Today the USPTO issued its 8 millionth patent to Second Sight Medical Products, Inc., a California-based company founded in 1998, for a visual prosthesis apparatus that enhances visual perception for people who have gone blind due to outer retinal degeneration. The invention uses electrical stimulation of the retina to produce the visual perception of patterns of light. The now patented Argus® II is currently in U.S. clinical trials and has received marketing approval in Europe.Read More
Since the start of this administration, the Minority
Business Development Agency has helped minority-owned firms gain access to $7
billion in contracts. Those firms are located in cities and rural communities
throughout the country. However, what these firms have in common is their tenacity,
innovation and creativity.
Guest blog by Bill Read, Director of NOAA's National Hurricane CenterOne of the customs of my job as Director that has been most
interesting is the practice of naming of tropical cyclones. For several hundred years, many hurricanes
in the West Indies were named after the particular saint's day on which the
hurricane occurred. Ivan R. Tannehill
describes in his book, Hurricanes the major tropical storms of
recorded history and mentions many hurricanes named after saints. For example,
Guest blog post by Jane Lubchenco, Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA AdministratorLast week, as the administration and Congress agreed
on a debt ceiling deal, those of us in the science world were reminded of
another looming deficit: the lack of women with jobs – and education – in
science, engineering, technology and mathematics (STEM).
Persistent, scorching heat in the central and eastern regions of
the United States shattered long-standing daily and monthly
temperature records last month, making it the fourth warmest July on
record nationally, according to scientists at NOAA’s National Climatic
Data Center. The heat exacerbated drought conditions, resulting in the
largest “exceptional” drought footprint in the 12-year history of the U.S. Drought Monitor.
“Exceptional” is the most severe category of drought on the drought
This week, the Commerce Department's Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director
of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos is in Orlando, Fla., to hear directly from small business
leaders as part of the White
House Business Council Roundtable series being held across the country. Engaging
with innovators and entrepreneurs in the state’s vibrant Space Coast community,
Kappos is gaining additional perspective on the regional business climate and using
Forecasters have a higher confidence for an active seasonThe Department of Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued its updated 2011 Atlantic hurricane season outlook today
raising the number of expected named storms from its pre-season
outlook issued in May. Forecasters also increased their confidence that
2011 will be an active Atlantic hurricane season. NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service, updates its Atlantic hurricane season outlook every August.
Guest blog post by Anthony G. Wilhelm, Director,
Broadband Technology Opportunities Program, National Telecommunications and
Information Administration (NTIA)
Guest blog post by Anna M. Gomez, Deputy
Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and Deputy
Administrator, NTIAThis week
construction began on a fiber-optic network that will bring broadband Internet
service to more than 120 communities in western and north central Massachusetts.
Thanks in large part to a $45.4 million Recovery Act investment from NTIA, the
project will help residents and businesses in these underserved parts of the
state to better compete in today’s knowledge-based economy.
Commerce's Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is enabling
job creation and growth within minority-owned companies as they expand through
innovation and untapped resources. MBDA has 50 business development centers and
regional offices throughout the country and is preparing to open its newest
business center in Cleveland, Ohio, in September to continue to create an environment
for support, technical training and access to capital, contracts and to
markets for business owners there.