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Richie Havens Sings "Here Comes the Sun"
 
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This weekend marks 40 years since the Woodstock music and arts festival was held in Upstate New York. It was August 15, 1969 when Richie Havens played the first notes of what would become a three-day celebration. Havens performs for VOA one of his classic hits from the festival - "Here Comes the Sun"
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New Wind Turbine Design Good for Rural, Urban Environment
 
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Wind power is one of the fastest growing forms of alternative energy in the world. More and more, wind power mills are seen in the countryside, in large wind farms and for the most part, away from city life. But a new form of wind power is now designed to work in an urban environment. VOA producer Zulima Palacio has the story. Mill Arcega narrates.
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A 50% More Efficient Internal Combustion Engine
 
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Internal combustion engines in cars may be on their way out, but experts agree it will take a few decades before electric-powered vehicles become dominant. Meanwhile, the existing gas and diesel engines can be made more efficient and less polluting. With a $9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, a U.S.-based company is using an old technological concept to build a power train that is 50 percent more fuel-efficient and just as powerful as conventional engines, as VOA’s George Putic Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/media/video/3250126.html
Views: 153534 VOA News
Clinton Victory Party Turns to Sorry  and Worry
 
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In a stunning upset, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton lost her bid to become the first woman president of the United States, losing to billionaire businessman Donald Trump. Ahead in most polls before Tuesday's vote, the mood at the Hillary Clinton watch party in New York changed drastically as the election returns came in. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti was there at the Javits Center in New York City. Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/a/clinton-victory-party-turns-to-sorry/3589002.html
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Navajo Code Talkers Honored in New York
 
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The elite Marine unit of Navajo soldiers whose cryptic code remained unbroken during World War Two was honored at the annual Veterans' Day parade in New York City. The Code Talkers are using their trip as a bid to raise funds for a museum to honor their contribution to defeating the Japanese. Few of the original 400 Navajo Code Talkers are still alive. They say unless a museum is built quickly, their experiences will die with them. Nathan King reports:
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Young Bluegrass Musician Headed for Nashville
 
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Just as classical musicians aspire to perform one day at New York's Carnegie Hall, country and bluegrass musicians dream of playing at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. Thirteen-year-old Gaven Largent will be doing just that next month. VOA's Susan Logue caught up with him at his home in Winchester, Virginia, and prepared this profile.
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Philippines Call Center Workers Cope With Advantages, Disadvantages of Industry
 
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When Americans call for customer support there is a good chance the agent on the other end of the telephone line is Filipino. The Philippines has the world’s largest business process outsourcing, or BPO, industry. It employs some one-million workers who assist clients from very distant time zones. Jason Strother reports from Manila, where there are efforts to cope with the downsides of the fast-growing industry. Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/media/video/philippines-call-center-workers-cope-with-advantages-disadvantages/2661584.html
Views: 31608 VOA News
Stradivarius Secret Found By Texas Chemist
 
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Music lovers around the world sing the praises of certain violins and cellos that were made more than 300 years ago in the small city of Cremona in northern Italy. The instruments made by Antonio Stradivarius, in particular, are highly regarded and the few hundred that survive today command prices in the millions of dollars. For many years craftsmen and scientists have studied these violins to find their secret. Now, a chemist in Texas claims he has already found it -- not in the structure of the instruments, but in chemicals used to preserve the wood.
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U.S. Presidents Lunch at the White House
 
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President George Bush and President-Elect Barack Obama met privately for a half-hour Wednesday morning, before they were to make history. The two then had lunch with the three other living presidents: Jimmy Carter, George Herbert Walker Bush, and Bill Clinton. VOA's Carolyn Presutti explains why the event was historic.
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Going to Camp to Become a Sports Mascot
 
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Mascots help to get crowds excited at every level of sports competitions - from high schools to professional teams. Companies and organizations also use the costumed characters to present a friendly corporate image. June Soh shows what it takes to bring those furry, comic costumes to life and what it is like being inside them, especially in the sizzling summer heat.
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Woman Converts to Islam After Relatives Are Killed on 9/11
 
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When Islamic terrorists attacked the United States in 2001, some Americans were angry at Islam, because they see all Muslims as potential terrorists. Others now understand Islam better because it gets so much attention in the media. VOA's Carolyn Presutti tells the story of one woman experienced loss in 2001, but then turned to the same religion that some blamed.
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'Art and Soul' of World's Most Expensive Violin
 
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When many of us think of precious objects, it is often the largest gems or the most famous paintings that come to mind. But certain rare violins inspire the same awe - and command the same astronomical prices - as these other treasures. VOA's Adam Phillips tells us about one particular violin's pride of place in the rarified world of high-end stringed instruments.
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Be a Cowboy on an American Longhorn Ranch
 
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Have you ever imagined being a cowboy - riding horses and herding cattle on a ranch? What does it take to be a cowboy, and what do you have to give up? VOA's Enming Liu and Lin Yang recently went to a longhorn cattle ranch near Dodge City, Kansas, and bring you the real lifestyle of a ranch family. Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/media/video/2982664.html
Views: 11656 VOA News
Despite Blizzard, New York Locals, Tourists Come Out to Play
 
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Despite whiteout conditions in New York, accompanied by low visibility and wind gusts approaching 60 kilometers per hour, many of the city’s locals and tourists welcomed the first major snowstorm of the season. And those looking for winter fun only had to trudge as far as Manhattan’s massive Central Park. VOA's Ramon Taylor reports. Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/media/video/despite-blizzard-new-york-locals-tourists-play/3160271.html
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Virginia Commune Still Draws Members After 40 Years
 
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In the 1960s, they were called communes. Today, they're known as intentional communities. Some are spiritually-based. Others focus on environmental concerns. But all believe in sharing. Twin Oaks, located two hours south of Washington DC, is one of the oldest intentional communities in the United States. VOA's Susan Logue paid a visit.
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Hydroponic Farmer Produces Year-Round Harvest
 
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Mary Ellen Taylor grows the lettuce and other salad greens on her family farm in Loudon County, Virginia, about 80 kilometers from Washington. She grows the food plants in a greenhouse, without any soil, on a diet of nutrient-rich water. VOA's June Soh reports.
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China Turning Pakistan Port Into Regional Giant
 
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An unprecedented Chinese financial and construction effort is rapidly developing Pakistan’s strategically located Arabian Sea port of Gwadar into one of the world’s largest transit and transshipment cargo facilities. VOA’s Ayaz Gul reports both sides are hoping to turn the port city into the gateway of a multibillion dollar bilateral economic corridor being built to connect the two allied nations. Originally published at - https://www.voanews.com/a/4083585.html
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Russian Monarchy Still a Touchy Issue, 100 Years After Revolution
 
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Russia this year is marking 100 years since the Russian Revolution, which ended centuries of monarchy and led to the rise of a new empire -- the Soviet Union.  Russia's "February Revolution," which was in March in the Gregorian calendar, saw Tsar Nicholas the Second abdicate in the face of a popular uprising.  But, as VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Saint Petersburg, there are still Russians today who defend the monarchy as sacred, and a few who even hope for its return. Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/a/russian-monarchy-still-a-touchy-issue-100-years-after-revolution/3751056.html
Views: 11768 VOA News
Somali-American Tops Dubai Competition
 
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A Minnesota teenager is the first American to win the prestigious Dubai International Quran Recitation Contest. For VOA, Maxamuud Mascadde has the story from Minneapolis. Originally published at - https://www.voanews.com/a/somali-american-tops-dubai-competition/4429792.html
Views: 21121 VOA News
Navajo Weavers Carry on Centuries-Old Tradition
 
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The Navajo Indians of the southwestern United States have been weaving blankets for hundreds of years. Originally, their primary goal was to make something that would keep them warm. In time, however, people began to appreciate the blankets for their beauty. Suli Yi of VOA's Mandarin Service traveled to Navajo country to learn about the Navajo weavers and their art. It is narrated by Ruth Reader.
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Afrikaner Farmers Migrating to Georgia
 
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A South African court earlier this week convicted Julius Malema, president of the African National Congress Youth League, of hate speech for singing "shoot the Boer, kill the Boer" at a rally last year. But some Boers, or white South African farmers, say they have had enough of violence and racial tension in South Africa and are planning to move out. VOA's James Brooke visited one Afrikaner who started farming this year in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia.
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Kenya's FlipFlop Recycling Company turns Ocean's Trash to Treasure
 
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While doing marine conservation projects at the Kenyan coast several years ago, one woman observed children making toys out of flip-flops that were washing up on shore. So she started a business to make colorful, fashionable products from flip-flops - while creating jobs and cleaning up the waterways. Jill Craig has more from Nairobi.
Views: 24022 VOA News
Elderly Americans Learn How to Whack Attackers
 
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Thousands of elderly Americans are learning a form of self-defense that uses a tool many of them already carry - a walking cane. According to some martial arts instructors, Cane Fu is growing in popularity among retirees. Steve Mort reports from Florida.
Views: 69026 VOA News
American Girls Join Boys Football Team
 
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Tennis, badminton and table tennis are some of the few sports in which men and women compete together on the same team. Rarely does it happen in rugged American-style football. But VOA's Tala Hadavi found a suburban Washington school where three girls have joined what is typically a male-dominated sport.
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Language Link Helps Haitian Teens Adapt to US School
 
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Thousands of Haitians sought refuge in the United States after last year's devastating earthquake in Haiti. Many are young people, now enrolled in U.S. schools, surrounded by a new language and culture. VOA's Alex Villarreal tells us how one high school in Florida is helping the students adjust.
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Profile of an Ethiopian Entrepreneur
 
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Arriving in the United States 20 years ago from Ethiopia with just $50 in his pocket, Henok Tesfaye is now running a successful business of nearly 500 people. VOA's Philip Alexiou reports.
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Color Field Exhibit
 
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The Color Field movement is a painting style from the 1950s characterized by large areas of color. A large cross-section was eecently on display in Washington
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One Man Creates Army of Tiny Soldiers to Replicate Battle of Waterloo
 
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Next year marks the bicentennial of the Battle of Waterloo, when French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated by an international force led by England and Prussia. Just in time for the observance, a retired U.S. military officer is recreating the battlefield - in miniature, with a quarter-million tiny hand-painted soldiers. VOA's June Soh got a preview. Carol Pearson narrates.
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US Military's Language School Draws Positive Attention
 
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The U.S. Defense Language Institute (DLI) is the largest language school in the world. It was established a decade ago to provide linguistic and cultural instruction to the Defense Department and other Federal Agencies. Today, the Institute's Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC) has 26 Language Training Detachments, supporting different types of missions worldwide. Reza Allahyari, of VOA's Persian News Network has this report from Monterey, California.
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Graphene Manufacturing Picks Up in USB
 
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A version of the mineral graphite, called graphene, is often called 'The Material of the 21st Century' because of its special properties. Some U.S. companies are already using graphene for advanced technology products. VOA’s George Putic visited one such company, close to Washington D.C. Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/media/video/2676176.html
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Farming With Salty Water Is Possible
 
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One of the many adverse effects of global climate change is the rise of sea levels, which scientists say can increase the salinity level of fresh water reserves. As saline water cannot be used for irrigation, farm fields close to the seashore are lost to agriculture. But a farm in Netherlands has managed to grow healthy and tasty vegetables in soil irrigated with salt water. VOA’s George Putic reports. Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/media/video/farming-with-salty-water-is-possible/2509863.html
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For African-American Muslims, Ramadan Has Special Meaning
 
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As the month of Ramadan begins, many millions of Muslims around the world are joining in a collective fast intended to help purify their souls. But for the more than half a million African-American Muslims, many of whom descend from former slaves, Ramadan has a special meaning -- a link between the African-American experience and the Islamic tradition of spiritual freedom. VOA's Mana Rabiee has more.
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Engineer Recreates Pre-Columbian Sounds
 
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Roberto Velazquez, a mechanical engineer from Mexico, has devoted his career to recreating the instruments and sounds of his pre-Columbian ancestors. The pre-Columbian period encompasses the history of South and Central America before the European conquests of the 16th century. Based on artifacts found in museums and at archaeological sites in Central and South America, Velazquez has produced hundreds of replicas of whistles and wind instruments and has shed light on ancient cultures. VOA's Paul Sisco reports.
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Empowering Employees with Disabilities
 
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Lifelong intellectual disabilities often can hinder a person's ability to acquire skills or get a job. The people who run the Wildflour catering company near Washington, DC know that, so they have made a special effort to hire people with disabilities. VOA's June Soh visited Wildflour and learned that the company gives its employees marketable skills, and sends them home with more than just a paycheck. Amy Katz narrates.
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New Help for Chronic Insomnia
 
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Many insomnia patients must make a nightly decision: whether to take a sleeping pill before enduring hours lying awake. Doctors say chronic insomnia can affect your physical and mental health, causing obesity, heart disease and major depression. Now a new study shows that talk therapy does help some people sleep better at night. Ruth Reader narrates for VOA's Melinda Smith. Video courtesy of the Journal of the American Medical Association
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Looking Back: Beatles Take US by Storm
 
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This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first appearances in the United States, and the beginning of the U.S. version of "Beatlemania." When the Beatles touched down in New York on February 7, 1964 few knew that American music and culture would change forever. The Beatles arrived in a country still mourning the loss of President John F. Kennedy, assassinated just months before. Americans were ready for something that would lighten the somber mood. The Beatles delivered some levity and joy. The Beatles had come to America to perform on the Ed Sullivan TV show, and more than 70 million people tuned in. It was then the largest TV audience ever for an entertainment show. Laurel Bowman takes a look back.
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Restaurants Recycling Oyster Shells to Help Restore Chesapeake Bay
 
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More than 50 restaurants, caterers and seafood wholesalers from Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia are participating in an unusual recycling program started earlier in the year by the Oyster Recovery Partnership. In nine months, they donated two million oyster shells to the University of Maryland to help restore the decimated oyster population in the Chesapeake Bay. VOA's Elizabeth Lee explains why oysters are so important to the Chesapeake Bay and how recycling their shells can help grow their numbers.
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Dominican Sisters Attract Young Women to Life of Service
 
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Over the last few decades, the Roman Catholic Church in America has struggled to fill the ranks of its clergy. The average age of the church's serving priests and nuns is 70 and rising. But some Catholic orders in the United States are successfully attracting new members or postulants. Reporter Mike Osborne visited an order of Dominican sisters in the southern state of Tennessee where nearly a third of the sisters are under 30 years of age.
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Want a Successful Startup? Adopt the Silicon Valley Culture
 
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California's Silicon Valley is known for innovation and the countless number of technology startups in the area. While many of these companies are working on very different products, entrepreneurs tend to share a culture of openness and a free exchange of ideas. VOA's Elizabeth Lee spoke to a Silicon Valley entrepreneur from Latin America who believes the region would benefit from the kind of mentality that exists in Silicon Valley. Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/media/video/successful-startup-silicon-valley-culture-trust/3418848.html
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Moammar Gadhafi Pitches His Tent on Trump Property
 
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Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is in New York and spoke at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday. This is his first visit to the United Sates since he seized power 40 years ago, but he is getting a cold reception. He's having a tough time finding a place to pitch his tent. Before arriving in the US, the Libyan government prepared to pitch the tent in a New Jersey town but faced overwhelming opposition there. Most recently, Mr. Gadhafi pitched his reception tent in the town of Bedford, New York but now an official there says it has come down. VOA's Elizabeth Lee explains.
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12,000 UN Peacekeepers in Southern Lebanon
 
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The United Nations has been deploying peacekeepers to trouble spots around the world for more than 60 years.The U.N. Security Council authorizes deployment of peacekeepers to countries torn by conflict to help create conditions for lasting peace. Today, more than 90,000 men and women from more than 100 countries wear the "blue helmet" of the United Nations. VOA U.N. Correspondent Margaret Besheer recently visited the U.N. mission in southern Lebanon - known as UNIFIL -- to find out more about what peacekeepers do.
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Natural Hair Movement Gaining Popularity in Ivory Coast.
 
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In Ivory Coast, the natural hair movement is sweeping the country and prompting women to ditch chemical hair-straightening products. But local attitudes and mainstream media still strongly influence what is considered attractive. Christin Roby reports from Abidjan on a group of women trying to change views on natural hair. Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/media/video/2686010.html
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Museum of Chinese in America Shows a Little-Known History
 
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Chinese have been in America since before the United States was founded, though few in numbers until the 1840s. Like other ethnic groups, they faced prejudice and exclusion, until the civil rights movements of the 1960s began to tear down racial barriers in education and jobs. In 1980, a museum dedicated to their story started as the Chinatown History Project. The Museum of Chinese in America opened this year at a new site in New York's Chinatown. VOA New York correspondent Carolyn Weaver has more.
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Environmentalists Reviving Long-Dead Colorado River Delta
 
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Near the U.S.-Mexico border, vital signs are improving for a river that has been on life support for decades. The Colorado River is over-taxed by farms and cities in seven U.S. states and Mexico. But a historic agreement between the two countries is giving a boost to the delta ecosystem. It’s the first time water has crossed the border for a strictly environmental purpose. And it gives an element of hope to a troubled river. VOA’s Steve Baragona has the final installment of our series. Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/media/video/the-colorado-river-reviving-the-delta/2626581.html
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US Schools Try New Bilingual Education Method
 
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Americans are not known for their ability to speak foreign languages, and efforts to teach them to children have often been ineffective and sometimes even controversial. Now, educators believe they've found a better way to do it. VOA's Jerome Socolovsky went to a bilingual school in a suburb of Washington, DC.
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The First 3D-Printed Building Goes Up in Denmark
 
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In the span of only a few years, printing of tri-dimensional objects has gone from toys to buildings, and 3D printers can now print with any material – from plastic and metal to concrete, so printing houses is gaining popularity. The first in Europe is a small office building, 3D-printed in Denmark. VOA’s George Putic has more. Originally published at - https://www.voanews.com/a/4340000.html
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New Flip Flop Qubits Could Bring Quantum Computers to Consumers
 
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Mention quantum computing and people generally think, "what the heck is quantum computing?" Quantum computing uses the "weirdness" of the quantum world to create a new way for computers to do their thinking. It leaves the fastest computers in the dust. Australian researchers may have taken a huge step toward making quantum computers cheap and accessible. VOA's Kevin Enochs reports. Originally published at - https://www.voanews.com/a/new-flip-flop-qubits-could-bring-quantum-computers-to-consumers/4031171.html
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Some Americans Go All Out Decorating Homes for Halloween
 
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Halloween is the spookiest day of the year in the United States with people attending costume parties, visiting haunted attractions and telling scary stories. But on October 31, Halloween is most well-known for costumed children going door-to-door in the evening, saying “trick or treat” to receive candy. Traditionally, the only decoration was a jack-o-’lantern. But now, more people than ever before are elaborately decorating their houses for Halloween. VOA’s Deborah Block has more. Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/a/3566559.html
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Tidal Energy Taking Hold In England
 
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A massive renewable energy project could change the seascape of the Welsh city of Swansea in coming years. The plan is to encase the city's lagoon in a horshoe shaped causeway that will serve as a giant tidal generator. The four year project is massive but if its approved would create a long-term reliable source of clean energy. VOA's Kevin Enochs report. Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/a/tidal-energy-taking-hold-in-england/3783125.html
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Sufism Winning Converts in America Thanks to Mystic's Teachings
 
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Sufism - a mystical strand of Islam - originated in the Islamic cultures of Asia and Africa, but it also has a growing following in the U.S. Its growth is attributed in large part to the teachings of Bawa Muhaiyaddeen, a Sufi mystic. To learn more about the man and his teachings, Imran Siddiqui of VOA's Urdu Service visited his mazar - or mausoleum - in the eastern U.S. state of Pennsylvania, which has become a gathering place for many followers of Bawa Muhaiyaddeen.
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