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FILE - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks to reporters at United Nations headquarters in New York, July 28, 2015.

Venezuela Ruling Party Games Twitter for Political Gain

President Nicolas Maduro's approval ratings may be languishing below 30 percent, but on Twitter he's as popular as Pope Francis - or so it would seem More

Pathologist Timothy Amukele, left, teamed with Robert Chalmers and other engineers to create a drone courier system that transports blood to diagnostic laboratories. (Credit: Johns Hopkins Medicine)

Drones Work Well for Transporting Blood Samples, Study Finds

Samples can remain fresh after being airborne for 40 minutes — good news for those needing to ferry specimens from remote areas More

Screenshots of the Cambridge Advanced Training Program, based on the Wizard game. (Peak image)

Brain Training App Could Help People With Schizophrenia

Cambridge University scientists say tests on small number of patients who played 'Wizard' over 4 weeks found they had improvements in memory and learning More


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Better Brain Health Might Be Just a Nature Walk Awayi
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July 21, 2015 4:22 PM
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Video Vancouver Hotel Committed to Sustainability and Zero Waste

A hotel in Vancouver Canada hosts more than 500,000 honey bees as part of its commitment to sustainability. VOA's Rebecca Ward reports.
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Video Africa India Expands Trade With Africa

India is moving aggressively to strengthen its trade and investment relationship with Africa. Their bilateral trade doubled in the past seven years. More on Biz Beat.

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August 02, 2015 6:57 PM
U.S. President Barack Obama will formally unveil an ambitious plan to combat climate change by reducing carbon emissions from U.S. power plants. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports, the initiative faces stiff opposition from coal-producing states and their representatives in Congress.
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Video Obama to Unveil Plan to Combat Climate Change

U.S. President Barack Obama will formally unveil an ambitious plan to combat climate change by reducing carbon emissions from U.S. power plants. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports, the initiative faces stiff opposition from coal-producing states and their representatives in Congress.
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Video Non-profit Training Center Aims at Narrowing the 'Skills Gap'

Think of it. Thousands of unfilled jobs and employers just can’t seem to find the job-seekers with the necessary skills. And, you don’t have to be a college graduate to get one these good paying jobs. VOA’s Bernard Shusman reports on how one non-profit organization is finding a solution.
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Video Astronauts Train Underwater for Deep Space Missions

Manned deep space missions are still a long way off, but space agencies are already testing procedures, equipment and human stamina for operations in extreme environment conditions. Small groups of astronauts take turns in spending days in an underwater lab, off Florida’s southern coast, simulating future missions to some remote world. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Video 'Metal Muscles' Flex a New Bionic Hand

Artificial limbs, including the most complex of them – the human hand – are getting more life-like and useful due to constant advances in tiny hydraulic, pneumatic and electric motors called actuators. But now, as VOA’s George Putic reports, scientists in Germany say the future of the prosthetic hand may lie not in motors but in wires that can ‘remember’ their shape.
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Video Scientists: One-Dose Malaria Cure is Possible

Scientists have long been trying to develop an effective protection and cure for malaria - one of the deadliest diseases that affects people in tropical areas, especially children. As the World Health Organization announces plans to begin clinical trials of a promising new vaccine, scientists in South Africa report that they too are at an important threshold. George Putic reports, they are testing a compound that could be a single-dose cure for malaria.
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Video Genome Initiative Urgently Moves to Freeze DNA Before Species Go Extinct

Earth is in the midst of its sixth mass extinction. The last such event was caused by an asteroid 66 million years ago. It killed off the dinosaurs and practically everything else. So scientists are in a race against time to classify the estimated 11 million species alive today. So far only 2 million are described by science, and researchers are worried many will disappear before they even have a name. VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports.
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Video Robots Slowly Entering Everyday Life

From the entertainment and service industries to manufacturing, medicine, rescue operations and even sports, machines with artificial intelligence — what we usually call robots — are slowly but steadily replacing people. They are cheaper to operate, never get tired and will always keep us company. And for the younger generation, building robots may soon be as popular as building blocks. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Video Garbage Dump Helps Grow a Tomato Farm

Latvia is not among countries whose latitude makes it suitable for growing moderate-climate vegetables, such as tomatoes. But - as we hear from VOA’s George Putic - through clever use of a garbage dump as a source of energy, a large greenhouse near the capital Riga is now growing more than 450 tons of tomatoes annually.
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Video Backup Motor May Save Pilots’ Lives

In case of engine failure, multi-engine aircraft often have enough power to land safely, but single-engine planes have a very small chance of avoiding a fatal crash. Now, as we hear from VOA's George Putic, two Spanish inventors say their backup power system, designed specifically for small planes, can significantly improve those odds.
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Video Hoverbike Flying Toward Reality

Another long-standing dream of many technological inventors is quickly approaching reality: U.S.- and British-based firms are cooperating in the development of an individual flying platform they call a hoverbike. They say it may revolutionize the concept of flying, including in the U.S. military. VOA’s George Putic reports.

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