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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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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 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 US-led Coalition Gives Some Weapons to Iraqi Troops

In a video released Tuesday from the Iraqi Ministry of Defense, Iraqi forces and U.S.-led coalition troops survey a cache of weapons supplied to help Iraq liberate Mosul from Islamic State group. According to a statement provided with the video, the ministry and the U.S.-led coaltion troops have started ''supplying the 16th army division with medium and light weapons in preparation to liberate Mosul and nearby areas from Da'esh (Arabic acronym for Islamic State group).''
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Human rights group Amnesty International says there is overwhelming evidence of ongoing war crimes in Ukraine, despite a tentative cease-fire with pro-Russian rebels. Researchers interviewed more than 30 prisoners from both sides of the conflict and all but one said they were tortured. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
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Video Washington Parade Honors Those Killed Serving in US Military

Every year, on the last Monday in the month of May, millions of Americans honor the memories of those killed while serving in the armed forces. Memorial Day is a tradition that dates back to the 19th Century. While many people celebrate the federal holiday with a barbecue and a day off from work, for those who’ve served in the military, it’s a special day to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Arash Arabasadi reports for VOA from Washington.
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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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According to the United States Defense Department, there are more than 200-thousand women serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.  Like their male counterparts, females have experiences that can be very traumatic.  VOA's Bernard Shusman tells us about a program that is helping some American women in the military heal through filmmaking.
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Video Iowa Family's Sacrifice Shaped US Military Service for Generations

Few places in America have experienced war like Waterloo. This small town in the Midwest state of Iowa became famous during World War II not for what it accomplished, but what it lost. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, the legacy of one family’s sacrifice is still a reminder today of the real cost of war for all families on the homefront.
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Video On Film: How Dance Defies Iran's Political Oppression

'Desert Dancer' by filmmaker Richard Raymond is based on the true story of a group of young Iranians, who form an underground dance troupe in the Islamic Republic of Iran. This is the latest in a genre of films that focus on dance as a form of freedom of expression against political oppression and social injustice. VOA’s Penelope Poulou has more.
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Video Turkey's Ruling Party Trying to Lure Voters in Opposition Stronghold

Turkey’s AK (Justice and Development) Party is seeking a fourth successive general election victory, with the goal of securing two-thirds of the seats in Parliament to rewrite the constitution and change the country's parliamentary system into a presidential one. To achieve that, the party will need to win seats in opposition strongholds like the western city of Izmir. Dorian Jones reports.
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Video Millions Flock to Ethiopia Polls

Millions of Ethiopians cast their votes Sunday in the first national election since the 2012 death of longtime leader Meles Zenawi. Mr. Meles' party, the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front, is almost certain of victory again. VOA's Anita Powell reports from Addis Ababa.

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