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BEA’s New Data Tool Provides Fast Access to Trade and Investment Stats for Countries

Wed, 2015-05-27 12:22

A new data tool--International Trade and Investment Country Facts Application--on the Bureau of Economic Analysis website gives users a snapshot of statistics on trade and investment between the United States and another country by simply clicking on a world map.
These fast facts at your fingertips can include:

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NOAA: Below-normal Atlantic Hurricane Season is likely this year

Wed, 2015-05-27 12:06

NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center says the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season will likely be below-normal, but that’s no reason to believe coastal areas will have it easy.

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Reasons We Need the Clean Water Rule

Wed, 2015-05-27 11:56

Ed. note: This blog is cross-posted from the Environmental Protection Agency. You can read the original post here. 

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4 Years of Building Energy Efficiency Across America

Wed, 2015-05-27 10:01

This morning, I had the pleasure of kicking off the Department of Energy’s Better Building Summit. It reminded me of the founding of Better Buildings four years ago. At that time, as we continued to recover from the worst recession since the Great Depression and were faced with a paralyzed Congress, President Obama made clear to his economic team that we were to look for more creative and durable ways to contribute to an accelerated economic recovery. 

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Implementing the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order

Wed, 2015-05-27 09:55

President Barack Obama signs the "Fair Pay and Safe Workplace" executive order in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building South Court Auditorium, July 31, 2014. The President is joined on stage by Labor Secretary Thomas Perez as well as employers who support fair labor practices, workers who have seen firsthand the effects of workplace violations, and advocates who have worked to improve fair pay and safety standards.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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#DreamSmallBiz: National Small Business Week Recap – Part Two

Wed, 2015-05-27 00:00

Last week, we gave you a recap of some of the events that took place during the first half of...

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NIST Develops First ‘Roadmap’ for Public Safety Communications Research

Tue, 2015-05-26 17:33

The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published the first “roadmap” for the next 20 years of research needed to establish seamless, broadband public safety communications networks across the United States. The new roadmap, the first of a planned series on relevant technologies, focuses on location-based services to improve situational awareness for police, firefighters, emergency medical services and other first responders.

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A Note on Genome Editing

Tue, 2015-05-26 10:40

Last week, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and its National Academy of Medicine (NAM) announced that they will convene an international meeting this fall at which researchers, ethicists, and other experts will discuss the implications of human germline gene-editing technologies in both research and clinical applications.

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SBIR Agency Blog #4: National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Tue, 2015-05-26 00:00

In this series of blogs, we are learning about what’s happening at Small Business Innovation (SBIR) programs at several different agencies. Now, it’s NASA’s turn. Every SBIR program has a strong...

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Three Dangerous Myths in Entrepreneurship

Tue, 2015-05-26 00:00

One thing that bugs me about the world of entrepreneurship is how often people who ought to know better propagate these three very common and potentially dangerous myths. They come up constantly...

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