Innovation

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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.
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Agricultural biotech makes farms more productive

Learn how using genetically modified crops increases farmers' production and profits while reducing the need for pesticides.
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New satellite tech speeds response during natural disasters

A U.S. company, Hypergiant Industries, has created a new communications platform that helps governments quickly respond to natural disasters.
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A historic first: NASA sends astronauts to space aboard private craft

NASA and SpaceX sent two astronauts to the International Space Station, marking the first time a private company's craft put humans into Earth's orbit.
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U.S. firms get creative to attract consumers

The world relies on American consumers' spending power. Learn how certain American retail sectors are surviving in the wake of COVID-19.
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Check out these futuristic NASA projects

NASA is pursuing futuristic ideas that could transform space missions and lead to scientific breakthroughs as it pushes the boundaries of what is possible.