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 Voice of America, VOA – Silicon Valley and Technology

  • For Moms Heading Back to Work, ‘Returnships’ Offer a Path Forward
    How does a former stay-at-home mom become an employee of a tech company that could be worth more than $1 billion? For Ellein Cheng, mom to a 5½- and a 2½-year-old, the answer involved a “returnship.” So-called returnships are internships that target men and women who have been out of the workforce, either for childrearing or other caregiving. It gives them a chance to retrain in a new field. In Cheng’s case, the former math teacher and tutor took a returnship at AppNexus, an online advertising company. For companies, returnships are an opportunity to tap into more mature and professionally diverse talent pools. For participants who may be out of the workforce, it’s a chance to refresh their networks, learn new skills and try on ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Silicon Valley and TechnologyPublished on Saturday, August 19, 2017
  • For Moms Heading Back to Work, ‘Returnships’ Offer a Path Forward
    The lack of women and diversity in the tech industry remains a headline issue, but so-called "returnship" programs are giving companies the chance to tap into a new talent pool — former stay-at-home moms and dads. How do their skills translate in the tech world? VOA's Tina Trinh explains. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Silicon Valley and TechnologyPublished on Saturday, August 19, 2017
  • Researchers Attempt to Develop Smarter Prosthetic Hand
    An estimated 1.7 million people in the U.S do not have a limb, according to Rice University in Houston. While existing prosthetics allow amputees to regain some of their abilities, there are very few devices that provide sensory feedback for the users. Researchers from Rice University, the University of Pisa and the Italian Institute of Technology are working to allow amputees to better perceive what their prosthesis is doing. VOA's Elizabeth Lee reports from Houston. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Silicon Valley and TechnologyPublished on Saturday, August 19, 2017
  • At Global Competition, Girls Push Frontiers of Technology
    A group of Cambodian girls who recently traveled to California to compete in a mobile app competition offered inspiration for other girls worldwide to consider careers in technology. Their pitch in Silicon Valley wasn't a bid to be the next billion-dollar company. Instead, they want to help their country with a mobile phone application to address poverty. "Let's fight poverty by using our app. Don't find customers for your product, find products for your customers," said Lorn Dara Soucheng, 12, who led the team that created the app, Cambodian Identity Product. "We want to increase employment for Cambodians, so there will be a reduction of Cambodian migrants to work at other countries, reducing poverty through making income and providing charity to local Cambodians," Chea Sopheata, ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Silicon Valley and TechnologyPublished on Friday, August 18, 2017
  • Cambodian Girl Coders Push Frontiers for Women in Tech
    A group of young Cambodian girls recently took part in a mobile app competition for girl coders in California. Traveling from their home country to participate in the global competition, their story offers inspiration for other girls around the world to consider a career in tech. VOA's Sophat Soeung reports from Silicon Valley. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Silicon Valley and TechnologyPublished on Friday, August 18, 2017
  • Online Companies Bar Far-Right Groups
    They are being booted off or locked out of their websites. Some can no longer blog. Their electronic payment systems are being canceled. Even their music can’t be heard. For some white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups, operating online has become much harder in the wake of last week’s “Unite the Right” protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, that resulted in violent clashes between extremist groups and counterprotesters. On Thursday, the Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi and white supremacist news site and one of the organizers of last weekend’s demonstrations, was reportedly ejected from a Russian internet domain provider that was hosting its site. Its removal came at the request of Russia’s internet watchdog, according to the French news agency. The Daily Stormer had recently turned to the Russian ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Silicon Valley and TechnologyPublished on Thursday, August 17, 2017
  • Algorithms Could Tie Trafficking Ads to Their Buyers
    A U.S. researcher says she has developed automated ways to identify links between online sex trafficking ads and the digital currency Bitcoin, techniques that may help locate children being sold for sex. Law enforcement and anti-trafficking groups could use the methods to investigate Backpage.com, an online classified advertising site where sex ads can be found, according to a statement by the University of California Berkeley, where the research was based. About 1.5 million people in the United States are victims of trafficking, mostly for sexual exploitation, according to anti-trafficking groups. Most sex trafficking victims are children, and most are advertised or sold online, according to a U.S. Senate subcommittee report released this year. Algorithms do the digging The new research uses an algorithm that analyzes ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Silicon Valley and TechnologyPublished on Thursday, August 17, 2017
  • From Elephants Stable to Air Museum: Strategic Bombers Restored
    From the sky over occupied Europe to an elephants stable in India and to its final resting place in an air museum in England, this was the 100-year journey for one of the world's first strategic bombers. And the last part was the most astonishing because the planes' remains, found in India, were almost beyond recognition. VOA's George Putic has the story. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Silicon Valley and TechnologyPublished on Thursday, August 17, 2017
  • Internet Firms Flex Muscle to Exile White Supremacists
    Silicon Valley joined a swelling backlash against neo-Nazi groups in the United States on Wednesday as more technology companies removed white supremacists from their services in response to weekend violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. Social media networks Twitter and LinkedIn, music service Spotify and security firm CloudFlare were among the companies cutting off services to hate groups or removing material that they said spread hate. Earlier in the week, Facebook, Alphabet and GoDaddy also took steps to block hate groups. The wave of internet crackdowns against white nationalists and neo-Nazis reflected a rapidly changing mindset among Silicon Valley firms on how far they are willing to go to police hate speech. Tech companies have taken down violent propaganda from Islamic State and other militant groups, in ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Silicon Valley and TechnologyPublished on Wednesday, August 16, 2017
  • Reverence for Robots: Japanese Workers Treasure Automation
    Thousands upon thousands of cans are filled with beer, capped and washed, wrapped into six-packs, and boxed at dizzying speeds — 1,500 a minute, to be exact — on humming conveyor belts that zip and wind in a sprawling factory near Tokyo. Nary a soul is in sight in this picture-perfect image of Japanese automation. The machines do all the heavy lifting at this plant run by Asahi Breweries, Japan's top brewer. The human job is to make sure the machines do the work right, and to check on the quality the sensors are monitoring. "Basically, nothing goes wrong. The lines are up and running 96 percent," said Shinichi Uno, a manager at the plant. "Although machines make things, human beings oversee the machines."  The ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Silicon Valley and TechnologyPublished on Wednesday, August 16, 2017

 Voice of America, VOA – Science and Health

  • Back to Bomb Shelters? North Korea Threats Revive Nuke Fears
    After the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, the era of nuclear nightmares -- of the atomic arms race, of backyard bomb shelters, of schoolchildren diving under desks to practice their survival skills in the event of an attack -- seemed to finally, thankfully, fade into history. Until now. For some baby boomers, North Korea's nuclear advances and President Donald Trump's bellicose response have prompted flashbacks to a time when they were young, and when they prayed each night that they might awaken the next morning. For their children, the North Korean crisis was a taste of what the Cold War was like.  "I'm not concerned to where I can't sleep at night. But it certainly raises alarms for Guam or even Hawaii, where it might ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Science and HealthPublished on Saturday, August 19, 2017
  • NASA, PBS Marking 40 Years Since Voyager Spacecraft Launches
    Forty years after blasting off, Earth's most distant ambassadors — the twin Voyager spacecraft — are carrying sounds and music of our planet ever deeper into the cosmos. Think of them as messages in bottles meant for anyone — or anything — out there. Sunday marks the 40th anniversary of NASA's launch of Voyager 2, now almost 11 billion miles distant. It departed from Cape Canaveral on August 20, 1977, to explore Jupiter and Saturn. Voyager 1 followed a few weeks later and is ahead of Voyager 2. It's humanity's farthest spacecraft at 13 billion miles away and is the world's only craft to reach interstellar space, the vast, mostly empty space between star systems. Voyager 2 is expected to cross that boundary during the ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Science and HealthPublished on Saturday, August 19, 2017
  • Solar Eclipse Fuels Demand, Anxiety, for Viewing Lenses
    On Monday, Aug. 21, for the first time in 99 years, a solar eclipse will march across the United States from west coast to east coast, and excitement is building across the nation. Experts advise that people wear specific, protective eyewear to view the eclipse, but as VOA's Kane Farabaugh reports, finding the special lenses is becoming a difficult task. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Science and HealthPublished on Saturday, August 19, 2017
  • Researchers Attempt to Develop Smarter Prosthetic Hand
    A prosthetic hand is a critical tool that allows amputees to find normalcy in their lives, but some elements, such as complete freedom of movement and sensations of touch, are not the same as a real hand. “They’ve come a long way and they have a long way to go,” said amputee Charity McFarland, who lost her left hand in a car accident almost four years ago. McFarland said of the accident, “All I saw were lights and I basically was trying to avoid getting hit, but then the accident happened, so it was like a rollover. They told me that I rolled over three times." An estimated 1.7 million people in the U.S are missing a limb, according to research at Rice University in ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Science and HealthPublished on Saturday, August 19, 2017
  • Proposed US Budget Cuts Could Have Severe Impact on Health Security
    When the ebola crisis erupted in 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sent staff to help West African countries contain the pandemic. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded research and supported pharmaceutical giants to produce a vaccine that would save lives but not turn a profit. In his budget proposal, President Donald Trump seeks big cuts in spending on global health research. Those cuts could affect work being done to end malaria and AIDS and protect against other infectious diseases.  Trump’s proposed 2018 budget calls for an 18 percent funding cut for NIH and a 17 percent cut for the CDC.  Impact on health security “If these cuts as proposed were enacted, it would have severe impact on health security,” said Stephen ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Science and HealthPublished on Saturday, August 19, 2017
  • Greenland Ice Sheet Yielding Clues of Climate Change
    Scientists are drilling down through kilometers of Arctic ice to read the world's climate history as a way to predict the planet's future. VOA's Steve Baragona visited Greenland to see what you can learn from a hole in the ice. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Science and HealthPublished on Saturday, August 19, 2017
  • Researchers Blame Saudi-Led Coalition for ‘Worst Cholera Outbreak in the World’ in Yemen
    The majority of deaths from Yemen's cholera outbreak have occurred in rebel-controlled areas cut off from supplies due to airstrikes and blockades by a Saudi-led military coalition, according to research published on Friday. The study by London's Queen Mary University found eight out of 10 cholera deaths took place in regions controlled by Iran-backed Houthi rebels who have fought a two-year war against Saudi-aligned forces backing Yemen's government. Yemen is battling against the "world's worst cholera outbreak", according to the World Health Organization (WHO). More than half a million people have been infected with cholera since the epidemic began four months ago and almost 2,000 people have died, the WHO said on Monday. "Saudi-led airstrikes have destroyed vital infrastructure, including hospitals and public water systems, ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Science and HealthPublished on Friday, August 18, 2017
  • NASA Launches Last of its Longtime Tracking Satellites
    NASA launched the last of its longtime tracking and communication satellites Friday, a vital link to astronauts in orbit as well as the Hubble Space Telescope. The end of the era came with a morning liftoff of TDRS-M, the 13th satellite in the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite network. It rode to orbit aboard an unmanned Atlas V rocket. There were handshakes all around two hours later, when the satellite successfully separated from the rocket's upper stage. "We're going to really celebrate this one," said launch director Tim Dunn. NASA has been launching TDRS satellites since 1983. The 22,300-mile-high constellation links ground controllers with the International Space Station and other low-orbiting craft including Hubble. "It's like our baby," said NASA's Badri Younes, deputy associate administrator ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Science and HealthPublished on Friday, August 18, 2017
  • Vietnam Dengue Cases Soar 42 Percent
    Vietnam has been battling raging dengue fever outbreaks, with more than 10,000 new infections reported in the past week stretching its medical system. The number of admitted patients represents a 42 percent increase over the same period last year along with seven more deaths, the Ministry of Health said Friday. A total of 90,626 people have been infected, of whom 76,848 are hospitalized and 24 have died. The ministry attributed the rise of dengue outbreaks to higher temperatures, more rains and rapid urbanization that promote the breeding of virus-carrying mosquitoes. Hospitals strained Dr. Vu Minh Dien of the National Hospital of Tropical Diseases in Hanoi, where the most severe cases were being treated, said that 800-1,000 people have been checking in daily complaining of fever. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Science and HealthPublished on Friday, August 18, 2017
  • Study Highlights Rise in Opioid Drug Cases
    In what is being called the first study of its kind, medical researchers have attempted to quantify the rise in opioid-related admissions and deaths at U.S. hospitals. The team studied hospital records over a seven-year period, between 2009 and 2015. The results put numbers to a drug epidemic that is growing rapidly. Kevin Enochs reports. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Science and HealthPublished on Friday, August 18, 2017

 Voice of America, VOA – Arts and Entertainment

  • Comedian, Civil Rights Activist Dick Gregory Dies
    Dick Gregory, the comedian and activist and who broke racial barriers in the 1960s and used his humor to spread messages of social justice and nutritional health, has died. He was 84. Gregory died late Saturday in Washington, D.C. after being hospitalized for about a week, his son Christian Gregory told The Associated Press. He had suffered a severe bacterial infection. As one of the first black standup comedians to find success with white audiences, in the early 1960s, Gregory rose from an impoverished childhood in St. Louis to win a college track scholarship and become a celebrated satirist who deftly commented upon racial divisions at the dawn of the civil rights movement. “Where else in the world but America,” he joked, “could I have ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Arts and EntertainmentPublished on Saturday, August 19, 2017
  • Religious Leader, Digital Economy Advisers Sever Ties With Trump
    The head of New York City's largest evangelical church has resigned from President Donald Trump's unofficial panel of evangelical advisers, one of the latest resignations in a string of high-profile withdrawals from advisory boards serving the president. A.R. Bernard, head of the 37,000-member Christian Cultural Center, announced this week he submitted a formal letter to Trump on Tuesday announcing his withdrawal. Tuesday was the day Trump gave a press conference from Trump Tower in New York City, in which he doubled down on his assertions that "many sides" were to blame for the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend when a counterprotester was killed at a white supremacist rally Bernard was one of a few dozen leaders, reports The Washington Post, who gave advice to ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Arts and EntertainmentPublished on Saturday, August 19, 2017
  • Trump to Skip Ceremony Celebrating Artists’ Lifetime Achievements
    U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will not attend an annual ceremony at Washington's Kennedy Center honoring the lifetime achievements of select artists to avoid distraction, a White House statement said Saturday. "The president and first lady have decided not to participate in this year's activities to allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction," the White House said. The announcement came after one of the honorees, dancer Carmen de Lavallade, said she would boycott a separate White House reception that is held in conjunction with the award ceremony. The 86-year-old de Lavallade issued a statement Thursday announcing her decision. "In light of the socially divisive and morally caustic narrative that our current leadership is choosing to engage in, and in ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Arts and EntertainmentPublished on Saturday, August 19, 2017
  • ‘Recruiting for Jihad’ Examines Islamic Extremist Groups in Europe
    Recruiting for Jihad is a Norwegian expose on the practices extremist Jihadists follow to recruit young men to fight for ISIS. During filming, Adel Khan Farooq, one of the two filmmakers, had unprecedented access to a radicalized network of Islamists in Europe. He met them through Norwegian-born Ubaydullah Hussain, a notorious recruiter, currently serving a nine-year sentence in a Norwegian prison.   "In the beginning, he was very charming," Farooq told VOA, describing Hussain. "He was easy to talk with, and I never felt like he was a threat directly against me or anybody else for that matter, but when the attacks against Charlie Hebdo in France occurred and he was praising ISIS and then praising the attacks on Copenhagen, I certainly felt like that ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Arts and EntertainmentPublished on Saturday, August 19, 2017
  • ‘Recruiting for Jihad,’ an Expose on Islamic Extremist Groups in Europe
    'Recruiting for Jihad' is a Norwegian expose on the practices extremist Jihadists follow to recruit young men to fight for ISIS.  During filming, Adel Khan Farook, one of the two filmmakers, had unprecedented access to a radicalized network of Islamists in Europe. Farrook and his partner Ulrick Rolfsen spoke to VOA’S Penelope Poulou on the growth of Islamist organizations in Europe. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Arts and EntertainmentPublished on Saturday, August 19, 2017
  • Judge Denies Victim’s Plea, Says Polanski Must Appear
    A Los Angeles judge has denied the impassioned plea of Roman Polanski’s victim to end the criminal case against the fugitive film director. Judge Scott Gordon ruled Friday that Polanski must appear in a Los Angeles court if he expects to have his 4-decade-old case resolved. Gordon’s ruling follows a fervent request by Samantha Geimer to end a “40-year sentence” she says was imposed on both perpetrator and victim. Polanski pleaded guilty to having unlawful sex with Geimer when she was 13. He fled the country on the eve of sentencing in 1978. Polanski’s attorneys have failed to persuade judges to sentence him in absentia for the 42 days he was incarcerated for psychological testing before he fled. Geimer has long supported Polanski’s efforts but ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Arts and EntertainmentPublished on Friday, August 18, 2017
  • Arts Council Resigns Over Trump Response to White Nationalist Violence
    Every private member of the U.S. presidential advisory committee on the arts has resigned to protest President Donald Trump’s response to white nationalist violence in Virginia. Seventeen members of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities said in a resignation letter Friday, “The false equivalencies you push cannot stand.” The letter was in response to Trump’s comments Tuesday that “both sides” were to blame for the violence at last Saturday’s white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Three people died in connection with the rally, and 19 others were injured. James Fields Jr. was charged with several felonies, including second-degree murder in the death of Heather Heyer. He allegedly used his car to run over a group of protesters. The arts committee is an ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Arts and EntertainmentPublished on Friday, August 18, 2017
  • Death Defying Trails No Deterrent to National Parks Traveler
    As national parks traveler Mikah Meyer wrapped up the last leg of his journey across the western state of Utah, he appears to have saved the best for last -- with visits to Bryce and Zion national parks -- the last two of the five national parks that make up the ‘Mighty 5.’ Hoodoo! Who knew? Mikah was one of millions of visitors who are drawn to Bryce Canyon National Park each year. The park is home to the world’s largest collection of hoodoos -- giant pillars of rock that were sculpted by erosion millions of years ago. “What makes this place unique is that it's not just like one, or two, or three, like you’ll see in many places,” Mikah noted. “It’s thousands!” “Native ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Arts and EntertainmentPublished on Friday, August 18, 2017
  • Other-worldly Desert Landscapes
    As national parks traveler Mikah Meyer wraps up the last leg of his journey across the western state of Utah, he appears to have saved the best for last – with visits to Bryce and Zion national parks -- the last two of the five national parks that make up the ‘Mighty 5.’ He shared highlights of his experiences in some of the most stunning desert landscapes he’s seen on his epic national parks journey so far with VOA’s Julie Taboh. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Arts and EntertainmentPublished on Friday, August 18, 2017
  • Ben’s Chili Bowl Appeals to Longtime DC Regulars, Newcomers Alike
    America is the birthplace of fast food and many of the restaurants that serve it have gained famed and fortune worldwide. Ben's Chili Bowl in Washington is a neighborhood landmark. Its spicy sausages are loved by presidents, movie stars and locals. During its almost six-decade history, it has survived tough times, but now the family-run business is booming. VOA's Mariia Prus and Kostiantyn Golubchik went to the famed restaurant and found out its recipe for success. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Arts and EntertainmentPublished on Friday, August 18, 2017

 Voice of America, VOA – Day in Photos

  • August 18, 2017
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    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Day in PhotosPublished on Friday, August 18, 2017
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    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Day in PhotosPublished on Thursday, August 10, 2017

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