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  • Millennial Nuclear Caucus Hosted at the Department of Energy Oct 20, 2017 - The U.S. Department of Energy and the Nuclear Energy Institute will host a “Millennial Nuclear Caucus” as part of this year’s Nuclear Science Week.
  • NSF's Merit Review Report is now available Oct 20, 2017 - Every year, nearly 50,000 research proposals are submitted to the only federal agency in the United States that funds discovery research in all fields of science and engineering: the National Science Foundation (NSF). The agency uses merit review to pick proposals that show the greatest potential to fulfill NSF’s mission to promote the progress of science and serve the national interest.
  • NIST's Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology Holds Public Meeting on October 23-24 Oct 20, 2017 - The NIST Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology (VCAT) reviews and makes recommendations regarding general policy for the National Institute of Standards and Technology, its organization, its budget, and its programs, within the framework of applicable national policies as set forth by the President and the Congress, and submits an annual report to the Secretary of Commerce for submission to the Congress. There is an upcoming meeting that is open to the public on October 23-24 in Gaitherburg, MD.
  • Army's new robots protect soldiers from battlefield threats Oct 19, 2017 - Stars and Stripes The Army is buying hundreds of ground robots that could bolster the way soldiers respond to nuclear, biological and chemical threats. More than 1,200 Man Transportable Robotic System Increment II robots from Endeavor Robotics are included in the $100 million contract, which has an option for an additional $58.5 million.
  • The U.S. Department of Energy Issues Small Business Research and Development Funding Opportunity Announcement Oct 19, 2017 - The Department of Energy (DOE) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs issued its first Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for Fiscal Year 2018. The Phase I Release 1 FOA, with approximately $23 million in available funding, will allow small businesses to submit applications to establish the technical feasibility of new innovations that advance the mission of the Office of Science.
  • Energy Department Announces New Projects Between U.S. and China Businesses to Reduce Energy Consumption Oct 19, 2017 - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced new projects between American and Chinese companies to collaborate and showcase successful models that can help industry adapt to new approaches and build business opportunities. These projects intend to improve energy efficiency across retrofitted systems in buildings and industrial facilities.
  • NASA tracks carbon emissions from space to better understand climate change Oct 13, 2017 - Los Angeles Times Global temperatures have been on the rise, thanks largely to the human-driven increase in greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide. But not all of the carbon dioxide produced each year ends up in the atmosphere. Some of it ends up trapped in the ocean, or locked on land thanks to plants that use the gas during photosynthesis.
  • Energy-related carbon dioxide emissions expected to fall in 2017 but rise in 2018 Oct 13, 2017 - Energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions fell in both 2015 and 2016, and they are expected to fall again in 2017, based on forecasts in EIA’s Short-Term Energy Outlook. However, EIA forecasts a 2.2% increase in energy-related CO2 emissions in 2018. An annual increase is not without recent precedent; annual emissions rose in 2010, 2013, and 2014, although U.S. energy-related CO2 emissions have generally been declining since reaching their peak in 2007.
  • NASA tracks carbon emissions from space to better understand climate change Oct 13, 2017 - Fires, drought and warmer temperatures were to blame for excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere during the 2015-16 El Nino, scientists with NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 say.
  • NSF Awards University $4M for Medical Nanotechnology Oct 13, 2017 - Only a year after establishing the intelligent systems engineering program in the Indiana University School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering, the university has been awarded a five-year, $4 million grant from the National Science Foundation to advance nanoscale devices to improve human health, including fighting cancer.
  • Nanoparticles that stick wounds together Oct 12, 2017 - In spite of medical advances, wound-related complications arising after operations can still be life-threatening. In order to avoid these complications in the future, a new nanoparticle-based tissue glue has been developed by researchers at Empa.
  • Nonviral CRISPR Delivery a Success Oct 12, 2017 - While promising, applications of CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing have so far been limited by the challenges of delivery—namely, how to get all the CRISPR parts to every cell that needs them. In a study published today (October 2) in Nature Biomedical Engineering, researchers have successfully repaired a mutation in the gene for dystrophin in a mouse model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy by injecting a vehicle they call CRISPR-Gold, which contains the Cas9 protein, guide RNA, and donor DNA, all wrapped around a tiny gold ball.
  • NASA Announces Briefing on Carbon Mission Science Results Oct 12, 2017 - NASA will hold a media teleconference at 2 p.m. EDT Thursday, Oct. 12, to discuss new research to be published this week on changing global levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The research is based on data from NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) mission and other satellites.
  • Scott Pruitt Says That EPA Will Repeal the Clean Power Plan Oct 11, 2017 - By Nicole Einbinder Abrams Journalism Fellow, FRONTLINE/Columbia Journalism School Fellowships The Trump administration will take its first formal step to repeal the Clean Power Plan, the signature Obama-era climate policy, but will not offer an immediate replacement — leaving little indication as to how the Environmental Protection Agency plans to meet its obligation to regulate the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions.
  • The Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute will post a Technology Project Call and an Education and Workforce Development (EWD) Project Call on October 16, 2017. Oct 11, 2017 - The ARM Institute will post a Technology Project Call and an Education and Workforce Development (EWD) Project Call on October 16, 2017. Preliminary information on both Project Calls is given below. ARM will hold a webinar at 2:00 pm on October 16, 2017 to provide more information on the project call. You can sign up for this webinar using this link.
  • History and Overview of OSTP Discussed in CRS Report Oct 10, 2017 - A new Congressional Research Service report on the history of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) summarizes the purpose and importance of the office. Congress established OSTP in 1976 with a primary function of providing the President with advice on the scientific, engineering, and technology matters that require attention at the highest level of Government.
  • Stop the Presses: NIST Finds a Way to Measure Fuel Cell 'Printing' at a Fast Clip Oct 10, 2017 - If you’re wondering when a hydrogen-powered car will become a viable option for you, take heart. A team including scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) may have overcome a significant hurdle to manufacturing hydrogen fuel cells by creating a way to check whether the expensive catalysts the cells need have been incorporated quickly and effectively. Improved measurement methods are key to bringing hydrogen power a step closer to economical mass production.
  • Webinar on Bio-Energy with Carbon Capture and Storage Oct 10, 2017 - Webinar on Bio-Energy with Carbon Capture and Storage On October 16, the committee will conduct a webinar-based panel in advance of their workshop to provide an introduction to BECCS, specifically panelists will explore the capacity for biomass to meet stationary generation and transportation fuel needs, the status, challenges, and costs of implemented bioenergy and biofuels, the technical challenges in utilizing various feedstocks, balancing desired properties and yields, and the navigation of land use competition among stakeholders
  • U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day 2017 to Focus on Intelligent Systems in Modern Healthcare Oct 9, 2017 -
  • Scientists Are Getting Closer to Making Edible Gelatin Robots That Can Function Inside Your Body Oct 9, 2017 - In the near future, you may be able to eat a robot that will heal you or provide nutrients.
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