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Audio NASA: Big Asteroid Could Pass Near Earth Next Month

A 30-meter wide asteroid will pass close to Earth this March and again in September 2017. The odds of a collision with our planet are like winning a lottery.

Video Tools to Use with Gmail

The Undo Send function is a very useful setting if you are human. People make mistakes and Undo Send can help save you from your mistakes. This and other tools to use with your Gmail.

Audio Cameras Capture Pictures of Mysterious Bush Dog

Bush dogs live in Central and South America.  They are a rarely seen and threatened species. But new photos suggest they may more common than scientists thought.

Audio Electronics Show Displays Latest Gadgets

The CES is the world’s biggest show for electronic devices. It is held every January in Las Vegas. The CES is said to be a guide to the path technology companies will follow in the coming year. The show offers visitors a peek at products that may change our lives -- or may fail to catch on.

Video Is There a Ninth Planet in Our Solar System?

Scientists at the California Institute of Technology say they have found evidence of a ninth planet. Calling it "Planet Nine," this planet is very far out in the solar system. The scientists are working to confirm that it is there, and hope to take a picture of it one day.

Audio Scientists Find Most Ancient Evidence of War

The remains found in northern Kenya included 21 adults and six children. They showed signs of a violent attack.The lead researcher says the findings “raise the question of whether warfare has been part of the human experience for much longer than previously thought."

Video New Device Shows Human Body As Never Seen Before

A new device called the Explorer will be able to show all parts of the body at the same time. The Explorer's advanced imaging could help scientists fight cancer, heart disease and brain disorders. It would be the world’s first full-body PET scanner. PET stands for Positron Emission Tomography.

Video Trending Today: Siri Shows Off A New Trick

Apple’s virtual assistant, named Siri, can do all sorts of cool things. She can help you search for a contact. She can look up Donald Trump’s biography on Wikipedia. She can play a sample of the songs on the top of the charts. But did you know she can beatbox?

Audio Netflix Expands to 190 Countries

The American company that delivers news and entertainment content through live streaming more than triples the number of countries where it can be accessed.

Video Think You Know How Dogs Drink Water?

You might be surprised how dogs drink. They bring the water into their mouths in a way that you may have not noticed. But a university in Virginia studied the motion of dog's drinking. Here's the result.

Audio Migrating Birds Can't Find Their Way Home

Researchers tracked the paths of migratory birds and found they may not find a resting place along their way. Development of natural areas makes it more difficult for birds to find food, water and rest.

Video Plant Your Mobile Charger in the Dirt

Three university students in Santiago, Chile have developed a plant-powered device to charge their mobile phones. Their invention is a small biological circuit they call E-Kaia.

Audio A Look Back at 2015: The Year in Science and Technology

It was a busy year for scientists and technology experts. From fighting climate change, to space exploration, self-driving cars and developing drones, here is a look back at some of the science stories we covered at VOA Learning English.

Video Tracking Santa with Technology

Technology can bring magic to the Christmas season and some fun too! Internet users can find out if they are naughty or nice, follow Santa's journey, and play fun Christmas games.

Audio Study: Humans Sleep Less, Better Than Other Animals

Humans need less sleep than other mammals, yet their slumber is more efficient, said researchers at Duke University in North Carolina. In their study, the scientists researched sleep patterns of hundreds of animals. They discovered humans sleep for shorter periods of time compared to other animals.

Video Could an Electric Current Stop Motion Sickness?

Scientists are developing a device that uses electric current to suppress signals in the inner ear linked to motion sickness. Motion sickness, also known as vertigo, makes a person feel like the room is spinning or like the ground under your feet is moving when it is not.

Audio Climate Change Talks Move Beyond Deadline

The deadline of Friday to reach a world-wide agreement on climate change was extended. Negotiators from 195 countries failed to meet the deadline, but there was still hope that some agreements could be reached. Meanwhile, climate change continued to make news around the world this week.

Video Who Is Buried in Queen Nefertiti's Tomb?

For centuries, people studying ancient Egypt have been wondering: Where is Queen Nefertiti’s body buried? Now a British archaeologist thinks he has solved the mystery, and it involves the young King Tut. Scientists are working to confirm his idea.

Audio Lasers Used to Chill, Instead of Heat

Lasers are known for producing hot temperatures. But for the first time in the 50-year history of the laser, it has been used to refrigerate liquids under normal conditions with light beams. Scientists used a simple approach: They ran the laser phenomenon in reverse.

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