Only days after the spectacular liftoff of what is currently the heaviest space rocket, the privately built Falcon Heavy, NASA announced the next launch will carry a specially built atomic clock. The new device, much smaller and sturdier than earth-bound atomic clocks, will help future astronauts navigate in deep space. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Opioid addiction is a crisis in the United States, with more than 2 million Americans dependent on the pain-killing drugs, experts say. Now, the ancient Chinese needle form of acupuncture is providing an alternative to opioids for pain and helping people who are already addicted them. VOA’s Deborah Block has the story.
STEM toys, those that incorporate principles of science, technology, engineering and math, have garnered a lot of attention in recent years. Now, toy makers are addressing children's social development and emotional intelligence with toys that not only cultivate their IQ but also their EQ or emotional quotient. VOA's Tina Trinh reports from the International Toy Fair in New York.
There is no clear and easy way to tell when a person's thinking process has peaked, but most scientists agree that intelligence starts slowly deteriorating somewhere around age 70. However, some individuals' minds stay sharp well beyond that age and researchers would like to know why. VOA's George Putic reports.
Australian scientists, inspired by NASA space experiments, have pioneered a new method of growing crops, known as "speed breeding," which has the potential to help feed the world's growing population. Faith Lapidus reports.
Retired Marine Corps Sgt. John Peck lost all four of his limbs in an explosion in Afghanistan in 2010, but unlike many people who suffer such losses, Peck does not have to rely on prosthetic arms. Doctors performed a successful double arm transplant and now he is undergoing occupational and physical therapy at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
Under the bright sun of a remote desert in Oman, a group of astronauts and scientists is simulating Life on Mars. They hope their experiments today will pave the way for an actual trip to Mars, the red planet, within decades. Faiza Elmasry has this story narrated by Faith Lapidus.
While people who exclusively smoke cigarettes have twice the risk of premature death from all causes compared with people who avoid tobacco altogether, exclusive cigar smokers have a 20 percent higher risk of early death, researchers report