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The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently recognized the professionals behind the lab's greatest innovations from the past year during its Intellectual Property & Technology Transfer Awards.

With more than 100 active licenses covering the spectrum of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies creating several hundred new research and development agreements with industry partners, the luncheon celebrated NREL's commercialization success and recognized the researchers and engineers who made it happen.

"As NREL sharpens its focus on energy systems integration, the individual successes are starting to meld into a greater, NREL-wide focus on comprehensive, industry-changing energy solutions," said Bill Farris, NREL's Associate Lab Director of Innovation, Partnering, and Outreach.

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To help the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) address industry's needs most efficiently, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today announced its intention to sponsor its first Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC).

The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence in Maryland.
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Helsinki, Finland - April 8, 2013 - Vaisala is celebrating the 30-year anniversary of the U.S. National Lightning Detection Network® (NLDN), the most accurate, reliable and scientifically validated lightning detection network in the United States. Since the first lightning location data was recorded on June 1, 1983 the NLDN has contributed 30 years of lightning data, improving meteorological forecasting of storm activity; protecting critical power, utility and communications infrastructure from lightning damage; and enabling issuing safety warnings and educating the public about the dangers of lightning.

Throughout the NLDN's 30-year history, Vaisala has continued to develop the technology further, making a number of upgrades to improve the network's detection efficiency, location accuracy and overall performance. The data collected by the NLDN has helped advance meteorological and scientific understanding of lightning and severe storms, and agencies such as the National Weather Service, major utility companies, and many airports have come to rely on the accuracy of the data and the reliability of the network.

BOULDER – With coastal areas bracing for rising sea levels, new research indicates that cutting emissions of certain pollutants can greatly slow down sea level rise this century.

The research team found that reductions in four pollutants that cycle comparatively quickly through the atmosphere could temporarily forestall the rate of sea level rise by roughly 25 to 50 percent.

“To avoid potentially dangerous sea level rise, we could cut emissions of short-lived pollutants even if we cannot immediately cut carbon dioxide emissions,” says Aixue Hu of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), the first author of the study. “This new research shows that society can significantly reduce the threat to coastal cities if it moves quickly on a handful of pollutants.”

BOULDER -- The main source of online weather training for hundreds of thousands of forecasters, emergency managers, and others in the United States and abroad is turning to donations from users in order to try to stay in service.

The COMET Program, managed by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), is taking this unprecedented step in the face of a funding shortfall of nearly $2 million. The deficit reflects this year’s government sequestration as well as further federal budget cuts anticipated in fiscal year 2014.

More than 275,000 meteorologists, pilots, firefighters, emergency managers, other professionals, and students rely on COMET's MetEd website (