Fracking, at least in the U.S., has changed the country's energy outlook. It has cut the cost of fossil fuels and turned the U.S. into a net exporter of fuel. But fracking hasn't had the same effect in Britain, and geologists say the island nation's unique geology means fracking will never solve their energy problems. VOA's Kevin Enochs reports.
Toyota Motor Corporation recently unveiled a high-tech personal assistant at the International Robot Exhibition in Tokyo. It mimics the moves of the user, which Toyota says may turn this machine into a caregiver for the elderly. Arash Arabasadi reports.
Most of us would be shocked and afraid if a doctor told us we needed brain surgery. But imagine how much calmer you'd be if you could get inside your skull to navigate the path the surgeon will take? Technology can now make that happen. VOA's Carolyn Presutti takes us to the Stanford Medical Center in Silicon Valley to see how virtual reality can get patients into their own heads.
As the U.S. Supreme Court considers a case about privacy and technology, Los Angeles, California, is becoming a city that is ever more connected. From cell phones to televisions to refrigerators, more devices are being connected to the Internet. L.A. wants to use the prevalence of these "smart" devices to help the city run more efficiently, turning it into a city of the future. VOA's Elizabeth Lee has the details of the project and the security and privacy implications of a more connected city.