Man and woman standing next to each other, smiling (© Ovamba)

U.S. startup finds new way to finance African businesses

Getting a loan can be tough for growing businesses in Cameroon and Côte d'Ivoire. One U.S. company has developed an alternative to traditional bank loans.

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.
Woman holding a plant and stick (Roy Kaltschmidt/Berkeley Lab)

Turning plants into fuel

Four U.S. research centers are developing technologies that can turn certain plants — such as switchgrass, poplar or sorghum — into biofuels.
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Students start tinkering with NASA’s latest Mars robots

A 6-foot, 300-pound humanoid robot named Val may make some of the first footprints on Mars, with a little help from university students.
Illustration of man holding device connected to web that spans the globe (State Dept./D. Thompson)

5G mobile broadband is coming. Here’s what it means.

The arrival of 5G mobile broadband is just around the corner. Learn how this superfast, fifth-generation technology will change the world.
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Challenges and rewards of doing business with China

The U.S. warns companies to protect against China's intellectual property theft, which could lead to security and privacy risks as well as economic harm.
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How to protect your smartphone from cyberattacks

With billions of people accessing the internet through smartphones, cybersecurity is more important than ever. Here's how to protect your device.
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And the real Nobel Prize winners are … the students

Nobel Prize winners often teach everyday classes at university campuses throughout the U.S. in addition to doing the research that won them the prize.