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This handout photo provided by the US Secret Service shows the drone that crashed onto the White House grounds in Washington, Jan. 26, 2015.

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NASA Monitors Earth’s Vital Signs From Spacei
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Rosanne Skirble
January 27, 2015 5:05 PM
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 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 '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.
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Video New Engines, Materials Highlighted at Washington Auto Show

Visitors at this year’s Washington Auto Show would be hard-pressed to say which types of engines will prevail in the next few decades. Manufacturers are working with all kinds of power systems, as well as combinations of them, and new materials. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Video Dawn Spacecraft Approaches Dwarf Planet Ceres

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft will soon reach the dwarf planet, Ceres. Once it starts orbiting Ceres, Dawn will gather clues about how it evolved and whether this icy body may have once had conditions conducive to supporting life. Elizabeth Lee reports from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Los Angeles.
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Video Zoe Keating: A Symphony Unto Herself

Avant garde cellist Zoe Keating has a unique sound fusing music with technology. VOA’s Bernard Shusman caught up with the musical artist at the SubCulture club in New York City, and has this report.