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April 2014

April 26, 2014

Four Species of Carnivorous "Killer" Sponges Discovered

Four new species of carnivorous killer sponges have been recently discovered. No, it's not the pllot to some cheap Hollywood horror movie the new sponge species was made by Lonnny Lundsten, a marine biologist at California’s Monterey Bay Aquarium Institute and two Canadian researchers. Lonny Lundsten joins us for today’s One on One segment to talk about what he and his colleagues found and what they’ve learned about these unique sea creatures. Also... We earthlings are lucky.  Between 2000 and 2013 at least 26 asteroids from space have hit the earth with the force of an atomic bomb, and three former astronauts tell us it's only by chance that one of them hasn't hit a large urban area. How can we avoid a catastrophe in the future?  We'll tell you what scientists have to offer. There's a new tool scientists have for understanding climate change from the past...including what led to the Ice Ages. We'll have these stories and more on this edition of VOA's Science, Health and Technology magazine, Science World!


April 19, 2014

Physicists Confirm Existence of New Subatomic Particle

An international team of physicists working with CERN's Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland announced this week that they have confirmed the existence of a new and mysterious subatomic particle called a tetraquark hadron.   We'll talk with Syracuse University’s Dr. Tomasz Skwarnicki who is one of the lead authors of a paper that details this discovery. And... Astronomers have announced the discovery of a planet where it's not too hot or not too cold for liquid water on the surface, which could mean it could be a world with life-friendly conditions. After examining a photo of a bright protrusion on the edge of one of Saturn's outer rings, scientists are now thinking that the ringed planet may be creating a new moon These stories and more are coming up for you on VOA's science, health and technology magazine, "Science World."


April 12, 2014

High-Tech Concrete Will Ensure Stronger and Longer Lasting Roads and Bridges

On today’s program we talk with two scientists who are developing ways to make a new, high-tech concrete. Why is that important?  They hope their new forms of concrete may someday help ensure that that our roads, bridges and buildings are more solidly built, last longer and provide a number of other benefits. Also… Scientists recently announced that the weather phenomenon known as El Nino is returning and could bring some extreme weather with it.  In fact, they say the El Nino might become the big weather story of the year. Public health officials are praising newly developed drugs that can eradicate the deadly disease Hepatitis C.  Now scientists are working to make those drugs cheaper so that more people around the world can afford the treatments. These stories and more are coming up for you on this edition of VOA's science, health and technology magazine, "Science World.


April 05, 2014

Our Unconscious Mind May Be a Good Lie Detector

A newly published study shows that we humans are pretty bad lie detectors when trying to tell if someone is trying to deceive us.   The study's author says that instead of looking for classic signs of lying such as averted eyes or fidgeting we may be better off trusting our own intuition to determine whether or not someone is telling us the truth.   Today we’ll talk with the study’s author on our One on One Segment. And… Scientists have confirmed a nine year old theory that there's a huge lake of liquid beneath on one of the moons of Saturn and that this moon may be a good place to search for non-Earth life forms. The World Health Organization is trying to calm what seems to be a sense of panic in some areas about the severity of the Ebola outbreak in the West African country of Guinea.   These stories and more are coming up for you on VOA's science, health and technology magazine, "Science World."  

April 2014

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Cambodia’s wild bears are under unprecedented pressure. Their native forests are being cut down at record rates, and China's huge demand for traditional medicine has made them targets. But experts say Cambodia's conservation efforts are setting an example that has put it well ahead of its neighbors in protecting bears. Robert Carmichael reports for VOA from Phnom Penh.
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Video Cambodia Makes Progress Curbing Bear Trade

Cambodia’s wild bears are under unprecedented pressure. Their native forests are being cut down at record rates, and China's huge demand for traditional medicine has made them targets. But experts say Cambodia's conservation efforts are setting an example that has put it well ahead of its neighbors in protecting bears. Robert Carmichael reports for VOA from Phnom Penh.
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Video Growing Number of E. Jerusalem Palestinians Seek Israeli Citizenship

Most Palestinians living in East Jerusalem have long rejected the option of full Israeli citizenship, seeing it as a betrayal to their political cause - the formation of a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital. But as that dream remains elusive, more and more Palestinians are applying for Israeli citizenship. Zlatica Hoke reports the decision is hard for many Palestinians who say they have to be pragmatic about it.
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Video Iraqi Yazidis Fear Death of Their Community

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Video Wisconsin's Voter ID Law Still Mired In Controversy

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Manned deep space missions are still a long way off, but space agencies are already testing procedures, equipment and human stamina for operations in extreme environment conditions. Small groups of astronauts take turns in spending days in an underwater lab, off Florida’s southern coast, simulating future missions to some remote world. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Video Ebola Vaccine Hailed as Highly Effective

At last, there's a way to end the suffering from the Ebola epidemic that has ravaged West Africa for more than a year. Researchers say the vaccine is so effective, there may never be a major outbreak of Ebola again. VOA's Carol Pearson reports.
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Video Special Olympics Show Competitors' Skill, Determination

Special Olympics competitions will wrap up Saturday in Los Angeles, and the closing ceremony for athletes with intellectual disabilities will be held Sunday night. In a week of competition, athletes have shown what they can do through skill and determination. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan reports.
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Video Civil Rights Leaders Struggled to Achieve Voting Rights Act

Fifty years ago, lawmakers approved, and U.S. President Lyndon Johnson signed, the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The measure outlawed racial discrimination in voting, giving millions of blacks in many parts of the southern United States federal enforcement of the right to vote. Correspondent Chris Simkins introduces us to some civil rights leaders who were on the front lines in the struggle for voting rights.
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Video Shooter’s Grill: Serving Food with a Touch of the Second Amendment

Shooter's Grill, a restaurant in Rifle, Colorado, attracts visitors from all over the world as well as local patrons. The reason? Waitresses openly carry loaded firearms as they serve food, and customers are welcome to carry them, too. VOA's Enming Liu and Lin Yang paid a visit to Shooter's Grill, and heard different opinions about this unique establishment.
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Video Despite Controversy, Business Owner Continues Sale of Confederate Flags

At Cooter’s, a store in rural Sperryville, Virginia, about 120 kilometers west of Washington, D.C., Confederate flags are flying off the shelves. The red, white and blue battle flag, with 13 white stars representing the Confederate states, was carried by southern forces during the U.S. Civil War in the 1860s. The South had seceded from the Union over several key issues of disagreement, including slavery. VOA’s Deborah Block has the story.
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Video Booming London Property a ‘Haven for Dirty Money’

Billions of dollars of so-called ‘dirty money’ from the proceeds of crime - especially from Russia - are being laundered through the London property market, according to anti-corruption activists. As Henry Ridgwell reports from the British capital, the government has pledged to crack down on the practice.
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Video Hometown of Boy Scouts of America Founder Reacts to Gay Leader Decision

Ottawa, Illinois, is the hometown of W.D. Boyce, who founded the Boy Scouts of America in 1910. In Ottawa, where Scouting remains an important part of the legacy of the community, the end of the organization's ban on openly gay adult leaders was seen as inevitable. VOA's Kane Farabaugh reports.

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