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Businesses Aim to Get More Africans Using Smartphones
Science & Technology
Businesses Aim to Get More Africans Using Smartphones

08:16 May 23, 2024

Modern smart phones are still seen as a curiosity in some parts of sub-Saharan Africa. Experts believe mobile internet service is an important tool f…

Microsoft Announces New PCs with Built-in AI
Science & Technology
Microsoft Announces New PCs with Built-in AI

06:09 May 23, 2024

American software maker Microsoft says it will release new computer models with built-in artificial intelligence (AI) tools. The new computers will b…

Japan’s Military Looks for More Women After Harassment Claims
AS IT IS
Japan’s Military Looks for More Women After Harassment Claims

05:51 May 23, 2024

Japan is undergoing its biggest military build-up since World War II. But it is struggling to fill its ranks with women. The Japanese military has fa…

When Does Air Turbulence Become Dangerous?
Science & Technology
When Does Air Turbulence Become Dangerous?

07:18 May 22, 2024

If you have flown on an airplane before, you might have experienced turbulence. Turbulence is a sudden movement of air. It can move the plane around …

Companies, Political Leaders Agree to Safely Develop and Deploy AI
Science & Technology
Companies, Political Leaders Agree to Safely Develop and Deploy AI

06:45 May 22, 2024

Major AI developers and top government officials have agreed on measures that aim to ensure that artificial intelligence (AI) systems are safely buil…

Locals Report Monkey Deaths During Heat Wave in Mexico
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Locals Report Monkey Deaths During Heat Wave in Mexico

04:30 May 22, 2024

An environmental group is warning that the hot weather in Mexico is among the causes of many deaths of howler monkeys. Howler monkeys are big primate…

For Children of Gaza, War Means No School
Education
For Children of Gaza, War Means No School

07:28 May 21, 2024

Atef Al-Buhaisi is a 6-year-old from the Palestinian territory of Gaza. He once dreamed of a career building houses. Now, all he wants is to return t…

Study: Tree Rings Show Summer of 2023 Was Very Hot
Science & Technology
Study: Tree Rings Show Summer of 2023 Was Very Hot

05:43 May 21, 2024

A recent study found that the summer of 2023 was the hottest in the Northern Hemisphere in more than 2,000 years. When the temperatures increased las…

Scarlett Johansson Says ChatGPT Voice ‘Similar’ to Hers
Science & Technology
Scarlett Johansson Says ChatGPT Voice ‘Similar’ to Hers

03:47 May 21, 2024

The American artificial intelligence company OpenAI has removed one of its ChatGPT voices. The move came after actor Scarlett Johansson said the voic…

Coin Collection to be Sold 100 Years after Owner’s Death
Arts & Culture
Coin Collection to be Sold 100 Years after Owner’s Death

05:17 May 20, 2024

A Danish businessman’s large coin collection is set to go on sale one hundred years after his death. The collection could be worth up to $72 million.…

Blue Origin Sends Oldest Person into Space
Science & Technology
Blue Origin Sends Oldest Person into Space

04:34 May 20, 2024

The American space travel company Blue Origin announced that it sent 90-year-old Ed Dwight into space, making him the oldest space traveler. The comp…

Study: Gene May Cause Alzheimer’s in Some Cases
Health & Lifestyle
Study: Gene May Cause Alzheimer’s in Some Cases

08:09 May 20, 2024

For the first time, researchers have identified a genetic form of late-in-life Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s is a disease of the brain that causes…

Iran's President, Foreign Minister Killed in Helicopter Crash
AS IT IS
Iran's President, Foreign Minister Killed in Helicopter Crash

04:02 May 20, 2024

Iranian state media reported Monday that Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and other top officials died in a helicopter crash in the country’s northwes…

Young South Koreans Drawn to Buddhism via Social Media
Arts & Culture
Young South Koreans Drawn to Buddhism via Social Media

05:52 May 19, 2024

Religious beliefs in South Korea have been decreasing for years. In 2021, just 22 percent of South Koreans between the ages of 20 and 29 identified a…

Severe Solar Storm Hits Earth, Causing Colorful Light Shows
Science & Technology
Severe Solar Storm Hits Earth, Causing Colorful Light Shows

07:18 May 19, 2024

Earth was recently hit by the most powerful solar storm in more than 20 years. The storm caused some colorful light shows in some parts of the world,…

UN Authorizes Second Shot to Fight Dengue in Americas
Health & Lifestyle
UN Authorizes Second Shot to Fight Dengue in Americas

04:03 May 19, 2024

The World Health Organization recently authorized a second dengue vaccine. The move could provide protection for millions of people worldwide against…

Vietnam's Trade Surplus with US Depends on China
AS IT IS
Vietnam's Trade Surplus with US Depends on China

07:46 May 19, 2024

As the United States increases tariffs to reduce trade with China, it has greatly increased imports from Vietnam. The Southeast Asian country, howeve…

US Campus Protests Face Summer Break
Education
US Campus Protests Face Summer Break

06:44 May 18, 2024

How long student protests over the war in Gaza can continue is in question with the removal of encampments, graduations and summer break. The student…

Scientists in Thailand Free Endangered Sea Turtles into the Wild
Science & Technology
Scientists in Thailand Free Endangered Sea Turtles into the Wild

03:49 May 18, 2024

Scientists in Thailand have released a group of endangered sea turtles in an effort to save the wild population. A total of 11 baby leatherback sea t…

US Air Force Shows Off Fighter Plane Piloted by AI
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US Air Force Shows Off Fighter Plane Piloted by AI

06:55 May 18, 2024

Two American Air Force fighter airplanes recently flew into the sky above California. The military planes were taking part in training, practicing a …

Brazilian State Lawmakers Declare a Dance ‘Cultural Heritage’
Arts & Culture
Brazilian State Lawmakers Declare a Dance ‘Cultural Heritage’

04:52 May 17, 2024

A dance that started in some of Brazil’s poorest neighborhoods is being honored by Rio de Janeiro state lawmakers. The passinho started with leg move…

Taco Stand in Mexico City Gets Michelin Star
Arts & Culture
Taco Stand in Mexico City Gets Michelin Star

04:38 May 17, 2024

Mexico City’s Tacos El Califa de León recently became the first Mexican taco stand to get a Michelin star – an award presented by the famous French r…

AI Helps Woman Regain Voice after Brain Surgery
Science & Technology
AI Helps Woman Regain Voice after Brain Surgery

05:57 May 16, 2024

Lots of people are concerned about the ability that artificial intelligence (AI) has to copy their voices. When AI is used to make false recordings o…

New Study Examines How Elephants Say ‘Hello’
Science & Technology
New Study Examines How Elephants Say ‘Hello’

05:49 May 16, 2024

People greet each other in many ways. They might say “hello” in different languages. They might physically do something like shaking hands, giving hu…

US Agency Permits Qualified Health Claim for Yogurt
Health & Lifestyle
US Agency Permits Qualified Health Claim for Yogurt

05:50 May 16, 2024

From VOA Learning English, this is the Health & Lifestyle report. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently permitted yogurt producers to …

US Teen Started College at 10, Earns Doctorate at 17
Education
US Teen Started College at 10, Earns Doctorate at 17

03:21 May 15, 2024

Dorothy Jean Tillman II of Chicago, Illinois took her first college class at age 10. This month, she became the youngest person to earn a doctorate i…

Miniature Poodle Wins Westminster Dog Show
Arts & Culture
Miniature Poodle Wins Westminster Dog Show

04:38 May 15, 2024

A miniature poodle named Sage won the top prize Tuesday night at the 148th Westminster Kennel Club dog show. That is the 11th victory for poodles at …

Researchers: Smarter Vehicles Could Greatly Change Traffic Signals
Science & Technology
Researchers: Smarter Vehicles Could Greatly Change Traffic Signals

06:01 May 15, 2024

Researchers say the rise of more smart and connected vehicles on American roads could lead to big changes for traffic signals. The current U.S. traff…

Migration Group Says 76 Million Displaced in 2023
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Migration Group Says 76 Million Displaced in 2023

04:44 May 15, 2024

Conflicts and natural disasters caused nearly 76 million people to be displaced within their countries a migration research group says. The Internal …

Top US School Gives Teachers More Independence
Education
Top US School Gives Teachers More Independence

06:23 May 14, 2024

When teachers at one of the top public schools in Florida are asked how they succeed, one answer is universal: They have autonomy in the classroom. T…

In Asia, Buddha’s Birthday Is Celebrated in Different Ways
Arts & Culture
In Asia, Buddha’s Birthday Is Celebrated in Different Ways

07:05 May 14, 2024

In ancient India, the term “Buddha” was used to describe someone who has awakened from ignorance and gained freedom from suffering. Buddha means the …

Two Win World Food Prize for Securing Agricultural Seeds
Science & Technology
Two Win World Food Prize for Securing Agricultural Seeds

05:59 May 14, 2024

About 20 years ago, Cary Fowler and Geoffrey Hawtin wanted to prevent hunger and protect the world’s food supply. The two men imagined a so-called “d…

US to Increase Tariffs on $18 Billion of Chinese Imports
AS IT IS
US to Increase Tariffs on $18 Billion of Chinese Imports

04:49 May 14, 2024

The administration of U.S. President Joe Biden announced plans Tuesday to increase tariffs on $18 billion worth of Chinese imports. Among the goods f…

Largely Peaceful Protests at US College Commencement
Education
Largely Peaceful Protests at US College Commencement

05:08 May 13, 2024

Protests over the Israel-Hamas war across U.S. college campuses have led to nearly 2,900 arrests at more than 50 schools in recent weeks. However, mo…

Less or No Alcohol Is Better for Health
Health & Lifestyle
Less or No Alcohol Is Better for Health

07:31 May 13, 2024

From VOA Learning English, this is the Health & Lifestyle report. Alcohol is often consumed in social gatherings from happy hours after work to birth…

In China, Many Older Workers Find It Difficult to Retire
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In China, Many Older Workers Find It Difficult to Retire

05:51 May 13, 2024

China’s economic expansion has been driven partly by millions of people who left their rural homes to work in cities and factories. But many of these…

Australia Raises Financial Requirements for International Students
Education
Australia Raises Financial Requirements for International Students

02:59 May 12, 2024

One of Australia’s top officials said the government of Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is concerned about “a completely broken” migration system. Mi…

US Plans to Limit American-made AI Models in China
Science & Technology
US Plans to Limit American-made AI Models in China

05:43 May 12, 2024

The Biden administration plans to put limits on American-made artificial intelligence (AI) models, the Reuters news agency reports. The aim is to res…

NASA Details Plans for Railway System on the Moon
Science & Technology
NASA Details Plans for Railway System on the Moon

05:48 May 12, 2024

The American space agency NASA is providing details about a railway system it plans to build on the surface of the moon. The system aims to provide a…

Students Learn AI to Prepare for Hospitality Careers
Education
Students Learn AI to Prepare for Hospitality Careers

08:22 May 11, 2024

Artificial Intelligence, or AI, is making its way into many parts of our lives. It can choose a coffee blend, or clothing and even check fields of tu…

Astronomers Find Super-hot ‘Super-Earth’
Science & Technology
Astronomers Find Super-hot ‘Super-Earth’

06:11 May 11, 2024

Astronomers have searched for years for rocky planets outside our solar system. They have finally found one with an atmosphere. Scientists believe th…

Scientists Claim Discovery of Sperm Whales’ Communication System
Science & Technology
Scientists Claim Discovery of Sperm Whales’ Communication System

04:43 May 11, 2024

Researchers say they can explain how sperm whales that live around the Caribbean island of Dominica might be communicating. Like many whales and dolp…

Country Singer Randy Travis Releases AI Song after Stroke
Arts & Culture
Country Singer Randy Travis Releases AI Song after Stroke

04:34 May 10, 2024

An American country music star has used artificial intelligence to make music again, years after suffering a stroke. Randy Travis is 65 years old. He…

Extreme Weather Seems Nearly Everywhere
Science & Technology
Extreme Weather Seems Nearly Everywhere

05:17 May 10, 2024

In recent months, reports of extreme weather have reached new levels. Some climate scientists say they cannot remember when the world had so much ext…

Report: 2023 a Big Year for Renewable Energy
Science & Technology
Report: 2023 a Big Year for Renewable Energy

04:37 May 9, 2024

A recent report says that 2023 was a record-breaking year for renewable energy sources. Ember, a research group based in London, reported that, for t…

US Withholds Offensive Weapons as Israel Plans Rafah Attack
AS IT IS
US Withholds Offensive Weapons as Israel Plans Rafah Attack

05:18 May 9, 2024

U.S. President Joe Biden said he would suspend a shipment of some weapons to Israel. U.S. officials are concerned about Israel’s plan to expand a mil…

Japanese Town Aims to Block View of Mount Fuji to Reduce Tourists
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Japanese Town Aims to Block View of Mount Fuji to Reduce Tourists

04:53 May 9, 2024

A Japanese town hopes to keep out crowds of visitors by building a large barrier to block views of the country’s tallest mountain, Mount Fuji. The to…

Orangutan Appears to Use Plant to Treat Wound
Science & Technology
Orangutan Appears to Use Plant to Treat Wound

04:16 May 8, 2024

Researchers say a wild orangutan in Indonesia appeared to use a medicinal plant to treat a wound it had suffered. The observation represents the late…

New Research Shows How Early Humans Lived Before Agriculture
Science & Technology
New Research Shows How Early Humans Lived Before Agriculture

03:38 May 8, 2024

A recent study shows that people who lived in caves in North Africa had already started to add a lot of plants to their diet about 15,000 years ago. …

Report: US Military Falling Behind in Sea Drone Development
Science & Technology
Report: US Military Falling Behind in Sea Drone Development

06:31 May 8, 2024

U.S. efforts to expand the use of sea drones to defend against possible military threats are reportedly falling behind because of other American defe…

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