Category Archives: Science and Technology

DOE’s Investments in Research and Development

The Department of Energy invested $7.36 billion in thousands of civilian research and development projects in 2015—supporting R&D in areas such as energy efficiency, renewable energy, and the electricity grid. With this funding, researchers at national laboratories, universities, and private … Continue reading

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Here Comes the Sun

Rooftop solar panels, smart thermostats, residential batteries, and other tech may help you manage your energy use, generate electricity, and lower your utility bills. For example, homeowners can use solar systems to generate clean electricity to power their home and … Continue reading

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“It was 50 years ago today…”

On June 1, 1967, the Beatles released their album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in the United States. It revolutionized modern music and helped usher in the Summer of Love. In honor of this musical and cultural milestone, the … Continue reading

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Who Let the Watchdogs Out? We’re on Location Discussing the Internet of Things (video podcast)

Have you ever used a fitness tracker to measure your daily steps? Or adjusted your home thermostat from your phone? If you answered yes, then you’ve experienced the Internet of Things. If you haven’t heard the term before, the Internet … Continue reading

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NASA Commercial Crew Program (podcast)

NASA contracted with Boeing and SpaceX to produce vehicles to transport astronauts to the International Space Station. But first, NASA has to certify that the vehicles meet its technical requirements and are safe for human spaceflight. Are the companies on … Continue reading

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Do the Oscars Make You Think of Federal Policy? Yeah, Us Too.

We think about our reports all the time—even when we watch movies. As a tribute to our single-mindedness, today’s WatchBlog is all about how our work relates to this year’s Oscar-nominated films. So, get some popcorn, put your feet up, … Continue reading

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Meet the Beetles

Long before John, Paul, George, and Ringo hit our shores on this day, February 7, in 1964, the American Burying Beetle was already present in more than 30 states and parts of Canada. However, in 1989, these beetles were listed … Continue reading

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Smartphone Apps and Stalking

These days, wherever people go, their smartphones follow—often collecting location data along the way. You may choose to download an app to your phone to share this information. For example, an app can show your friend how far away you … Continue reading

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Zika Virus Prevention and Response (infographic)

The Zika virus can cause symptoms including fever, rash, and joint pain. It has recently been linked to microcephaly in newborn babies and is possibly linked to Guillain-Barré syndrome in adults. The disease first started in the tropics, then individual … Continue reading

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The Insights and Analyses from Mapping Data

Geographic information systems (GIS) are powerful tools that display spatial information (such as locations on a map) in order to help us understand patterns and relationships about our world. So, with National GIS Day on November 16th, the WatchBlog is … Continue reading

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