| Navy's Technology Transfer Program Wins 1998 $100,000 Innovations in American Government Award
The Navy's Best Manufacturing Practices (BMP) database now contains over 3,000 validated,
cutting-edge developments in the manufacturing sector that are available
for adoption by other U.S. industries. Sponsored by the Office of Naval
Research (a reinvention lab), this BMP program has saved American industry
more than $6.1 billion. Now it's one of three federal reinvention efforts
to win the 1998 Innovations in American Government Award.
Space Program Is Out of This World, but Its By-products Are Down-to-Earth
You can follow John Glenn, Commander Curt Brown, Jr., and the crew
of space shuttle Discovery from the NASA website. As we salute their heroic efforts, we should
also remember the many medical by-products of several decades of space
flight. For example, NASA's two-way communication technology, first used
to communicate with satellites, allows doctors to fine-tune the pacemaker
from outside the body to better regulate the heart rate in keeping with
the patient's lifestyle.
US Geological Survey Delivers 3-D Science with Web-Based Technology
"The students I've worked with are really drawn to the VRML
models," said Maura Hogan at the US Geological Survey. "The combination of
the computer, the Internet, and highly illustrative graphics captures their
imagination and their interest." Virtual Reality Modeling Language (VRML
2.0) is a new environment for visualizing 3-D information spaces and is
accessible through the Internet with current browser technologies.
Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) are using VRML as a
scientific visualization tool to help convey complex scientific concepts to
The New National Atlas of the United States Covers It All
Put aside your book maps and even your CD-ROMs. More
than a dozen federal agencies, led by the U.S. Geological Survey,
have produced an electronic product that will make any mapmaker
wannabe drool. You can produce your own maps, featuring not only
the standard terrain, roads, lakes, and rivers, but also population,
income, climate, historical evolution, whatever. And of course you
can zoom in on any locality you want, even your own neighborhood.
In other words, you can select, combine, symbolize, and display
data sets that interest only you. You will need the latest version
of your browser.
Find These Missing Children
You don't have to store those empty milk cartons
or file those flyers that come in the mail. On this site, you'll
find a photo gallery of missing children, search a database, and
report what you know. This is just one of many programs coordinated
by the Department of
Justice's Missing and Exploited Children's Program.