NIST Launches a New U.S. Time Standard

NIST-F2 Atomic Clock

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NIST physicists Steve Jefferts (foreground) and Tom Heavner with the NIST-F2 “cesium fountain” atomic clock, a new civilian time standard for the United States.
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BOULDER CO, USA — The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has officially launched a new atomic clock, called NIST-F2, to serve as a new U.S. civilian time and frequency standard, along with the current NIST-F1 standard.

NIST-F2 would neither gain nor lose one second in about 300 million years, making it about three times as accurate as NIST-F1, which has served as the standard since 1999.

Both clocks use a “fountain” of cesium atoms to determine the exact length of a second.

NIST scientists recently reported the first official performance data for NIST-F2,* which has been under development for a decade, to the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM), located near Paris, France. Continue reading

FANTOM5 releases atlas of human gene expression

FANTOM, a large international consortium led by RIKEN releases today the first comprehensive map of gene activity across the human body, and provides the first holistic view of the complex networks that regulate gene expression across the wide variety of cell types that make up a human being.

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FANTOM5 members at a meeting in the RIKEN Yokohama campus

ONLINE  –  These findings will help in the identification of genes involved in disease and the development of personalized and regenerative medicine.

After many years of concerted effort to systematically analyze the expression of genes in all human cells and tissues, RIKEN and the FANTOM consortium publish the findings today in two landmark Nature reports, and 16 related articles in ten other scholarly journals (ref.1,2,3 – below). Continue reading

NIST Zero-Energy House Gives Back to the Grid

Over 6 Months

Gaithersburg MD, USA — Over the first six months in their special, new, four-bedroom home in suburban Maryland, the Nisters, a prototypical family of four, earned about $40 by exporting 328 KWH of electrical energy into the local grid, while meeting all of their varied energy needs.

These virtual residents of the Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility (NZERTF) on the campus of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), about 20 miles north of Washington, D.C., didn’t have to skimp even a bit on any of the creature comforts of 21st century living.

Their amenities ranged from indoor temperatures maintained between 21.1 and 23.8 °C (70 to 75 °F) to a complete array of modern-day kitchen and laundry appliances, and from personal computers, a video gaming system, and two TVs to a pair of stereos, a hairdryer, and curling and clothes irons.

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DOE Announces Webinar for $10 Million Geothermal R&D Funding Opportunity

WHEN: Thursday, March 6, 2014, 1-3 pm EST

Photo of a valley with mountains rising in the background. A series of interconnected pipes and structures are set along the valley. Online  –  The USA’s Energy Department’s Geothermal Technologies Office will host a webinar on a $10 million funding opportunity announcement for research and development that will advance Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) in the United States.

EGS R&D Funding Opportunity.

This funding opportunity will support up to ten, three-year, collaborative research and development projects focused on applying innovative technologies to obtain and process high-precision data to better characterize and target potential EGS sites.

EGS research advances the Department’s goal of proving next-generation clean energy technologies by driving down the costs of commercial-scale EGS projects to achieve cost-competitive, renewable electricity for American homes and businesses.

In pursuit of this goal, the Department supports transformative research focused on removing obstacles to commercial EGS development to help industry better access, create, and sustain engineered reservoirs.

Read the full FOA on Exchange or register today for an informative webinar.

To generate renewable power around the clock, EGS projects produce energy from intensely hot rocks buried thousands of feet below the surface. Since EGS systems initially lack the permeability or fluid saturation found in naturally occurring hydrothermal systems, the working geothermal system must be “created” through rock stimulation.

Based on U.S. Geological Survey studies, this vast, untapped thermal resource could be greater than 100 gigawatts, enough to continuously power millions of American homes.

Learn more about the Department’s efforts to develop geothermal energy.

Register here for the Webinar

CancerSeq™: Genetically Characterised FFPE Tissue Samples

Available from several tumour tissue types

FFPE Tissue Blocks Abingdon, UK  & Lake Forest CA, USA  –  AMSBIO has launched CancerSeq™, a new range of genetically characterised FFPE tissue samples.

CancerSeq™ samples are prepared from genomic DNA extracted from the FFPE tumour tissues and validated by Next Generation Sequencing using Illumina’s TruSeq Amplicon – Cancer Panel (TSACP).

Available as tissue slides and whole blocks, samples are delivered with the mutation and variation data for 48 cancer-related genes including BRAF, KRAS, EGFR, WALK and TP53. Continue reading