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Illustration of man in foreground holding mobile phone, and three tractor operators in background (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

Hello Tractor: An app to connect farmers with tractors on demand

Jehiel Oliver, "that crazy tractor guy," started a business providing on-demand tractor services to small-scale farmers. Where will it go next?
Drawing of tanker ship approaching coast (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Why should you care about liquefied natural gas?

Liquefied natural gas, or LNG, can be put onto ships and delivered anywhere in the world. That's a big deal for countries' energy security.
Astronaut walking in space (NASA)

Meet NASA’s newest astronauts

NASA selected 12 people from a record-breaking 18,000 applicants to become America’s next astronaut candidates. Meet a few of them.
Two views of seal with tortoise handle (State Dept./D.A. Peterson)

U.S. returns lost treasures of Korea

The U.S. returned priceless treasures from Korea's Joseon Dynasty, giving back two royal seals during a visit by Korea's President Moon Jae-in.
Group of people with short, colorful hair posing for photo (© AP Images)

Eclectic K-pop picks up fans in U.S.

Americans are crazy for K-pop — the eclectic, audiovisual universe of Korean pop music. The U.S. is now K-pop's third biggest international market.
Person in safety gear between floor-to-ceiling racks of pipes (© AP Images)

Israeli technology helps quench California’s thirst for water

California, the most populous state in the U.S., has pulled out from a historic drought thanks to help from Israel's water technology.
Gorilla with open mouth in Virunga National Park (© AP Images)

This gorilla might owe its life to a heroic park warden

Rodrigue Katembo has saved critically endangered wildlife in the DRC's Virunga National Park, including mountain gorillas, elephants and hippos.
Tanker docking on a river (© Getty Images / Lindsey Janies / Bloomberg)

Delivering a new energy future for Europe

Poland received the first shipment of liquefied natural gas from the U.S. to Central Europe. The delivery boosts energy affordability and stability.
Replica of space station orbiting Earth (Epic Games)

Astronauts now train for space with video games

To prepare astronauts for orbiting 400 kilometers above Earth in a space station as big as a soccer pitch, NASA turned to video game designers.