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NCAR developed and Vaisala commercialized the dropsonde, a meteorological instrument that is deployed from an aircraft into hurricanes to improve both track and intensity forecasts

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U.S. government agencies constantly work to address issues that affect people, communities, and industries throughout the country and even the world. Sometimes, they need help.

Launched in 2010, allows federal agencies to crowdsource ideas from the public and solve problems with thinkers and doers from any neighborhood and field of expertise.

The challenge concept goes back centuries. Longitude and ship navigation, Lindbergh's transatlantic flight, even initial designs for the U.S. Capitol and White House—all were the result of open prize competitions.

Via  the Federal Laboratory Consortium: Did you know that some of the most highly-recognizable household technologies you use every day were originally developed inside federal labs?

Check out LabTechinYourLife,  the virtual environment, to discover those techs & learn about their development!


 CO-LABS members High Precision Devices and BioMARC have been named finalists for the 4th annual Colorado Manufacturing Awards on April 4th, which  recognize excellence and innovation across the region’s manufacturing industries and economy.

The only program of its kind in the United States, the CMA program brings together business leaders in a celebration of the modern manufacturing economy — a multi-industry, consumer and technology-driven sector reshaping America’s rich industrial legacy.

The Water in the West Symposium , presented by COlorado State University on March 13-14, 2019:  Join leaders from diverse disciplines to dive deep into water issues affecting the region and to explore innovative solutions to water challenges. The Symposium will feature nationally renowned speakers, and showcase the efforts of various sectors in leveraging research, innovation, education, and creative policies to address the most pressing global water issues.

Other confirmed speakers include Gary Knell, Chairman of National Geographic Partners, and Tom Vilsack, former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. Ticket sales end Friday March 8, 2019.  REGISTER AND INFO.

Friday, February 15, 2019:  President Trump signed into law a spending bill to avoid another partial government shutdown, ensuring full-year appropriations for all federal agencies (meaing through September 30, 2019). The bill sets line-by-line spending levels for the departments of Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, State, Interior, Agriculture, Treasury, Commerce, Homeland Security and Justice, as well as the Environmental Protection Agency, NASA, Office of Personnel Management and other independent agencies. For a full analysis of the contents of that bill, which includes a 1.9 percent pay raise for federal employees, see more at