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September 2014

September 19, 2014

Two Martian Probes Will Soon Orbit Red Planet

NASA's unmanned MAVEN mission will reach Mars on Sunday, September 21st. On September 24th, India's Mars Orbital Mission will also make it to the Red Planet. Stephen Bougher a research professor from the University of Michigan and a MAVEN co-investigator joins us on our One on One Segment to talk about these missions and their goals. Also… NASA announced this week that spaceflight launches from United States will resume and ferry U.S. astronauts to and from the International Space Station. Zlatica Hoke will fill us in with the details. The Ebola epidemic continues to spread in western Africa and some are afraid that the deadly virus could mutate so that it could be spread from person-to-person through the air. Jessica Berman will tell us that some experts are saying that the chances of that happening are remote. The long upgrade of the Large Hadron Collider is over. The scientific instrument responsible for the discovery of the so-called "God particle" is now being brought back up to speed just in time for CERN’s 60th Anniversary. A life-size replica of a huge dinosaur called Spinosaurus is on display here in Washington, DC. We’ll have a report on what scientists are calling the possibly largest predator to ever exist as well as the work that went into creating the amazing replica. We’ll tell you about a new branch in the family tree of today’s Europeans that was discovered through a DNA investigation by an international team of researchers. Researchers say a relatively new test for HPV, the human papillomavirus, could replace a more invasive test to screen for cervical cancer. The new test could make HPV testing more appealing to many women who now avoid current screening methods. We'll this and much more for you on today's edition of VOA's science, health and technology magazine, "Science World."

September 12, 2014

Best of Science World

This is the "Best of Science World". Today we'll feature some of the most interesting conversations we've had on our program's ‘One on One’ segments. We’ll hear why nightmares pack a greater emotional impact than simply having a bad dream. A VA tech scientist tells us about his much more precise method to name and classify all of Earth’s living organisms. Most of us have heard about Einstein’s Theory of Relativity – but what is it? A scientist will give us an explanation. Why has Earth remained habitable despite a history of violent geologic change while others that went through the same changes have become uninhabitable? We talk with a scientist who says he knows why. So stay with us for this special edition of VOA's science, health and technology magazine, "Science World."

September 05, 2014

An Update on the European Space Agency's Rosetta Comet Mission

Professor Mark McCaughrean, the European Space Agency's Senior Scientific Advisor joins us for today’s One on One Segment to update us all on the comet chasing Rosetta mission. He'll tell us what ESA scientists have learned so far from Rosetta and what they hope to learn throughout the spacecraft's mission. Also... NASA plans to send up a 3D printer to the International Space Station to build the first "machine shop" in space where astronauts can make their own spare parts and tools as they travel in space. Dr. Tom Frieden, the head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, said that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa will continue to worsen and a global effort is what's needed now to fight this deadly scourge. We’ll have a report about a new study, conducted by scientists in Michigan that demonstrates the power of suggestion. More and more people are following the Western diet, which means they’re eating more meat. We’ll tell you about a new study that suggests this shift in eating habits could help worsen climate change. Most of us know that our solar system resides in the Milky Way galaxy. But, astronomers have discovered that our galaxy is part of a supercluster that contains many more galaxies. Researchers have figured out a way to switch off autoimmune diseases, such as multiple sclerosis and lupus, in which the body attacks its own tissues. This and much more are coming up for you on VOA's science, health and technology magazine, "Science World."

September 2014

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