The environmental impact of building a modern sports stadium can be immense. Occupying a large plot of land, not to mention the impact of the massive amounts of concrete and steel, can create a giant carbon footprint. But a football club in England is building their new stadium the old fashioned, but highly sustainable way, with wood. VOA's Kevin Enochs reports.
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.
Water can be dangerous stuff for people when it freezes and falls from the sky, covering the ground with snow or ice. It is perhaps even more dangerous and can cause significant damage when it falls as rain and then freezes on the ground. And while most of us are smart enough to come in out of the cold, trees aren't so lucky, and scientists are trying to discover how they react when they're suddenly covered with ice. VOA's Kevin Enochs reports.
Twenty years ago Japanese carmaker Toyota unveiled the first version of its hybrid gas-electric car called Prius. By the beginning of 2017, counting all subsequent models, Prius became the best-selling hybrid car in the world with close to 4 million sold. Its latest model, with a battery-charging solar roof, was just unveiled in Japan. VOA’s George Putic reports.
On her website, former acrobat Silke Pan has a quote that says: "You are stronger than you ever expected!" She's had to be. After working as a professional acrobat for years, she was sidelined in 2007 when a fall left her unable to use her legs. Now she is walking again, thanks to a new modular lightweight exoskeleton. VOA's Kevin Enochs reports.
Most experts agree that we are past the dawn of robotic age, and one of the countries strongly pushing to the forefront is China. As the cost of human labor in China is rising, factories are increasingly replacing production line workers with robots. VOA's George Putic reports.