innovation

Building construction site (Courtesy of Cornell Tech)

New York and Israel build a high-tech future

New York City, already known as a financial capital, wants to become a center of high-tech innovation and is turning to Israel for help.
Trout swimming in stream (Wade Fredenberg/U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)

Using eDNA, biologists reveal a river’s creatures

Environmental DNA testing is transforming the field of biology, by making it much easier to detect different species in rivers and streams.
Ying McGuire (Courtesy of Ying McGuire)

From China to Texas: An executive’s success story

Ying McGuire immigrated to the United States from China to earn a master’s degree and now is vice president of a global technology-solutions company.
Two men looking at computer screen (State Dept.)video

Here’s how America protects innovators [video]

American prosperity is built on innovation, and protecting the rights of inventors and creators to profit from their work is a priority.
Row of toilets on an assembly line (TOTO USA)

Japanese toilet maker taps U.S. engineers’ skills

A decision to manufacture its toilets in the U.S. and a reputation for being environmentally friendly are key to Japanese company TOTO's success.
Replica of space station orbiting Earth (Epic Games)

Astronauts now train for space with video games

To prepare astronauts for orbiting 400 kilometers above Earth in a space station as big as a soccer pitch, NASA turned to video game designers.
Pipe dropping water drop onto plant (James L. Stanfield/National Geographic/Getty Images)

Drop by drop, Israeli-American scientist grows food in the desert

In Israel's Negev Desert, a scientist helped figure out a way to bring water to crops in dry regions, first in the Middle East and then around the world.
Lacrosse player (© Shutterstock/James A. Boardman)

A Japanese sporting-goods firm scores in Texas

Japanese sports retailer QB Club Inc. has taken advantage of SelectUSA, a Commerce Department initiative, which encourages enterprises to invest in the U.S.
Girl playing violin with prosthetic arm (© AP Images)

College students build a prosthetic arm for a young violinist

Bioengineering students make a prosthetic arm for a 10-year-old girl, born without a complete left arm, who longed to play the violin.