Washington, DC - As the sizes of computer chips in electronic devices continue to shrink, traditional measurement tools (e.g., microscopes utilizing visible light) are no longer capable of examining surface features, which can be just tens of nanometers. In order to examine these tiny features, researchers use tools such as the critical dimension atomic force microscope (CD-AFM), which measures features by dragging its ≈10 nm tip across the subject’s surface much like a record player needle pulling across a record’s grooves.

Los Angeles, California - The LEGO Group continued its global expansion and reached children in all regions of the world in 2015. This was enabled by strong performance of new product innovations, such as LEGO® DIMENSIONS™, LEGO Star Wars™, LEGO NINJAGO™ and LEGO Elves, and a continued high interest in core LEGO themes such as LEGO City.

Washington, DC - Today Secretary Kerry met with Egyptian Foreign Minister Shoukry, and they discussed a range of regional and bilateral issues, including Libya and Syria.

Washington, DC - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met today in Washington with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev to discuss a range of bilateral and regional issues. Secretary Kerry commended Azerbaijan’s role in European energy security as a leader in developing the Southern Gas Corridor. He expressed U.S. support for Azerbaijan’s efforts to become a regional trade hub.

Washington, DC - In recognition of the positive role young people play in building sustainable peace, the U.S. Department of State will grant a new award to outstanding young leaders from around the world. The Emerging Young Leaders Award and Exchange Program will acknowledge international youth for their efforts to create constructive social change in a public ceremony on April 20.

Los Angeles, California - The governments of the U.S. and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) will share $20.5 million in forfeited assets seized as part of a probe spearheaded by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) into what is believed to be the largest commercial fraud scheme ever uncovered on the West Coast.