Category Archives: Science In The News (VOA Learning English)

NASA: Newly Discovered Planets Could Hold Life Forms – VOA Learning English (Feb 22, 2017)

For the first time ever, astronomers have discovered a system of seven Earth-sized planets orbiting around a single star. The finding was announced Wednesday by officials from NASA – the U.S. space agency – and other research team members. The … Continue reading

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Eyes in the Sky Map Amazon on the Ground – VOA Learning English (Feb 19, 2017)

Looking at a rainforest from high in the sky, you might think all the trees look about the same. But they are not. Take, for example, the Amazon rainforest in South America. Research shows that the Amazon’s biological diversity—the huge … Continue reading

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Israel Builds World’s Largest Solar Tower – VOA Learning English (Jan 29, 2017)

Israel, a sunny country along the Mediterranean Sea, is a perfect place for solar power. Even so, solar power supplies only a small percentage of the country’s energy needs. But that situation is beginning to change. A giant solar tower … Continue reading

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Researchers Testing New Cancer Treatment – VOA Learning English (Jan 08, 2017)

Liver cancer is the sixth most common cancer in the world, and now researchers are developing new forms of treatment. If tests show you have liver cancer, there are several ways to treat the disease. One is removing the cancerous … Continue reading

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Scientists Looking for Life on Mars – VOA Learning English (Dec 25, 2016)

http://av.voanews.com/Videoroot/Pangeavideo/2016/12/2/26/2664ba4c-1c15-4e81-a50f-b14bf1ab2407.mp4 U.S. and British scientists are looking for life on Mars. Their chemistry camera found small amounts of an interesting chemical. Pictures of the planet Mars show a rocky, lifeless scene. It is hard to imagine plants or animals could … Continue reading

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Giraffes Facing ‘Silent Disappearance’ in Africa, Report Says – VOA Learning English (Dec 18, 2016)

The number of giraffes has dropped by as much as 40 percent since the 1980s, says a new report on endangered species. The Red List is a study of threatened species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The … Continue reading

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NASA Developing Food Bars for Mars Flights – VOA Learning English (Dec 11, 2016)

NASA Developing Food Bars for Mars Flights by VOA When astronauts go to the planet Mars years from now, they will need the right food to stay strong and healthy. At NASA, the American space agency, scientists are working to create … Continue reading

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Earth’s Arctic Ice Disappears, Scientists Study Nearest Exoplanet – VOA Learning English (Nov 13, 2016)

Earth’s Arctic Ice Disappears, Scientist Study Nearest Exoplanet (0:08:23) http://av.voanews.com/clips/VLE/2016/11/10/4357d3ae-70c7-4649-8aca-80f9d4791a1a.mp3 A new study blames human activity for the loss. The damage is caused, the study says, by greenhouse gases coming from vehicles, airplanes and other human activities. These gases capture … Continue reading

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Robot Can Help With Farm Work – VOA Learning English (Nov 06, 2016)

http://av.voanews.com/Videoroot/Pangeavideo/2016/10/9/9d/9d6fcebe-c861-4ea5-9e82-51247ebd4583.mp4 Robot Can Help With Farm Work (0:05:35) http://av.voanews.com/clips/VLE/2016/11/02/702b9867-2c6d-4383-a3ff-0ee27062f212.mp3 In the American state of Idaho, a robot moves between lines of fruit trees and grapevines. It is doing farm work. Called “IdaBot,” this robot is a prototype, or model. An … Continue reading

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Mars: How Will Humans Get There? – VOA Learning English (Oct 30, 2016)

Mars: How Will Humans Get There? (0:07:44) http://av.voanews.com/clips/VLE/2016/10/28/86cadaba-d534-4210-9c08-a172fdf51484.mp3 Mars—how to get there and maybe even live there— has been in the news a lot lately. Governments and private industry around the world are discussing ways to get people to the … Continue reading

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