Washington, DC - Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the second cohort of innovators to join Innovation Crossroads, the Southeast region’s first entrepreneurial research and development (R&D) program based at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Five innovators were selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants as part of the announcement and will begin work at ORNL in May 2018.

Sacramento, California - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued the following statement on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to weaken clean vehicle emissions standards:

Sacramento, California - Global public will alone will not end hunger. Increased donor support while necessary to address immediate emergency food needs will not create the food system improvements required for ending global hunger. Yes, even in 2016 after several years of decline the number of hungry people worldwide rose to 815 million, increasing by nearly 38 million since 2015. Reducing this number and honoring the US pledge from the UN Sustainable Development Goal of ending global hunger requires country led, pro-poor food system improvements. As more people migrate to cities, these pro-poor food policies must both include agriculture development strategies and ensure consumer access to affordable, nutritious food.

Cambridge, Massachusetts - As part of an effort to identify distant planets hospitable to life, NASA has established a crowdsourcing project in which volunteers search telescopic images for evidence of debris disks around stars, which are good indicators of exoplanets.

Los Angeles, California - Insights into how songbirds learn to sing provide promising clues about human speech disorders and may lead to new ways of treating them, according to new research published in the journal eLife.

Cambridge, Massachusetts - A new approach to analyzing and designing new ion conductors - a key component of rechargeable batteries - could accelerate the development of high-energy lithium batteries, and possibly other energy storage and delivery devices such as fuel cells, researchers say.