Black women who changed our world

Many of the modern conveniences we rely on each day come from the accomplishments of African American women. Black women inventors helped shaped the way we watch movies, conduct online meetings, and even heat and secure our homes. They succeeded in developing new technologies despite obstacles, such as resistance to developing their products and other ...
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Katalin Karikó’s research led to COVID-19 vaccines

By Lauren Monsen For more than 40 years, biochemist Katalin Karikó researched synthetic messenger RNA (ribonucleic acid), or mRNA — a genetic code. Her path was not easy. She left her native Hungary in 1985 and settled in Philadelphia with her husband and 2-year-old daughter. But while she landed teaching positions, her grant applications to ...
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Inventive COVID-19 mask designs come from U.S. universities

By Michael Laff Innovators on U.S. campuses are fighting COVID-19 by creating masks that detect and protect against the virus that causes it as well as by making breathing through masks and testing easier. Color-changing coronavirus sensors Researchers at the University of California, San Diego developed sensors that can be placed on any mask to determine if ...
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Percy Julian: Revolutionary inventor, grandchild of slaves

Where many saw a bean, Percy Julian saw an entire laboratory. A synthetic chemist, Julian derived medical compounds from substances in plants. From the Calabar bean, he obtained a treatment for glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness among the elderly. His work with soybeans supported everything from hydrocortisone shots to treat arthritis to fire retardant ...
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America advances GPS with new satellites

By Leigh Hartman Everyone from pizza delivery drivers to airline pilots and international shippers will soon have stronger and more reliable navigation systems thanks to the United States’ GPS overhaul. The U.S. Space Force and private sector partners on November 5  launched the fourth of 32 new satellites  as part of an update of GPS that will continue over the next decade and improve ...
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Why science fairs matter in America

In the United States, high school science fairs are an important forum for students to explore what they’ve learned in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) while competing with their peers and flexing their creativity. Science fairs help students apply what they’ve learned in STEM subjects in an innovative way. The students start with their ...
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U.S. return to Paris Agreement marks renewed climate commitment

By Leigh Hartman The United States is rejoining the Paris Agreement, renewing its commitment to partnering with other nations to tackle the global threat of climate change. After his January 20 inaugural address, President Biden signed  formal documentation  returning the United States to the December 12, 2015, Paris Agreement, a critical framework for avoiding potentially disastrous consequences from climate ...
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U.S. embassies partner for COVID-19 economic recovery

By Noelani Kirschner U.S. embassies in Estonia, Latvia, Denmark and Lithuania partnered to virtually co-host the  48 for the Future  “hackathon,” implemented by private partners Garage48 and Startup Wise Guys on December 3-6. The hackathon let participants design a mobile phone app or other tech solution to address the complexities of the post-COVID-19 economic recovery. More than 600 people from 70 ...
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America launches strategy to reignite global economy

The United States has launched a strategy to mobilize its vast resources to support global economic recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Department of State’s  Global Economic Activity and Recovery (GEAR) strategy  will support this broader effort by enabling food trade and security, deploying financial tools for economic recovery, supporting U.S. exporters and investors abroad, and helping restore international transportation and ...
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U.S.-supported COVID-19 vaccine candidates appear highly effective

Two U.S.-supported COVID-19 vaccine candidates appear to be highly effective at preventing COVID-19, a major step in the United States’  historic push to end the global pandemic . Moderna announced November 16 that the Phase 3 clinical trial’s independent data and safety monitoring board had found the Massachusetts-based biotechnology company’s candidate vaccine is up to 94.5% effective in clinical trials. Pfizer, based ...
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Could a teenager’s discovery help treat COVID-19 patients?

A 14-year-old American student’s award-winning science project could offer insights into a potential treatment for COVID-19. Anika Chebrolu, an eighth-grader and aspiring medical researcher from Frisco, Texas, used computer modeling to pinpoint a molecule that can bind to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 and inhibit its ability to infect people, according to news reports. Anika ...
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New U.S. air-quality app helps users avoid pollution

The United States is helping people protect themselves from dangerous pollution with a new mobile phone app that provides accurate, up-to-date information on air quality in dozens of cities worldwide. The U.S. Department of State recently launched ZephAir, a mobile app that brings users a mix of air-quality data and health advisories. Users may adjust ...
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How the U.S. promotes innovation for security and prosperity

As the world leader in technological innovation, the United States is working with international partners to advance a shared competitive edge. The White House October 15 released the first National Strategy for Critical and Emerging Technologies, outlining how the United States will support and lead global innovation in fields ranging from artificial intelligence to advanced computing ...
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U.S. approves first treatment for hospitalized COVID-19 patients

U.S. innovators have developed an antiviral drug that can be used to treat patients hospitalized with COVID-19, part of America’s wide-ranging response to the global pandemic. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on October 22 approved Gilead Sciences’ antiviral remdesivir for adults and children older than 12 who are under hospital care for COVID-19. Remdesivir ...
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U.S. advances quantum computers to tackle global challenges

U.S. innovators are developing new computers to help solve the world’s most pressing problems. Do you need to know whether this year’s crop yields will provide enough food? What if an airline wants to quickly adjust routes to avoid severe storms and prevent delays? Quantum computers have the power to analyze and calculate data faster ...
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U.S. labs focus on making the indoors safer

The Global Innovation Index ranks the United States as the highest-spending country on research and development. With research and development spending of more than a half-trillion dollars in a recent year, as reported by the National Science Foundation, U.S. labs have turned to the challenges posed by the new coronavirus. Private businesses do the lion’s ...
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How the Chinese Communist Party steals science

Researchers at the U.S. and Singapore–based company Avago spent more than 20 years developing technology to improve wireless communication. But an employee stole that technology to benefit the Chinese government. U.S. officials cited that theft as one example of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) “expansive approach” to stealing technology and intellectual property. Its goal? To ...
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U.S. scientists invite careful scrutiny

(State Dept./D. Thompson) By Lenore T. Adkins In the United States, reputable scientific journals set a high bar for scientists angling to publish their work, and for good reason. The journals don’t want to be duped into trumpeting bad science. Take  Science Immunology , one of several peer-reviewed journals published by the  American Association for the Advancement of Science , the world’s largest, multidisciplinary scientific society. (Note: ...
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Tracking COVID-19 with artificial intelligence (July 22)

Tracking COVID-19 with artificial intelligence (July 22) Artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming a powerful tool for tracking and treating COVID-19 in the U.S. and abroad. Several U.S. institutions are developing new AI technology or using preexisting technology to monitor and treat the new coronavirus. HealthMap, an AI application run by Boston Children’s Hospital, was launched ...
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U.S. company uses drones to deliver COVID-19 tests in Ghana (May 12)

U.S. company uses drones to deliver COVID-19 tests in Ghana (May 12)   An American company based in California is using drones to transport COVID-19 tests between rural Ghana and two of the country’s main cities. Zipline International Inc. is one example of the many  private U.S. companies  that are stepping forward to address the coronavirus crisis internationally. ...
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