Innovation

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Meet the 2020 MacArthur geniuses

Each year, the MacArthur Foundation gives 20 to 30 individuals $625,000 grants to pursue creative research projects in their chosen fields.
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U.S. invests billions in Latin America

The U.S. government and private sector continue to invest billions across Latin America. Learn more about some recent initiatives.
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U.S. labs focus on making the indoors safer

A researcher has developed a ventilation system that would limit the transmission of pathogens, including the coronavirus, inside airplanes and vehicles.
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How the Chinese Communist Party steals science

Learn how the Chinese Communist Party steals research and technology from other countries to boost its military and economic power.
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Meet the U.S. scientist who invented the N95 mask filter

Peter Tsai created the material for N95 masks in the early 1990s. Never did he expect his invention would save millions of lives during a pandemic.
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Innovation’s essential ingredient: Failure [video]

In May, SpaceX became the first private company anywhere in the world to launch two humans into Earth's orbit. But it took some practicing to get there.
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U.S. scientists invite careful scrutiny

In a world where scientists are eager to publish their discoveries and phony research is on the rise, learn how one journal weeds out bad science.
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U.S. ‘game changers’ continue to lead tech innovation

The World Economic Forum has honored many U.S. companies for technological advances. See how U.S. innovators are improving how we live.
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Tracking COVID-19 with artificial intelligence

Researchers in the U.S. are using artificial intelligence to track COVID-19 outbreaks around the world and treat patients at home.