Washington, DC - This week, President Obama called on Republicans in Congress to take action and vote to fund the Administration’s response to the Zika virus. In February, the President asked Congress to fund emergency resources, including mosquito control, fast-tracking diagnostics tests and vaccines, tracking the spread of the virus, and monitoring women and babies with Zika. Unfortunately, Republicans in Congress have failed to take action on this issue.

Sacramento, California - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments:

Gaithersburg, Maryland - The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded six pilot grants totaling more than $15 million to foster more secure access to online services provided by states and health care providers.

Washington, DC - After it’s all over, your lights will be just as bright, and your refrigerator just as cold. But very soon the ampere -- the SI base unit of electrical current -- will take on an entirely new identity,* and NIST scientists are at work on an innovative, quantum-based measurement system that will be consistent with the impending change.

Washington, DC - American alligators and South African crocodiles populate waterways a third of the globe apart, and yet both have detectable levels of long-lived industrial and household compounds for nonstick coatings in their blood, according to two studies from researchers at the Hollings Marine Laboratory (HML) in Charleston, South Carolina, and its affiliated institutions, which include the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

San Diego, California - The population of the critically endangered Jamaican iguana is on the rise, thanks in part to the efforts of San Diego Zoo Global and the Fort Worth Zoo. Earlier this year, Tandora Grant, a scientist at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, co-led the health checks of Jamaican iguanas that were head started in managed care at the Hope Zoo in Kingston, Jamaica.