•The General Services Administration has commissioned a prominent architect-engineering firm to build a new 100-square-foot research building for NASA in Cleveland. TEN Arquitectos — with offices in New York City and Mexico City — won the $3.3 million contract, though the overall project has a maximum value of $20 million. The company recently finished an $85-million futuristic project for Rutgers University Business School.
•The Navy is studying ways to help soldiers work more efficiently, even when sleep deprived. A $150,000 study conducted by Birmingham-Southern College in Alabama will keep subjects awake for 40 continuous hours and give some a glucose mixture while others drink a placebo. The hope is that the solution counteracts a glucose imbalance in the brain’s prefrontal cortex that occurs when people miss sleep, which “compromises cognitive performance predicated on self-control.” The Navy says that, if the tests are successful, “glucose supplementation would offer a safe, inexpensive, and fast-acting” way to combat fatigue and “represent a necessary step toward a comprehensive approach to fatigue mitigation.”
•The Food and Drug Administration is spending more than $700,000 on an outside lawyer to help them sift through thousands of regulated products to evaluate which ones are being sold illegally and come up with a way to evaluate them for approval or have them removed. The work will involve “requesting voluntary compliance; providing notice of action in a Federal Register notice; issuing an untitled letter; issuing a warning letter; or initiating a seizure,” the contract documents state. “Each of these actions is time-consuming and resource intensive.” Thus, New Hampshire attorney Barbara Alkalay will be assisting the FDA with that process.
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