Washington, DC - The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will undertake a study to assess the reliability of forensic methods for analyzing DNA evidence that, if misapplied, could lead to innocent people being wrongly convicted. The study will focus on DNA mixtures involving three or more people, and on very small quantities of DNA also known as touch DNA.

Washington, DC - Naval Research Laboratory's (NRL) Materials Science & Technology Division and Chemistry Division have received a U.S. patent for an Electrolytic-Cation Exchange Module (E-CEM), a key step in synthetic fuel production from seawater, August 1.

Pearl Harbor, Hawaii - The Pearl Harbor submarine community welcomed the crew and families of the Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Chicago (SSN 721) to Hawaii following a homeport change from Guam, September 28.

Washington, DC - If you own a solar energy system, it’s very likely that the SunShot Initiative has impacted at least one of the steps that helped you get there. Since SunShot launched in 2011, the program has funded hundreds of projects at national labs, universities, and private companies that have added clarity, speed, and cost savings to each step of the “going solar” process.

Caribbean Sea - A U.S. Navy MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 22 (HSC-22) attached to the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) rescued two civilians from French Guadelupe and Antigua whose private plane crashed several miles off the coast of Dominica, September 28.