nairobi, Kenya.

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