Monthly Archives: May 2013

2013/05/30 New Nerve and Muscle Interfaces Aid Wounded Warrior Amputees

Re-Net 

Since 2000, more than 2,000 servicemembers have suffered amputated limbs. DARPA’s breakthrough research with advanced prosthetic limbs controlled by brain interfaces is well documented, but such research is currently limited to quadriplegics; practical applications of brain interfaces for amputees are still in the future. In contrast, nerve and muscle interfaces allow amputees to control advanced prosthetics in the near term. Recent demonstrations may give Wounded Warriors hope that they can soon take advantage of these breakthroughs.

2013/05/30 New Nerve and Muscle Interfaces Aid Wounded Warrior Amputees

Re-Net 

Since 2000, more than 2,000 servicemembers have suffered amputated limbs. DARPA’s breakthrough research with advanced prosthetic limbs controlled by brain interfaces is well documented, but such research is currently limited to quadriplegics; practical applications of brain interfaces for amputees are still in the future. In contrast, nerve and muscle interfaces allow amputees to control advanced prosthetics in the near term. Recent demonstrations may give Wounded Warriors hope that they can soon take advantage of these breakthroughs.

Sharing Data Between Law Enforcement, Crime Laboratories and the Courts: The Forensic Information Data Exchange

The Forensic Information Data Exchange (FIDEX) system allows criminal justice stakeholders to share forensic information. It consists of the portal and two standardized sets of Information Exchange Package Documents (IEPD), one for submitting forensic cases to the crime laboratory and one for tracking the disposition of court cases for which forensic evidence has been submitted.

Preliminary Drug Identification: Field Investigation Drug Officer Program

Overwhelming drug investigation caseloads have affected the efficiency of the entire criminal justice system. As a result, many cases are not prosecuted in a reasonable timeframe or are dismissed due to lack of timely sample analysis.

The Field Investigation Drug Officer (FIDO) program was developed to streamline the adjudication process and reduce backlogged investigations by training law enforcement officers to handle straightforward drug possession cases at the investigative level.

Sales Open for Second 2013 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin™ on June 6

WASHINGTON – The United States Mint will open sales for the America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin – Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial (product code NQ6) – on June 6 at noon Eastern Time (ET).  The coin is currently priced at $179.95.  As with all products sold by the United States Mint containing precious metals, the price is subject to change.  Mintage for each of the 2013 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins is limited to 25,000 units. 

United States Mint to Release 2013 American Eagle One Ounce Gold Uncirculated Coin June 6

WASHINGTON – The United States Mint will accept orders for the 2013 American Eagle One Ounce Gold Uncirculated Coin (product code GB1) beginning June 6 at noon Eastern Time (ET).  The coin's price will be based on the bureau's pricing structure for gold and platinum products.  Please visit http://catalog.usmint.gov/wcsstore/ConsumerDirect/images/catalog/en_US/PMPricingGrid.pdf. for pricing information.

DOE Data Tools Featured at Data.gov

Data.gov
Data.gov, a priority of the President’s Open Government Initiative, contains records for forty-four datasets and data extraction tools from the DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information. Currently, two of OSTI’s DOE products, SciTech Connect and ScienceCinema are featured in the Data.gov homepage slide show. Data.gov increases the ability of the public to easily find, download, and use datasets that are generated and held by the Federal Government.

Measurement Science and Standards in Forensic Handwriting Analysis Conference

The Measurement Science and Standards in Forensic Handwriting Analysis Conference will take place on June 4-5, 2013 at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Campus in Gaithersburg, Maryland. You also may attend virtually.

The purpose of this free conference is to enhance the current state of forensic handwriting analysis through the use of advancements in measurement science and the latest research investments in quantitative analysis capabilities.

2013/05/29 Smartphone Technology Inspires Design for Smart Unattended Ground Sensor

ADAPT 

DARPA’s Adaptable Sensor System (ADAPT) program aims to transform how unattended sensors are developed for the military by using an original design manufacturer (ODM) process similar to that of the commercial smartphone industry. The goal is to develop low-cost, rapidly updatable intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) sensors in less than a year, a marked improvement to the current three-to-eight year development process.

2013 United States Mint Uncirculated Coin Set® Goes on Sale June 4

WASHINGTON – Collectors may begin ordering the 2013 United States Mint Uncirculated Coin Set (product code U13) on June 4 at noon Eastern Time.  Priced at $27.95, the popular annual set includes two folders, each with a Certificate of Authenticity printed on the packaging and containing 14 coins from the United States Mint facilities at Denver and Philadelphia, for a total of 28 coins.  Each folder contains the following:

  • four Presidential $1 Coins honoring William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and Woodrow Wilson
  • five America the Beautiful Quarters® Program coins honoring White Mountain National Forest (NH), Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial (OH), Great Basin National Park (NV), Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine (MD), and Mount Rushmore National Memorial (SD)
  • one Native American $1 Coin
  • one Kennedy half-dollar coin
  • one Roosevelt dime coin
  • one Jefferson 5-cent coin
  • one Lincoln one-cent coin

NEA Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa and Blue Star Families CEO Kathy Roth-Douquet Announce the 2013 Launchof Blue Star Museums

NEA Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa and Blue Star Families CEO Kathy Roth-Douquet announced the fourth annual launch of Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and a record-breaking 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2013.

FDA Helps Women Get Heart Smart

FDA’s Office of Women’s Health offers many resources to educate women about the safe use of FDA-approved drugs and devices for the treatment and prevention of heart disease. This includes information about conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure, which can increase a woman’s risk.