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USDA provides loans to improve rural electricity service, invest in smart grids

The department will spend more than $518 million in rural electric cooperatives in 15 states – part of nearly $50 billion that it has invested in infrastructure improvements in the past five years. More than $23 million of the funding will go toward smart grid improvements to better manage and increase efficiencies in the nationwide electric system.

Los Alamos inks deal to commercialize quantum cryptographic tech for 'truly secure' computing

The lab said the technology, which has been developed and rigorously tested for 20 years now, creates cryptographic keys "with lightning speed" by using the quantum properties of light particles, or photons, to generate random numbers to securely send data.

New Energy Department computing platform paves way for better biological research

The Energy Department's Systems Biology Knowledgebase, or KBase, will help biologists analyze, store and share data. Led by Lawrence Berkeley, Argonne, Brookhaven and Oak Ridge national laboratories, KBase gathers data available on plants, microbes, microbial communities and the interactions among them in order to improve the environment and energy production.

Stimulus funds give thousands of students in rural Georgia better high-speed Internet access

About $56.8 million in grants awarded to the North Georgia Network and Appalachian Valley Fiber Network have resulted in a 3,000-mile fiber-optic Education Exchange that links 30 kindergarten through 12th-grade school districts with more than 330 facilities and 250,000 students. The network will enable schools to share web-based instructional resources, online course material and videoconferencing services via a 10-gigabit private education cloud.

DARPA expands research offerings through its public web portal

Started in February, Open Catalog now includes peer-reviewed publications and other material from the agency's Biological Technologies Office and Defense Sciences Office. Overall, the website now offers open source software, peer-reviewed publications and other materials from the majority of programs in DARPA's Information Innovation Office.

RFID system lets New York City keep better tabs on firefighters' whereabouts

Invented by the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory's and others in partnership with the New York City Fire Department, the system is based on an active RFID tag that firefighters carry and works much like how E-Z Pass tracks inventory.

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.

DoD ready to receive bids for electronic health record modernization program

The Defense Department Aug. 25 officially issued a final, highly anticipated solicitation for a potential $11 billion program to modernize its electronic health record system.

Internal audit finds 'significant' security problems in NOAA's weather satellite ground system

An internal investigation recently found "signficant security concerns" with a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration next-generation environmental satellite program's ground system.

Audit finds USPS isn't backing up essential data in separate hardware

An internal investigation found that the U.S. Postal Service isn't backing up data in separate hardware following the recent loss of a database that kept track of computer incidents.