Golden, Colorado - The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Lab-Corps program today launched its second round of clean energy entrepreneurship trainings this week in Golden, Colorado. The $2.3 million pilot, started in 2014, is based on the National Science Foundation's successful Innovation Corps model.

Washington, DC - According to the recent United Nations report, Status of the World’s Soil Resources, the world can ameliorate soil degradation if more sustainable practices are promptly implemented. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) defines soil degradation as "a change in the soil health status resulting in a diminished capacity of the ecosystem to provide goods and services for its beneficiaries. Degraded soils have a health status, such that they do not provide the normal goods and services of the particular soil in its ecosystem."

Washington, DC - In a Rose Garden ceremony today at the White House, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court of the United States. Merrick Garland, the Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, has more federal judicial experience than any other Supreme Court nominee in history. No one is better suited to immediately serve on the Supreme Court.

Washington, DC - Secretary of State John Kerry: "On St. Patrick’s Day, we celebrate Ireland for its rich history and culture, and the works of St. Patrick. Each year on this day, the people of the United States celebrate the especially deep cultural connections between the United States and Ireland. For centuries, Irish immigrants have shaped United States. From Dublin, California, to Shamrock, Texas, and of course my hometown of Boston, deep community connections to Ireland span coast to coast. St. Patrick’s Day is an opportunity to appreciate our unique shared history.

Washington, DC - Announcements for Let Girls Learn are part of the First Lady’s visit to South by Southwest. These commitments complement private sector commitments announced by the First Lady on International Women’s Day.

Washington, DC - The antimicrobial arsenal that we count on to save millions of lives each year is alarmingly thin—and these microbes are rapidly evolving resistance to our weapons. But help may be on the way: In a study posted in the AMB Express, researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) show that automated techniques commonly used to screen new drugs for mammalian cell toxicity could also dramatically speed up the challenging task of antimicrobial discovery.