A cardiac arrest happens when the heart stops beating regularly, due to mixed up electrical signals. According to the American Heart Association, when cardiac arrest occurs, every minute that passes before help arrives lowers a person's chance of surviving by seven to 10 percent. However, as we hear from VOA's Kevin Enochs, in a crisis when every minute counts, drones may be able to quickly get help to people who live in rural areas.
While car manufacturers are racing to get self-driving cars on the road, researchers are well ahead in developing self-driving vessels that could soon start ferrying passengers and cargo in busy ports. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Amblyopia or Lazy Eye, as it is called, is a vision problem in which the brain doesn't receive or process signals from the affected eye. It can be caused by any number of physical issues, but the real problem is that it can't be fixed with glasses. But it can be fixed, through therapy, and that therapy is now getting a high tech makeover using VR technology. Kevin Enochs reports
The hurricanes that brought howling winds and destructive floods to the Houston area and much of Florida are now swamping insurance companies with a multi-billion dollar wave of claims. Some insurance firms are using aerial photography to gather facts to help settle claims. Aerospace firm Airbus is offering free access to one of the world's largest libraries of satellite images to speed the claims process -- and build its business. As VOA's Jim Randle reports, speed can save money.
Iceland is often called the land of ice and fire. It has plenty of ice and glaciers, but is also a geothermal hotspot of bubbling hot water cauldrons, geysers and volcanos. Harnessing all that energy is something Icelanders have been doing for generations, but they're about to take that concept one step further. VOA's Kevin Enochs reports.
Mention quantum computing and people generally think, "what the heck is quantum computing?" Quantum computing uses the "weirdness" of the quantum world to create a new way for computers to do their thinking. It leaves the fastest computers in the dust. Australian researchers may have taken a huge step toward making quantum computers cheap and accessible. VOA's Kevin Enochs reports.