Times Square (Trey Ratcliff)

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...

Space fitness: Testing the body for space travel

A first-of-its-kind experiment to better understand how space travel affects bodily systems is getting underway aboard the International Space Station.
Nobel Prize winner Michael Kosterlitz in front of a white board (© AP Images)

Nobel laureate: Being ‘young and stupid’ helped unlock different dimensions

Three physicists overturned conventional wisdom, finding strange properties of two- and one-dimensional materials, to win the 2016 Nobel Prize in physics.
Katherine Johnson smiling (NASA)

NASA pioneer Katherine Johnson celebrates 100th birthday

Katherine Johnson, a trailblazing mathematician whose calculations for NASA were part of a blockbuster movie, just celebrated her 100th birthday.
Woman with coffee in glass flasks (Matt Biddulph/Blue Bottle Cafe)

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...
F-35 airplane flying through clouds (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. John R. Nimmo, Sr.)

The F-35: An American game changer

The technology, skills and expertise behind America's most advanced fighter jet, the F-35, come not just from the U.S., but from partners across the globe.

America’s cooking up something delicious and sustainable

U.S. innovation is helping reduce hunger and malnutrition around the globe. Learn more at the USA Pavilion at the World Expo in Milan, May 1–October 31, 2015.
Mars (NASA)

NASA rover discovers possible precursor to life on Mars

NASA's Curiosity found the element boron on Mars — an element that offers tantalizing clues about whether ancient Mars once harbored life.
Man performing with hula hoop (Courtesy photo)

Dance video contest spices up science [video]

The annual "Dance Your Ph.D." contest invites scientists and Ph.D. students to explain complicated research and projects through dance.