Laser map of landscape (© Estrada-Belli/PACUNAM)

U.S. technology helps to unearth Mayan past

Learn how a laser mapping system mounted on an airplane has exposed new details of an extraordinarily complex civilization buried in Central America's past.
Illustration of man holding device connected to web that spans the globe (State Dept./D. Thompson)

5G mobile broadband is coming. Here’s what it means.

The arrival of 5G mobile broadband is just around the corner. Learn how this superfast, fifth-generation technology will change the world.
People watching a group of TV screens (D.A. Peterson/State Dept.)

‘Outbreak’ exhibition connects world in fight against disease

A new exhibition, "Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World," shows the connection between human, animal and environmental health.
Building with columns and large dome (© National Geographic Image Collection/Alamy)

Bringing the power of computing to arts and humanities

Discover how universities like the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are applying techniques of modern computing to other academic disciplines.
Three elephants in the wild (© Ana Verahrami/Elephant Listening Project)

A new way to help save elephants

Learn how biologists from Cornell University are tapping into new technology to track and protect African elephants from poaching.
Cotton plant (Lacey Roberts/Texas A&M)

Can once-toxic cottonseeds help feed the world?

The U.S. has approved an edible cottonseed created by a Texas A&M University scientist who was a protégé of the "father of the green revolution."
Legs of blind woman walking on the sidewalk, using a white cane (Shutterstock)

How the blind can experience shopping or a solar eclipse [video]

A California company's smart glasses and remote, live assistants are opening doors for the blind and the visually impaired.

Invest in girls. Download this free poster.

Girls make up half the world's population, but many lack opportunities to learn skills. Support girls' ability to gain training for good jobs.
Melania Trump standing in front of the Giza Pyramids (Andrea Hanks/The White House

First lady focuses on Africa’s children, wildlife, antiquities

Melania Trump's Africa trip took the first lady from a hospital to schoolrooms and ancient landmarks as she drew attention to the needs of children.