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Apollo 50: The Role of Intellectual Property in Space Commerce

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To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, the USPTO will host an event focused on space innovation, technology transfer from the Apollo missions, and an overview of the current administration’s policy on space exploration and space commerce. Mark your calendars and register early. Featured speakers include federal government executives, astronauts, inventors, and commercial space...

NIST’s Quantum Logic Clock Returns to Top Performance

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The following is a cross-post by the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) The quantum logic clock—perhaps best known for showing you age faster if you stand on a stool—has climbed back to the leading performance echelons of the world’s experimental atomic clocks. Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have been quietly...

Tropical Storm Barry Bears Down on Gulf Coast: Residents Urged to Listen to Local Authorities, Monitor Local Weather Alerts and Avoid Flooded Areas

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Tropical Storm Barry had top sustained winds of 65 mph on Friday afternoon and could become a hurricane early Saturday, July 13 before making landfall along the coast of Louisiana . The storm is expected to bring dangerous storm surge, high winds and heavy rainfall to portions of the Gulf Coast and lower Mississippi River Valley. The slow movement of Barry will result in long duration heavy...

U.S. Census Bureau Estimates 7.58 Billion People on Earth on World Population Day

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The following is a cross-post from the U.S. Census Bureau blog World population is estimated to reach 7.58 billion this month as World Population Day is celebrated on July 11 but the U.S. Census Bureau is projecting another milestone: Annual population growth will slip under 1.0% in 2020-2021 for the first time since 1950. The United Nations declared July 11 as World Population Day in 1989, two...

Foreign Direct Investment in the U.S. Rises in 2018

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On July 2, the Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released updated annual statistics on the amount and characteristics of new investments in the United States by foreign investors. Expenditures by foreign direct investors to acquire, establish, or expand U.S. businesses totaled $296.4 billion in 2018, up 8.7 percent from $272.8 billion in 2017. Additional highlights of the...

Spotlight on Commerce: Wyatt Vreeland, Research Chemical Engineer, Material Measurement Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology

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Ed. note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series highlighting the contributions of Department of Commerce employees during LGBT Pride Month. Guest blog post by Wyatt Vreeland, Research Chemical Engineer, Material Measurement Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) I was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in the mid-70’s into a blue-collar working-class family. My...

Deputy Secretary Karen Dunn Kelley Launches New Administration Strategy to Increase Trade and Investment in Africa

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The following is a cross-post from the International Trade Administration From June 18 – June 21, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Karen Dunn Kelley led a U.S. Government delegation to Maputo, Mozambique to participate in the Corporate Council on Africa's U.S.-Africa Business Summit. In Deputy Secretary Kelley’s keynote remarks , she unveiled additional details about the Trump Administration’s...

COSMIC-2 Soars Into Orbit Aboard SpaceX Falcon Heavy Rocket

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The following is a cross-post from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration COSMIC-2, a mission of six satellites designed to improve weather forecasts and space weather monitoring, blasted into orbit at 2:30 a.m. ET today, June 25, from Cape Canaveral, Florida, aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket. “The COSMIC satellites launched today will play a critical role for forecasters and...