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DOJ: Former HHS cybersecurity head convicted on child porn charges

The former acting cybersecurity head of the Health and Human Services Department is facing sentencing after being convicted Aug. 26 by a federal jury on child pornography charges, the Justice Department said.

FAA resets plane separation standards based on new findings

Volpe, the Transportation Department's National Transportation Systems Center, has been working with the Federal Aviation Administration on the recategorization, or RECAT, of wake turbulence – turbulence created by a plane rather than air conditions. It's studying data points of several aircraft design characteristics, rather than only aircraft certificated takeoff weight, to set new safety standards.

DARPA seeks tiny implantable devices to regulate nervous system, treat diseases

DARPA's Electrical Prescriptions, or ElectRx, program is working on new, implantable, high-precision and minimally invasive technologies for adjusting nerve circuits to restore and maintain human health.

VA to issue RFP for commercial scheduling system to help improve vet care

The request for proposals for the Medical Appointment Scheduling System will go out next month, and vendors will have 30 days to respond. A draft will likely be issued beforehand, though, to give interested companies more time to prepare responses.

NIST converts lab into 'intelligent' office building to study energy reduction

The mock office building is being built in a 1,000-sqare-foot lab where researchers will study whether the artificial intelligence tools used in search engines, robots, and routing and scheduling programs can work together to optimize a building's energy performance.

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