February 11, 2016 00:23 UTC

Science in the News

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


9:03 PM - 9:07 PM February 09, 2016

Helicopter Pilot Dies Fighting Poachers


7:58 PM - 8:01 PM February 09, 2016

SCIENCE - Some Volcanic Clays Kill Bacteria


7:00 PM - 7:01 PM February 09, 2016

NASA: Big Asteroid Could Pass Near Earth Next Month


9:04 PM - 9:08 PM February 05, 2016

Students Learn Hands-on With Animals


9:13 PM - 9:16 PM January 21, 2016

Is There a Ninth Planet in Our Solar System?


11:32 PM - 11:38 PM January 19, 2016

Roman Toilets: Not so Clean After all


9:05 PM - 9:09 PM January 15, 2016

Copper Metal Kills Some Viruses on Contact


12:21 AM - 12:24 AM December 24, 2015

How Do Dogs Drink?


8:11 PM - 8:20 PM December 23, 2015

A Look Back at 2015: The Year in Science and Technology


6:24 PM - 6:26 PM December 23, 2015

SpaceX Celebrates Historic Rocket Launch, Landing


8:47 PM - 8:53 PM December 18, 2015

Apollo 11 Spacecraft in 3D


8:06 PM - 8:09 PM December 18, 2015

Migrating Birds Can't Find Their Way Home


9:04 PM - 9:08 PM December 10, 2015

How Mucus Keeps us Healthy


3:23 PM - 3:24 PM November 30, 2015

NASA Paints Pluto Wild with Color


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?

    Audio NASA: Big Asteroid Could Pass Near Earth Next Month

    A 30-meter wide asteroid will pass close to Earth this March and again in September 2017. The odds of a collision with our planet are like winning a lottery.

    Audio Cameras Capture Pictures of Mysterious Bush Dog

    Bush dogs live in Central and South America.  They are a rarely seen and threatened species. But new photos suggest they may more common than scientists thought.

    Video Is There a Ninth Planet in Our Solar System?

    Scientists at the California Institute of Technology say they have found evidence of a ninth planet. Calling it "Planet Nine," this planet is very far out in the solar system. The scientists are working to confirm that it is there, and hope to take a picture of it one day.

    Video VOA Talks With Astronauts in Space

    VOA's Anne Ball interviews U.S. astronaut, Expedition 46 Commander Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut, Flight Engineer Mikhail Kornienko on the International Space Station on Wednesday

    Video New Device Shows Human Body As Never Seen Before

    A new device called the Explorer will be able to show all parts of the body at the same time. The Explorer's advanced imaging could help scientists fight cancer, heart disease and brain disorders. It would be the world’s first full-body PET scanner. PET stands for Positron Emission Tomography.

    Video Think You Know How Dogs Drink Water?

    You might be surprised how dogs drink. They bring the water into their mouths in a way that you may have not noticed. But a university in Virginia studied the motion of dog's drinking. Here's the result.

    Audio Migrating Birds Can't Find Their Way Home

    Researchers tracked the paths of migratory birds and found they may not find a resting place along their way. Development of natural areas makes it more difficult for birds to find food, water and rest.

    Video Plant Your Mobile Charger in the Dirt

    Three university students in Santiago, Chile have developed a plant-powered device to charge their mobile phones. Their invention is a small biological circuit they call E-Kaia.

    Audio A Look Back at 2015: The Year in Science and Technology

    It was a busy year for scientists and technology experts. From fighting climate change, to space exploration, self-driving cars and developing drones, here is a look back at some of the science stories we covered at VOA Learning English.

    Video SpaceX Celebrates Historic Rocket Launch, Landing

    Normally rockets deliver their payload – a satellite, for example, or supplies – and then burn up on their way back to Earth. What the SpaceX mission proved Monday night is that a rocket may be able to safely return to Earth and be used again.

    Video Apollo Spacecraft Lands in Your Smartphone

    At the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., workers are filming the Apollo 11 Command Module, named Columbia. They are filming in “3D” — or 3 dimensions. Later in 2016 you will be able to see it on your computer or smartphone.

    Video Could an Electric Current Stop Motion Sickness?

    Scientists are developing a device that uses electric current to suppress signals in the inner ear linked to motion sickness. Motion sickness, also known as vertigo, makes a person feel like the room is spinning or like the ground under your feet is moving when it is not.

    Audio Lasers Used to Chill, Instead of Heat

    Lasers are known for producing hot temperatures. But for the first time in the 50-year history of the laser, it has been used to refrigerate liquids under normal conditions with light beams. Scientists used a simple approach: They ran the laser phenomenon in reverse.

    Video NASA Paints Pluto Wild With Color

    NASA's New Horizons spacecraft flew by Pluto and sent pictures back to Earth. NASA’s New Horizon scientists manipulated the image of Pluto. Scientists used color to show the many different and diverse areas on Pluto.

    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.

    Video 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.

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The Day in Photos

A man feeds seagulls on a beach along the Arabian Sea in Mumbai, India, February 9, 2016.

A man feeds seagulls on a beach along the Arabian Sea in Mumbai, India, February 9, 2016.

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