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Teens Help Seniors Bridge Technology Gap

Maryland, where a technology workshop for seniors is taught by teens and even younger instructors, who've grown up in the digital

A center in the American city of Columbia, Maryland offers free technology classes for adults ages 50 and older. The teachers are often teenagers and even younger children. More

Video NASA Chooses Boeing, SpaceX to Fly Astronauts

NASA announced the return of “human space flight to U.S. soil.” The space agency has chosen two spaceships, the Boeing CST-100 and SpaceX Dragon version 2, to bring American astronauts to the international space station. The program will cost $6.8 billion.

Audio Earth's Ozone Layer Shows Signs of Recovery

The new report says the Earth’s ozone layer is showing signs of recovery. Ozone is a form of oxygen. It is found in the air we breathe and in Earth's atmosphere.

Audio Groups Call for Law to Protect Internet Privacy

Privacy advocates expressed concern about the growth of companies selling powerful Internet surveillance software. Some software programs can collect information about individuals around the world. Many of these people are private citizens.

Video Dreadnoughtus, a Giant Among Dinosaurs

Dreadnoughtus is almost the size of a Boeing 737. That famous Tyrannosaurus Rex looks like a baby next to this creature. And "Dread" was still growing when a major flood killed it.

Audio Study: Playing Video Games Good for Children

The study found that children and teenagers who play the games for less than an hour a day show good behaviors in school and life. But another study found teens who play violent video games are more likely to take high risks.

Audio Apple Unveils Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones

The American technology company Apple has released a new smartwatch, known as the Apple Watch, and iPhones with bigger screens. The watch will let people watch their health, and will include maps. It will also permit wearers to enter rooms by unlocking the doors.

Audio Scientists Discover Secrets for Tastier Tomatoes

The discoveries may also help make African rice more popular | In The News

Audio Rubber May Soon Come from Weed

People have been using products made with synthetic rubber for more than a century. But high-quality tires for cars, trucks and aircraft still must contain 40 percent or more natural rubber. Scientists have known that the dandelion’s milky fluid contains latex, the main substance in raw rubber.

Audio Video Game Technology to Save Lives

A hospital in the American state of Texas is using video game technology to help doctors save patients’ lives. The technology shows detailed pictures of patients’ bodies. Doctors then use the pictures to plan and perform operations.

Audio Scientists Develop a Robot that Can Assemble Itself

The robot is modeled after the ancient Japanese art of origami. It starts as a flat piece of plastic and unfolds itself into a working robot. A self-folding robot could, for example, be placed in the narrow spaces of a collapsed building and unfold themselves to look for and rescue people.

Audio Could Dinosaurs Have Survived?

Dinosaurs last lived on Earth about 65 million years ago. For many years, scientists have debated how and why dinosaurs disappeared. But improved tools and records of fossil remains have led some experts to agree about the disappearance of these ancient creatures.

Audio Brain Imaging Comes to Children in Poor Countries

Brain imaging was once thought to be too costly and difficult for widespread use in the developing world. But the technology soon may be available in poor countries. The brain scanner can be loaded into a vehicle. Health workers can drive it from village to village.

Audio No Way to Know When Earthquake Will Hit

Last Sunday, an earthquake struck the Napa Valley area of northern California. Some roads bent, while underground pipes burst. It was the strongest earthquake to strike the Napa Valley in 15 years. There is no way to know when the next one hit.

Audio Knowledge Does Not Lead to Action on Environment

Researcher says that recognition of problems does not always lead people to solve them. People may not be very worried about environmental problems if they seem far away from their lives.

Audio Is North Korea Preparing to Strike US Electric Grid?

An advisor to Congress says country’s electric system is mostly unprotected and vulnerable to an EMP attack. He said North Korea tested the plan last year when it put a satellite into orbit. The satellite was in a position where it could carry out such an attack against the United States.

Audio Tiny Robots Learn to Work Together

The Kilobots can only make simple shapes like a sea star or the letter K that are first drawn on a computer. Robot swarms are already in use. The online store Amazon uses robots to move items in its huge storage buildings. And groups of robots search the oceans collecting information.

Audio People Use Too Much Salt

An estimated 1.65 million people die every year from overuse of sodium. The study noted that 40 percent of those deaths happen in people younger than age 70. The great majority of early deaths happened among people from non-wealthy countries.

Audio Tobacco Plant to Make Jet Fuel

Boeing, South African Airways, Dutch biofuel company working together to make biofuel; tobacco farmers may have a new market for their crop | As It Is

Audio A Big Step Forward in Artificial Intelligence Research

The American computer company IBM says it has developed a computer chip that works much like the human brain.

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  • Maryland, where a technology workshop for seniors is taught by teens and even younger instructors, who've grown up in the digital

    Video Teens Help Seniors Bridge Technology Gap

    A center in the American city of Columbia, Maryland offers free technology classes for adults ages 50 and older. The teachers are often teenagers and even younger children. More

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