innovation

Woman taking a picture with her cellphone of a man spray painting a mural (Diego Astarita/AmCham)

Youth transform Southern Cone into ‘region of makers’

Building a startup is not a popular career choice in the Southern Cone, but some young entrepreneurs in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay want to change that.
Laser map of landscape (© Estrada-Belli/PACUNAM)

U.S. technology helps to unearth Mayan past

Learn how a laser mapping system mounted on an airplane has exposed new details of an extraordinarily complex civilization buried in Central America's past.
Illustration of man holding device connected to web that spans the globe (State Dept./D. Thompson)

5G mobile broadband is coming. Here’s what it means.

The arrival of 5G mobile broadband is just around the corner. Learn how this superfast, fifth-generation technology will change the world.
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Innovation propels U.S. economy to Number 1 ranking

The U.S. economy once again is the most competitive, thanks to the American knack for innovation and entrepreneurship, the World Economic Forum says.
Bar graph of patent applications from non-residents in 2017

Intellectual property: Protecting ideas is good for business

Protecting your ideas is critical in business. That's why the United States has some of the strongest intellectual property protections in the world.
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.
Three elephants in the wild (© Ana Verahrami/Elephant Listening Project)

A new way to help save elephants

Learn how biologists from Cornell University are tapping into new technology to track and protect African elephants from poaching.
Cotton plant (Lacey Roberts/Texas A&M)

Can once-toxic cottonseeds help feed the world?

The U.S. has approved an edible cottonseed created by a Texas A&M University scientist who was a protégé of the "father of the green revolution."
Legs of blind woman walking on the sidewalk, using a white cane (Shutterstock)

How the blind can experience shopping or a solar eclipse [video]

A California company's smart glasses and remote, live assistants are opening doors for the blind and the visually impaired.