Category Archives: Science & Technology

India Launches 104 Satellites Into Orbit – VOA Learning English (Feb 18, 2017)

A single Indian rocket launch Wednesday morning sent a record 104 satellites into space. The government-run Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) said the rocket launched from Sriharikota in eastern India. It broke Russia’s record of launching 37 satellites one year … Continue reading

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Dubai to Launch Self-Flying Air Taxi by July – VOA Learning English (Feb 16, 2017)

Dubai officials say they plan to use Chinese-made drones to launch a self-flying air taxi as soon as July. The Chinese-made EHang 184 drone has four propeller wings. It is designed to carry one passenger – weighing up to 100 … Continue reading

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How Does Long-Term Space Travel Affect Humans? – VOA Learning English (Feb 12, 2017)

Astronaut Scott Kelly launched into space on a one-year mission to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2015. He was weightless for 340 days. His identical twin brother, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, stayed on Earth. Because they are identical twins, … Continue reading

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Will Wooden Buildings Be Part of Tomorrow’s Cities? – VOA Learning English (Feb 12, 2017)

https://av.voanews.com/Videoroot/Pangeavideo/2017/01/5/5a/5a7951dc-b7c2-4a13-9fcb-aa8eedc69af7.mp4 A show in Washington, D.C. suggests that tall buildings of the future can and should be built out of wood. The exhibition is open at the National Building Museum. Wood has been an important building material for homes and … Continue reading

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Health Costs in Asia Expected to Rise – VOA Learning English (Feb 11, 2017)

Asian countries are expected to face higher health care costs over the next 10 years. The World Health Organization (WHO) says improvements in Asia’s economies have caused much lower levels of poverty. But this progress has caused changes in societies, … Continue reading

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Driverless Electric Buses Tested in Paris, Las Vegas – VOA Learning English (Jan 31, 2017)

More and more cities across the world are experimenting with driverless vehicles on public streets. Two of the latest to conduct testing are Paris, France and Las Vegas, Nevada. The cities have used self-driving electric buses to carry passengers on … Continue reading

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Why Do People Blink Their Eyes? – VOA Learning English (Jan 30, 2017)

People blink their eyes tens of thousands of times every day. Scientists have long believed blinking was an involuntary movement and served mainly to keep the eyeballs wet. But a new study suggests it has a more important purpose. An … Continue reading

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British Start-Up Uses Feathers to Make Building Materials – VOA Learning English (Jan 23, 2017)

Bird feathers have long been used in clothing and in bedding. Manufacturers often use feathers because of their light weight and the warmth they provide in a cold room or climate. Now, two students in Britain are studying how to … Continue reading

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Airbus to Test Self-Flying ‘Air Taxi’ in 2017 – VOA Learning English (Jan 22, 2017)

Airbus says it plans to test a prototype of a self-flying vehicle to transport people in the sky above busy city streets. Testing of the “air taxi” is expected to begin before the end of the year, according to Airbus … Continue reading

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Low Coal Prices Mean Heavy Smog in China – VOA Learning English (Jan 22, 2017)

Smog is a health concern in many areas, such as China’s capital. Beijing started the New Year with heavy smog hanging over the city. The skies seemed darker than usual, resulting from the thick clouds mixing with smoke and air … Continue reading

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