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Is the Cheetah Fast Enough to Survive?

African Cheetahs

10/19/2014
In 1900, about 100,000 cheetahs lived in the world. Today there are only 10,000 of the animals. It appears that the cheetah is vulnerable to attacks by other animals because of its physiology. More

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.

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

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  • Indonesian President Joko Widodo gestures to the crowd during a street parade following his inauguration in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibraham)

    Audio Hope, Expectation for New Indonesian Leader

    Joko Widodo is a former businessman and governor of Jakarta. He has no ties to the political establishment. There are huge expectations for the new president in the world’s third-largest democracy. More

  • Bishops attend the beatification ceremony of Pope Paul VI, and a mass for the closing of of a two-week synod on family issues, celebrated by Pope Francis, in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican,  Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014.

    Audio Catholic Bishops Reject Plan to 'Welcome' Gays

    Conservatives had criticized an early document from the two-week-long meeting of bishops in Rome. That document sought to limit criticism of people who have same-sex relationships. The final document approved by the bishops disappoints liberals but pleases conservatives. | As It Is More

  • A man works on a cassava farm in Nigeria.

    Audio Climate Change Could Destroy Farms in Africa

    About 70 percent of those who live in rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa are small-scale farmers. They produce about 80 percent of the food needed to feed the people of Africa. And they need a lot of help dealing with the effects of climate change. | As It Is More

  • Indonesia's President Joko Widodo, left, walks with former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono at the presidential palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, Oct. 20, 2014.

    Audio Indonesians Welcome New President

    Also, Turkey and US help Kurdish forces fight Islamic State, and finally some good news on the fight against Ebola. | In the News More

  • African Cheetahs

    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. It appears that the cheetah is vulnerable to attacks by other animals because of its physiology. More

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  • Millions of years of history, which can be found on the ocean floor, are collected and analyzed at the Core Repository in New York.

    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. More

  • General George McClellan created a strong Union force, but he worried he did not have enough men to defeat the Confederacy.

    Audio McClellan Approaches Richmond ... And Waits

    The North and South clashed in a series of battles called the Seven Days Campaign. The struggle saved the Confederacy but came at a terrible price. But victory came at a terrible price. Twenty thousand Confederate soldiers were killed or wounded. More

  • Solar Storm

    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. More

  • Video Sting, War, Lou Reed for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame officials nominated Green Day, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Kraftwerk, The Marvelettes, N.W.A., Nine Inch Nails, The Spinners and The Smiths. More

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