innovation

Artist's rendition of computer processor chip on circuit board (© Shutterstock)

This Asian-American tech entrepreneur tried harder

Asian-American entrepreneur David Lam quit academia and found success in Silicon Valley, where the culture tolerates failure and rewards good ideas. Trying harder helps too.
Small, aluminum-frame building on blocks (USAID)

Tiny hospital can go anywhere, unfold in minutes

What if hospitals could travel as well as shipping containers? The Smart Pod is a state-of-the-art mobile health clinic designed to go wherever the next health emergency may be.
Group of students standing behind robot (State Dept./D.A. Peterson)

U.S. hosts Syrian robotics team

Living in a refugee camp didn't hold back these five promising teenagers from building a robot and qualifying for a world-renowned robotics competition.
Woman in spacecraft simulator (© Amir Cohen/Reuters)

U.S., Israel protect astronauts from space radiation

An Israel-based company created a vest that astronauts could wear on a mission to Mars. These unique garments are designed to protect internal organs from radiation.
People photographing airplane emerging from behind red curtain (© China Daily/Reuters)

China’s first homegrown airliner is fueled by other countries’ know-how

The launch of China's C919 passenger jet came at the price of fair trade practices, forcing foreign companies to surrender their technologies.
Student in lab coat standing among tubes and flasks in lab (© Helen H. Richardson/Denver Post via Getty Images)

A pioneer town reinventing how we harness energy

Fort Collins, Colorado, began as a cavalry outpost in the Old West, but grew into a 21st century capital of scientific innovation, tackling the world's greatest energy challenges.
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.
View of port with trucks and stacks of large shipping containers (© Qilai Shen/Bloomberg/Getty Images)

Trump’s China tariffs explained

Following years of unfair trade practices by China, President Trump is directing the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to take action — including a 25 percent tariff on designated goods from China.
Ship sailing in ocean (Courtesy of Austal USA)

G’day y’all! Aussie-U.S. friendship reflected in new ship.

A future U.S. Navy warship will have a touch of Australia. It will be named USS Canberra to honor close U.S. ties with Australia.