Authorities in Japan are trying to decide what to do with the hundreds of thousands of metric tons of contaminated water being stored at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, which went into meltdown following a 2011 earthquake and tsunami. As Henry Ridgwell reports from Tokyo, plant operator TEPCO is still studying whether it is safe to release the water into the Pacific Ocean, but scientists want a closer analysis of the water's radioactivity levels.
Heat from deep within the earth is an underused source of renewable energy. The United States is the world's largest producer of geothermal energy, but it makes up less than 1 percent of the nation's power generation. By contrast, geothermal plants in the Philippines and Iceland contribute around 30 percent of their electricity production. Now, geothermal power is heating up in Australia. Faith Lapidus reports.
There is a saying that “lightning never strikes twice” in any location. The same could be said for a total solar eclipse over the United States, a rare event ... except in a small patch of the United States that includes a small Missouri town, a place VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports is a prime location for current and future stargazers to study a rare phenomenon.
A common complaint for busy, stressed out people is not being able to find the time and place to unwind. A new smartphone application promises to solve these problems by helping users practice an old Chinese form of healing meditation while on the go. VOA's Zlatica Hoke has more.