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November 2014

November 21, 2014

Why Do Professional Athletes and Peformers 'Choke' Under Pressure

Have you ever wondered why your favorite basketball player wasn't able to make that crucial shot or why that talented football player missed a goal he should have made? Today on our One on One Segment Dr. Vickrum Chib will tell us what he and his colleagues at Caltech found out about why talented athletes fail to perform well under pressure. Other Stories we Have… We'll hear about the research findings by an American geologist and his team that may make it possible to forecast how strong an earthquake may be. Researchers released a study this past week that linked a warm and wet Ancient Mars with volcanic activity. Science World’s Bob Doughty will tell us more. The WHO is launching two initiatives to stimulate the development of better and faster Ebola diagnostic tests for use in heavily disease-infected West African countries. Street lights, buildings, signs and cars all block out any chance to get a good look at the stars. We’ll hear about the efforts of one group that wants to dim the lights for people's health and the health of the planet. High school and college students throughout Los Angeles have been preparing for a machine building competition that challenges their science and creativity skills, as well as their patience. We'll have these stories and more on today's edition of VOA's Science, Health and Technology magazine... Science World.

November 07, 2014

ESA's Rosetta Mission to Send Its Philae Lander to the Surface of Comet 67P 11/12/14

The European Space Agency's comet-chasing Rosetta mission plans to send its lander called Philae down to the surface of comet 67P on Wednesday November 12th. If they're successful, it will be the first time any manmade object would make a soft touchdown on a comet. Mark McCaughrean, the European Space Agency’s Senior Scientific Advisor for space science missions will join us for today's One on One segment to preview the Philae landing and update us on the Rosetta mission itself. And… We'll begin our program today with an update report on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. A British and Italian research team has painted a scary future for our universe in a study that was published this past week. New research that has resulted in a promising new vaccine in preventing Hepatitis C, a disease that can lead to early death from liver cancer and scarring. Scientists in Denmark are trying to lower their nation's energy needs with new types of smart streetlights. Since saltwater cannot be used for irrigation, farm fields close to the seashore are lost to agriculture. But a farm in Netherlands has managed to grow healthy and tasty vegetables in soil irrigated with salt water. We'll have these stories and more on today's edition of VOA's Science, Health and Technology magazine... Science World.

November 2014

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