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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.

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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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  • Armed officers approach Parliament Hilll following a shooting incident in Ottawa, Oct. 22, 2014.

    Video Deadly Attack Shocks Canada's Capital

    Also, Kurdish lawmakers in Iraq vote to send Kurdish forces to the Syrian town of Kobani. China said 43 people tested for possible Ebola infection do not have the virus. Russia and Ukraine are still working to reach an agreement on Ukraine's payments for natural Gas. More

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

    Audio Apple, FBI Battle Over Privacy Rules

    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

  • Survivors of the Ebola virus pose for a picture outside a clinic near Tubmanburg, October 15, 2014. A total of 4,493 people have died from the world's worst Ebola outbreak on record as of Oct. 12, statistics released by the World Health Organization showe

    Audio Ebola Survivors Speak Out about Their Experience

    The number of Ebola cases continues rising. But there is some hope for those who survive the disease. Recently, a conference for Ebola survivors was held for the first time in eastern Sierra Leone. The goal was to offer advice to survivors and increase understanding of the disease. More

  • Men convicted of drug related crimes hear the public announcement for their death sentences in Shenzhen, China, on August 15, 1996.  (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)

    Audio Activists: China Executed 2,400 People in 2013

    The number of executions in China is lower than in earlier years. However, it is more than three times higher than the number of executions in the rest of the world combined. That information comes from Amnesty International. Death penalty numbers are a state secret in China. More

  • Ebola-CDC brief

    Audio  WHO: Ebola Vaccine Could Be in Use by January

    Also, student leaders in Hong Kong not satisfied with first talks with government officials. North Korea has releases one of three American prisoners. And South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to five years in prison for the deadly shooting of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. More

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  • 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

  • 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

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