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FILE - Stephen Harkavy participates in therapy to help him recover from a stroke at the Burke Rehabilitation Center in White Plains, N.Y., November 2014.

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Three large meteorite impact craters are seen in this image of the Lavinia region on Venus. Situated in a region of fractured plains, the craters show many features typical of meteorite impact craters, including rough (bright) material around the rim, ter

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President Barack Obama answers a question about the cyberattack on Sony Pictures after his end of the year press conference in the briefing room of the White House, Dec. 19, 2014.

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George Putic
December 12, 2014 6:21 PM
Scientists in the United States, Europe and elsewhere are experimenting with two types of fusion nuclear reactors that could someday provide cheap and abundant energy and finally wean the world from fossil-based fuels. The U.S. technological giant Lockheed Martin has claimed it will have a working fusion reactor within five years. Now, scientists from the University of Washington say they are also on the path to creating sustainable fusion. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Video Scientists Close In on Sustainable Nuclear Fusion

Scientists in the United States, Europe and elsewhere are experimenting with two types of fusion nuclear reactors that could someday provide cheap and abundant energy and finally wean the world from fossil-based fuels. The U.S. technological giant Lockheed Martin has claimed it will have a working fusion reactor within five years. Now, scientists from the University of Washington say they are also on the path to creating sustainable fusion. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Sixty-five million years ago, an asteroid hit Earth, killing the dinosaurs and many other life forms. Birds were among the survivors, and, after that mass extinction, as life began to flower again, a burst of evolution gave rise to the more than 10,000 bird species we know today. As VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports, researchers worldwide have joined to create the most reliable avian tree of life to date.
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