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Report Showcases the Need for the Nation to Continue to Support Research Innovation

BOULDER, Colo., Sept. 5, 2013 -- As the nation continues to look for solutions on the types of investment it should make for long-term economic growth, a report released today out of Colorado underscores the importance of sustained funding for research at the federal laboratories and the resulting impact on the economy.

The report from CO-LABS, a consortium organized to establish Colorado as a global leader in research, technology, and their commercialization, shows that the economic impact of the state's federally funded laboratories was $2.3 billion and directly employed nearly 8,000 people in 2012.

WINDCAP® Ultrasonic Wind Sensor WMT700 Now Available for Cold Climate Operations

Helsinki, Finland - August 26, 2013 - Vaisala is pleased to announce the release of its WINDCAP® Ultrasonic Wind Sensor WMT700, which now includes an option for full-body heating of the unit, making it a top choice for monitoring wind conditions in extremely cold climates with heavy snow and ice conditions.  Vaisala's WMT700 is a professional meteorological instrument that utilizes ultrasonic sound to determine wind speed and direction.  The measurement is based on the ultrasonic sound wave traveling time from one transducer to another, which varies with wind speed.  The sensor is highly accurate, reliable, and proven to measure wind conditions in demanding climates, with optimal results.  There are no moving parts, allowing for low maintenance and providing the sensor with a long and low cost operational life cycle.

WASHINGTON, Aug. 7, 2013 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Wildlife Services' (WS) National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC) today announced that the U.S. Patent Office has issued a patent (US 8,407,931 B1) to USDA for a live snake trap that utilizes two trip pans for the humane capture of larger, heavier snakes, such as the invasive Burmese python.  Each pressure trip pan has an independent release mechanism so that both must be depressed simultaneously in order to spring the trap, an important feature designed to reduce if not eliminate capture of nontarget animals. Called the Large Reptile Trap, this device was developed by a scientist at the NWRC Florida Field Station in Gainesville, Florida, in conjunction with Tomahawk Live Trap LLC.

“Though the trap is based on a standard live trap design, the Large Reptile Trap is the first to require two trip pans to be depressed at the same time in order to close the trap door. The pans are spaced such that non-target animals are unlikely to trigger the trap,” said NWRC wildlife biologist and trap inventor John Humphrey. “This trap was developed with the invasive Burmese python in mind. It capitalizes on their larger length and weight.”


Vaisala has signed a contract to deliver four dual-polarized weather radars to the Philippines. The contract with the National Meteorological Service of the Philippines includes the weather radars, spare parts and related services. The deliveries start at the end of 2013, and will be completed during 2014.

The Philippines is an island country with a challenging tropical climate. The frequent typhoons and heavy rains pose severe impact on people and property.

BOULDER, CO – Sandra Henderson, Director for Citizen Science at the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), will be honored this week at the White House as a Champion of Change for her work on NEON’s Project BudBurst and related citizen science activities. 

Across the country, ordinary Americans are doing extraordinary things, and the White House Champions of Change program aims to identify and recognize those people, who they say are “winning the future” in their communities.