Imperial Valley News
San Diego, California - Two rare reptile species native to two delicate island ecosystems—the black tree monitor, native to the Aru Islands off the coast of Papua New Guinea; and the mossy leaf-tailed gecko, native to Madagascar—are now thriving at the San Diego Zoo. The latest milestones in a long history of successful reptile breeding, the new arrivals offer hope for two little-known, yet important species.
Washington, DC - Assistant Secretary for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance Frank A. Rose will travel to Australia and Hawaii September 17-24 for meetings and to participate in events focused on international security, strategic stability, and space security.
Washington, DC - The Democratic Republic of the Congo is facing an historic moment as the country prepares for elections and its first democratic transition of power. The United States government is following political developments in Kinshasa and notes the announced plans by some political and civil society groups in the DRC to organize demonstrations and other civic action in the coming months.
San Diego, California - The Navy completed a Manual of the Judge Advocate General (JAGMAN) investigation Wednesday, into the cause of the June 02, 2016 crash of Blue Angel #6 in Smyrna, Tennessee.
Gaithersburg, Maryland - With the addition of four new reference materials (RMs) to a growing collection of “measuring sticks” for gene sequencing, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) can now provide laboratories with even more capability to accurately “map” DNA for genetic testing, medical diagnoses and future customized drug therapies. The new tools feature sequenced genes from individuals in two genetically diverse groups, Asians and Ashkenazic Jews; a father-mother-child trio set from Ashkenazic Jews; and four microbes commonly used in research.
Washington, DC - Individual photons of light now can be detected far more efficiently using a device patented (link is external) by a team including the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), whose scientists have overcome longstanding limitations with one of the most commonly used type of single-photon detectors. Their invention could allow higher rates of transmission of encrypted electronic information and improved detection of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.