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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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CO-LABS connects and promotes the diverse world-class federally-funded research occurring throughout Colorado. Our Science Matters newsletter will keep you informed about compelling projects, discoveries and events making Colorado one of the nation's premiere hubs for science and engineering advances.

As federal budget decisions are taking center stage, we work to educate our elected officials and civic leaders on the intellectual and economic value of more than 30 national research laboratories, institutes and partnering organizations including universities and colleges. We are supported by our powerful network of economic development agencies, public sector partners and innovative businesses, plus individual champions of science. 



The Research Innovation Center (RIC) at the Foothills campus of Colorado State University (CSU) in Fort Collins is Colorado’s premier life science company accelerator. Companies at various stages in their development can benefit from locating in this state of the art facility.

Rentable space includes 21 different lab configurations totaling 7,500 sq. ft., 1,700 sq. ft. of private offices, and > 6,000 sq. ft. of common space. Located within the CSU Infectious Disease Research Center, the complex is a lively hub of translationalstage research where academic and industry researchers can mingle.

Join us March 19 - 23, 2018 as dozens of aerospace organizations and tech-industry partners, government and academia come together for a full week of  aerospace activities! Learn how Colorado has come to have one of the largest space economies per capita in the nation and how to support aerospace in our state. 

See the full event schedule. 

Dan Powers
February 22nd, 2018

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is undertaking an ambitious plan to assess Federal technology transfer efforts to enable greater “Return on Investment” (ROI) from the Federal Government’s $140 Billion annual investment in research and development (R&D). NIST is uniquely positioned to implement this initiative through our government-wide leadership role within the Department of Commerce, including delegated (link is external) regulatory authority and responsibility for annual reporting to the President and Congress.

NIST will work in collaboration with the private sector and other partners to identify critically-needed improvements to Federal technology transfer efforts.  Our goal is to streamline and accelerate the transfer of technology from Federal Laboratories and federally-funded R&D at universities to promote U.S. economic growth and national security by attracting greater private sector investment to create innovative products and services, and new businesses and industries.

New study finds surprisingly high contribution from paints, pesticides, perfumes as vehicle emissions drop: 

Chemical products that contain compounds refined from petroleum, like household cleaners, pesticides, paints and perfumes, now rival motor vehicle-related emissions as the top source of urban air pollution, according to a surprising NOAA-led study.

People use a lot more fuel than they do petroleum-based compounds in chemical products—about 15 times more by weight, according to the new assessment. Even so, lotions, paints and other products contribute about as much to air pollution as the transportation sector does, said lead author Brian McDonald, a CIRES scientist working in NOAA’s Chemical Sciences Division.