Four Pakistani girls listening to a teacher (© AP Images)

Combating illiteracy one child at a time

Increased literacy rates create safer, healthier and more prosperous communities. See what the world is doing September 8 on International Literacy Day.
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.
Reuben Paul doing splits midair (© Mano Paul)

To stay safe online, do this

This young cybersecurity whiz shocked a conference by hacking into his "smart" teddy bear to illustrate cyber vulnerabilities.
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.
Collage of women's faces (State Dept./D.A. Peterson)

Inspired by America, they’re heading home with big plans

Women from Afghanistan, Egypt and Jordan are among 80 young leaders who spent the summer studying in the U.S. as part of a State Department program.
Astronaut placing helmet on teenage girl's head (Globo)

Meet NASA’s astronaut for a day … from Brazil

Follow 11-year-old Anna Paulla's trip of a lifetime to NASA's Johnson Space Center in Texas, with TV star Luciano Huck and NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy.
Smiling woman wearing eclipse glasses (© Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Americans are in a frenzy over total solar eclipse

Millions of Americans plan to watch the August 21 eclipse while scientists are eager to gather data not accessible at any other time.
Wax likeness of Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow character (© Ferdaus Shamim/WireImage/Getty Images)

Pirates in movies are fun, but movie piracy hurts

Movie piracy doesn't just hurt wealthy movie studios. It robs workers of their pay and hurts economies. The Trump administration aims to stop such piracy.