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Scientists honored for 2005 research that led to COVID-19 vaccines

Today's COVID-19 vaccines are based upon research about messenger RNA that has won two University of Pennsylvania scientists a coveted honor.
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5 experiments aboard the International Space Station

Read about some of the experiments aboard the International Space Station, including one that attempts to understand fires on Earth.
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Solar power is the future of American energy

The U.S. Department of Energy's 2021 "Solar Futures Study" found that solar power could constitute up to 45% of the nation's energy by 2050.
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Oldest human fossil footprints in North America found in New Mexico

Scientists discovered human footprints in New Mexico believed to be 23,000 years old. The findings could aid research on the last ice age.
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Bringing Silicon Valley to the children of nearby farm workers

Learn about a teenage tech dynamo who is bringing coding to the children of farm workers in the "salad bowl of the world."
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Modified mosquitoes may eliminate malaria

Scientists are able to fight malaria by genetically modifying the disease's carrier, mosquitoes.
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TechWomen and TechGirls learn to succeed together

The State Department's TechWomen and TechGirls programs give participants the confidence and skills to pursue their STEM dreams and help others in turn.
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The push for COVID-19 vaccines is helping fight other diseases

A 2005 discovery at a U.S. university led to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines. The same technology also holds promise for fighting other illnesses.
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U.S. seeks to block Chinese government surveillance

The U.S. is seeking to block funds from flowing to surveillance firms in the People's Republic of China that support the regime's Uyghur repression.