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CDC-Developed Zika MAC-ELISA Diagnostic Test

Jane Basile, a microbiologist from the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) Division of Vector-Borne Diseases, is one of many CDC scientists working to combat Zika. The CDC has developed the Zika MAC-ELISA diagnostic test, which detects antibodies the body makes to fight a Zika virus infection...
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CDC’s HIV Diagnostics Research

The photo of this laboratory spotlight shows a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) laboratorian in the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention performing the first step in the diagnostic algorithm recommended by CDC and the American Public Health Laboratories (APHL) in 2014, which has become...
concrete decon Sandia
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Cleaning Chemically Contaminated Concrete

In March 1995, members of a Japanese cult released the deadly nerve agent sarin into the Tokyo subway system, killing a dozen people and injuring a thousand more. This leads to the question: What if a U.S. transportation hub was contaminated with a chemical agent? The hub might be shut down for...
CoastGuard Vessel Demo
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Coast Guard Debuts New Rapid Prototyping Center

On May 5, the U.S. Coast Guard’s Research and Development Center (RDC), in New London, Conn., launched a facility that will focus on rapid innovation to keep U.S. homeland security systems one step ahead of threats to the nation. The new Coast Guard Science & Technology Innovation Center...
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DARPA’s Machine Common Sense Program

Today’s machine learning systems are more advanced than ever, capable of automating increasingly complex tasks and serving as a critical tool for human operators. Despite recent advances, however, a critical component of artificial intelligence (AI) remains just out of reach—machine common sense...
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Developing Coatings to Make Windows More Energy-Efficient

At Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), materials scientists Paul Mirkarimi and Roger Qiu are developing coatings to make windows more energy-efficient by reflecting infrared and allowing all visible light in. They are also working on hard transparent coatings that could be used to...
DOT’s J. Sterling Jones Hydraulics Research Laboratory
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DOT’s J. Sterling Jones Hydraulics Research Laboratory

The Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Hydraulics Laboratory conducts research related to the effects of flooding on highway infrastructure. A major impact of flooding is bridge scour, which is the leading cause of bridge failures in the U.S. Thousands of bridges are listed as “scour critical...
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ECBC’s Layered Sensing Initiative

The Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) is executing a Layered Sensing Initiative (LSI) to allow for more in-depth and accurate detection results using networked, fixed, and mobile sensors. Conventional detectors are manpower-intensive, with significant delays in detection time and...

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