For 22 years, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has run the Energy-Related Inventions Program (ERIP). Now, the Department of Energy has taken complete charge of ERIP and made it a part of a newly created Inventions and Innovations Program. Under ERIP, the standards agency got first crack at assessing new technologies and ideas submitted by businesses and individual inventors hoping to get government support. Now the Energy Department holds all stages of approval. NIST processed 33,430 requests for evaluations before it stopped taking them last August. Of these, 17,482 were rejected before evaluation. Inventors interested in the new program should access the World Wide Web site at www.oit.doe.gov/ and click on "Inventions and Innovations" under the heading "Technology Access."
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
Clean diesel continues to be the fuel of choice for transportation authorities in major U S cities, in spite of competitive options aimed at reducing emissions, according to a nonprofit agency that represents diesel engine and equipment manufacturers.
A panel at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas discussing upcoming FAA regulations for non-military drones brought out many of the issues that concern both industry and federal regulators.
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