Illustration showing gold medal with red ribbon on background of patent drawings (State Dept./D. Thompson)

The high value of U.S. patents

Of the 50 million patents granted worldwide, many — like one for a crustless sandwich — flop. But U.S. inventors lead in viable ideas.
Three people moving a large painting down stairs in a museum (© Bernat Armangue/AP Images)

Racing to protect Ukraine’s cultural heritage

Across Ukraine, hundreds are scrambling to save priceless artworks, monuments, buildings and cultural sites from destruction.
Still image from game showing child with backpack in forest approaching tall figure (© Purunmachu)

Apps for a better world, from the U.S. State Department

Through programs and mobile applications, the U.S. Department of State offers new ways to celebrate diversity and protect cultural heritage.
Man standing in rubble by damaged church (© Evgeniy Maloletka/AP Images)

How to tell fact from fiction online — even in wartime

Don't be fooled by rogue sites pretending to be news. Here are some tips for evaluating online information.
Four people in blue suits waving in front of spacecraft (© LM Otero/AP Images)

Civilians exploring space is quintessentially American

Opening opportunities for spaceflight to private businesses is a natural progression that reflects America’s spirit of entrepreneurialism.
Woman filling syringe under corrugated roof, with blue sky in background (© UNICEF Kenya/Lameck Orina)

Delivering accurate COVID-19 vaccine information

The U.S. is informing the world about COVID-19 vaccine safety. Learn about the many ways it is getting the message out.
Thomas Lovejoy in poncho next to huge branch with long green leaves in rainforest (© Antonio Ribeiro/Gamma-Rapho/Getty Images)

Remembering 2 U.S. ecologists and their work for the environment

Edward O. Wilson and Thomas Lovejoy, two biologists turned environmental conservationists, died recently. Learn about their legacies.
Artist conception of James Webb Space Telescope. (NASA GSFC/CIL/Adriana Manrique Gutierrez)

NASA Webb telescope poised to reveal space mysteries

NASA's newest telescope stands three stories high and some components unfold like origami. Its expected discoveries are even more amazing.
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Drones deliver COVID-19 vaccines to remote communities

U.S. companies are helping other countries fight COVID-19. Learn why the State Department is honoring Zipline and 3M's efforts overseas.