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Clifford Berry stands by the Atanasoff-Berry Computer. Courtesy of Iowa State University Library Special Collections and University Archives

Curious Kids: What was the first computer?

The first computer, named the ABC, was built at Iowa State University. But for a long time, few had heard of it.
Santa Clara County produced more patents than any other U.S. county in recent history. MintImages/shutterstock.com

Why some counties are powerhouses for innovation

When it comes to innovation, Santa Clara County is way ahead of the rest of the US. Between 2000 and 2015, more than 140,000 patents were granted there – triple the number of the next-ranked county.
New research concludes that there are many “Lost Einsteins” in America – children who had the ability to become inventors but didn’t because of where they were born. Shutterstock.com

How talented kids from low-income families become America’s ‘Lost Einsteins’

A new analysis shows how family background influences who grows up to invent. The key to turning things around? Expose kids to more inventors.
Africa has the chance to innovate and grow, with the right policies and investment. Shutterstock

Calestous Juma: how Africa can honour his legacy

Calestous Juma believed that Africa needed an integrated science, technology and innovation framework. The continent can make this happen.

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