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December 2014

December 12, 2014

Why Humans Are Able to Drink Alcoholic Beverages

Matthew Carrigan, a professor of biology at Santa Fe College in Florida, led a team of researchers at the Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution to find out what made it possible for humans to consume. Professor Carrigan joins us today to talk about the research he and his team conducted and what they learned from their study. Some of the other stories we have for you today… We'll hear about how a new medical robot can not only reduce the time it takes to manufacture dental crowns, but can also provide patients with better fitting dental work. Cutting edge technology was used to produce Disney's latest animated film, Big Hero 6. Elizabeth Lee will take us behind the scenes for a look at the high-tech tools and techniques that went into producing the movie. This and more coming up on today's edition of VOA's Science, Health and Technology magazine... Science World.

December 05, 2014

Invisible Shield 11,000 km Above Earth's Surface Protects Us from "Killer Electrons"

Today we talk with Dr. Daniel Baker from the University of Colorado, Boulder who, with his colleagues, discovered a kind of invisible barrier located about 11,000 kilometers above the Earth that shields us from something that’s been described as “Killer Electrons”. And... We'll hear about the first test launch of a NASA space craft that will someday send astronauts to Mars. Saying that cervical cancer is preventable, the WHO is urging all girls between the ages of nine and 13 to get vaccinated against the virus that causes this deadly disease. Rosanne Skirble will tell us about a new study that shows how tiny ants can help clean up garbage. For the first time, a ground-based telescope was used to detect and observe an exoplanet pass in front of a bright Sun-like star outside of our own solar system. One of the researchers who helped identify the Ebola virus in the 1970’s talks about the ongoing outbreak in West Africa. We'll have these stories and more on today's edition of VOA's Science, Health and Technology magazine... Science World.

December 2014

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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