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DOE Announces Publication of Environmental Impact Statement for Versatile Test Reactor

The Department of Energy has announced its intent to develop an environmental impact statement to evaluate the creation of a versatile reactor-based fast-neutron source in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act. DOE said Monday it invites industry to send comments on the scope of the EIS until Sept. 4 and plans to hold two webcast scoping meetings to further discuss the project. 

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NCSA to Help NGA Build Digital Elevation Models of Earth

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has granted the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign $11.1M to work on a series of geospatial research projects over the next year. NCSA said Friday that it will help NGA build digital elevation models of the entire Earth using data from its Blue Waters supercomputers as part of the initial EarthDEM project. 

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DARPA to Present Open-Source, Secure Voting System at DEF CON 2019

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency will present the hardware specifications of a new open-source voting system prototype during an annual hacking event in Las Vegas. The new system is part of DARPA's System Security Integrated Through Hardware and Firmware program to develop security architectures and tools designed to protect voting systems from hardware vulnerabilities exploited in software, the agency said Thursday

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NASA to Deploy Hyperspectral Radiometer for Coastal Water Studies

NASA will use an imaging tool to conduct studies of coastal waters from space to sustain coastal ecosystems and optimize resource management functions. Developed by a team from the University of New Hampshire, the Geosynchronous Littoral Imaging and Monitoring Radiometer is a hyperspectral ocean color radiometer will observe ocean chemistry, biology and ecology in the southeastern U.S. coastline, Gulf of Mexico and Amazon River, the agency said Friday

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Bill Zielinski: GSA ‘Actively Working’ on Establishing 5G Spectrum

Bill Zielinski, acting assistant commissioner of General Services Administrations' office of information technology category, wrote in a blog post published Tuesday that the government is “actively working” to reallocate spectrum for 5G communications. Zielinski cited applications for 5G technology including traffic management, power grid monitoring, augmented and virtual reality, automated logistics and other telecommunications operations. 

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AI National Security Commission Issues Initial Report to Congress

The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence provided updates on its activities and future plans to advance AI development through its initial congressional report, National Defense reported Wednesday. According to the report released Wednesday, the commissioners decided to group themselves into four working teams focused on four key areas, including maintaining U.S. leadership in AI research and keeping the country’s advantage in AI national security applications.

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DoD to Deploy EHR System to Four More Bases in September

The Department of Defense will roll out in September its new electronic health records system to four additional bases in California and Idaho, the Military website reported Wednesday. DoD will field the Cerner-built MHS Genesis EHR system at three California-based sites - Travis Air Force Base, Army Health Clinic Presidio and Naval Air Station Lemoore – and at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho, effective Sept. 7.

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