Engineering

Missile being launched (Dept. of Defense)

New interceptor missile will defend civilians

The Arrow-3 system is able to intercept nuclear and biological missiles outside Earth's atmosphere, where they can be safely destroyed.
Apollo 11 projected onto Washington Monument (© Carolyn Kaster/AP Images)

Apollo 50 Festival brings moon landing to Washington

The Apollo 11 Saturn V rocket is being projected onto the Washington Monument to celebrate 50 years since the moon landing.
Three women standing in meeting room (State Dept./D.A. Peterson)

A nanoscientist bonds with women in Africa over STEM

An American scientist has traveled to Egypt and Kenya to champion science to women and girls and hosted female scientists from South Africa and Tunisia.
Sandra Cauffman seated, at microphone (State Dept./D.A. Peterson)

Her improbable dream led to NASA

Learn how watching American astronaut Neil Armstrong's 1969 landing on the moon inspired a 7-year-old Costa Rican girl to pursue a career at NASA.
Two people standing in bucket by power lines (Claire Novak)

Women break boundaries in the energy sector

USAID is working in nine countries to increase the number of women in the energy sector,  especially in higher-paying technical and leadership positions.
Building with columns and large dome (© National Geographic Image Collection/Alamy)

Bringing the power of computing to arts and humanities

Discover how universities like the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are applying techniques of modern computing to other academic disciplines.
Man placing collar on cow (U.S. Educational Foundation in Pakistan)

Pakistani ‘Fulbright Hero’ built a startup — and a smart collar...

Umer Adnan won a prestigious Fulbright scholarship that took him to tech hubs across the U.S. That helped him launch a startup that could add $2 billion to Pakistan's economy.
Two men smiling, standing back to back (© Shane Harvey)

A $1 million prize for making smartphones possible

The computer industry shrugged when two engineering professors said they'd found a simpler way to make chips. But today 99 percent of smartphones and devices use their method, and they're $1 million richer.
Aerial view of ship and natural gas plant (© Lindsey Janies/Bloomberg/Getty Images)

U.S. boosts India’s energy security with natural gas exports

A U.S. company sent its first shipment of liquefied natural gas, or LNG, to India. Diversifying India's energy supply will promote its energy security.