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New Girls' Clothing Line Challenges Gender Stereotypes

New Girls' Clothing Line Challenges Gender Stereotypes

Many little girls like dolls, flowers, butterflies and ponies. A lot of them also like cars, robots, dinosaurs, and spaceships. Two mothers decided to make clothes that reflect all the things that little girls are, and do, and love. More

Video With New Perks, New York Aims to Keep Garment Industry in City

Many of the world's most revered designers create their fashions in New York City. But often those designs are manufactured overseas to save money. Now, New York is providing economic incentives to encourage more manufacturing in the city and entice emerging designers to take root there.

Video Archaeologists, Law Enforcement on Lookout for Looted Artifacts

The looting and destruction of historic sites and artifacts by Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria has sparked outrage around the world. Archaeologists are concerned that important and sensitive sites may have been permanently damaged by extremists.

Video Saharan Dust Feeds Amazon Rainforest

The world’s largest desert and the world’s largest rainforest are linked by a transoceanic stream of dust. VOA’s Steve Baragona has more on this tale of global interconnectedness.

Video Yearlong Space Mission Will Provide Unique Opportunity for Medical Study

U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly is scheduled to go to the International Space Station for the second time. Scientists hope the yearlong mission will provide important information about the physical and mental effects of living in space for a long period.

Video War in Ukraine Leaves Many Elderly in a Vulnerable Position

In eastern Ukraine, the elderly are left especially vulnerable by the conflict between government forces and Russian-backed separatists. The UN estimates that more than half of those displaced by the fighting are seniors, who often suffer from ill health, anxiety and a lack of basic services.

Video Horseback Riders Kick Off Rodeo Season in Houston

The annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the largest event of its kind in the world, kicked off on Saturday with a downtown parade featuring trail riders from all over Texas and even as far as the Mexican border region. The trail rides are themselves part of a tradition that dates back to 1952.

Video US Supreme Court Hears Hijab Discrimination Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has heard opening arguments in a workplace religious discrimination case that examines whether a clothing store can refuse to hire a young woman for wearing the headscarf she says is a symbol of her Muslim faith. Katherine Gypson reports from the Supreme Court.

Video Deep Under Antarctic Ice Sheet, Life!

With the end of summer in the Southern hemisphere, the Antarctic research season is over. Scientists from Northern Illinois University are back in their laboratory after a 3-month expedition on the Ross Ice Shelf, the world’s largest floating ice sheet.

Video Scientists Go to Extremes to Save Crops' Wild Relatives

With the global population growing and temperatures climbing, experts say feeding the world will be a major challenge in the coming decades. Scientists are searching the globe for ways to adapt our crops for an uncertain future. They are finding help in some unusual places.

Video Hawaii Scientists Study Threatened Shark Species

Many shark species are endangered or threatened, the result of fishing, climate change and ocean pollution. Mike O’Sullivan reports from Honolulu that scientists are getting a shark’s-eye view of their environment to better understand the threats that face this important predator.

Video US Farmers Support End to Cuba Embargo

A Pew Research poll conducted in January shows that more than 60 percent of Americans support President Obama’s decision in December to establish full diplomatic relations with Cuba. Among the strongest supporters for ending the embargo are American farmers.

Video US Farmers Support End to Cuba Embargo

A Pew Research poll conducted in January shows that more than 60 percent of Americans support President Obama’s decision in December to establish full diplomatic relations with Cuba - Among the strongest supporters for ending the embargo are American farmers.

Video Satellite Launched to Monitor Space Weather

A new satellite is on a 1.5-million-kilometer, 110-day journey toward the sun. Once it reaches its orbit, DSCOVR - the Deep Space Climate Observatory - will replace an aging craft to monitor space weather.

Video Animal Weapons Offer Lessons For Human Arms Race

In their fight for mates, food and territory, animals use the weapons they were born with - teeth and claws, horns and hooves. Human animals can use fists and feet, but we have been able to augment our arsenal with sticks and guns and bombs.

Video 'Eyes on the Sea' Curtail Illegal Fishing

Illegal fishing accounts for 20 percent of the global market -- one out of every five fish caught. That’s worth $23.5 billion a year. "Fishing Piracy" on the high seas -- as some call it -- hastens fishery decline, threatens food security, depletes economic resources and harms the environment.

Video Brewer Combines Loves of Paleontology, Beer

There may not seem to be much of connection between paleontology and beer. But a brewery in the Washington suburbs would not agree. The brewers teamed up with a microbiologist and a paleontologist to create a beer with an unusual ingredient: yeast from a millions-year-old fossil.

Video In Crimea, Voting under the Gun

Crimea's regional government is going ahead with plans for a referendum on joining Russia. But with Russian troops and pro-Russian self-defense forces in control, those in favor of Crimea remaining in Ukraine say it couldn't possibly be fair. VOA’s Elizabeth Arrott has more from Simferopol.

Video Music Alley Spotlight: Beatles 50 Years Later

A half-century after Beatlemania swept the US, VOA’s Music Alley looks at how the rock band The Beatles changed music and culture in the 50 years since they arrived in America.

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    Audio Buhari: Nigeria Has ‘Embraced Democracy’

    Muhammadu Buhari spoke Wednesday in Abuja, just hours after being declared him the winner of Saturday’s election. Also in the news, a government official says Iraqi forces are close to retaking Tikrit; CEOs of Germanwings and Lufthansa visit crash; World’s oldest person dies at age 117. More

  • Audio Where are the World’s Happiest People?

    Ten Latin America countries made it into Gallup’s top ten happiest countries on the planet. But a United Nations study on happiness shows a very different top ten list. Find out why they are different. And learn words dealing with surveys and polls. Then take our unofficial Happiness Poll! More

  • Audio North Korea Takes Steps Toward Long-Range Missiles

    A top United States intelligence official says that North Korea has made progress in developing long-range missiles. This comes as the possibility of deploying a U.S. missile defense system in South Korea has gained attention. More

  • Audio Turkey Launches International Mosque-Building Program

    Turkey currently is building 18 large Islamic religious centers around the world. The projects include a mosque in Tirana, Albania which will hold more than 4,000 worshippers. Turkey will also build mosques in the United States, Russia, Kyrgyzstan and the Philippines More

  • Audio Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan Admits Defeat

    Also, Iranian and U.S. negotiators agree to take more time to try to reach an agreement on Iran's nuclear program; new U.S. Treasury sanctions target Syrian official and companies; and the government of Myanmar and representatives from 16 major ethnic rebel groups sign a draft cease-fire accord. More

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  • Video Robot Scientist Helps Design New Drugs

    Robots are common in today’s world. They manufacture cars, work in space, explore oceans, clean up oil spills and investigate dangerous environments. And now, scientists at the University of Manchester are using a robot as a laboratory partner. More

  • Health workers take a blood sample from a child in Gusau, northern Nigeria.

    Audio Study: Women Prefer to Go to Female Health Workers

    A study in mainly Islamic communities in northern Nigeria found that women were more likely to see female health care workers. Male health workers do travel from town to town, but many women patients do not want to talk with a man about their own health care needs. More

  • A woman wakes up on downtown Los Angeles' Skid Row, March 7, 2013.

    Video Community Center Helps Women on Skid Row

    Many homeless people live in the “Skid Row” area of Los Angeles, California. These men and women have no permanent place to live. Skid Row is a place where many social service groups can be found. They work to help the homeless find work and a place to live. One such organization works with women. More

  • Audio New Treatment for AIDS Called a ‘Big Deal’

    Read on to learn words like mutate, neutralize and antiretroviral as you learn how researchers have found a way to trick HIV, the virus causing AIDS, into killing itself. The difficulty level might be high as this article describes what happens when a genetically modified cell becomes an HIV killer. More

  • Audio Don't Panic!

    Actually ... seeing a Great White shark this close would be a great time to panic. Read on to learn about the Greek myth behind the work "panic" and some idioms. There is also a shortened section from "The Sea Wolf" by writer Jack London. He wrote one of the greatest panic attacks in literature. More

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