Illustration of computers connected with different national flags (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

Making the world more accessible through translation

Online translation services are getting better thanks to machine learning, opening up a world of options to non-English speakers.
Lash Laker looking through ring of seed-studded cardboard (AP Images)

Help the world. Invest in young scientists.

Investing in STEM education (science, technology, engineering and math) pays big dividends for everyone. If you don’t believe it, read about these amazing inventions...
Corn kernels in a glass container in front of corn stalks (© Daniel Acker/Bloomberg/Getty Images)

Tools of modern science help farmers feed a hungry world

Scientists agree genetically engineered foods are safe to eat and help feed a growing world. Learn more about them.

Innovators showcase the future at this event

Where can you find virtual-reality gadgets, 3-D printers and robots under the same roof? The International Consumer Electronics Show, an annual gathering in Las...
Illustration of Google doodle featuring search instruments (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

What do people search for? Google tells us.

What do people most want to know when they search the internet? According to Google's rankings, Pokémon Go was the most popular search term in 2016.
President Obama and others looking at computer screen (AP Images)

Lo and behold, the invention that changed everything…on this day

1969 was a year of breakthroughs in science and technology. Everyone knew it was a major happening when man landed on the moon, and...

BattleHack: Cybergeniuses code for good causes

For many people, the term hacker carries a negative connotation. But what happens when cybergeniuses create tools for a good cause? One way to find...

Pluto: Ready for its close-up

The New Horizons spacecraft approaches Pluto, offering humans their first close-up view of a solar system outpost, after a 10-year journey.
Rio 2016 Olympic gold medal on ribbon (© AP Images)

You’ll never guess what’s in these stunning Olympic medals [video]

Athletes from around the world will be vying for Olympic and Paralympic medals during this year's games in Rio. But these medals have some special details.