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January 30, 2014


Robert (Bob) Fangmeyer received a silver medal award at a Department of Commerce ceremony honoring selected employees for exceptional federal service. Fangmeyer was cited in the ceremony program for "his leadership, exceptional vision and for demonstrating extraordinary motivation during the critical and challenging transition of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program to non-Federal funding."

January 22, 2014

Heralding a new age of terrific timekeeping, a research group led by a National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) physicist has unveiled an experimental strontium atomic clock that has set new world records for both precision and stability—key metrics for the performance of a clock.

The clock is in a laboratory at JILA, a joint institute of NIST and the University of Colorado Boulder.

Described in a new paper in Nature,* the JILA strontium lattice clock is about 50 percent more precise than the record holder of the past few years, NIST’s quantum logic clock.** Precision refers to how closely the clock approaches the true resonant frequency at which its reference atoms oscillate between two electronic energy levels. The new strontium clock is so precise it would neither gain nor lose one second in about 5 billion years, if it could operate that long. (This time period is longer than the age of the Earth, an estimated 4.5 billion years old.)

January 22, 2014

BOULDER—The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) has

signed an agreement with the National Science Foundation (NSF) to renew
its management of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
for five years.

The award was made after an extensive review of NCAR’s accomplishments
and the management of the center by UCAR.

Bill Scanlon
January 23rd, 2014

January 16, 2014

In this photo, a scientist in safety glasses leans in to look at a transparent container that includes four knobs connected to thin hoses.  NREL scientist Qiang Fei examines a fermenter containing microbes that can consume methane at NREL's Integrated Biorefinery Research Facility. NREL is working with partners to see if the microbes can eat the methane vented or flared off gas wells in the fracking process.
Photo by Dennis Schroeder, NREL

January 21, 2014

The globally-averaged temperature for 2013 tied as the fourth warmest year since record keeping began in 1880, according to NOAA scientists. It also marked the 37th consecutive year with a global temperature above the 20th century average. The last below-average annual temperature was 1976. Including 2013, all 13 years of the 21st century (2001-2013) rank among the 15 warmest in the 134-year period of record. The three warmest years on record are 2010, 2005, and 1998.

Most areas of the world experienced above-average annual temperatures. Over land, parts of central Asia, western Ethiopia, eastern Tanzania, and much of southern and western Australia were record warm, as were sections of the Arctic Ocean, a large swath of the southwestern Pacific Ocean, parts of the central Pacific, and an area of the central Indian Ocean. Only part of the central United States was cooler than average over land. Small regions scattered across the eastern Pacific Ocean and a region of the Southern Ocean south of South America were cooler than average. No region of the globe was record cold during 2013.