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    While it's unusual to see farm animals in cities, it's become familiar for residents of Brooklyn, New York, to see a little herd of goats. Unlike gas-powered mowing equipment, goats remove invasive weeds quietly and without adding more pollution to the air. As Faiza Elmasry tells us, this is a pilot program and if it proves to be successful, the goat gardener program will be extended to other areas of New York. Faith Lapidus narrates.
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    Video Four Brother Goats Arrive in Brooklyn on a Mission

    While it's unusual to see farm animals in cities, it's become familiar for residents of Brooklyn, New York, to see a little herd of goats. Unlike gas-powered mowing equipment, goats remove invasive weeds quietly and without adding more pollution to the air. As Faiza Elmasry tells us, this is a pilot program and if it proves to be successful, the goat gardener program will be extended to other areas of New York. Faith Lapidus narrates.
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    Video Scientists in Poland Race to Save Honeybees

    Honeybees are in danger worldwide. Causes of what's known as colony collapse disorder range from pesticides and loss of habitat to infections. But scientists in Poland say they are on track to finding a cure for one of the diseases. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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    Video UN: Global Warming Happening Faster Than Predicted

    The World Meteorological Organization says the first half of this year has been the hottest in history - a sign that global warming is happening faster than expected. The U.N. organization based in Geneva warned Thursday that 2016 is on track to be the world’s hottest year on record. Zlatica Hoke reports the WMO called on signatories to start implementing the climate agreement reached last year in Paris as soon as possible.
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    Video World Sees Hope in Ending Mother-to-child HIV Transmissions

    AIDS looks vastly different today than it did the last time the International AIDS Conference was held in South Africa 16 years ago. VOA's Carol Pearson reports on one major success in containing the virus.
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    Video New HIV Tests Emphasize Rapid Results

    As the global fight against AIDS intensifies, activists have placed increasing importance on getting people to know their HIV status. Some companies are developing new HIV testing methods designed to be quick, easy and accurate. Thuso Khumalo looks at the latest methods, presented at the International AIDS conference in Durban, South Africa.
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    Video F-35 Steals the Show at Farnborough

    At this year's international airshow in Farnborough, England, one of the stars proved to be the U.S. Johnny-come-lately fighter plane with its advanced engine, touted as the most powerful in the world. In spite of the steep price of over $100 million, Lockheed Martin's F-35 fighter jet is sought by many militaries around the world. VOA's George Putic reports.
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    Video Want a Successful Startup? Adopt the Silicon Valley Culture

    California's Silicon Valley is known for innovation and the countless number of technology startups in the area. While many of these companies are working on very different products, entrepreneurs tend to share a culture of openness and a free exchange of ideas. VOA's Elizabeth Lee spoke to a Silicon Valley entrepreneur from Latin America who believes the region would benefit from the kind of mentality that exists in Silicon Valley.
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    Video Cities Provide Pollination Haven for Honeybees

    The Western Honey Bee was brought to the United States a long time ago because — true to its name — it makes a lot of honey. But it is also a great pollinator. Like cattle, they are bred by the millions and shipped around the country to pollinate everything from almonds to broccoli. But all that hard work and stress is literally killing the bees. To help fight the problem, concerned citizens are raising honeybees everywhere they can, including inside city limits. Treva Thrush reports.
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    Video Large Windows May Collect Solar Energy

    Along with other modern technologies, photovoltaics are seeing increased use. A big race is on for a transparent type of these solar cells that may one day cover windows of large buildings, substantially lowering energy bills. Experts, however, say there are still some major obstacles. VOA's George Putic reports.
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    Video Immigrants Drawn to Silicon Valley Culture

    California's Silicon Valley, known for its high-tech startups, can be described as a melting-pot of different cultures and languages, all concentrated in the region's technology companies. While trying to start a company as an immigrant can be difficult in some places, that is not necessarily the case in Silicon Valley, says the co-founder of a start-up called Osmo. Just like his product which is designed for children, Silicon Valley is breaking down cultural barriers.