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Counters with different levels at kitchen island (© Susanne Tauke/LIFEhouse™)

Universal design gains among homebuilders

Two architects discuss an approach to home design that offers ease, safety, accessibility and comfort to nearly everyone without sacrificing style.
Exposed beams, walls and ceiling of main hall of Etz Hayim synagogue (© Yusuf Tuvi)

U.S., Turkey join to protect cultural heritage

Even before signing a cultural property agreement, the U.S. and Turkey worked together to save a centuries-old synagogue that was on the verge of collapse.
Grassy trail bordered by stone walls (© Erlantz Perez Rodriguez/Alamy)

U.S. joins Latin American countries to protect Incan heritage

Learn how the U.S. has been helping three Andean countries ensure that their Incan and pre-Incan heritage sites will endure for generations to come.
Person wearing ball cap and face covering coated in brightly colored powder, standing in crowd of people (© Daniel Knighton/Getty Images)

While keeping Holi, some Americans will welcome spring in summer

This year, Americans are adapting their Holi celebrations to the realities of a pandemic, but festivities are still being planned — carefully.
Table setting with flowers and greenery for Nowruz (© Ali Sadr)

Online Nowruz connects Americans to the world

Mindful of the ongoing pandemic, U.S. museums and cultural centers are helping Americans celebrate Nowruz safely and joyfully in 2021.
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Katalin Karikó’s research led to COVID-19 vaccines

Katalin Karikó's research, once ignored by other scientists, led to mRNA technologies that enabled COVID-19 vaccines and will likely yield more therapies.
Women holding up wigs and smiling (© Joseph Prezioso/AFP/Getty Images)

Advances spark record-breaking drop in U.S. cancer death rate

New therapies in the United States bring progress in fighting cancer and a drop in U.S. cancer death rates, says the American Cancer Society.
Ship on water seen in distance through trees (U.S. Coast Guard/Chief Petty Officer Kip Wadlow)

U.S. Coast Guard’s Polar Star docks after Arctic research

Working with its partners, the U.S. Coast Guard is training the next generation of Arctic sailors and helping to ensure a secure, rules-based Arctic Region.
Ralph Bunche holding a medal in his left hand and shaking hands with Oscar Strauss II (© Marty Lederhandler/AP Images)

African American trailblazers in diplomacy

Diplomats aren't just white men in pin-striped suits anymore. African Americans challenged that idea, leading to a more diverse, agile U.S. Foreign Service.