Dragon's blood, mandrake root and devil's snare were used for potions and spells in the Harry Potter series. But in real life, the creepy-named plants were used for medicinal purposes and could be purchased at an apothecary, also known as a pharmacy. Today, one of the best preserved apothecaries in the United States has been turned into a small museum in historic Alexandria, Virginia. Deborah Block reports.
A university in London is looking at new ways to use technology that displays fully three-dimensional images. They're hoping academics and experts can use the technology to deliver lectures in the classroom - remotely. VOA Correspondent Mariama Diallo reports.
Extreme weather events predicted by climate change sometimes mean more than just bad storms, sometimes they mean the exact opposite. In Germany, a hot, dry summer has left water levels at near historic lows, and that problem is rippling across the entire economy. VOA's Kevin Enochs reports.
In Uganda, officials have stepped up measures to prevent an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus. Ebola has infected 250 people in the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo since August, killing 180. The border between the countries remains open, and health experts fear the virus will enter Uganda through the cross-border traffic. Halima Athumani reports from Bundibugyo, Uganda.
Dramatic steps are needed to avoid potentially catastrophic levels of global warming, says the latest report from the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Experts say nature provides some of the best ways to pull planet-warming carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Restoring forests is one route. In West Virginia, where strip mines scarred the earth, experts are working to bring back the forests that once covered vast swaths of the Appalachian Mountains. VOA's Steve Baragona has more.