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Pesticides help farmers protect their crops, but some of the residue can end up in human food. Commonly found in oats, glyphosate is a chemical currently causing concern because of an uncertainty: What amount can be considered safe in food? Now, scientists want to find and accurately measure glyphosate in the oat products where it frequently appears. To help, NIST researchers are developing reference materials for oatmeal, oat-based breakfast cereals and oat flour. Learn more.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contractor Crowder Gulf, Mobile, Alabama, delivers debris left over from hurricanes Laura and Delta to a debris management site situated in a semi-remote location in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Tree and shrub debris is put through a chipper, while other debris materials are set aside for alternate processing. Lt. Col. Thomas “Jason” Sears, Mission Commander, US Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District, tours the site along with mission manager Robert “Robbie” Powers Baltimore District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Nov. 1, 2020. (Photo by Dr. Michael Izard-Carroll, US Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District)

Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Tara Katuk Mac Lean Sweeney, accompanied by several Trump Administration officials, met in Flagstaff, Arizona, with Chairman Timothy Nuvangyaoma of the Hopi Indian Tribe to sign a commitment letter for $5 million dollars towards an infrastructure project to reduce arsenic levels in drinking water on the Hopi reservation. (Read more)

At approximately 2:15 a.m., a UH-60L Black Hawk helicopter from the Tennessee National Guard launched from Joint Base McGhee-Tyson in Knoxville to assist in the rescue. After rerouting to the site due to low cloud cover, the crew contacted the ground rescue team. Within minutes, they located the injured hiker and hoisted him aboard. (Read more)

This bison is enjoying a cool fall morning at Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota. Although it looks calm, the best description of a bison’s temperament is unpredictable. (Interior Department photo via Duane Weber, National Park Service)

At the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks staff found it best if audiologists and audiology assistants went to the Veterans who had non-functioning hearing aids, instead of the other way around. The staff developed a curbside service program to meet Veterans in their vehicles to assist with hearing aid issues. (Read more)

Capt. Lindsay Cordero, a member of the 608th Air Operations Center at Barksdale AFB, stands beside her artwork during the Beyond Duty Art Exhibit in Bossier City, La., Feb. 25, 2020. Cordero uses creative expression as a means to cope with the stresses of military life. The painting here, titled “This is what anxiety looks like,” was Cordero’s first self-portrait following a deployment. (Read more)

After 196 days living and working in Earth’s orbit aboard the International Space Station, NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy returned from his third space mission Wednesday, Oct. 21, with cosmonauts Ivan Vagner and Anatoly Ivanishin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos. (Read more)

NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft unfurled its robotic arm Tuesday, and in a first for the agency, briefly touched an asteroid to collect dust and pebbles from the surface for delivery to Earth in 2023. (Read more)

EASTERN PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 10, 2020) Sailors assigned to the Wildcards of Helicopter Combat Squadron (HSC) 23 watch as an MQ-8B Fire Scout takes off aboard the Independence-class littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) Oct. 10, 2020. Gabrielle Giffords is deployed to the U.S. 4th Fleet area of operations to support Joint Interagency Task Force Souths mission, which includes counter illicit drug trafficking in the Caribbean and Eastern Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Allen Michael Amani)

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is extending flexibilities to allow free meals to continue to be available to all children throughout the entire 2020-2021 school year. (Read more)

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Maryland have developed a microchip technology that can convert invisible near-infrared laser light into any one of a panoply of visible laser colors, including red, orange, yellow and green. Their work provides a new approach to generating laser light on integrated microchips. (Read more)

The U.S. Postal Service announces a new stamp to celebrate Kwanzaa, which honors values and beliefs around African American heritage.

A legacy of Victory at Sea 245 years in the making — a Navy that stands to protect and serve the United States of America around the globe. “… I am honored to stand with you in that mission … Happy Birthday, Navy.”
— Secretary of the Navy, Hon. Kenneth J. Braithwaite

See his full message here.

As Hurricane Delta moves towards the Gulf Coast, FEMA, state and local officials are actively monitoring and preparing for the storm’s impact. (Read more)

This stunning image by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope features the spiral galaxy NGC 5643 in the constellation of Lupus (the Wolf). (Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, A. Riess et al.; acknowledgment: Mahdi Zamani)

Engines 342 and 334 from the U.S. Forest Service – Tahoe National Forest support fire suppression efforts on the North Complex Fire, U.S. Forest Service-Plumas National Forest, one mile southwest of Crescent Mills, California. Over 30 auxiliary engines now have this fire at 83% containment. (Via U.S. Forest Service)

Custodial workers ensure that VA medical facilities across the country are clean and safe for patients, staff and visitors. (Read more)

An MQ-9A Reaper assigned to the 556th Test and Evaluation Squadron sits on the ramp at Creech Air Force Base carrying eight Hellfire missiles. This was the first flight test of the MQ-9 carrying eight Hellfire missiles.

(U.S. Air Force photo by SrA Haley Stevens)

Two Royal Air Force Typhoon fighter jets execute a fly by exercise with the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80), Sept. 25, 2020. Roosevelt, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is on its first patrol in the U.S. Sixth Fleet area of operations in support of regional allies and partners and U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa.

(Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Austin Collins)

Southwest Louisiana homeowner and blue roof recipient Brennon Williams and his home both before and after the blue roof installation. Williams’ home was one of 3,730 to receive a blue roof during Hurricane Laura recovery efforts.

(Read more here)

Lt. Gen. Richard M. Clark, the new superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy, speaks during the change of command ceremony in Falcon Stadium, where he became the school’s top officer, Sept. 23, 2020.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Trevor Cokley)

TIME names Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr., the first Black chief of a military service, one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

A KC-135 Stratotanker from the 121st Air Refueling Wing sits on the flightline at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base, Ohio. Airmen from Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base, Ohio, and Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., helped revise outdated procedures for testing the condition of aircraft batteries on the KC-135 Stratotanker and C-130 Hercules.

(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tiffany A. Emery)

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) joined the British Royal Navy’s Offshore Patrol Vessel HMS Trent (P224) in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass:

Today is more than just the United States Air Force’s 73rd birthday. Today is an opportunity to reflect on where we came from, how we got here and where we are going.

For more than seven decades we have served, fought, bled and died because our great nation needed us. We have broken barriers, some cultural and some sonic. We have dared to push boundaries, test our own limits and achieve the impossible.

We are, and continue to be, the world’s greatest Air Force.

Happy birthday, wingmen!

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