May 04, 2015 10:07 UTC

Body Cameras

Video Body Cameras Seen as Good and Bad for US Police Officers

The Houston Police Department has experimented with body cameras for the past two years. The department deploys about 100 of the cameras on its officers each day. There are many questions about the cost of such camera systems and the limits on what the technology can do. And who controls the images? More


In the News

Video Baltimore Police Officers Charged in Death of Black Man

The chief prosecutor in the eastern U.S. city of Baltimore, Maryland has announced charges against six police officers in the case of the death of a 25-year-old black man. Freddie Gray died in the hospital April 19th, a week after he was arrested. Mr. Gray’s death was ruled a homicide. More


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Scientists Use Sound Waves to Find Hidden Cracks in Bridges, Airplanesi
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05/03/2015
Finding weakness in large structures, such as bridges and airplanes, can be the difference between life and death. Scientists in Britain say they have found a new way of looking inside metal parts to identify areas of weakness before they fail.
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Video Scientists Use Sound Waves to Find Hidden Cracks in Bridges, Airplanes

Finding weakness in large structures, such as bridges and airplanes, can be the difference between life and death. Scientists in Britain say they have found a new way of looking inside metal parts to identify areas of weakness before they fail.
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Video English in a Minute: Bend the Rules

If you "bend the rules," are you breaking the rules? Find out how to use this idiom in this week's episode of English in a Minute!
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Video News Words: Looting

The word looting come up in news stories about unrest or during disasters. Hear how the word is used in a news story and our hosts will give you more details.
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Video World Bank Head Sees Other Development Banks as Allies

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim is noting the need for world leaders and development banks to work together in the fight against poverty.
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Video Cameroon Builds Classrooms for Students Fleeing Boko Haram

Cameroon says militant attacks have displaced at least 100,000 people, including at least 33,000 school children. The government, however, has rejected calls by parliament to declare emergency rule in the affected areas.
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Video Cambodia Plans to Expand Healthcare for Expecting Mothers

Cambodia has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in Southeast Asia. Although deaths have decreased, they are short of Millennium Development Goals set by the United Nations. Now, the government says it will do more to save women in childbirth.
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Video Gene in Plant Could Increase Crop Production

Study shows scientists can use a plant’s “biological clock” to develop plants that will produce crops faster and help feed the world’ growing population.
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Video English in a Minute: Put (Something) on Hold

This expression can be used in many different situations. Learn a few of them in this week's episode of English in a Minute!
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Video A Robot Helps Heal Muscle Damage

A Polish company has developed a robot that helps therapists. The robot tells therapists about their patients progress and can choose the best exercises to help rehabilitate people with injuries that affect movement.
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Video News Words: Referendum

What happens when a referendum is held? Listen to the word used in this news story and our hosts explain.
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Video Many Join China’s New Development Bank

China says more than 40 countries have joined the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. The U.S. and Japan have held off, noting the need for strong standards of governance.
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Video Everyday Grammar: Put Prepositions in Their Proper Place

English learners tell us that the toughest thing to learn in English is how to use prepositions. We look at some that are often confused.
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Video Is Secondhand Smoke Child Abuse?

Should people be allowed to smoke in their homes even if children live there? Or is smoking around children a type of child abuse? Secondhand smoke and and its effects on children is one of the latest issues in the smoking debate.
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Video Climate Change Blamed for Disasters in Syria and California

Two new studies have linked rising temperatures on Earth’s surface to the Syrian civil war and California’s dry weather. The two point to the possibility of clear and present dangers from a threat often considered far in the future.
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Video Robot Scientist Helps Design New Drugs

Robots at the University of Manchester are helping researchers learn about biology and test the effectiveness of drugs.

World

Video Bad News for Press Freedom Around the World

A new report says working conditions for reporters have fallen severely in the last 10 years. The study says reporters face increasing restrictions and threats. At the same time, press freedom around the world is extremely low. Many countries have only a partly free press, or no free press at all. More

Business & Economics

Cupcakes are one of Bree Britt's sweat treats at her bakery.

Video Young Business Owner Creates Recipe for Success

Like many people, Bree Britt once dreamed of starting her own business. But unlike many people, the 16-year-old American did not wait until she grew up to become an entrepreneur. With a sense of purpose, a plan of action and the help of her mother, she opened Bree’s Sweet Treats. More

Health & Lifestyle

Audio Caring for an Aging Population

By the year 2050, an estimated two billion people will be aged 60 or older. As the world’s population gets older, governments and community-based organizations must find ways to help families avoid ‘caregiver burnout.’ Read on to learn more about the issue in the Health & Lifestyle report. More

Entertainment

Video Bible Museum Coming to Washington, DC

The museum is set to open in 2017. It will cost $400 million to build. A Christian businessman is leading efforts to build the museum; it will show Bibles and other objects of religious importance. He owns one of the world’s largest collections of Bibles and Bible-related artifacts. | As It Is More

America

World Trade Center Reopening

Audio The 25 Most Popular Cities to Visit in America

Big cities and small historic towns top the list of most popular places to visit in America, according to the travel site TripAdvisor. Millions of users voted New York City, Chicago, and Charleston, South Carolina as the top three cities to visit in the U.S. Here's a look at all 25 cities! More

Science & Technology

Audio Experts See Closer Link Between Earthquakes and Oil Drilling

Since 2009, earthquake activity has greatly increased in the central and eastern United States. A new report from U.S. earthquake experts links drilling for oil and gas with the rise in the number of earthquakes in those areas. The US has expanded its oil and gas production in recent years. More

Education

Illustration by Kotochi Mahama for Safaliba Literacy Texts

Video Learning Safaliba Helps Ghanaian Kids Learn English

In the Safaliba-speaking community of Ghana, children are beginning to read and write in their home language, Safaliba. Others notice this helps when the children begin learning in English. "Language is very powerful," says Paul Schaefer. More

History

Audio America Remembers Abraham Lincoln's Assassination

This week, Americans remember an important date in history: 150 years ago, President Abraham Lincoln was killed. Museums and historic organizations all around the country have special exhibits and events.President Lincoln was the first American president to be assassinated. More

The Day in Photos

Protesters fire flares during a demonstration in downtown Milan to protest against the World Exposition Milano 2015.

Protesters fire flares during a demonstration in downtown Milan to protest against the World Exposition Milano 2015.

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