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May 2015

May 27, 2015

Science in a Minute - 052715: New Diagnostic Tool for Antibiotic Resistant Infections

This is Science in a Minute, I’m Rick Pantaleo The World Health Organization says that the rise of antibiotic resistant infections has become an increasingly serious threat to global public health. Hindering doctor’s efforts to quickly treat these potentially life threatening infections, like MRSA and multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, is the amount of time it now takes for needed diagnostic tests to come back from the lab. Currently it can take up to three days before a doctor receives the test results. But now a team of researchers from the University of Toronto has developed a small and simple diagnostic chip they say will allow doctors to get completed test results for antibiotic resistant infections in only one hour. Getting these test results faster will allow doctors to quickly select and administer the most effective antibiotic to treat specific resistant infections. And that’s your Science in a Minute.


May 16, 2015

Science World

Join host Rick Pantaleo to examine global issues in science, technology, health, agriculture, and the environment on Science World.


May 14, 2015

The Best of Science World

Today we feature some of the most interesting conversations we've had on our program's ‘One on One’ segments. We'll hear about one of the most violent volcanic eruptions of all time. We talk with researchers who found evidence showing that there may be oceans of water deep inside the Earth. We’ll learn about an amazing new device that is giving hope to those who are unable to move their limbs. We’ll hear from a scientist who says he has found evidence that Mars may have actually been habitable several billion years ago. A personal note from host Rick Pantaleo: It saddens me to tell you that this was the final edition of the Science World radio program. While the program is ending you can still hear me report on and talk about the latest science news on VOA’s International Edition. Also our Science World blog will continue on the internet. The web address is voanews.com/science. There you'll find stories about science, with links and much more. I’ve really enjoyed my five years of bringing you the latest in science, health and technology every week and I thank you so much for downloading and listening to our program over the years.


May 08, 2015

Cosmic Rays Could Damage the Brains of Mars Bound Astronauts

New research has provided evidence that long-term exposure to high energy particles such as those contained in powerful galactic cosmic rays damages the nervous system which can cause astronauts traveling to and from Mar to develop cognitive difficulties, such as dementia. Professor Charles Limoli, from the University of California at Irvine led this research and he joins us today on our One on One Segment to talk about he and his team learned from their studies and what could be done to protect Mars Astronauts from such harm. Elizabeth Lee will tell us about a recent meeting in Los Angeles that brought experts from the public and private sectors together to talk about the future of Space travel. Zlactica Hoke reports on a spa resort near Croatia's capital Zagreb that uses a derivative extracted from crude oil deposits in order to treat skin diseases and arthritis. Philip Alexiou tells us that SpaceX, this past week, successfully tested a system that would allow a crew of a manned spacecraft to escape in the event of a launch pad emergency. While some people really enjoy washing and waxing their cars, others find it to be nothing more than inconvenient drudgery. George Putic tells us about the development of a new self-cleaning paint that could make car washing a thing of the past. Lisa Schlein reports from Geneva, that some 1,500 participants from 180 countries will meet there to seek ways to reduce risks from hazardous chemicals and waste. As an outbreak of the lethal brain disease meningitis sweeps through West Africa, satellites migh be able to help public health officials predict and prepare for this and other diseases. Steve Baragona will have a report. We'll have these stories and more on today's edition of VOA's Science, Health and Technology magazine - Science World!


May 02, 2015

Blob of Wam Water off Pacific Coast Connected to Odd Weather

Late in the fall of 2013, University of Washington climate scientist Nick Bond noticed a big patch of water in the Pacific Ocean, just off the west coast, that was warmer than surrounding waters. Bond and his colleagues believe that this warm patch of water, may have played a part in Washington State’s mild 2014 winter. The researchers also believe that it may be impacting marine life along the west coast. He joins us to talk about his team’s research and findings. And... NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft, the first spacecraft to orbit Mercury, ended its 11 year mission when it ran out of fuel and crashed into its surface on Thursday. Anne Ball will tell us more. Philip Alexiou tells us that a Russian cargo spacecraft was to deliver supplies to the International Space Station this past week. But, a problem that developed after launch prevented it from reaching the ISS. Rosanne Skirble reports on the development of the first ever biodegradable surgical glue for use inside the body. She also tracks it journey from research to market. From Los Angeles, Michael O’Sullivan reports that this year's Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement is being awarded to two scientists who have worked for conservation on the land and in the ocean. Art Chimes has a report on a customized 4-D medical device for very young patients that changes as their young bodies grow. George Putic tells us that a new multi-camera studio that captures motion in 3D and will bring video analysis to an exceptional level. We'll have these stories and more on today's edition of VOA's Science, Health and Technology magazine - Science World!

May 2015

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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