Man in protective clothing spraying another man in protective clothing with blue solution (Laura Stana/IMC)

New tools help fight Ebola

New inventions from the global health startup community, with funding from USAID, are improving care — and outcomes — for Ebola patients in the DRC.
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U.S. issues 10 millionth patent protecting inventors

President Trump has signed the 10 millionth U.S. patent, which went to an improved laser-detection method that could help pilot self-driving cars.
Astronaut in space (NASA)

Record-breaking spacewalker Peggy Whitson retires at 58

The world's most experienced spacewoman has retired after spending more time in orbit than any other American astronaut.
Model rocket with President Trump gesturing behind it (© Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

Companies turn to space with help from the U.S.

President Trump has signed a directive aimed at streamlining regulations on commercial use of space. What does this mean for private space companies?
Man driving utility vehicle toward industrial structures and smokestack (© Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg/Getty Images)

A promising approach boosts oil production — cleanly

It may be counterintuitive, but a new law could make fossil fuel companies leaders in kicking carbon capture into the mainstream — and helping the environment.
Rocket ship taking off (© SpaceX)

3, 2, 1: Bangladesh is taking off

The launch of Bangladesh's first communications satellite is helping the South Asian country reach new heights of prosperity.
Small, aluminum-frame building on blocks (USAID)

Tiny hospital can go anywhere, unfold in minutes

What if hospitals could travel as well as shipping containers? The Smart Pod is a state-of-the-art mobile health clinic designed to go wherever the next health emergency may be.
Group of students standing behind robot (State Dept./D.A. Peterson)

U.S. hosts Syrian robotics team

Living in a refugee camp didn't hold back these five promising teenagers from building a robot and qualifying for a world-renowned robotics competition.
Woman in spacecraft simulator (© Amir Cohen/Reuters)

U.S., Israel protect astronauts from space radiation

An Israel-based company created a vest that astronauts could wear on a mission to Mars. These unique garments are designed to protect internal organs from radiation.