Science & Technology

    FILE - Microsoft Corporation and Facebook Inc. plan to build an undersea cable to meet growing demand for high-speed online services.

    Microsoft, Facebook to Build Undersea Data Cable across Atlantic

    Cable — stretching from US state of Virginia to Spain — to be built to meet growing demand for high-speed online and ‘cloud’ services

    NASA image of what Mars looked like at its Ice Age Maximum.

    Red Planet? Not so much!

    New research suggest that Mars is in a warm period between cyclical ice ages, and that during Ice Age Maximum over 500,000 years ago, the red planet was decidedly ice, and much whiter to the naked eye.

    The skyline of Japan's capital, Tokyo. (S. Herman/VOA)

    Spring Comes Earlier to Urban Environments

    Temperatures in a city can be 1 to 3 degrees Celsius warmer than rural areas


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    Technologies for the disabled, including wheelchair technology, are advancing just as quickly as everything else in the digital age. Two new advances in wheelchairs offer improved control and a more comfortable fit. VOA's George Putic reports.
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    Video Wheelchair Technology in Tune With Times

    Technologies for the disabled, including wheelchair technology, are advancing just as quickly as everything else in the digital age. Two new advances in wheelchairs offer improved control and a more comfortable fit. VOA's George Putic reports.
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    Video US Elementary School Offers Living Science Lessons

    Zero is not a good score on a test at school. But Discovery Elementary is proud of its “net zero” rating. Net zero describes a building in which the amount of energy provided by on-site renewable sources equals the amount of energy the building uses. As Faiza Elmasry tells us, the innovative features in the building turn the school into a teaching tool, where kids can't help but learn about science and sustainability. Faith Lapidus narrates.
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    Video Does Technology Make Us Less Human?

    It is not unusual these days to see people eating together at restaurants, but not interacting with each other. Instead, they are looking down at their smartphones. Elizabeth Lee reports.
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    Video Profits From Eco-friendly Vertical Farming Stack Up

    Vertical farming — a tech-savvy subset of farming in which plants are stacked indoors, floor-to-ceiling, using controlled-environment agriculture (CEA) methods — is growing rapidly, changing the business landscape of traditional supply chains and growing seasons. It is also having a profound effect on the environment. Ask Newark, New Jersey-based AeroFarms, which set up shop in a neon-sprayed former paintball and laser tag arena next to a highway in the city’s Ironbound district.
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    Video STEM Program Fosters Tech Skills, Leadership

    Their parents are immigrants to the United States. They are kids who live between two worlds -- their parents' homeland and the U.S. For many of them, they feel most "American" at school. In this report produced by Beth Mendelson and reported by Arash Arabasadi, we meet Quiana, an exceptional Vietnamese-American student. She is part of a high school program called STEM, or Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, which prepares interested students for high-tech jobs after school.
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    Video Budding Young Inventors Tackle City's Problems with 3-D Printing

    Every city has problems, and local officials and politicians are often frustrated by their inability to solve them. But surprising solutions can come from unexpected places. Students in Baltimore. Maryland, took up the challenge to solve problems they identified in their city, and came up with projects and products to make a difference. VOA's June Soh has more on a digital fabrication competition primarily focused on 3-D design and printing. Carol Pearson narrates.
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    Video More than Half of World's Population Still Not Connected to Internet

    The World Bank says that while there are 9 billion devices connected to the Internet today, more than half the world's population is still not able to access information online. Many of those who have no Internet access live in developing countries. Technologists and government officials say getting connected is critical to improving the lives of many people. Elizabeth Lee reports from Los Angeles, where experts met to discuss this problem.
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    Video Filmmaker Explores How to Love 'Things Climate Can't Change'

    In his 2010 Oscar-nominated documentary "Gasland," filmmaker Josh Fox tackled the hotly debated method of extracting fossil fuel known as fracking, and he continued to explore the subject in "Gasland II" in 2013. He's back with the final film in his trilogy about climate change. VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports.
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    Video Mind-controlled Artificial Hand Close to Reality

    A mind-controlled artificial hand with near-natural dexterity is very close to reality. Latest tests with volunteer amputees show that the robotic appendages can be both extremely movable and easily controlled.
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    Video Mind-controlled Artificial Hand Close to Reality

    A mind-controlled artificial hand with near-natural dexterity is very close to reality. Latest tests with volunteer amputees show that the robotic appendages can be both extremely movable and easily controlled.