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US-based Physicists Tout ‘Watershed Moment’ in Particle Research

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermilab near Chicago is probing the unseen forces that make up the basic building blocks of all matter – and life. VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports the project could change scientists’ understanding of particle physics and the very fabric of the universe. 
Camera: Kane Farabaugh        Producer: Kane Farabaugh

Zimbabwe Clinic Helps Couples Overcome Infertility, Stigma

 In much of Africa, including Zimbabwe, women struggling to have children often face stigma and ridicule. To help overcome the problem, two Zimbabwean doctors in 2017 re-opened the country's only in vitro fertilization clinic.  Columbus Mavhunga has more from Harare.   Camera: Blessing Chigwenhembe   

This Week's Space News

NASA celebrates the 60th anniversary of Alan Shepard’s history-shaping flight.  Plus, private spaceflight sets a launch date, and wine from space lands on Earth with an out-of-this-world price tag.  VOA’s Arash Arabasadi has the Week in Space.Camera: AP/NASA/SKYPE/NASA TV/BLUE ORIGIN Produced by: Arash Arabasadi 

As COVID Surges in India, South Asians in US Mobilize Aid

Entrepreneur Anil Joshi engages in a dismal ritual every morning just checking the internet for the latest coronavirus pandemic news from India from a laptop computer perched on the breakfast table in his suburban Chicago home.  
"In my own family — my cousin's family actually has four people — all four people got infected," Joshi told VOA. "A childhood friend of my mine died actually."  
In the past several weeks, seven members of Ashfaq Syed's extended family in the Indian city of Hyderabad have contracted the COVID-19 virus. He says all seven have since died.  
"It is going crazy," says Syed, a Naperville Public Library Board trustee. "I've been getting messages every day of somebody passing away, especially from my family and friends and loved ones."  
As the number of those infected with COVID-19 continues to surge in India, overwhelming the health care system in the country, many from South Asia now living in the United States have watched helplessly as friends and family members grapple with the virus — with many thousands dying daily because of a lack of oxygen. The World Health Organization said in a weekly report that India accounted for nearly half the coronavirus cases reported worldwide last week.
 Tech solutions
Joshi's company, IntelliH, is creating technology that could help during the crisis. Its product would allow medical professionals to remotely assess and monitor patients. He says he has a team of 35 employees in India developing the technology, but the virus is slowing down their work.  
"In our own group, in the last three weeks, we have four people who are actually infected and not able to work," Joshi says. "Because their mom or dad got it first, and obviously Indian families are very closely knit families and they live together."  
As infections rise, so does the need for supplies — and quickly.  
"People need oxygen supply there," Joshi says. "People need medicines like remdesivir and others."  
"We need ventilators," Syed says. While there are challenges in getting actual equipment collected and sent to India, he says sending money has provided immediate assistance.  
"Oxygen, an ox cylinder, used to be 2,000 Indian rupees earlier," Syed says. "Now it has shot up to 20,000, 30,000 because of the shortage of oxygen, so we need to arrange for funds, which we are doing."  
 There are about 250,000 people living in Illinois with direct connections to South Asia, and the ...

Neatnik ‘Cleanfluencers’ Gain Star Power During Pandemic

During coronavirus-mandated lockdowns, millions of people started following the so-called “cleanfluencers” — online bloggers who inspired others to clean and organize their homes while gaining useful knowledge about keeping things neat and tidy. Nina Vishneva has the story, narrated by Anna Rice.  Camera:  Natalia Latukhina, Alexander Barash  

Agribusiness Increasingly Unsustainable on Warming Planet 

President Biden set a goal of reducing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by half by 2030. His pledge to a virtual summit of world leaders in April is welcomed by those hit hardest by climate change and looking for as much quick action as possible.  VOA’s Arash Arabasadi has more.  Camera: AP/REUTERS/NASA/SKYPE/NATIONAL AUTONOMOUS UNIVERSITYProduced by: Arash Arabasadi 

New COVID Surge Forces Another Lockdown in Turkey

Turkey was recently heralded as one of the most successful nations in containing the spread of COVID 19, prompting the government to ease controls. But a surge in infections coupled with vaccine shortages has forced a U-turn, with the country now under its most severe lockdown, as Dorian Jones reports for VOA from Istanbul.

India’s Vaccination Drive Sputters As it Expands to All Adults

India has opened its immunization drive to all adults as it reels under a catastrophic second wave of the novel coronavirus pandemic. But a shortage of vaccines in the country often called a vaccine powerhouse means inoculating a significant part of the 1.4 billion population is still a distant goal. Anjana Pasricha has a report. 

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