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  • Mini Aquatic Robot Dives Into Nuclear Disaster Areas
    An aquatic robot, small and nimble enough to fit inside the smallest of openings, is being tested in Japan ahead of being deployed into the damaged core of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Faith Lapidus reports. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Silicon Valley and TechnologyPublished on Friday, October 20, 2017
  • Snapchat Tops Facebook as Teens’ No. 1 Choice for Social Media
    American teens have crowned a new king of social media. According to a recent poll, Snapchat is the most popular app for teens, toppling even Facebook for their neck-bending attention. Arash Arabasadi reports from Washington. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Silicon Valley and TechnologyPublished on Friday, October 20, 2017
  • At G-7, Social Media Firms Pushed to Do More to Fight Terror
    Technology firms have improved cooperation with the authorities in tackling online militant material but must act quicker to remove propaganda fueling a rise in homegrown extremism, acting U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke said Wednesday. The United States and Britain will push social media firms at a meeting of G7 interior ministers this week to do more on the issue, Duke told reporters in London where she had been meeting British Home Secretary Amber Rudd. Duke said there has been a change in the attitude of tech companies since a rally organized by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August turned deadly when a counter-protester was killed by a car driven into a crowd. “There has been a shift and for us somewhat with the ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Silicon Valley and TechnologyPublished on Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • US Senators Seek to Block Foreign Online Ads Targeting American Voters
    With U.S. midterm elections barely a year away, lawmakers on Thursday unveiled a bipartisan proposal to regulate online political advertising in the United States, an effort prompted by revelations that Russian elements spent large sums on internet ads targeting Americans ahead of the 2016 U.S. election. "Our entire democracy was founded on the simple idea that the people in our country should be self-governing," said Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, the ranking Democrat on the Rules Committee, which has jurisdiction over federal elections, at a news conference. "Our democracy is at risk," Klobuchar added. "We recently learned that $100,000 was spent in [Russian] rubles on Facebook political ads during the 2016 election. We know that [Russian-funded] ads were purchased in other venues, as well." To ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Silicon Valley and TechnologyPublished on Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • Women Share Harassment Stories With #MeToo
    Two weeks ago Carla Rountree of Washington, D.C., was enjoying an autumn afternoon with friends at the Maryland Renaissance Festival, gaily dressed in a tutu with a goofy unicorn horn tied to her head. While ordering a drink at a beverage stall, a man standing next to her said, "You know, I could grab that horn like you're an ice cream cone, flip you over, and just lick you." She retorted, "I don't think you'd like the results of that." He smirked and replied, "YOU might." "No one within earshot, including the female bartender, said anything about it," Rountree says. "It was just accepted, which infuriated me just as much as the god-awful comment." That incident occurred as women all over the United States are ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Silicon Valley and TechnologyPublished on Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • Iridium to Rely on Used SpaceX Boosters for Next 2 Launches
    Iridium Communications says its next two launches of new-generation satellites will use refurbished SpaceX Falcon 9 first-stage boosters that have flown previously. The announcement Thursday is another step in SpaceX’s effort to reduce launch costs.   The company has launched a few used boosters and is trying to expand acceptance of reusability across the industry. Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX has had successful landings of Falcon 9 first stages after launches from both coasts. Iridium is in the midst of seven launches to replace its satellite fleet that provides global mobile voice and data communications. The McLean, Virginia, company says insurers confirmed there is no increase in premiums for “flight-proven” rocket use. Thirty new satellites are in orbit and the fourth launch is scheduled for Dec. 22 ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Silicon Valley and TechnologyPublished on Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • Experimental Virtual and Mixed Reality Technologies Can be Applied to Military of the Future
    In military training, the body and mind are often pushed to the limit. In some cases, it could prove to be deadly.  "We are killing more Marines and soldiers in training than in combat. Why does that happen? A lot of times it is fatigue," Lt. Col. Warren Cook of the U.S. Marine Corps said. Cook spoke on a panel of military personnel at the University of Southern California's Global Body Computing Conference in Los Angeles. Commanding officers and scientists discussed the benefits of using technologies such as wearable sensors to help recruits be more aware of their body's limits so they can train better and safer.    WATCH: Experimental Virtual and Mixed Reality Technologies Can be Applied to Military of the Future "We are still ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Silicon Valley and TechnologyPublished on Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • Teens Overwhelmingly Prefer Snapchat to Facebook, Study Finds
    Teenagers are turning away from traditional social media like Facebook and increasingly turning to Snapchat to communicate with their friends, according to a new study released Wednesday. According to Piper Jaffray’s semi-annual “Taking Stock with Teens” research survey, 47 percent of teenagers said Snapchat is their favorite social media platform, compared with just nine percent who said Facebook was their favorite. The results show a sharp spike in the number of teens who said Snapchat is their favorite platform, up from 24 percent when the survey was given in the spring of last year. In addition to Snapchat and Facebook, 24 percent of teens said they preferred Instagram – virtually unchanged from 2016 – and seven percent said they prefer Twitter, down from 15 percent ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Silicon Valley and TechnologyPublished on Wednesday, October 18, 2017
  • Twitter Vows New Crackdown on Hateful, Abusive Tweets
    Twitter vowed to crack down further on hate speech and sexual harassment, days after CEO Jack Dorsey said in a tweet-storm that the company was "still" not doing enough to protect its users. The policy changes were specifically aimed at protecting women who unknowingly or unwillingly had nude pictures of themselves distributed online or were subject to unwanted sexual advances. They would also aim to shield groups subject to hateful imagery, symbols and threats of violence. In an email Twitter shared with The Associated Press Tuesday, Twitter's head of safety policy outlined the new guidelines to the company's Trust and Safety Council, a group of outside organizations that advises the company on its policies against abuse. The company said it would enact the changes in ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Silicon Valley and TechnologyPublished on Wednesday, October 18, 2017
  • Monitoring Pollution in Cities from Space
    The European Space Agency ESA has launched a new satellite that will collect data useful to ordinary people everywhere on earth. For at least seven years, the Sentinel 5 Precursor will monitor air pollution caused by both man-made and natural activities, alerting people about the concentration of pollutants that may affect their health. VOA’s George Putic reports. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Silicon Valley and TechnologyPublished on Wednesday, October 18, 2017

 Voice of America, VOA – Science and Health

  • Malaria Outbreak Kills 4 at Kenyan Refugee Camp
    A malaria outbreak has killed at least four people at a refugee camp in northwestern Kenya, according to local residents and health officials. Hundreds of people have come down with the infectious disease at the Kalobeyei refugee complex in Kenya's Turkana County. "Already four to six people have died due to malaria," Galama Guyo, a health care professional at Kalobeyei, told VOA's Horn of Africa service. "Weekly, we report more than 200 malaria cases, especially people with low body resistance [immunity]." Health care providers do not have enough drugs to treat patients, and there is no major hospital in the area, so some patients have to travel to up to 30 kilometers for treatment, he said. The type of malaria hitting the camps is plasmodium ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Science and HealthPublished on Friday, October 20, 2017
  • Pneumonic Plague Continues to Spread Rapidly in Madagascar
    The World Health Organization reports pneumonic plague is continuing to spread at an alarming rate in urban areas of Madagascar and greater effort is needed to bring this deadly disease under control. Latest figures put the number of suspected cases at 1,153, including 94 deaths. Health agencies are worried at how quickly this disease is spreading so early in Madagascar’s plague season, which runs from September to April.  The disease usually infects some 400 people a year. But this year, with six more months to go, the number of suspected cases is nearly three times higher than normal.  WHO Regional Emergency Director for Africa, Ibrahima Soce Fall, says the spread of the disease is faster because pneumonic plague, which is transmitted from person to person, ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Science and HealthPublished on Friday, October 20, 2017
  • Spacewalking Astronauts Replace Blurry Camera on Robot Arm
    Astronauts went spacewalking Friday to provide some necessary focus to the International Space Station's robot arm. The main job for commander Randy Bresnik and teacher-turned-astronaut Joe Acaba was to replace a blurry camera on the new robotic hand that was installed during a spacewalk two weeks ago. The two men were supposed to go spacewalking earlier this week, but NASA needed extra time to rustle up the repair plan. Sharp focus is essential in order for the space station's robot hand to capture an arriving supply ship. The next delivery is a few weeks away, prompting the quick camera swap-out. Orbital ATK, one of NASA's commercial shippers, plans to launch a cargo ship from Virginia on November 11. Acaba was barely outside an hour when ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Science and HealthPublished on Friday, October 20, 2017
  • Australia’s Victoria State Legalizes Euthanasia
    The parliament of Australia’s second largest state passed legislation Friday to allow terminally ill patients to seek medical help to end their lives, a bill that is expected to act as a catalyst for the rest of the country to adopt similar laws. Any resident of Victoria state older than 18, with a terminal illness and with less than 12 months to live can request a lethal dose of medication, the bill permits. Anyone that is too ill to administer the dosage can ask for a doctor to help. Many countries have legalized euthanasia or physician-assisted deaths, including Canada, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and some states in the United States. Federal government opposed But Australia’s federal government has opposed legalizing euthanasia even though the remote Northern ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Science and HealthPublished on Friday, October 20, 2017
  • India’s Air Pollution 18 Times the Healthy Limit
    Air pollution in New Delhi hit 18 times the healthy limit Friday under a thick, toxic haze after a night of fireworks to celebrate the Hindu festival of Diwali, despite a court-ordered ban on their sales. Residents of the sprawling Indian capital, which ranks among the world’s most polluted cities, complained of eyes watering and aggravated coughs as levels of PM 2.5, tiny particulate matter that reaches deep into the lungs, rose alarmingly. Air quality usually worsens in New Delhi ahead of Diwali, the festival of lights, and the Supreme Court temporarily banned the sale of firecrackers, aiming to lessen the risk to health. ​But many still lit fireworks across the capital late into the night, either using old stocks or buying them from neighboring ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Science and HealthPublished on Friday, October 20, 2017
  • Study: Pollution is the World’s No. 1 Killer
    Pollution is the world’s No. 1 killer, a new study says, causing more premature deaths than war, terrorism, natural disasters, cigarettes and disease. A new study in the medical journal Lancet said pollution, both outdoor and indoor, killed about 9 million people in 2015, or one out of every six deaths. “Pollution threatens fundamental human rights, such as the right to life, health, well-being, safe work as well as protections of children and the most vulnerable,” co-author Karti Sandilya said. Developing countries The study said the overwhelming majority of pollution-related deaths come in developing countries where the authors say leaders are more concerned about building their economies and infrastructure than environmental regulations. Bangladesh, China, Haiti, India, Pakistan, North Korea and South Sudan are some of ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Science and HealthPublished on Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • Women Share Harassment Stories With #MeToo
    Two weeks ago Carla Rountree of Washington, D.C., was enjoying an autumn afternoon with friends at the Maryland Renaissance Festival, gaily dressed in a tutu with a goofy unicorn horn tied to her head. While ordering a drink at a beverage stall, a man standing next to her said, "You know, I could grab that horn like you're an ice cream cone, flip you over, and just lick you." She retorted, "I don't think you'd like the results of that." He smirked and replied, "YOU might." "No one within earshot, including the female bartender, said anything about it," Rountree says. "It was just accepted, which infuriated me just as much as the god-awful comment." That incident occurred as women all over the United States are ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Science and HealthPublished on Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • UN: Madagascar Plague Cases Top 1,000 Mark
    The number of cases of plague in Madagascar has doubled during the past five days, according to the United Nations. U.N. spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said Thursday as of Wednesday 1,032 cases were reported, 67 percent of which are pneumonic, which is more serious than bubonic plague. So far 89 deaths have been recorded, including 13 on Tuesday. Dujarric said the spread was "highly challenging" to control.   Medical teams in the country have stepped up efforts to combat the spread of the plague, but experts have said the situation will worsen if not rapidly funded. Only 26 percent of the $9.5 million requested has been contributed, Dujarric said. Pneumonic plague is a lung infection, transmitted through flea bites or from person to person through droplets ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Science and HealthPublished on Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • Uganda Confirms 1 Death From Ebola-like Marburg Virus
    Uganda’s ministry of health confirmed Thursday that one person has died of Marburg hemorrhagic fever, a close relative of the Ebola virus. Surveillance teams have deployed to the affected district in the eastern part of the country to contain the outbreak. Uganda’s Ministry of Health says one of the two suspected cases of Marburg virus disease has been confirmed via laboratory tests conducted by the Uganda Virus Research Institute. “The confirmed case was a 50-year-old female from Chemuron village, Kween District in Eastern Uganda. She presented with signs and symptoms suggestive of a viral hemorrhagic fever," said Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, the minister for health. "Preliminary field investigations indicated that prior to her death, the deceased had nursed her 42-year-old brother, who had died on ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Science and HealthPublished on Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • Colliding Neutron Stars Solve Interstellar Puzzles
    The idea of gravitational waves has been around for over 100 years since Albert Einstein posited their existence. But in 2016 scientists proved they were out there using giant L-shaped detectors called gravitational wave observatories. But this week more news was made when scientists were able to watch the creation of gravitational waves. VOA's Kevin Enochs report ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Science and HealthPublished on Thursday, October 19, 2017

 Voice of America, VOA – Arts and Entertainment

  • Top 5 Songs for Week Ending Oct. 21
    We’re on the job with the five most popular songs in the Billboard Hot 100 Pop Singles chart, for the week ending October 21, 2017. We have some excitement this week, as a new remix results in a huge rebound for a song that was already a hit. Let’s open in fifth place, where Taylor Swift dips two slots with “Look What You Made Me Do.” She’s been busy in London. On October 14, she was spotted shooting a music video. Taylor was all over the place: in a double-decker bus, in a taxi, and on a bike on the Millennium Bridge. She also hosted a listening session in her London home for her upcoming “Reputation” album – the rest of us will have to ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Arts and EntertainmentPublished on Friday, October 20, 2017
  • Ahoy! ‘Old Ironsides,’ World’s Oldest Warship, Sailing again
    The newly refurbished USS Constitution is taking its first spin under sail in three years. Friday’s joyride from Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston to Fort Independence on Castle Island will celebrate the U.S. Navy’s 242nd birthday and the 220th anniversary of the iconic vessel’s maiden voyage. The world’s oldest commissioned warship will fire a 21-gun salute in the waters off the fort, and its cannons will boom another 17 times as it passes the U.S. Coast Guard station — the former site of the shipyard where the Constitution was built and launched in 1797. It will be the warship’s first sail since October 2014. The ship earned its nickname “Old Ironsides” during the War of 1812 with Britain.   ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Arts and EntertainmentPublished on Friday, October 20, 2017
  • Attorney to Detail Another Rape Allegation Against Weinstein
    Harvey Weinstein is now facing criminal inquiries in three cities after an Italian actress told Los Angeles detectives the disgraced film mogul raped her in a hotel room in 2013. Police confirmed Thursday they are looking into the woman’s allegations, and her attorney said he would give additional details about them at a news conference outside a downtown Los Angeles courthouse on Friday afternoon. The unidentified woman is an Italian model and actress, according to an announcement of attorney David M. Ring’s press conference. In addition to talking to detectives, the woman and Ring spoke to the Los Angeles Times on Thursday, telling them Weinstein bullied his way into her hotel room, refused to leave and raped her. Sallie Hofmeister, a representative for Weinstein, said ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Arts and EntertainmentPublished on Friday, October 20, 2017
  • LA Police Department Investigates Disgraced Producer Harvey Weinstein
    The Los Angeles Police department says it has opened an investigation into movie producer Harvey Weinstein after someone made allegations of sexual assault. The LAPD announced the news via Twitter Thursday. A police spokesman told the Associated Press that the department interviewed a possible sexual assault victim who reported an incident that occurred in 2013. The investigation is ongoing, and he could not answer any questions about when the interview or incident took place. Weinstein has recently been fired from his production company and is under investigation in New York and London because of similar allegations. Weinstein statement Weinstein's attorneys have released a statement saying, "We deny any allegations of nonconsensual sex, though obviously can't respond to anonymous allegations." This was the second statement from ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Arts and EntertainmentPublished on Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • From Destructive Plants to Paper, Inks and Art
    Invasive plants can kill their native host trees, increase soil erosion and cause major damage to streams and other wetland areas. That’s why the National Park Service is asking volunteers to remove these invasive plants; so native plants have a chance to grow. VOA's Faiza Elmasry reports on one volunteer, Patterson Clark, an artist, graphics editor and environmental advocate who is bringing a reduce, reuse and recycle ethos to his removal technique. Faith Lapidus narrates. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Arts and EntertainmentPublished on Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • Mayim Bialik ‘Truly Sorry’ for Opinion Piece on Weinstein
    Actress Mayim Bialik says she's "truly sorry for causing so much pain" with her New York Times opinion piece that critics suggested put blame on women who've accused movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault and sexual harassment. Bialik wrote in the piece published Friday that she makes choices to be "self-protecting and wise," like dressing modestly and not acting flirtatiously. She later added that nothing "excuses men for assaulting or abusing women" and women should be able to wear whatever they want and act however they want. Bialik addressed the backlash in a Facebook Live interview with the Times on Monday, saying she regrets it "became what it became." She said Wednesday on Twitter that "what you wear and how you behave does not ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Arts and EntertainmentPublished on Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • Demi Lovato, Shawn Mendes to Perform at MTV Europe Awards
    Pop star Demi Lovato, singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes, rockers The Killers and grime artist Stormzy are set to perform at MTV's EMAs in London.   MTV's European music awards will also feature performances from Kesha and Camila Cabello. Rita Ora is due to host the Nov. 12 ceremony at London's SSE Arena, Wembley.   MTV said Thursday that awards presenters will include "Game of Thrones" actress Natalie Dormer, teen star Madison Beer and actress Sabrina Carpenter.   Taylor Swift leads the race with nominations in six categories, including best video for "Look What You Made Me Do." Other multiple nominees include Mendes, Ed Sheeran and Kendrick Lamar.   Winners are selected by fans across the continent.   The EMAs, held in a different European city each ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Arts and EntertainmentPublished on Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • Country Stars Honor Shooting Victims at CMT Artists Show
    Singer Jason Aldean and other stars honored victims of a mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas instead of accepting awards at the CMT Artists of the Year show Wednesday night.  The format of the show pivoted to focus on victims of the shooting, as well as those recovering from hurricanes and wildfires, with a night of somber tributes, inspirational anthems and voices lifted in harmony.  Aldean, who was on stage at the Route 91 Harvest Festival when the shooting occurred Oct. 1, stood side-by-side with the night’s other award winners, including Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Chris Stapleton and Keith Urban, to dedicate the night to music fans. The honorees did not accept awards or give speeches as usual, but some ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Arts and EntertainmentPublished on Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • Ai Weiwei’s ‘Human Flow’ Highlights Refugee Plight Around the World
    Human Flow by internationally acclaimed artist and activist Ai Weiwei, highlights the plight of refugees around the world. The Chinese dissident is not the first to make a documentary about the displaced, but his film captures the flow of humanity on a planetary scale.  Ai filmed in 23 different countries in 40 different refugee camps where people fleeing war, environmental crises and religious persecution were staying. His goal is to show that the flood of refugees has global repercussions. “You are forcibly robbing this human being of all aspects that would make human life not just tolerable but meaningful in many ways,” says a voice in the documentary. According to the film, over 65 million people in the world today have been forcibly displaced from ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Arts and EntertainmentPublished on Wednesday, October 18, 2017
  • Elvis House, Marilyn Dresses, JFK Radio Up for Auction
    Years before Elvis Presley became the King of Rock and Roll, the story goes, he lived in a small house up a hill from his elementary school in northeastern Mississippi and played with other kids in a nearby field. Fans now have a chance to buy that old home and land. The white, wood-frame house and more than 16 acres (6 hectares) of adjoining property are part of an upcoming celebrity auction that includes everything from actress Marilyn Monroe's dresses to Michael Jackson's dark fedora. Want the Army uniform that Tom Hanks wore while filming "Forrest Gump?" It's in the sale. What about Whitney Houston's see-through, acrylic piano or the umbrella with a parrot-shaped handle that Julie Andrews carried in "Mary Poppins?" Or Hugh Hefner's ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Arts and EntertainmentPublished on Wednesday, October 18, 2017

 Voice of America, VOA – Day in Photos

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    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Day in PhotosPublished on Thursday, October 19, 2017
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    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Day in PhotosPublished on Tuesday, October 10, 2017

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