August 04, 2015 01:41 UTC

  • Audio ASEAN Ministers Expected to Discuss South China Sea

    Early versions of working documents received by VOA and Reuters news agency suggest ministers are working toward a “Declaration of Conduct.” In time, such a document would lead to a “Code of Conduct” outlining measures to avoid conflict in the South China Sea.


The Making of the U.S. Constitution

The Making of the Constitution is part of the VOA Learning English series “The Making of a Nation.” The series teaches U.S. history by telling the stories of major events and characters from the country’s founding to the present day. More

Video James Madison, Father of the Constitution

James Madison was one of the youngest and softest spoken members of the Constitutional Convention. He was certainly the shortest. But he was one of the most important founders of the U.S. government. How did he get the delegates to agree to his ideas? More

In the News

Audio Kerry Hears Concerns About Iran Nuclear Agreement

Also, economic concerns in Greece, China weigh on share prices; Emergency declared in four areas of Myanmar; President Obama releases rules to cut carbon; and, Malaysian official says plane part from same kind of aircraft as MH370. | In the News More

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Fish Use Whole Bodies When They Eati
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08/03/2015
Fish are vertebrates – animals that have a backbone and a spine. They have gills that enable them to take oxygen from the water. But have you ever wonder how vertebrates eat food? Now researchers at Brown University have x-ray video that shows the action.
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Video Fish Use Whole Bodies When They Eat

Fish are vertebrates – animals that have a backbone and a spine. They have gills that enable them to take oxygen from the water. But have you ever wonder how vertebrates eat food? Now researchers at Brown University have x-ray video that shows the action.
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Video Warning System Keeps Swimmers Out of Polluted Water

Researchers are using computer models to predict the quality of ocean water. It now takes 18 to 24 hours for a laboratory to test the water. Public health experts say that amount of time can and should be reduced.
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Video English in a Minute: Fifth Wheel

Have you ever felt like a "fifth wheel?" Found out what this expression means in this episode of English in a Minute!
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Video News Words: Infrastructure

Infrastructure is a word that can mean a lot of things including roads, bridges and power plants. Our hosts tell you about it after you have heard the word used in a video news story.
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Video TALK2US: Phrasal Verbs About Sports and Activities

Caty and Ashley talk about "getting into" cycling and "trying out for" a team. You can get a good language "work out" by watching their video.
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Video China Fights Stock Market Drop

The government has tried a number of measures to help support stock prices, which have fallen sharply on Chinese exchanges in the past three weeks. China’s Securities Regulatory Commission blames the losses partly on a “panic sentiment” and “irrational selling.”
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Video Affirmative Action Case Returns to the Supreme Court

Are college admissions policies unfair to whites and Asian-Americans?
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Video Growing Minds Need Greener Spaces

Does being in and around nature help children learn? That is the question researchers around the world want to answer. Two recent studies seem to show a connection between more green spaces and better test scores.
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Video Israel Helps California Deal with Water Shortages

The U.S. state has been suffering from severe drought for the past four years. Israel has dealt with water shortages for many years. It says California must learn to treat water as a resource -- like natural gas and oil.
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Video One-Person Flying Vehicles Close to Reality

Two companies are testing flying machines that can carry one person. The designs are very different. But the result is the same: a personal flying machine.
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Video English in a Minute: Jazz it Up

Jazz is a type of music that started in the United States. But what does it mean to jazz something up? Find out in this episode of English in a Minute!
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Video News Words: Gridlock

What is Gridlock? It is a word you often hear in the news. Listen to the word used in a news story and our hosts will tell you about its meaning.
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Video Experts: China May be Facing Economic Problems

The International Monetary Fund predicts China’s economy will grow at a rate of under six percent for the next several years. One expert told Congress that China will stagnate unless new reforms are undertaken.
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Video Bringing the Internet Closer Helps Students

A new project aims to provide millions of off-line digital documents to students, medical workers and researchers in Nigeria.
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Video WHO Warns Against Unnecessary Caesarean Sections

More and more women are asking doctors to perform a C-Section when they are ready to give birth. Until recently, the operations were performed only in emergencies. Now, some doctors look to surgical childbirth as an easy way to do business.

World

Video Yazidis of Sinjar Observe Tragic Anniversary

Islamic State militants attacked Iraq's Yazidi community one year ago. Thousands were killed or forced to flee their homes. Many others starved or died of thirst as they hid on Sinjar Mountain. Those who were rescued are haunted by the memories of the slaughter and loss of their homelands. More

Business & Economics

Audio Another Sharp Drop on China’s Stock Exchanges

China’s Shanghai Composite index dropped 8.5 percent on Monday: the largest single-day drop in eight years. The price drop comes after weeks of efforts by the government to support prices. One expert says these efforts will not work as some investors reduce their investment borrowings. More

Health & Lifestyle

Audio Study: Smoking May Increase Risk of Schizophrenia

Researchers reviewed 61 studies from around the world; they discovered cigarette smoking is three times more common among those with schizophrenia who were receiving medical care for the illness for the first time compared to people who did not have the mental disorder. More

Entertainment

Audio Folk to Rock: When Dylan Went Electric

Fifty years ago, folk music legend Bob Dylan rocked out at the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island on an electric guitar. He was widely booed. The audience may have been unhappy with Dylan’s performance that day, but it changed the direction of music and culture in the United States. More

America

Video Louisiana Using BP Settlement Money to Restore Coast

Five years ago, workers stopped a well that had been leaking oil into the Gulf of Mexico for 87 days. This month, the company judged responsible for the disaster, BP, agreed to pay $18.7 billion to states along the Gulf coast. The money will help pay for economic and environmental restoration. More

Science & Technology

Video Simulation Helps Control, Manage Traffic

Controlling traffic is a complex and high cost problem in many developed countries. It becomes more difficult and costly with the ever-increasing number of cars on the roads. But scientists and students at CATT at the University of Maryland are working to solve that problem. More

Education

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Video US Student Filmmakers Fight Racial Stereotypes

Three high school students in Maryland explore the problems that can result from having beliefs about people based only on their race. The film project is based on minority students talking about their thoughts and experiences. The producers show the film in classrooms and hold discussions after. More

History

Video James Madison, Father of the Constitution

James Madison was one of the youngest and softest spoken members of the Constitutional Convention. He was certainly the shortest. But he was one of the most important founders of the U.S. government. How did he get the delegates to agree to his ideas? More

The Day in Photos

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, center, rides a boat on her way to a monastery where flood victims are sheltered, in Bago, 80 kilometers northeast of Yangon, Myanmar.

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, center, rides a boat on her way to a monastery where flood victims are sheltered, in Bago, 80 kilometers northeast of Yangon, Myanmar.

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TALK2US: Phrasal Verbs About Sports and Activitiesi
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07/30/2015
Caty and Ashley talk about "getting into" cycling and "trying out for" a team. You can get a good language "work out" by watching their video.

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