every time you log onto the internet, this lab updates your clock

Colorado Innovation Network February 2, 2017

With more than 30 federally funded research labs and joint research institutes, did you know Colorado has one of the highest per capita concentrations of federal science, research and engineering facilities in the nation? These organizations attribute to the high-quality talent in our state and their offerings spill over in complement to private industry, helping to ensure our state’s future progress.

This week, COIN convened leaders from our research community to explore additional areas of collaboration, and we’re inspired by the amazing science happening in our own backyard.

Below are just a few of the remarkable scientific pursuits taking place across our state.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Vector-Borne Diseases (DVBD) focuses on viral and bacterial diseases transmitted by insects such as ticks, mosquitoes and fleas, including the Zika Virus and Dengue. In addition to research, diagnostic and prevention programs, the DVBD also focuses on bioterrorism preparedness and response programs related to vector-borne disease and is working on finding effective natural insect repellents and insecticides to safeguard agriculture.

The Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) operates 24/7 to continually monitor and forecast space weather. Believe it or not, space weather is a global issue. Unlike terrestrial weather events, such as a hurricane, space weather has the potential to impact wider geographic regions and can have significant economic consequences associated with sectors such as satellite and airline operations and human spaceflight, as well as the electric power grid.

The U.S. National Ice Core Laboratory (NICL) is a National Science Foundation facility for storing, curating and studying meteoric ice cores recovered from the glaciated regions of the world. NICL allows scientists to conduct examinations and measurements on these ice cores related to climate change research.

Innumerable technologies rely on National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). From the smart electric power grid to atomic clocks to computer chips, these products and services all rely in some way on technology, measurement and standards provided by NIST. 60,000 times a second, NIST’s internet time service sets computer clocks and networked timekeeping devices. Every time you log on to the internet, your computer reaches out to NIST automatically to set its internal clock.

A world-class transportation research and testing organization, the Transportation Technology Center, Inc. (TTCI) provides emerging technology solutions for the railway industry throughout the world. Located on 52 square miles of land in Pueblo, Colorado, and owned by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), TTCI manages extensive track facilities and state-of-the-art laboratory facilities. Its Security and Emergency Response Center trains first responders to handle hazardous materials accidents and in recent years has collaborated with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to provide training to Department of Homeland Security inspectors and other federal, state and local security partners.

Want to learn more? Click here to view The Colorado Research Community Report, an overview of our Colorado research organizations.