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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services — and its controversial center for innovation — is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and has its headquarters outside D.C., in Woodlawn, Md. Jay Mallin/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Development Ventures International was the first investor in Mera Gao Power, which has designed a solar-powered microgrid to provide electricity to off-grid villages in India. Anna da Costa/Courtesy of USAID hide caption

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Inventor Thomas Edison stands in his chemistry lab in West Orange, N.J., in 1904. Thomas Edison National Historical Park/National Park Service hide caption

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Before Silicon Valley, New Jersey Reigned As Nation's Center Of Innovation

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Code for America founder and Executive Director Jennifer Pahlka speaks Nov. 10 at The New York Times DealBook Conference at Lincoln Center in New York City. Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for The New York Ti hide caption

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How Can You Bring Innovation To Government Services? Follow Users

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On June 1-3, 2016, 12 public radio teams descended on NPR HQ for the inaugural NPR Audio Storytelling Workshop (#nprasw). The teams took part in three days of brainstorming, training, planning and networking. At the end of the workshop, each team presented before an NPR audience. Becky Lettenberger/NPR hide caption

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The University of Toronto's solar-powered pond aerator could help fish farmers in Bangladesh earn up to $250 of extra income a year. Courtesy of Powering Agriculture and University of Toronto hide caption

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Uber, Lyft And No More Loans: Twilight Is Here For Big-City Taxi Barons

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Researcher John Clements in the early 1980s, after he figured out that lungs need surfactants to breathe. David Powers/Courtesy of UCSF hide caption

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How A Scientist's Slick Discovery Helped Save Preemies' Lives

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Slum dwellers near Calcutta get their water from a municipal pipe. Water coming out of the tap on the left is for bathing and so is untreated. The blue Zimba chlorinator is hooked up to the tap on the right, which is used for drinking water. Courtesy of Suprio Das/Zimba hide caption

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Some Greeks Are Finding Opportunity Amid Their Economy's Uncertainty

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A "shared" workspace at the Atlassian office. The company installed heat and motion sensors to track when and how often every desk, room and table was used. Atlassian hide caption

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How A Bigger Lunch Table At Work Can Boost Productivity

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Monique Yusizanna Ouz, 66, is going to have electricity for the first time in her life. Carrie Kahn/NPR hide caption

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She's 66 And Finally Getting Electricity. Bring On The Ice Cream!

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The sun sets as a visitor uses his mobile phone Monday during the opening day of the 2015 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Wall Street Journal reporter Ryan Knutson — interviewed from the conference Monday via Skype by NPR's Robert Siegel — says that for some smartphone users, Wi-Fi may be able to replace most of the functionality of a cellphone carrier. Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Wi-Fi Everywhere May Let You Roam Free From Your Mobile Carrier

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