According to the World Ocean Review, shipping by sea is responsible for about 3 percent of the world's total carbon emissions. But one Norwegian shipping company is creating hybrid ships and planning for a carbon-free future. VOA's Kevin Enochs reports.
U.S. health officials are concerned about the increasing number of American teenagers smoking electronic cigarettes, a practice commonly known as vaping. So many teenagers are taking up the habit that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is worried that it's become an epidemic. Nina Vishneva reports from New York in this report narrated by Anna Rice.
When people get magnetic resonance imaging scans, known as MRI's, they spend a long time in a tube with very little head room. The procedure is especially difficult for people who are claustrophobic. At the University of Missouri, researchers are working to make the experience better for both doctors and patients. More from VOA's Carol Pearson.
In the three months since the Ebola outbreak began in the volatile east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the hemorrhagic fever has sparked debate in communities and become a talking point for politicians ahead of the Dec. 23 election. It is, they say, a war of information to persuade locals to take precautions and to trust health officials. So far, more than 420 cases have been reported. VOA's Anita Powell accompanied Ebola awareness campaigners in eastern Congo and brings us this report.