Credit card fraud is on the rise in the United States. In 2014 alone, nearly 32 million customers had their credit card accounts breached. While the majority of credit card fraud incidents (45 percent) were related to online or card-not-present transactions, in which thieves used stolen card numbers to make online purchases, the second most… Keep reading →

Congress Struggles With Funding Repairs To U.S. Capitol Dome

On September 15, 2014, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2996, the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation (RAMI) Act. The Act “earmarks up to $300 million in federal funding — $30 million annually for 10 years” from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy account, and would be available to regional centers to develop new products and train workforces. Fields mentioned in the bill as eligible for the money include “nanotechnology, advanced ceramics, photonics and optics, composites, biobased and advanced materials, flexible hybrid technologies and tool development for microelectronics.” The RAMI Act has a companion bill in the Senate where it could be voted on as early as this fall. More information on the RAMI Act is available online. The full text of the RAMI Act can be found online.


This month on, we’ll be exploring the science of the very fast and very small. From particle accelerators used to study the physical world to innovations in nanotechnology that could revolutionize industries, we’ll examine the contributions of the Energy Department’s┬áNational Labs┬áto these important frontiers of science. PARTICLE ACCELERATORS Particle accelerators use electric fields to… Keep reading →