Category Archives: Science & Technology

These Paper Drones Can Make Deliveries, then Disappear – VOA Learning English (Feb 28, 2017)

An American company has built a new drone that could improve the efficiency of deliveries. The drone is very different from other unmanned aircraft. It is made almost completely out of cardboard and has no motor. It can be packed … Continue reading

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Google Reports Progress in Bringing Internet Service to Rural Areas – VOA Learning English (Feb 24, 2017)

The owner of technology company Google has reported progress in its plan to offer Internet service to rural areas around the world. Google’s parent company, Alphabet, calls the plan “Project Loon.” Its goal is to increase access to the billions … Continue reading

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Researchers Find Way to Reduce Methane from Cows – VOA Learning English (Feb 24, 2017)

Scientists in Mexico say they may have found a way to cut production of methane, a gas linked to rising temperatures on the Earth’s surface. The scientists say their method may help reduce the methane released by cows, one of … Continue reading

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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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