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Satellite image of hurricanes (NOAA via AP Images)

When disaster strikes, space agencies share forecasts

Satellites have helped forecast and respond to disasters around the world. U.S. and international space agencies promote open data to save lives.
Rex Tillerson at lectern (© AP Images)

Tillerson in London focuses on North Korea, Libya, Iran

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visits London as international leaders ratcheted up pressure on North Korea and sought peace in Libya.
Saturn (NASA/JPL)

After epic mission, Cassini takes final plunge into Saturn [video]

NASA's Cassini space probe will cap off two decades of discovery in a blaze of glory, breaking up over the sky of Saturn like a meteor.
Young woman with face mask on beach, collecting trash in plastic bag (Shutterstock)

The ocean needs your help — and your phone — this...

Since 1985, millions of people have removed a supertanker's weight of plastic trash from beaches as part of the annual International Coastal Cleanup Day.
Hikers crossing over rocks on Appalachian Trail (© Gregory Rec/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)

The Appalachian Trail, beloved by hikers, turns 80

The 3,500-kilometer Appalachian Trail calls more than 3 million hikers to the woods every year and has inspired scenic trails in other countries.
Two people in car in a large garage (Dept. of Energy)

This sports car was made by a 3-D printer [video]

Rick Perry, the U.S. Secretary of Energy, test-drove a retro car with a new twist. The Shelby Cobra was 3-D printed at a national laboratory in Tennessee.
Hand holding Foldscope, with plants and grass in background (State Dept.)video

$1 origami microscope powers discovery [video]

One Stanford researcher is putting powerful microscopes in the hands of schoolchildren and researchers. Made of paper, these scientific tools cost only $1.
Illustration of shipping crate, trucks, laptops, tent and other equipment (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

In Iraq, mobile police stations protect areas liberated from ISIS

In parts of Iraq liberated from ISIS, law enforcement has a new way to get up and running quickly: mobile police stations, or "police in a box."
Beakers and equations (Shutterstock)

Innovation rankings: U.S. institutions are on top

Nine of the top 10 innovative institutions are in the U.S., according to the Nature Index, which assesses research quality and influence on inventions.