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The Biggest Consumer Electronics Show Opens in Two Weeks

January is almost here, and the world is bracing for the unofficial opening of this year’s race for the hearts, minds and pockets of tech enthusiasts. The international Consumer Electronics Show, CES for short, is the venue where technology manufacturers, from giants to startups, show their products, hoping they will …

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Assisted Breeding Program Helps Australia’s Ailing Great Barrier Reef

SYDNEY —  There’s new hope for ailing parts of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef – assisted reproductive technology. Researchers have been capturing coral spawn and rearing millions of larvae in large tanks. The reef is arguably Australia’s greatest natural treasure. It stretches more than 2,300 kilometers down north-eastern Australia, and faces …

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Wall Street Ends Strong Year on Quiet Note

NEW YORK —  There were no fireworks on Wall Street for the last trading day of the year, as U.S. stocks closed out their best year since 2013 on a down note, with losses in technology and financial stocks keeping equities in negative territory for the session. Major indexes hit …

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Beijing May Be Starting to Win its Battle Against Smog

BEIJING —  Beijing may have turned a corner in its battle against the city’s notorious smog, according to Reuters calculations, and environmental consultants say the Chinese government deserves much of the credit for introducing tough anti-pollution measures. The Chinese capital is set to record its biggest improvement in air quality …

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Brands Map ‘Invisible’ Shoemakers in South India

CHENNAI, INDIA —  When the 55-year-old woman stood up to speak at a meeting of shoemakers in south India earlier this month, she was seeing her employers for the first time. She told them about the decades she had spent hunched up in her home, repeatedly pulling a needle through …

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New Robot Teaches Autistic Adults to Navigate Office Politics

Autism is on the rise in many developed countries, and the reasons why are still unclear. But more autistic children mean that, one day, more autistic adults will be entering the workforce. A new robot is trying to help these workers navigate the emotional elements on the job. VOA’s Bronwyn …

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Radiologist Have a New Tool to Detect Breast Cancer

WASHINGTON —  Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide, and early detection saves lives. Scientists are working on finding new ways to detect breast cancer while at the same time they are studying existing screening methods to find out what is best. Take, for example, mammograms. During …

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