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Cool App-titude: Pulse News

July 10, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

The Pulse News app for iPad and Android takes a visual twist on traditional RSS feeds. It provides all your content in one place with a focus on photographs to catch your eye, and it's one of the most popular news apps on the market.

Future Bright for Nanoparticles in Radiation Detection

July 9, 2012

Materials researchers at the Sandia National Laboratories have developed a new class of nanoporous materials that could lead to more effective and less costly radiation detectors for homeland security inspectors. The new material works with plastic scintillators to make them glow brightly in the presence of charged particles or high-energy photons. Sandia officials say though more work is needed, they are currently seeking commercial partners to license the technology.

DARPA Awards Gyroscope Contract to Honeywell

July 6, 2012
By George Seffers

Honeywell, Minneapolis, Minnesota, is being awarded a $9,343,572 modification to a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is funding Honeywell to design, develop, and deliver a demonstration of a gyroscope with a goal capability of absolute reference navigation in a compact, four-diameter optically integrated gyro-head.

Two Firms Awarded Unmanned Craft Contracts

July 6, 2012
By George Seffers

Gibbs & Cox Incorporated, New York, New York, and QinetiQ North America Incorporated, Huntsville, Alabama, are each being awarded a cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for design and integration of manned and unmanned craft systems for the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock, Combatant Craft Division. Gibbs and Cox is being awarded $10,799,969, QinetiQ $9,902,317. The contracts are for engineering and technical management support on all programs and projects related to the design and integration of systems for manned and unmanned craft. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is the contracting activity.

Raytheon Receives Infrared Imaging Funds

July 6, 2012
By George Seffers

Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems, McKinney, Texas, is being awarded an $8.5 million cost-reimbursement contract for system imaging from standard definition-infrared to high definition-infrared for the Multi-Spectral Targeting System. Aeronautical Systems Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

Government Adapts to Meet Mobile Demands

July 6, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

Forget about the standard "iPhone vs. Android" debate--the U.S. government is pushing to make sure it meets mobile demand no matter what the platform. While HTML 5 looks like a promising solution for multiplatform needs, it might not solve the challenges for every federal agency.

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