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USAID Administrator Power Issues Statement on Military Takeover in Sudan
WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 -- The U.S. Agency for International Development issued the following statement on Oct. 25, 2021, by Administrator Samantha Power:

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"USAID condemns the military takeover in Sudan under the apparent direction of the head of the Sovereign Council, General Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman al-Burhan. The detention of Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and several cabinet ministers, declaration of a state of emergency, shutting down of Internet and telecommunications services, and military takeover of state-run media are an affront to the democratic aspirations of the people of Sudan and ... Show Full Article

USAID Administrator Power Issues Statement on First-Ever National Strategy on Gender Equity, Equality
WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 -- The U.S. Agency for International Development issued the following statement on Oct. 26, 2021, by Administrator Samantha Power:

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"USAID welcomes the Biden-Harris Administration's release of the U.S. government's first-ever National Strategy on Gender Equity and Equality. This historic strategy underscores what many at USAID have long understood--that in order to advance democracy, build stronger economies, and make lasting development gains globally, we must invest in the rights and opportunities of women and girls, in all their diversity, both in the United States ... Show Full Article

Smithsonian American Art Museum Announces Native American Artists to Be Featured in Its Renwick Invitational in 2023
WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 -- The Smithsonian Institution issued the following news release:

The Smithsonian American Art Museum has announced that artists Joe Feddersen (Arrow Lakes/Okanagan), the duo of Lily Hope (Tlingit) and Ursala Hudson (Tlingit), Erica Lord (Athabaskan/Inupiat), Geo Neptune (Passamaquoddy) and Maggie Thompson (Fond du Lac Ojibwe) will be featured in the craft invitational at its Renwick Gallery in 2023. Together, the four artists and one artist duo present a fresh and nuanced vision of Native American art. The artists were selected for their work that expresses the honors and ... Show Full Article

Jet Propulsion Laboratory: You Can Help Train NASA's Rovers to Better Explore Mars
PASADENA, California, Oct. 27 -- NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory issued the following news:

Members of the public can now help teach an artificial intelligence algorithm to recognize scientific features in images taken by NASA's Perseverance rover.

Artificial intelligence, or AI, has enormous potential to change the way NASA's spacecraft study the universe. But because all machine learning algorithms require training from humans, a recent project asks members of the public to label features of scientific interest in imagery taken by NASA's Perseverance Mars rover.

Called AI4Mars, the project ... Show Full Article

Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Upgrading Space Station Cold Atom Lab With Mixed Reality
PASADENA, California, Oct. 27 -- NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory issued the following news:

NASA's Cold Atom Lab is a first-of-its-kind physics laboratory operating in Earth orbit. About the size of a mini-fridge, it hosts multiple experiments that explore the fundamental nature of atoms by cooling them down to nearly absolute zero (the coldest temperature matter can reach). The ultracold atoms provide a window into the quantum realm, where matter exhibits strange behaviors that underpin many modern technologies.

In 2020, during her extended stay aboard the space station, NASA astronaut Christina ... Show Full Article

GSA Focused on Cybersecurity
WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 -- The General Services Administration issued the following news:

By Dave Shive, Chief Information Officer

As the Chief Information Officer for GSA, I've seen firsthand the hard work and challenges of protecting our Nation's critical cyber infrastructure. During Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we're yet again reminded of what is at stake.

GSA is focused on delivering value and savings in real estate, acquisition, technology, and other mission-support services across government through secure and resilient technology solutions. We are constantly evolving our cybersecurity approaches ... Show Full Article

Federal Housing Finance Agency House Price Index Up 1.0 Percent in August
WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 -- Federal Housing Finance Agency issued the following news release:

House prices rose nationwide in August, up 1.0 percent from the previous month, according to the latest Federal Housing Finance Agency House Price Index (FHFA HPI(R)). House prices rose 18.5 percent from August 2020 to August 2021. The previously reported 1.4 percent price change for July 2021 remained unchanged.

For the nine census divisions, seasonally adjusted monthly house price changes from July 2021 to August 2021 ranged from -0.1 percent in the New England division to +1.9 percent in the South Atlantic ... Show Full Article