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January 2015

January 23, 2015

Ancient Toolmaking Boosted Human Evolution

We'll learn how our ancient ancestors boosted human evolution by creating the world's first tools several million years ago. Elizabeth Lee will update us from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory on NASA's Dawn mission to the dwarf planet, Ceres. Doug Bernard tells about a new program that will offer inexpensive adjustable eye glasses to people in Rwanda. Pilots of the solar plane that set records flying without a drop of fuel are preparing to fly the aircraft around the world. By using the patient's own stem cells, scientists have succeeded in greatly reducing and in some cases, reversing disability caused by multiple sclerosis. To survive the destructive force of a tsunami, one coastal community in Washington State is copying a strategy that has been successfully used in Japan. We'll have these stories and more on today's edition of VOA's Science, Health and Technology magazine... Science World.

January 16, 2015

Teaching Robots to Cook with You Tube Videos

We talk a University of Maryland Scientist who with his colleagues are teaching robots to perform complex actions such as those needed to help cook food by letting them watch “You Tube” videos. And... International Space Station Crewmembers had a bit of a scare this week. Bob Doughty will tell us what happened. We’ll learn about the development of a remarkable new imaging system that can take a hundred billion pictures a second. CDC Head Tom Frieden provides an update on the Ebola Crisis in West Africa. Free plans available online for building houses made of manufactured parts that perfectly fit together may provide solution to the problem of sub-standard housing. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide, and race and ethnic background can impact survival. That seems to be true even when the disease is found at an early stage. We learn how Greenland's vast network of rivers and streams could add to the global rise in sea level. These stories and more are on today's edition of VOA's Science, Health and Technology magazine... Science World.

January 02, 2015

A Quick Pause Before Grabbing a Snack Could Lead to Healthier Food Choices

Happy New Year from VOA's Science World Today, we talk with Caltech researcher Nicolette Sullivan about a new study that found if we took a few seconds of time before deciding on what to eat; we could resist the temptation of eating tasty, but unhealthy foods and make a healthier food choice. We take a look back at what was accomplished in space technology over the past year. George Putic will tell us about the current state of commercial air communication technology. Fruit bats have been accused of being the source of the virus behind the current Ebola epidemic in Western Africa. But a new study points to another species as the culprit. Scientists may soon be able to detect rare or invasive species, study biodiversity or estimate fish abundance with just a scoop of air or a dip of water. Researchers in Britain have discovered a protein that plays a role in the spread of lung cancer, something that could lead to a therapy to prevent cancer metastasis, reducing cancer deaths.

January 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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Science World begins after the newscast on Friday at 2200, Saturday at 0300, 1100 and 1900 and Sunday at 0100, 0400, 0900, 1100 and 1200. The program may also be heard on some VOA affiliates after the news on Saturday at 0900 and 1100. (All times UTC).

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