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Conversion of forests to agricultural use create starkly different habitats for small mammals that carry zoonotic disease such as plague, resulting in increased risk of plague transmission. (Photo Credit: Douglas McCauley)

Audio Land-Use Changes May Increase Risk of Plague

Efforts to increase food production in Africa may be increasing the risk of plague infection. A new report looks at efforts to clear land for farming in natural, undeveloped areas of Tanzania. The report links the development of croplands to an increase in the number of rats carrying the plague. More

Video Ceramic Guitar Proves Good for Rockin'

Musicians have been using clay, or ceramic, wind and percussion instruments for a long time. But a rock guitarist in Spain is now attracting audiences with not only his music, but his unique ceramic guitar. Luis Martin says there is a unique quality of sound bouncing off ceramic material. 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

Iran - Nuclear

Audio Difference Remains in Iran's Nuclear Talks

How to dispose of Iran’s nuclear materials remains a barrier. Also, Arab-coalition airstrikes continue in Yemen; France's Socialist Party faces election losses; Nigerians vote for president; the U.S. and South Korea hold joint military exercises; and blogger killed in Bangladesh. More

Fragments of the Dead Sea scrolls before infrared imaging, right, and after, left, are seen.

Video Dead Sea Scrolls Still Have Lessons to Teach

A California museum is now showing the largest exhibit of the Dead Sea Scrolls ever seen outside of Israel. There are 20 Dead Sea Scrolls and many other royal and ritual objects on display in the exhibit. Modern science is revealing hidden texts and the exact age of the scrolls. More



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Scientists Look to Engineer Crops That Need Less Wateri
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03/30/2015
Plant scientists hope to use the coyote squash to develop tasty vegetables that need less water.
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Video Scientists Look to Engineer Crops That Need Less Water

Plant scientists hope to use the coyote squash to develop tasty vegetables that need less water.
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Video Worms Can Teach Us a Lot About Space Travel

Researchers at the University of Delaware are using worms to better understand the effects of space travel on humans.
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Video China Increases Aid to South Pacific Area

A recent report says China is likely to become the third biggest donor to the South Pacific area after Australia and the United States.
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Video Using Body Language Can Help Your Public Speaking Skills

Body language includes posture, eye contact and gestures, how you move your hands and arms. Using body language can help you communicate better and improve understanding.
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Video Program Gives Low-Cost Glasses to Rwandans

A group based in Britain, Vision for a Nation, provides low-cost glasses to people in Rwanda. Several kinds of glasses are available. The World Bank helps keep the prices low.

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 A jury member examines a Bengal cat at the World Cat Show in Athens, Greece.

A jury member examines a Bengal cat at the World Cat Show in Athens, Greece.

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English in a Minute

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English in a Minute: Open Booki
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Does this phrase to do with reading? Probably not, so let's find out what it means.
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Video English in a Minute: Open Book

Does this phrase to do with reading? Probably not, so let's find out what it means.
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Video English in a Minute: Nip it in the Bud

"To nip" means to cut. A bud is a young flower. So, what could this idiom mean? Find out!
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Video English in a Minute: Down to Earth

Someone who is "down to earth" is definitely not a "drama queen," which we learned in last week's episode. But what exactly does this phrase mean?
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Video English in a Minute: Drama Queen

This phrase actually does not have anything to do with royalty. Do you know someone who is a "drama queen?"
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Video English in a Minute: Keep One's Eyes Peeled

"To peel" means to pull back a layer. But, does this idiom really mean you pull back your eyelid? Figure out what it means with this episode of English in a Minute.

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