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George Putic
January 28, 2015 8:06 PM
Long-distance communication contains mostly sounds and pictures - for now. But scientists in Britain say they are close to creating additions for our smartphones that will make it possible to send taste, smell and even a basic touch. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Video Smartphones About to Make Leap, Carry Basic Senses

Long-distance communication contains mostly sounds and pictures - for now. But scientists in Britain say they are close to creating additions for our smartphones that will make it possible to send taste, smell and even a basic touch. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Video MRI Seems to Help Diagnose Prostate Cancer, Preliminary Study Shows

Just as with mammography used to detect breast cancer, there's a lot of controversy about tests used to diagnose prostate cancer. Fortunately, a new study shows doctors may now have a more reliable way to diagnose prostate cancer for high risk patients. More from VOA's Carol Pearson.
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Video Weekly Protests in Korea Keep Japanese WWII Atrocities Alive

Every week in Seoul protesters gather in front of the Japanese Embassy to demand an apology and reparations from Tokyo for the thousands of South Korean women who were forced into prostitution during World War II. Although this year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of the war, these protestors have helped keep the issue of comfort women alive and made it difficult for Japan to move beyond its past wartime atrocities. VOA's Brian Padden reports from Seoul.
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Video NASA Monitors Earth’s Vital Signs From Space

The U.S. space agency, NASA, is wrapping up its busiest 12-month period in more than a decade, with three missions launched in 2014 and two this month, one in early January and the fifth scheduled for January 29. As VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports, the instruments being lifted into orbit are focused on Earth’s vital life support systems and how they are responding to a warmer planet.
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Video Saved By a Mistake - an Auschwitz Survivor's Story

Dagmar Lieblova was 14 when she arrived at Auschwitz in December 1943, along with her entire Czech Jewish family. All of them were to die there, but she was able to leave after several months due to a bureaucratic mix-up which saved her life. Now 85, with three children and six grandchildren, she says she has a feeling of victory. This report by Ahmad Wadiei and Farin Assemi, of RFE/RL's Radio Farda is narrated by RFE’s Raymond Furlong.
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Video Somalia Aims to Improve Lives of Children

Somalia's president signed into law the Convention on the Rights of the Child on January 20. Somalia’s children continue to face daily challenges posed by conflict, displacement, malnutrition and disease. One in seven die before reaching the age of five and fewer than half of the children attend school. Abdulaziz Billow reports from Mogadishu on what, if anything, this new law will do to help improve the lives of the youngest Somalis.
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Video NYC Officials Defend Shutting Down City for Blizzard That Wasn't

Winter Storm Juno, as it's being called, dumped as much as 60 centimeters (almost 2 feet) of snow on parts of the northeastern United States but failed to live up to its "historic" billing in New York City. Still, officials there are defending their decision to effectively shut the city down ahead of the storm. VOA's William Gallo reports.
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Video 'Eyes on the Sea' Curtail Illegal Fishing

Illegal fishing accounts for 20 percent of the global market -- one out of every five fish caught. That’s worth $23.5 billion a year. "Fishing Piracy" on the high seas -- as some call it -- hastens fishery decline, threatens food security, depletes economic resources and harms the environment. As VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports, a new high-tech tool to patrol the world's oceans and bring criminals to justice was introduced at a video news conference.

USA

U.S. President Barack Obama and VP Joe Biden (R) arrive at the armed services farewell in honor of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Virginia, Jan. 28, 2015.

Obama Wants End to 'Mindless Austerity' in 2016 Spending Plan

A White House statement says Obama will call for ending automatic spending cuts that he and opposition Republican lawmakers agreed to during a 2011 budget crisis More

Africa

Members of a family stand next to their grass-hut dwelling which was destroyed by the police at Manzou Farm in Mazoe, north of Harare, in Zimbabwe, Jan. 15, 2015.

Zimbabwe Farmers Decry Land Grab for First Lady's Game Park

Displaced families complain wild game is now grazing their crops; government says any attempt to demonize Mrs. Grace Mugabe is 'totally unacceptable' More

Middle East

FILE - Egyptian fishermen fish in front of a Maltese ship crossing the Suez Canal in Ismailia, Egypt, Aug. 12, 2014.

Egypt's Suez Canal Dreams Tempered by Continued Unrest

Seen as a potential driver of recovery, Cairo’s plan to expand waterway had been raising hopes to give country much needed economic boost More

Americas

Rescuers work amid the wreckage caused by an explosion at a hospital in Cuajimalpa, Mexico City, Jan. 29, 2015.

At Least 7 Dead in Mexico Maternity Hospital Blast

Mayor says dozens of people, including 22 children, were also injured when gas tank truck explodes outside building More

Science & Technology

File - In this March 9, 2005, file photo, Charles Townes speaks after winning the Templeton Prize in New York. Townes, the co-inventor of the laser and a Nobel laureate in physics, has died. He was 99.

US Scientist Who Conceived of Groundbreaking Laser Technology Dies

Charles Townes, Nobel laureate, laser co-creator paved way for other scientific discoveries: CDs, eye surgery, metal cutters to name a few technologies that rely on lasers More

Europe

EU Ministers Propose Tougher Anti-Terrorism Measures

Proposals by EU justice and interior ministers aim to bolster existing measures on surveillance, information sharing and border control across 28-member union More

Health

Video Study: MRI with Ultrasound Produces Better Biopsy Results for Prostate Cancer

Data indicates that if a man's male relatives had prostate cancer, his risk of getting it could be up to three times higher than normal More

Economy & Business

FILE - Computer users sit near a monitor display with a message from the Chinese police on the proper use of the Internet at an Internet cafe in Beijing, China.

US Firms Concerned About China's New Cyber Regulations

New rules would require technology companies doing business in financial sector to hand over their source code, adopt Chinese encryption algorithms More

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