October 25, 2014 04:15 UTC

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Apple, FBI Battle Over Privacy Rules

FBI Director James Comey speaks about the impact of technology on law enforcement, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, at Brookings Institution in Washington.

Apple recently said it was increasing security settings on its latest operating system for the company’s wireless devices. Apple said its new encryption rules are designed to protect users from search and seizure of their iPhones. But the changes are of concern to federal investigators. More

Video Scientists Design Chips to Act Like Human Organs

Testing new drugs for safety and effectiveness is a costly process in the United States. It also can take a lot of time. Some scientists are now designing silicon computer chips that act like human organs. The scientists think they have found a way to make the process faster and more economical.

Audio Fiber Optic Cable Measures Antarctic Ice Melt

Antarctica is covered with ice that extends past the land and floats on the sea in thick shelves. But those ice shelves are melting quickly. As they melt, the sea level rises, increasing the risk of damaging floods.

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Audio Is the Cheetah Fast Enough to Survive?

In 1900, about 100,000 cheetahs lived in the world. Today there are only 10,000 of the animals. Just about everyone knows that cheetahs are fast. Some studies have measured their speed at about 95 kilometers an hour over distances of about 366 meters.

Audio Ebola Drugs Put on Fast Track

Researchers are hurrying to develop effective treatments and vaccines for Ebola. The disease has killed more than 4,500 people. The US government’s Food and Drug Administration can speed up approval of drug treatments when faced with a deadly disease like Ebola.

Video Scientists Create New Maps of Ocean Floor

Until recently, scientists had mapped only about 20 percent of the sea floor. But our knowledge of the deep seas is changing because of information from satellites. Scientists have produced a new map that provides a detailed picture of the oceans.

Video Spacecraft Sends 'Tantalizing' Information from Mars

Scientists are excited by data from the first three weeks of the spacecraft’s exploration of the Red Planet’s upper atmosphere. | As It Is

Audio How to Weather a Solar Storm

The sun’s energy creates light and heat. It also produces charged electrical particles and magnetic fields. The sun can keep the earth nice and warm and helps our crops to grow. But a sudden burst of that solar energy can cause a power outage.

Audio US Satellites to Help Southeast Asia with Climate Change

Satellite imagery from the American space agency is expected to soon begin helping about 60 million people in the Lower Mekong River Basin of Southeast Asia.

Audio Forgotten Speeches Come Alive on YouTube

Astronauts, world leaders and many others spoke at the University of California, Los Angeles, in the 1960s and early 1970s. Many of these speeches were recorded, and are now available on the YouTube website.

Audio Three Scientists Win Nobel Prize for Brain Research

American-born British Scientist John O'Keefe and Norwegians May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser won the Nobel Prize in medicine. They discovered how the brain knows the body’s location.

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Audio Scientists Predict More Severe Storms Worldwide

As the world's population grows, extreme weather conditions affect more and more people. Many scientists predict stronger storms, flooding and droughts in the future.

Audio Young Cameroon Engineer Invents Cardiopad

Cameroonian Arthur Zang invented the device when he was 24-years-old. The Cardiopad is a touch screen medial tablet that enables heart examinations to be performed.

Video Citizen-Scientists Take Control of Old Satellite

Former NASA engineer helps group get information from a satellite that was launched in the 1970s and had been silent for years; giving an old satellite a new mission. | As It Is

Audio Spinosaurus, a Swimming Dinosaur Bigger than T-Rex

Could a creature that lived 95 million years ago travel from what is now North Africa to Europe and even to North America? The new research provides evidence that Spinosaurus was such a creature. It could also hunt for meat on land and water.

Audio Smartphone App Gives 'Sight' to Blind

The new program known as the KNFB Reader app is being praised as a life-changer for blind people. It can help users listen to an audio read-back -- the sound -- of printed material.

Audio Deforestation Is a Threat to the Amazon

The Brazilian government recently said the Amazon rainforest is being destroyed faster than had been estimated.

Audio India Wins the Asian Space Race to Mars

India successfully placed a spacecraft into orbit of the "Red Planet" after traveling hundreds of millions of kilometers from Earth over a 10-month period. The main goal of this mission was to be the first in India’s Asian space race with China.

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  • Audio Wealth, Poverty Are Issues in Hong Kong Protests

    The pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong are mainly about the right to vote without interference from China’s central government. But there are at least two other less talked-about issues. One is concern about the rising cost of living in Hong Kong. Another is the gap between rich and poor. More

  • Texas Voter ID

    Audio US Supreme Court Allows Texas Voter ID Law

    The United States Supreme Court says the southwestern state of Texas can keep in place a new voting law. The law says voters must show identification documents before they are permitted to mark ballots. A lower court had ruled that the law could keep minorities from voting. More

  • President Barack Obama hugs Dallas nurse Nina Pham as her mother Diane looks on, Oval Office, Washington, Oct. 24, 2014.

    Audio In US, Fear of Ebola Spreads Faster than Virus

    For Americans, Ebola started out as a disease in a far-away continent. But it changed when a Liberian man died in Dallas. US officials said tests show that a New York doctor has the Ebola virus. The doctor recently treated Ebola patients in Guinea working for Doctors Without Borders. More

  • Brazil Elections

    Audio Who Will Be Brazil's Next President?

    Brazilians will choose a president Sunday. Two candidates will be on the ballot -- Dilma Rousseff and Senator Aecio Neves. President Rousseff won the most votes in the first round of voting earlier this month. But she did not win a majority of votes, so a runoff election is required. More

  • Audio Gunman Identified in Canadian Capital

    Also, UN human rights officials have called on China to guarantee open elections in Hong Kong. And, an attack in southwest Pakistan kills 11 people. WHO advises against Ebola travel bans. | In the News More

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  • Audio Oscar de la Renta Dressed First Ladies and Movie Stars

    Clothing designer Oscar de la Renta died Monday at his home in the American state of Connecticut. He was 82 years old. His wife said he died of problems related to cancer. Mr. de la Renta dressed American movie stars and first ladies such as Jacqueline Kennedy, Nancy Reagan and Hillary Clinton. More

  • Audio Iron Ships Clash at Sea

    The American Civil War was fought not only on land, but at sea. In 1862, Confederate and Union forces fought a new kind of navy battle in waters off Hampton Roads, Virginia. It was the first battle between iron ships. On the Confederate side was a ship called the Virginia. | The Making of a Nation More

  • Audio San Francisco Radio Stations Ban Lorde's 'Royals'

    The California baseball team, San Francisco Giants, is playing the Kansas City Royals for the 2014 Major League Baseball championship, the World Series. Two radio stations in San Francisco banned the hit song "Royals." In return, another station in Kansas City chose to play the song once every hour. More

  • A neurovascular unit on a chip being developed by Vanderbilt University researchers. (Vanderbilt University Photo/John Wikswo)

    Video Scientists Design Chips to Act Like Human Organs

    Testing new drugs for safety and effectiveness is a costly process in the United States. It also can take a lot of time. Some scientists are now designing silicon computer chips that act like human organs. The scientists think they have found a way to make the process faster and more economical. More

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    Audio Dealing with Distractions and Overreactions

    Five million American children and teenagers have Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder, commonly known as ADHD. ADHD makes it difficult - if not impossible - to stay with a duty until it is complete. Katherine Ellison knows the problem well. | Health Report More

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