July 25, 2014 19:57 UTC

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NASA: Close to Discovering Life in Outer Space


NASA scientists say they are closer than ever to finding life beyond Earth. That search is centered mostly on Mars and the icy moons of Jupiter and Saturn. But the scientists are looking for life outside the solar system. More

Audio How to Survive the Heat

Floods, storms and other natural events kill thousands of people every year. So does extreme heat. In fact, heat may be nature’s deadliest killer. | Science in the News

Audio UN Warns on Digital Spying

Report warns many countries are taking part in digital spying too often and on too many people | As It Is

Audio Space Race is No More, 45 Years after Moon Landing

The Space Race began in the 1950s between the US and the Soviet Union. The fierce competition between the two countries led to the US landing on the moon on July 20, 1969. | As It Is

Audio Senegal Threatened with Loss of Lions

Also, a life-size model of King Tut’s Tomb opens in Egypt | Science in the News

Audio Move Over World Cup, Time for RoboCup

A major football event will happen in the South American country later this month, but with teams of robots playing the game. The robot teams are guided by teams of humans from around the world. The event is known as RoboCup.

Audio Plastics Blamed for Harm to Sea Environment

A new report says plastics are responsible for $13 billion in damage to the oceans and the undersea environment. The findings were announced recently at a United Nations conference in Nairobi, Kenya. The report tells about harm to sea life -- and what might be done to improve the situation.

Audio 3-D Technology Saves Lives

New three-dimensional technology may help find more deadly tumors in breast tissue missed by standard two-dimensional technology. | Health Report

Audio Will US, Russia Continue Space Cooperation?

Also, space scientists see effect of Earth’s gravity on Moon; and, a quarter-century of images of space from the Hubble telescope | Science in the News

Audio NASA Turns Latest Failure into Success

NASA, Thomas Edison, U.S. literature and 1990s pop music have all turned failure into success.

Audio Scientists: Prepare for El Nino and Extreme Weather

Last week, the World Meteorological Organization predicted a return of the weather event known as El Nino later this year. Experts say one sign of it is unusually warm ocean surface temperatures in the central and eastern Pacific. El Nino can affect weather conditions worldwide.

Audio First Aid: What to Do Until Medical Help Arrive

A guide to emergencies like choking, heart attacks, accidental poisonings and severe bleeding | Science in the News

Audio Mind Over Matter

What if a person could control robots using only their thoughts? And this is not a Hollywood movie. This is real. | AS IT IS

Audio Health Effects from Smoking are Deadly

A report earlier this year from the United States Surgeon General finds that smoking tobacco is even deadlier than had been known. | As It Is

Audio DIY Microscope Costs Only One Dollar

New scientific discoveries often use the latest technology. But a new microscope is just the opposite. The Foldscope is a microscope made from folded paper. It is like origami, the ancient Japanese art of folding paper, except for laboratories.

Audio More Soda Leads to Aggressive Behavior in Children

Many people enjoy a nice, cold soft drink on a hot day. But a new study finds that drinking too many soft drinks may increase aggressive behavior in children. | As It Is

Audio How Ants Survive and Choose Their Leader

American researchers have watched ants build life-saving rafts to keep afloat during floods. They also have documented how ant colonies choose their next queen – the female whose job is to produce eggs.

Audio WHO: Alcohol Can Kill

Not all drinking is harmless, social drinking. The World Health Organization warns that some dangerous trends in alcohol drinking around the world are killing people. Find out more. | Health Report

Audio Chocolate: The 'Food of the Gods'

Also, American scientists study possible health effects of chocolate and Dutch study finds dark chocolate helps protect against heart disease | Science in the News

Audio Natural Disasters Require Special Building Design

Natural disasters happen everywhere in the world. Many cause property damage and loss of life. But researchers say the severity of their effects can be reduced if people take steps to prepare.

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  • A man stands in his backyard and looks at the wreckage of a TransAsia Airways turboprop plane that crashed on Taiwan's offshore island Penghu July 24, 2014.

    Audio Is Air Travel Safe?

    Last week, Malaysia Airline flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine killing all 298 passengers and crew. On Wednesday, July 23, two Ukrainian military planes were shot down in the same airspace. And now an Air Algeria plane crashed in Mali. More

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    Audio Black Box Recovered at Air Algerie Crash Site

    French President Francois Hollande said French soldiers have reached the area where an Air Algerie passenger airplane crashed in northern Mali. He said soldiers had recovered one of the plane’s flight recorders. The airplane carried at least 116 people including the crew. More

  • Employees work at a production line prior to a seizure conducted by officers from the Shanghai Food and Drug Administration, at the Husi Food factory in Shanghai, July 20, 2014.

    Audio China Arrests Five Involved in Meat Scandal

    Chinese police have arrested five employees of a Shanghai-based food supplier. This food supplier is accused of selling old, or expired, meat to several fast food chains in China. These fast food chains include two of the biggest -- McDonald's and Kentucky Fried Chicken. More

  • ** ADVANCE FOR MONDAY JAN. 13 -- FILE ** Hong Kong's general view is seen in this Nov. 12, 2002 file photo. Hong Kong's spectacular skyline contains some of the most expensive real estate in the world, although prices have fallen dramatically over the pas

    Audio Housing Costs Push Hong Kong Residents to the Rooftop

    Rising housing prices in Hong Kong are hurting low-income residents. Many people who live in the city are being forced into unsafe and illegal living situations. Some Hong Kong residents have built low-cost dwellings on the roofs --top levels -- of high buildings. More

  • Indonesian presidential candidate Joko "Jokowi" Widodo (L) gestures as delivers a speech, beside his running mate Jusuf Kalla, on a phinisi boat, a traditional Indonesian ship, at Sunda Kelapa port after he was declared the winner of the presidential elec

    Audio Former General Challenges Widodo's Victory in Indonesia

    Former Army General Prabowo Subianto will ask the country’s Constitutional Court to overturn the vote count. The announcement came a day after the country’s election commission named former Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo the winner of the July 9th vote for president. More

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