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Community colleges are springboards, even for big shots

America's unique community colleges have propelled Americans to fame and fortune in many fields, from Hollywood to space to the frontiers of science.
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No homework or grades at this self-paced school

The founder of the online Khan Academy is reimagining how children are taught in bricks-and-mortar schools.

Can Silicon Valley save the world?

Silicon Valley, the global hub of technology entrepreneurship, is looking to escape any stagnation from its age and invent a new future for the world.
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$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.

Everyday conversations for English learners: Formal introductions

Learning to speak English? Our Everyday Conversations help you practice. Click the audio link to hear a native speaker pronounce each word while you...
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Everyday conversations: A revolt against slavery [audio]

In this conversation, the family visits Harpers Ferry, the site of a famous revolt against slavery. Learn English terms related to the fight to end slavery.
Teenager working on robot (State Dept./D.A. Peterson)

Students built robots to enter this global competition

Teens from over 160 countries compete in a challenge aimed to inspire interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Woman standing behind fence wearing a mask (© Ariana Cubillos/AP Images)

Guaidó leads on Venezuela’s COVID-19 response

While the former Maduro regime lies to Venezuelans about COVID-19, interim President Juan Guaidó and the National Assembly are saving lives.
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2019 Nobel Prize winners: Chemistry

The creation of lithium-ion batteries has made a dramatic impact on society and earned two American scientists a Nobel Prize for their innovation.