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MacArthur ‘genius grant’ winners include innovators with global reach [video]

The 2017 MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" recipients include innovators and visionaries in the arts, science and the humanities.
Farmer leaning over full-grown cotton plants (© Design Pics Inc/Alamy)

Cotton woos Chinese textile giant to Arkansas

The arrival of a Chinese textile plant in Forrest City, Arkansas, will help local cotton farmers while showcasing sturdy U.S.-China economic ties.
Miniature barn depicting man hanging from noose (State Dept./S.L. Brukbacher)

Murders in miniature: The woman who advanced forensic science

Frances Glessner Lee became the "godmother of forensic science" with her miniature studies of unexplained death. A museum exhibition tells her story.
Statue of head of a cat (© Smithsonian Institution)

Exhibit explores role of cats in ancient Egypt

Long before cat videos took over the Internet, cats had a starring role in ancient Egypt. Learn about them through a new exhibit, Divine Felines.
Woman with elaborate face painting (© AP Images)

Americans adopt Day of the Dead traditions

A Mexican holiday honoring the dead has become increasingly popular in the United States, with revelers blending pre-Columbian and Roman Catholic customs.
General view of the UNESCO building (© Charles Platiau/Reuters)

U.S. withdraws from UNESCO

The United States is withdrawing from UNESCO and is seeking observer status at the organization, citing the agency's anti-Israel bias and need for reform.
Skier flying through air (© AP Images)

U.S. ski jumper preps for Winter Olympics in summer

Winter Olympics athletes have to be creative to train during months with no snow. Learn how a U.S. ski jumper keeps fit and improves even when it's hot out.
Alex Acosta smiling (© Jabin Botsford/Washington Post/Getty Images)

Meet Alex Acosta, U.S. secretary of labor

Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta, a lawyer skilled in labor and civil-rights issues, rose from modest roots to the top of his field. Here's his story.
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U.S. scientists win Nobel Prize for ‘internal clock’ research

Three U.S. scientists who have made important discoveries about the circadian clock have been awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine.