innovation

Very large computers (ORNL/U.S. Dept. of Energy)

New U.S. supercomputer is fastest on the planet

The U.S. has unveiled the world's fastest — and smartest — supercomputer. It will help research in fields as diverse as astrophysics and cancer.
Men fishing abalone out of ocean (Jun Poblarod/USAID)

Reviving Philippine fishing communities through science

A U.S.-backed project helped improve fishing hatcheries in the Philippines. People now have livelihoods due to the project and others will have access to the research.
Country road at sunset (Shutterstock)

Nuclear power’s growing role in a clean energy future

A new U.S.-backed initiative is promoting innovative ways to integrate nuclear power into carbon-free and renewable energy systems.
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.
Two-color cover with 'Patent' written in gold lettering, statement from USPTO director and gold seal (USPTO)

U.S. issues 10 millionth patent protecting inventors

President Trump has signed the 10 millionth U.S. patent, which went to an improved laser-detection method that could help pilot self-driving cars.
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.