Synthetic polymers, primarily plastics, are used to make a host of items, from paint to plastic bottles to sunglasses and DVDs. Imagine what could be created with a plastic that can be made to shimmy, and even crawl. Now a new polymer has been developed that actually walks like a caterpillar as it reacts to light. VOA’s Deborah Block tells us about it.
Science has been searching for a definitive reason why domesticated honeybee colonies continue to suddenly die off. But Colony Collapse disorder, as it is called, is still somewhat of a mystery. To try and get some answers, a university is using high-tech monitoring tools to listen in on the bees' conversations for clues to their health. VOA's Kevin Enochs reports.
As legend has it, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León was searching for the mythical Fountain of Youth when he discovered Florida instead. Turns out the fountain of youth may be right between your eyes. Stem cells in an area of the brain called the hypothalamus may be setting the body's clock. Researchers from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York may have found a way to turn back that clock, at least in mice. VOA's Kevin Enochs reports.
Pilates is a fitness regimen that has been around for nearly 100 years, using controlled movements to build strength and improve flexibility. Now, a pilates class in New York City is taking on a 21st century malady specific to our digital culture and obsession with texting. VOA's Tina Trinh went to the Gramercy Pilates NYC studio to check out their “Pilates for Text Neck” class.
There's no doubt Antarctica is getting warmer. Not only is the ice melting, but native moss covers more of the frozen continent and it's growing faster, according to British researchers. For people who live on the coasts, it means there will likely be more unwelcome water in their future. VOA's Kevin Enochs reports.