The world is getting older and older. Not the planet, but the people who live on it.
ESL Discussions.com: Age
- What is the best age to be and why?
ESL Discussions.com: Age
VOANews: Breathing Easier: Ways to Control Asthma
Asthma affects about 300 million people around the world. And rates of the disease are increasing
The World Health Organization predicts the H1N1 Swine Flu virus will infect two billion people, or one out of every three persons, over the next two years. While this flu has already killed 800, the WHO says thousands more could die unless an effective vaccine is developed soon. VOA's Melinda Smith has details.
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The San Diego Zoo is one of world's biggest and best-known zoos, famous for helping save endangered species. The African and Asian elephants are among those endangered animals declining in number. Now, visitors to the San Diego zoo can enter a world of elephants whose distant ancestors once lived in North America. Mike O'Sullivan paid a visit to the zoo's new Elephant Odyssey, an exhibit that shows the link between ancient and modern wildlife.
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Garlic Festival: Of all the wacky food festivals taking place in small towns all across the US, this one will leave you the stinkiest! Welcome to the Garlic Festival in Gilroy, CA -- a loving tribute to the Stinking Rose...
Here is another good video about the Garlic Festival
The World Health Organization says high blood pressure is a global problem. According to the WHO, hypertension affects 20 percent of the world's population [1.3 billion of 6.7 billion]. It is associated with a greater risk of heart attack and stroke, but with some lifestyle changes, a new study says it can be controlled or even reduced. VOA's Melinda Smith has details.
The thawing of relations between Taiwan and China over the past year brought unprecedented economic exchanges between the long-time rivals. But as Heda Bayron reports from Taipei, critics say the government is moving too fast.
ESL Discussions: Heart
Forty years ago, on July 20, 1969, a man set foot on the moon. The feat captivated an audience of one billion people around the globe and heralded the era of modern space exploration. Apollo 11 was viewed by many as a triumph of American technology in a world dominated by the Cold War. VOA's Jessica Berman reports.
VOANews: How to Do It: Making Paper by Hand
The earliest process of making paper was done almost five thousand years ago in Egypt and the Nile Valley. In those days, paper was made from strips of the papyrus plant. Modern paper-making began in China about two thousand years ago. This process produced paper from cloth, straw, wood or the bark of trees. The raw materials are struck over and over until they become loose. Then they are mixed with water. After the water has been removed, the flat, thin form remaining is permitted to dry. This becomes a sheet of paper.
VOANews: Taiwan Scientists Say Typhoons Stem Big Earthquakes
Scientists say that typhoons that hit Taiwan unleash slow earthquakes, a phenomenon that may save the island from devastating temblors. Heda Bayron reports from Taipei.
VOAVideo: Prescription Drug Abuse Called an Epidemic
Prescription drugs are suspected as a cause in Michael Jackson's death. If the autopsy's toxicology report confirms that suspicion, Jackson would be just one of many who fall victim to prescription drug abuse. Because medications are regulated differently from country to country, there are few global statistics on addiction to prescription drugs. In the United States, teenagers and young adults are reported to be most susceptible. VOA's Elizabeth Lee explores the problem and looks at what can be done to fight it.
If you want to go to the fireworks show, meet Teacher Jennifer under the OCEAN MARKET sign (corner of Calaveras & Park Victoria) at 8pm. Because it will be chilly, wear a light jacket and bring a lawn chair or something to sit on.4th of July Events
An over-the-counter painkiller widely used around the globe is not as safe as many people think. An expert panel told the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that acetaminophen is responsible for acute liver damage if taken in too high a dose. VOA's Carol Pearson reports.