UN CALLING ASIA: Blind Indian student creates technology to "hear" graphs

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Kartik Sawhney. (Dalet video capture)

Students of science frequently deal with detailed information expressed in charts, graphs and diagrams. For the Indian national Kartik Sawhney, who has been blind since birth, the visual demands of his science studies presented a significant challenge. So he devised a solution; software that allowed him to hear the graphs. On International Day of Persons with Disabilities marked annually on the 3rd of December, Alex Goldmark asked Mr Sawhney to describe the technology he developed.

Seawater sampling for radiation continues in Fukushima

IAEA marine experts and Japanese counterparts from the Nuclear Regulation Authority collect water samples (Photo Credit: P.Pavlicek/IAEA)

The Japanese government continues to monitor radioactivity in seawater after a major earthquake damaged a nuclear power plant in March 2011.The accident at the Fukushima Daiichi plant prompted the evacuation of more than 100,000 people for fear of exposure to radioactive elements released from the damaged reactors. In order to verify the accuracy of the results from its monitoring of radioactivity, the Japanese authorities are working with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Daniel Dickinson reports.

Unhealthy foods in Thailand creating new nutritional challenges

Rajata Rajatanavin. ©FAO/©Alessandra Benedetti

An increased consumption of unhealthy foods in Thailand has created new nutritional challenges for the newly industrialized country, according to its Minister of Public Health.Thai people are now consuming foods high in sugar, fat and salt because of a change in food systems and lifestyles. Obesity is on the rise as well as non-communicable diseases like heart disease, strike and cancer. Stephanie Coutrix spoke with Professor Rajata Rajatanavin who began by explaining the challenge presented by Thailand's ageing population.

Presenter: Stephanie Coutrix
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Duration: 10'00"

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