October 01, 2014 00:15 UTC

Science & Technology

Young Cameroon Engineer Invents Cardiopad

Inventor Arthur Zang in his office in Yaounde, Cameroon. (Moki Edwin Kindzeka/VOA)

09/30/2014
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. More

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.

Video NASA's MAVEN Arrives on Mars

The MAVEN spacecraft will explore the planet’s upper atmosphere, and will try to find out what happened to the water and carbon dioxide that Mars once had. MAVEN will also look at whether human beings can survive on Mars.

Audio Turning Cigarette Butts to Batteries

Scientists in South Korea find that “one person’s trash is another person’s treasure.” Read on to learn about this idiom and many other expressions.

Audio How Did You Get so Intelligent?

Researchers saw immediate changes in brains of people when they were told hard work is more important than their genes | Science in the News

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.

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.

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  • Afghan National Security Adviser Hanif Atmar (R) and US Ambassador to Afghanistan James Cunningham (L) sign documents as Afghan President Ashraf Ghani (2R) and Afghanistan's new Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah (C)  look on at the Presidential Palace in

    Audio US Signs Security Agreement with Afghanistan

    US officials are calling the agreement, “an important step in strengthening the strategic partnership between the two countries.” The signing comes just three months before U.S. and NATO forces are set to officially end military operations in the country. More

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    Photogallery Former US President Jimmy Carter Turns 90

    He won the Nobel Peace Prize and served as Georgia’s governor and as a Navy officer. Former peanut farmer, former nuclear engineer now works as a human rights activist. Liked and disliked around the world. He has written 26 books and is writing more. | As It Is More

  • Mercedes Garcia of El Salvador fills in the application for her new ?green card? while waiting in a predawn line outside the Immigration and Naturalization Service office on Wednesday, March 20, 1996 in Los Angeles. Wednesday was the deadline to apply for

    Audio US 'Green Card' Lottery Registration Begins

    The US government’s Diversity Immigrant Visa Program makes 50,000 visas available every year. The program is designed for people from countries that have “historically low rates of immigration to the United States.” | As It Is More

  • Protesters block a street near government headquarters in Hong Kong September 30, 2014. Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters extended a blockade of Hong Kong streets on Tuesday, stockpiling supplies and erecting makeshift barricades ahead of what

    Video Hong Kong Protesters, Officials Dig In

    The Occupy Central protest group has said it will announce plans for the group’s next action on Wednesday if Hong Kong’s leader does not resign by October 1st. It also said the official, Leung Chun-ying, must meet demands for fair elections by that day. More

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    Audio Vietnam Calling for End to US Arms Ban

    Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh spoke last week in New York City during his visit to the United Nations General Assembly. | As It Is More

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