Science

U.S. universities top latest worldwide patent count

With heavy investments in research, U.S. universities are outpacing their international counterparts in receiving U.S. patents for new inventions.
Exploding star system (NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope)

Cosmic fireworks in red, white and blue

NASA celebrates the 4th of July with new images of the double-star Eta Carinae erupting like a fireworks display 7,500 light years away.
Astronaut and lunar module on the moon (NASA)

From NASA to Star Trek: One scientist’s space odyssey

Egyptian-American geologist Farouk El-Baz has had a diverse career, from serving as a science adviser to Anwar Sadat to training U.S. astronauts.

How science works in the U.S.

The U.S. scientific culture encourages new discoveries. It does it through collaboration, public funding, open science, peer review and outreach.
Artist's conception of two small spaceships orbiting moon (NASA)

U.S. and Japan partner on future moon mission

Cooperation between NASA and Japan's space agency aims to return humans to the moon in preparation to land on and explore Mars.
Hourglass-shaped nebula (NASA)

Hubble Space Telescope celebrates its birthday with a cosmic crab

See a colorful image of the Southern Crab Nebula, about 7,000 light-years from Earth, transmitted by the Hubble Space Telescope.
Three women standing in meeting room (State Dept./D.A. Peterson)

A nanoscientist bonds with women in Africa over STEM

An American scientist has traveled to Egypt and Kenya to champion science to women and girls and hosted female scientists from South Africa and Tunisia.
Photo of a black hole (Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration)

See the first-ever image of a black hole

Thanks to the groundbreaking technology of the Event Horizon Telescope, the first-ever image of a supermassive black hole has been revealed to the world.
Asteroid trails in space (NASA/ESA/University of Hawaii/European Southern Observatory)

Hubble captures rare self-destructing asteroid

The world is getting to see a rare self-destructing asteroid thanks to the Hubble Space Telescope, a joint project of NASA and the European Space Agency.