Self-driving cars provide freedom for the blind

For technology enthusiasts, Google’s new self-driving prototype is an engineering marvel. But for sight-impaired people, and others with disabilities, a self-driving car may mean...
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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.

5 facts you probably don’t know about biotechnology (but should)

After hundreds of studies, scientists around the world say biotechnology is just as safe as products obtained through conventional agriculture.

When it comes to energy, countries should mix it up

A country that diversifies its energy mix insulates itself from energy disruptions and strengthens its energy security.
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U.S. mathematician is first woman to win ‘math’s Nobel’

Meet Karen Uhlenbeck, a U.S. professor whose work has led to some of the most dramatic advances in mathematics in 40 years.
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The invention that lit up the world…on this day

Hundreds gathered on New York City's Pearl Street one afternoon in September 1882 to watch an entire city block come to life. Inside a...

You’ll never guess what everyday item can light up a home

More than 1.2 billion people worldwide live without electricity. Low-tech solutions using everyday objects such as soccer balls and bags help reduce this number. Now...
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Science Cafes: Grab a coffee. Talk about astrophysics.

These days, you don’t have to attend a lecture to learn about science. Just visit your local cafe. People anywhere can attend informal, grassroots-organized talks...
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Want a job? Learn to code.

Women are underrepresented in computer science, a key field in our increasingly digital world. In the U.S., Girls Who Code is on the case. The organization...