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Proposed Battery Revolutionizes Century-Old Technology

The University of California San Diego along with General Atomics are about to begin work on developing a new kind of flow battery technology that pumps chemicals through a battery cell when electricity is needed. The development of the battery would revolutionize current century-old lead-acid battery technology - creating low cost, high efficiency and reliability needed for use on the smart electrical power grid. This project is receiving $2 million dollars in funding through the U.S. Department of Energy and APRA-E, the Advanced Project Research Agency devoted to Energy research. The goal is the production of a battery that can be scaled for grid-scale energy storage but which costs less and performs far longer than current technologies.

Tags: Technology , Meeting Mission Goals Through Technology , DoE , APR-E , Scott Carr

Wednesday - 07/21/2010, 02:29pm EDT

Grants Fund Study of Alternative Refrigeration

A Milwaukee-based company is about to begin research on an alternative form of refrigeration for cooling buildings, under a $2-point-nine million dollar energy research grant funded through the federal stimulus package. Using a solid state cooling technology, the privately held Astronautics Corporation of America will research a type of magnetic refrigeration that does not rely on a liquid-based refrigerant. Energy Department officials say, if successful, the breakthrough system could achieve significant energy efficiency, greatly reducing system operating costs compared to conventional compression systems, in addition to producing zero greenhouse gases. In all, $30 million dollars in grant money is being given to 17 different projects around the country that focus on a variety of novel approaches to air-conditioning.

Tags: Technology , Meeting Mission Goals Through Technology , Energy , DoE , Scott Carr

Wednesday - 07/21/2010, 02:26pm EDT

Scientists Find HIV-Fighting Antibodies

Scientists led by the National Institutes of Health have discovered antibodies that will prevent most HIV strains from infecting human cells. Two potent human antibodies have been found to stop more than 90 percent of known global HIV strains from infecting human cells in the lab. Scientists have even demonstrated how one of the disease-fighting proteins is able to do it. They found the antibodies using a novel molecular device that homes in on the specific cells that make antibodies that fight HIV. According to the scientists, the antibodies could be used to design improved HIV vaccines, or could be further developed to prevent or treat HIV infection. Moreover, the method used to find the antibodies could be used to find therapeutic antibodies for other infectious diseases.

Tags: Technology , Meeting Mission Goals Through Technology , HIV , NIH , Scott Carr

Wednesday - 07/21/2010, 02:25pm EDT

Careless Census workers may lose Web privileges

Tim Ruland, Chief Information Technology Security Officer at the Census Bureau, says his office reimages 25-30 PCs each month because of irresponsible Web browsing. Ruland says some managers may choose to revoke employee Internet privileges to help fix the problem. Census is also developing a safe Web surfing handbook for all employees.

Tags: Tim Ruland , Census Bureau , Cybersecurity , management , Technology , Rachel Stevens

Wednesday - 07/21/2010, 01:56pm EDT
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GAO: OMB's IT dashboard used crusty data

Some of the investments listed on the IT Dashboard are already hundreds of millions of dollars over budget and years behind schedule. David Powner, Director of Information Technology Management Issues for GAO explains.

Tags: Federal Drive , GAO , Technology , management , David Powner , OMB , IT Dashboard , Suzanne Kubota

Wednesday - 07/21/2010, 09:22am EDT
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DHS outlines cybersecurity planning

The government's cybersecurity experts will be busy beefing up the government's IT security in coming months -- including the latest version of a well-known test of federal and private sector preparedness. Their boss says it's part of the never-ending quest to safeguard cyberspace.

Tags: Technology , Cybersecurity , INSA , DHS , Rand Beers , National Protection and Programs Directorate , Max Cacas , Einstein 3 , Cyberstorm III

Wednesday - 07/21/2010, 07:10am EDT
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How to buy software with assurance and integrity

This week, Federal Security Spotlight checks in with Rich Marshall of the Dept. of Homeland Security.
July 22, 2010

Tags: Technology , DHS , Rich Marshall , Federal Security Spotlight , Tom Temin

Tuesday - 07/20/2010, 04:16pm EDT
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Amazon: e-books gaining market share

The online retailer is selling more e-books than physical ones

Tags: newscast , DorobekInsider , Must Reads , Amazon , Kindle , e-books , Technology

Tuesday - 07/20/2010, 02:33pm EDT

Obama's three technology musketeers

Learn more about the White House's technology leaders

Tags: newscast , DorobekInsider , Must Reads , Technology , data management

Tuesday - 07/20/2010, 12:55pm EDT

GPO plans for e-preservation

As the Government Printing Office continues with plans for electronic preservation of documents, it has created a new position. David Walls, GPO's first preservation librarian, tells us about this new job.

Tags: Federal Drive , management , Technology , GPO , David Walls

Tuesday - 07/20/2010, 10:39am EDT
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