Illustration of exploration vehicle on moon's surface (© AP Images)

To the moon! Private company cleared for takeoff.

A private company has gotten permission from the U.S. to launch into space and return to the moon. The first of many trips is scheduled for late 2017.
Woman standing in the doorway of a hut filled with maize (© AP Images)

New maize seeds could be ‘game-changer’ in Africa

A new, drought-resistant type of maize seed could prevent hunger in parts of Africa and may be ready as early as the next planting season.
Moon, rocket and water (NASA)

University team plans water-powered trip to the moon

A Cornell University team aims to place a satellite powered by water into orbit around the moon in just over a year. Water could fuel space exploration.
Digitized Iranian flag over laptop keyboard (© Aleksandar Malivuk/Shutterstock)

U.S. companies disrupt Iranian disinformation campaign

Hundreds of deceptive Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts falsely claim to be independent news agencies, but are really tied to Iranian state media.
Drawing of spacecraft over metal asteroid (NASA)

NASA goes heavy metal with visit to iron-rich asteroid

A NASA spacecraft is set to explore a large metal asteroid, 16 Psyche, that may be a remnant of a planet from billions of years ago.
Colorized microscope image showing cells (© Janice Haney Carr/CDC/Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia)

New U.S. sickle cell drug brings hope

U.S. regulators have approved a California company’s new therapy for treating sickle cell disease, a painful and life-threatening inherited blood disorder.
Photo of woman crouching in field; PepsiCo's citation for State Department's Award for Corporate Excellence (© Ashima Narain/Pepsico)

PepsiCo wins award for stewardship of India’s water

Learn how Award for Corporate Excellence winner PepsiCo is working with farmers and communities in India to shore up a scarce and vital resource: water.
Robot sitting on ground among green stalks (© EarthSense Inc.)

These robots help farmers increase crop yields

A new robot developed by the University of Illinois helps farmers optimize their crop production by scanning crops, which means more profitable yields.
Harvard University campus (© AP Images)

Harvard beats its own environmental goal

Harvard has met a 2008 target to reduce campus greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent in 2016 and is now looking to set new climate goals.