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October 2014

October 24, 2014

NASA's NuStar Mission Makes Remarkable Discovery

Today we’ll talk with Dr. Fiona Harrison who heads the NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array or NuSTAR mission. She’s one of the first female primary investigators of a NASA mission. And… U.S. health authorities are ordering travelers from three West African countries to monitor their health for 21 days and report daily for any signs of Ebola. Meanwhile, the WHO has again come out against bans on travel and trade with the countries at the heart of the epidemic. Rosanne Skirble talks with one of winners of the 2014 Nobel Prize for Chemistry about his work developing a new 3D microscope. A group of Chinese scientists says it has discovered and is testing a virus that could be used to kill cancer cells without harming normal ones. During major emergencies cell phone and Wi-Fi networks quickly get overloaded. A group of New Jersey science students may have come up with a solution to this problem. We'll have these stories and more on today's edition of VOA's Science, Health and Technology magazine... Science World.

October 17, 2014

Study Conducted by Researchers from WHO Raises Health Concern About Energy Drinks

A group of researchers in Denmark has conducted a review of a number of studies related to possible public health risks due to the increased consumption of those popular energy drinks. We’ll find out what they learned when we talk with the review’s lead author in today’s One on One Segment. And… Since the need is so urgent, several experimental Ebola treatments are being put through the US regulatory process at an incredible fast pace. Jessica Berman will tell us how and why these promising treatments are being approved so quickly. U.S. President Barack Obama said this past week that the risk of a widespread Ebola outbreak in the United States is very very low if all the proper protections are taken. Rebecca Ward tells us that officials with the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission this week have confirmed where, what day and time it’s Philae lander will be touching down on comet 67P. We’ll tell you about a group of students from New Jersey who successfully designed and built an underwater robot for locating submerged unexploded ordnance. Antarctica's ice shelves are melting at a rapid rate and that could spell trouble for people who live on coastlines throughout the world. We’ll have a report on an effort to monitor the temperature of the ice-shelf and how fast it is melting in real-time by using a fiber optic cable.

October 10, 2014

Study: Decreased Ability to Identify Smells Predict Death in Older People

A recent study suggests a relationship between our ability to identify various smells and the time we have before we die. Today on our One on One Segment, we’ll talk with the lead author of the study about the research and how losing the sense of smell can be a forecaster of mortality. And... Carol Pearson takes us to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia and she tells us what they are doing to stop the spread of the deadly outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. The 2014 Nobel Prizes were announced this past week. We’ll tell you who won the prestigious prize in the fields of Physiology or Medicine, Physics and Chemistry. After NASA's Spirit and Curiosity Mars Rovers had some tough times navigating through the sands of the Red Planet, scientists are looking to nature to find a solution to this problem. Life-like artificial limbs are on the way. Two different groups of scientists have developed prosthetic devices that behave and can feel just like real arms and hands. These stories and more are coming up for you on today's edition of VOA's science, health and technology magazine, "Science World."

October 03, 2014

Unique Carbon-Based Molecule Found in Deep Space May Indicate Origins of Life

We talk with Dr. Rob Garrod from Cornell University. Dr. Garrod along with colleagues here in the U.S. and in Germany have discovered an unusual carbon-based molecule some 27,000 light years away. The researchers said that their discovery suggests that complex molecules, which are needed for life, may have originated way out in interstellar space. Also… News that the first case of Ebola has been diagnosed in the United States has raised fears about the spread of the deadly virus. We’ll tell you what U.S. health officials are doing to allay those fears. Science World's Doug Bernard checks in with a story about NASA’S discovery of the strongest, hottest, and longest-lasting sequence of solar flares that has ever been seen. Elizabeth Lee, reporting from Los Angeles, tells us that the Aquarium of the Pacific has unveiled a tool to educate the public about extreme weather. U.S. public health officials say at least four people have died after contracting enterovirus D68, a severe respiratory virus that has spread across the nation. We’ll have these stories and more for you on today's edition of VOA's science, health and technology magazine, "Science World."

October 2014

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