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U.S. issues 10 millionth patent protecting inventors

President Trump has signed the 10 millionth U.S. patent, which went to an improved laser-detection method that could help pilot self-driving cars.
Buddha statue going into CT scanner (Freer/Sackler/Staff}

Working together to conserve Asian art treasures

For the first time, three ancient lacquer Buddha sculptures were exhibited at the Freer-Sackler galleries. Research helps ensure they'll last another thousand years.
Hands holding berries above container of them (Matthew Abbott/USAID)

U.S.-backed agriculture project brings fresh hope to Fijians

Learn how a U.S.-backed project helps farmers recover from a devastating tropical cyclone, resulting in Fiji’s first-ever certified-organic, farm-to-table restaurant.
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United States leads world in humanitarian aid [infographic]

When wars, earthquakes, famine and other disasters strike and leave millions suffering, the United States is always the most generous country to respond with help.
Woman in helmet and breastplate in front of women and girls in Greek costume in front of neoclassical building (Library of Congress)

An inspiration for women fighting for their rights

Women who fought for the vote in the U.S. faced stiff opposition. The way they prevailed serves as an example for women around the world fighting for their rights.
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Record-breaking spacewalker Peggy Whitson retires at 58

The world's most experienced spacewoman has retired after spending more time in orbit than any other American astronaut.
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Foreign companies pull back from business with Iran

The renewed U.S. sanctions against Iran are prompting foreign companies to halt transactions with Iran. They don't want to lose U.S. business.
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Southern hospitality helps Japanese firm find Kentucky home

No country attracts more foreign investment than the U.S. A Japanese manufacturer found suitors aplenty at the SelectUSA Summit for its new plant and chose Kentucky.
Canadian Parliament (© Jiri Vondrous/Alamy)

U.S. applauds Canadian lawmakers’ rebuke of Iran over terrorism  

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urges nations to follow the example of Canadian lawmakers who strongly condemned Iran for sponsoring terrorism worldwide.