Whether it’s brake fluid in Nigerian teething syrup, melamine in Chinese baby formula, or talcum powder in Kenyan antibiotics, contaminated food and medicine is a deadly problem. Now a group of U.S. scientists in Indiana have found an inexpensive way to test medicines before they cause harm. Erika Celeste reports from South Bend, Indiana.
Marijuana, also known as cannabis, is now legal in 28 U.S. states for either medical or recreational use. Of those states, four legalized recreational marijuana just last November. As public support for pot grows, so does the multibillion-dollar legal cannabis industry. While marijuana is legal in many states, U.S. federal law still considers it illegal. VOA’s Elizabeth Lee explains this contradiction and the anxiety over the future of the cannabis industry under the Trump administration.
With electricity-powered transportation still in its infancy, many of the world’s megacities continue to fight the air pollution, mostly coming from cars’ exhaust pipes. Experts say the best tactic is to avoid the worst polluted zones and spend more time in cleaner air areas. Two startup companies are striving to help people find such places. VOA’s George Putic reports.