November 27, 2015 08:11 UTC

Science in the News

Science in the News tells about news from the worlds of science and the environment.

4:01 PM - 4:02 PM November 25, 2015

Researchers Use Lasers to Chill Water

7:01 PM - 7:04 PM November 20, 2015

Whisky Byproducts May Fuel Cars

9:35 PM - 9:40 PM November 19, 2015

Melting Glaciers on Climate Talk List in Paris

7:29 PM - 7:34 PM November 15, 2015

Melting Glaciers on Climate Talk List in Paris

4:48 PM - 4:51 PM November 13, 2015

Experts: El Nino Could Be the Strongest on Record

4:13 PM - 4:14 PM November 13, 2015

Who Wants to be an Astronaut?

1:52 AM - 1:57 AM November 07, 2015

Water on Mars: What Does It Mean?

6:33 PM - 6:38 PM September 18, 2015

Saving the Honeybees, One Hive at a Time

7:23 PM - 7:26 PM September 17, 2015

NASA’s Astronauts Hits Halfway Point of One-Year Space Mission

12:08 PM - 12:11 PM September 11, 2015

Sharp Increase of Whale Deaths in Alaska

9:11 PM - 9:14 PM August 27, 2015

Fewer Creatures in Future Oceans Could Provide Less Food

9:35 PM - 9:38 PM August 19, 2015

Honeybees Are Disappearing, and No One Knows Why

8:20 PM - 8:23 PM August 19, 2015

Scientists Work to Understand Earth's Magnetic Field

5:54 PM - 5:58 PM August 07, 2015

Urgent Move to Freeze DNA Before Creatures Die Off

3:00 PM - 3:03 PM July 29, 2015

Simulation Technology Helps Control and Manage Traffic

10:48 PM - 10:52 PM July 22, 2015

Why Do Mosquitoes Choose to Bite You?

2:30 PM - 2:34 PM June 26, 2015

Robots Ready to Work in Restaurants

2:07 PM - 2:12 PM June 03, 2015

Plankton More Important than Scientists Thought

10:45 PM - 11:00 PM May 26, 2015

Science in the News

Science in the News is our weekly show about news from the worlds of environment and science.

10:45 PM - 11:00 PM May 19, 2015

Science in the News

Science in the News is our weekly show about news from the worlds of environment and science.

    Video Scotch Whisky Seen as Alternative to Climate Changing Fuels

    Waste products from a popular alcoholic drink could be used in the future to make biofuel. Researchers say the new fuel, based on whisky, could reduce demand for oil. They say using less oil could cut pollution that studies have linked to climate change.

    Audio Melting Glaciers on Climate Talk List in Paris

    A major glacier in the Arctic’s Greenland is melting. This might cause a rise in global sea levels, according to a new study in the journal Science. But another study found parts of Antarctica are actually building ice. Climate change will be on the list for upcoming Paris talks.

    Video Mealworms Can Eat Plastic Waste

    Plastic pollution is a growing problem on our planet. Scientists from the U.S. and China have discovered that mealworms can digest plastic. One mealworm can digest a pill-sized amount of plastic a day.

    Audio Experts: El Niño Could Be the Strongest on Record

    Weather experts say this year could be one of the strongest El Niño events in recorded history. Experts say El Niño could mean severe weather conditions in many parts of the world.

    Video Who Wants to Be an Astronaut?

    America’s space agency, NASA is putting the word out: They are looking for smart people who want to become astronauts. The recruiting began with a video message. NASA wants people with certain experience, find out what is involved.

    Video Water on Mars: What Does It Mean?

    Recent data about our planet neighbor Mars helps NASA plan for getting humans there by the 2030s. The discovery of liquid water on the planet could change the way we see our solar system. But there is still much more than needs to be known before people can safely go to Mars.

    Audio Birds and Bees Take Beating in Climate Change

    Researchers say that the spring growing season in the U.S. will arrive three weeks earlier than normal over the next 100 years. If you like warm weather earlier in the year, you may be in luck. But birds and farmers might not be so happy.

    Audio Can Humans Learn to Regrow Teeth Like Fish?

    Study suggests that human beings could someday regrow teeth, just like some fish do. Most humans are born with only two sets of teeth. Fish, in comparison, replace lost teeth throughout their adult lives.

    Audio Is Sunscreen Killing Coral Reefs?

    When you put on sunscreen to protect yourself from sunburn at the beach, the world’s coral reefs suffer. A new study shows that a substance in all sunscreens used in all the major countries affects the coral in major countries at an alarming rate.

    Video Paintable Solar Cells May Replace Silicon-Based Devices

    Solar panels are manufactured in factories. Some of the devices are made with cadmium chloride, a substance shown to be harmful to human health. But an American researcher says manufacturers soon may be able to create solar panels with safe, non-toxic solutions.

    Audio Career Advice for Millennials from Robots

    A new book suggests that Millennials will work side-by-side with robot coworkers. Millennials should bring to the job what the robots cannot.

    Video Water Robots Explore the Celtic Sea

    Scientists in England are using water robots to explore animal and plant life in the Celtic Sea. The Celtic Sea is a body of water off the southern coast of Ireland. The area is known for its exceptional sea life.

    Video Whales Spring to Life on Ocean Floor

    Not many animals give so much life when it dies as whales do. Whales live on average between 50 to 70 years. When they die, they sink to the ocean floor. There they supply food and shelter (room and board) to creatures for decades more. Necessary words to understand this article are carcass, decay a

    Video Fabric Fights Dust Mites in Your Bed

    Many people around the world suffer from dust-related allergies. People with allergies have trouble breathing or suffer from tightness in the chest and shortness of breath. Now, scientists in Poland say they have successfully tested cloth that the microscopic creatures cannot pass through.

    Audio Great Barrier Reef Choking on Pollutants

    The Great Barrier Reef is off the coast of Queensland in northeastern Australia. It is the largest living organism on Earth. However, the reef is being damaged by climate change and pollutants from farms that flow into the reef.

    Audio NASA: Strong Evidence of Liquid Water on Mars

    NASA has found salt minerals that provide strong evidence that there was liquid water on Mars. NASA has found lines of "hydrated" salt minerals on Mars. Scientists say these minerals would require liquid water to be created. And where there’s liquid water, they say, there could be life.

    Video 'Part-Time Scientists' Try to Put Vehicle on Moon

    Sixteen teams from around the world have set their sights on the moon. The teams are also hoping to win the $30 million Lunar XPRIZE. Google, the U.S. technology company, launched the international space competition in 2007.

    Audio Invasion of Earth Unlikely, Say Researchers

    Aliens not likely to visit anytime soon. Birds prefer to pick their own mates. And more from the world of science.

Featured Stories

The Day in Photos

 A volunteer holds up a baby as others help migrants and refugees to disembark from a dinghy after their arrival from the Turkish coast on the Greek island of Lesbos.

A volunteer holds up a baby as others help migrants and refugees to disembark from a dinghy after their arrival from the Turkish coast on the Greek island of Lesbos.


Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
TALK2US: Do Student Athletes Have Any Power?i


Call us at voalearningenglish on Skype.


Monday November 16, 18:00 UTC: Jonathan Evans is on to talk about "Do Student Athletes Have Any Power?"

Friday, November 20, 1530 UTC:   Dr. Jill and our new staff member, Rick, talk about Worms and Snakes: Animals We Love to Hate​. Learn idioms having to do with worms and snakes!