November 29, 2015 23:01 UTC


Kenyan Town Vies to Become East African Cycling Hub

Kenyan Town Vies to Become East African Cycling Hub

The sport of cycling has steadily built a following in East Africa in recent years. Now the town of Machakos, about 56 kilometers southeast of Nairobi, is trying to become Kenya’s, and perhaps East Africa’s, cycling hub. More

Video Retreat Helps Fathers Improve Parenting

Raising children has traditionally been a mother's role, but modern sociology says that a father's role in children’s development is also crucial. Children abandoned and neglected by their fathers do not thrive as well as the children in families where both parents are involved.

Video Scientists: Global Fresh Water Access Could Pose Huge Challenge

Scientists say the world is experiencing a shortage of fresh water, and it will only get worse because of the growing population and climate change. Photos that show how water scarcity is impacting people around the world can be seen at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California.

Video US Scientists Probe How Heat Damages Human Hair

Many women and some men are very particular about their hair. One of the ways for keeping it in shape involves applying heat, but just how much of it and for how long has been mostly left to experience. A scientist from Purdue University, Indiana, is trying to find a scientific answer.

Video Ukranian Artist Portrays Putin in an Unusual Way

A Ukrainian artist portrays Russian President Vladimir Putin in a unique medium. And its creator says it’s not only a work of art - it’s a political statement.

Video Long Drought Affecting California’s Sequoias

California is suffering under a historic four-year drought and scientists say even the state's famed sequoia trees are feeling the pain. The National Park Service has started detailed research to see how it can help the oldest living things on earth survive.

Video Supermoon Eclipse Will Be Last Until 2033

Get set for a spectacular celestial event: An eclipse of a supermoon will occur next week, and there won't be another one for 18 years. VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports.

Video A Nonprofit Develops Reliable Bees That Can Survive Winters

Master Beekeeper Billy Davis has been keeping bees since the 1960s. In 2013, he founded the Sustainable Honeybee Program. The non-profit is developing stronger bees and teaching beekeepers how to strengthen their own colonies.

Video Scientists Predict Wet Winter in Drought-Stricken US West

Much of the western United States is experiencing extreme drought conditions, leading to wildfires and water shortages, but scientists are predicting some weather changes that will affect not only the American West but also parts of Asia, Australia and Africa.

Video Kenyans Turn to Agriculture for Business

Each year many students graduate from Kenyan universities. Many are also unable to find jobs due to the already existing high rate of unemployment among youth in the country. Some of these young men and women are resorting to agribusiness in large numbers as a way of tackling unemployment.

Video Amateur Beekeepers Encourage Spread of Apiaries

Honeybees are disappearing, and no one knows exactly why. Entomologists and scientists around the world are scrambling to find the answer to colony collapse disorder.

Video Free Book Program for Children Encourages Reading

Children are used to using vending machines to buy snacks and drinks. Now they are able to go to a vending machine to get books for free. The Book Vending Machine program is the newest addition to “Soar with Reading,” a literacy initiative started five years ago by JetBlue Airlines.

Video Kenya's Deaf Cabbies Use Uber App to Compete

The taxi-like online company Uber has begun a first-of-its-kind African pilot project having deaf drivers in Nairobi use its app. Lenny Ruvaga reports from the Kenyan capital about the collaboration that's helping to level the playing field for the hearing-impaired drivers.

Video US Botanic Garden Exposes Secret Life of Roots

Plant roots play a vital role for life on earth. They absorb water and nutrients to feed plants, which feed animals and humans, and they anchor soil to prevent erosion. The U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington pays tribute with a new exhibit called “Exposed.”

Video Community-Supported Agriculture Big Hit in the Big City

Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA, is a program in which consumers pay a farmer ahead of time for automatic delivery of fresh, nutritious vegetables and fruit during the growing season. One farmer who has now expanded his CSA program to New York City lawyers.

Video 'Catch Shares' Aim for Sustainable Fishing

A growing number of communities worldwide that depend on the ocean for their livelihoods are adopting programs called “catch shares" that aim to make fishing more sustainable, but critics say they put many fishermen out of business.

Video Scientists Test Different Ways for Saving Rhinos

The African rhino is a seriously endangered species. One kind, the northern white rhinoceros — is on the brink of extinction. After the recent death of a female, only four northern white rhinos remain alive. Now scientists are using two distinct strategies to save them.

Video Genome Initiative Urgently Moves to Freeze DNA Before Species Go Extinct

Earth is in the midst of its sixth mass extinction. The last such event was caused by an asteroid 66 million years ago. Scientists are in a race against time to classify the estimated 11 million species still alive today.

Video Special Olympics Bowler Ready for Summer Games

7,000 athletes from 177 nations will be coming to Los Angeles for Special Olympics World Games, a competition for people with intellectual disabilities. Mike O'Sullivan reports from San Diego that competitor Barbara Figueroa is getting ready for the challenge, which starts July 25th.

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