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NIST revises draft publication on computer security guidance.

November 27, 2009

Revised draft publication focuses on transforming episodic information system certification and accreditation processes at federal agencies by reinforcing and specifying procedures for continuous monitoring and updating. Procedures will help organizations respond rapidly to cyber security threats. Titled Special Publication 800-37 Rev 1, document describes Risk Management Framework that stresses security from information system's initial design phase through implementation and daily operations. Read More

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Idaho Transportation Department names new director.

November 27, 2009

Idaho Transportation Board announced that Brian W. Ness has been selected as director of Idaho Department of Transportation. Ness, who holds bachelor's of science degree and master's degree in public administration, was chosen from group of 12 finalists, assembled during nationwide search. Idaho Transportation Board Chairman, Darrell V. Manning, said that Ness possesses professional background, leadership skills, and energy to make immediate impact on transportation in Idaho. Read More

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FAA Conference will focus on critical runway safety issues.

November 27, 2009

International Runway Safety Conference, taking place December 1-3 of 2009 in Washington, D.C., brings together members of safety community and cross-section of key industry stakeholders to work towards solving one of aviation's most serious problems. "Taxiing Toward Tomorrow" will focus on reduction and eventual elimination of runway incursions and excursions. Panels will assess runway safety progress to date, initiatives underway, and plans being made for future environments. Read More

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Technology Innovation Program seeks comments on funding areas.

November 27, 2009

NIST is asking for public comment on 4 white papers that outline potential areas for research funding grants under Institute's Technology Innovation Program. Papers outline national needs for new and improved technologies in areas of monitoring and repair of civil infrastructure, manufacturing technologies for advanced materials, enabling technologies for electric power smart grid, and technologies for health care based on proteomics, data analysis, and biomanufacturing. Read More

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Nanoparticle Research could improve medical imaging.

November 27, 2009

Joint research team working at NIST and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) discovered method of using nanoparticles to illuminate cellular interior to reveal activities that occur over hours, or even days, inside living cells. While potentially providing means to solving mysteries associated with molecular-scale events, this research focused on characterizing quantum dot properties and contrasting them with other imaging techniques. Read More

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User Survey shows BPM provides fast payback.

November 27, 2009

According to research by AIIM, half of organizations using Business Process Management tools achieve payback of investment in 18 months or less. In all, 72% recoup their spend within 2 years. In addition to cost savings, users report faster process throughput and improved compliance from more consistent processes. Majority of respondents feel they have only addressed one-fifth of potentially profitable BPM projects, and consider BPM to be significant or imperative to business. Read More

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Cooperation, Compatibility stressed for toy safety development.

November 27, 2009

Consistent with ASTM's commitment to principles of international standards development established by WTO and interest of collaboration on toy safety standards, ISO delegates were invited to participate in reviewing proposed changes to ASTM F963, Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety. Nearly 30 toy safety experts joined with members of ASTM Subcommittee F15.22 to explore technical standards that could address potential toy hazards related to impaction, magnets, and projectiles. Read More

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ELFA releases survey of economic activity.

November 27, 2009

According to ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index, MLFI-25, new business volume for October declined by 32.8% when compared to same period in 2008. For 2009, MLFI-25 reported month-to-month new business volume down 8.5% from September to October, from $4.7 billion to $4.3 billion. Receivables over 30 days decreased to 4.2% as compared to 5.6% in September, while charge-offs decreased sharply to 1.7% from 3.0% in prior month and rose by 25% compared to October 2008. Read More

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FAA takes aim at icing with ice protection proposal.

November 27, 2009

For aircraft with ice-detection systems, FAA proposes that these systems alert crew when they should be activated, and for aircraft without ice-detection equipment, crew would activate protection system based on cues listed in airplane's flight manual. Proposed rule would only apply to in-service aircraft with takeoff weight less than 60,000 lb, since most larger airplanes already have equipment that meets requirements. Read More

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Fabtech Success demonstrates manufacturing viability.

November 25, 2009

Based on business and booth traffic at 2009 FABTECH International and AWS Welding Show, including METALFORM, manufacturing industry is alive and optimistic about its future. Some 25,000 visitors from more than 90 countries visited McCormick Place in Chicago to discover, evaluate, and purchase innovative manufacturing technologies and solutions. Filling nearly 400,000 sq-ft of booth space, 4-day show included 1,083 exhibitors and more than 500 new products. Read More

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NIST demonstrates programmable quantum information processor.

November 25, 2009

NIST physicists demonstrated first universal programmable quantum information processor able to run any program allowed by quantum mechanics, using 2 quantum bits (qubits) of information. Processor stores binary information in 2 beryllium ions held in electromagnetic trap and manipulated with UV lasers, while 2 magnesium ions in trap help cool beryllium ions. Scientists are able to place ions in superposition of 1 and 0 values simultaneously as well as entangle both qubits. Read More

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Workshop Report addresses construction industry improvements.

November 25, 2009

Advancing the Competitiveness and Efficiency of the U.S. Construction Industry: A Workshop Report, from NRC has been created based on workshop commissioned by NIST. It identifies 5 activities that could lead to breakthrough improvement in quality, timeliness, and sustainability of construction projects. Report also recommends NIST work with industry leaders to establish technology readiness index, as well as with government/industry groups to develop ways to track productivity. Read More

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NIST Researcher develops reusable microfluidic connector.

November 25, 2009

NIST researcher Javier Atencia has developed connector that utilizes ring magnet with o-ring gasket on bottom and tube in center set directly atop inlet or outlet port of microfluidic channel embedded in glass chip. Described in paper titled Magnetic Connectors for Microfluidic Applications, it can be positioned anywhere on chip and eliminates any possibility of broken bonds that leak. NIST researchers state that magnetic connector is suitable for most microfluidic applications. Read More

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ZigBee and ATA collaborate to advance telehealth solutions.

November 24, 2009

As part of liaison agreement, ZigBee® Alliance and American Telemedicine Association will educate health care professionals and consumers on benefits of telecommunications technologies. Groups will focus on capabilities of ZigBee Health Care, an open standard for secure monitoring and management of noncritical, low-acuity health care and wellness services. ZigBee Health Care offers telehealth solution featuring interference-free and secure wireless connectivity. Read More

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Manufacturing Industry Viability shown via FABTECH success.

November 24, 2009

Comments from exhibitors and attendees as well as business and booth traffic at 2009 FABTECH International and AWS Welding Show indicated that the manufacturing industry is alive, well, and optimistic about its future. Approximately 25,000 visitors from 90+ countries visited to discover, evaluate, and purchase manufacturing technologies and solutions. Filling nearly 400,000 ft² of booth space, 4-day show included 1,083 exhibitors and 500+ new products. Read More

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NAMUR confirms WirelessHART for process applications.

November 24, 2009

HART® Communication Foundation welcomes recent report and confirmation by NAMUR that WirelessHART(TM) technology meets requirements for wireless sensor networks in process applications. After conducting extensive multi-vendor field test, NAMUR reports that WirelessHART Communication provides flexibility, security, performance, coexistence with other radio technologies, and device interoperability within WirelessHART network that its members should expect. Read More

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Proposed Standard addresses inspection of gypsum board.

November 24, 2009

First draft of proposed new standard ASTM WK26072, Practice for Evaluation of Buildings to Identify Corrosive Gypsum Board, was reviewed and edited at task group meeting on November 10 in Atlanta, GA. Participants of task group meeting included consultants, home inspectors, representatives of gypsum industry, and government entities, and all interested parties are invited to participate in ongoing development of WK26072. Read More

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ASTM International offers training class on corrosion testing.

November 24, 2009

Titled Corrosion Testing: Application and Use of Salt Fog, Humidity, Cyclic and Gas Tests, 2-day hands-on training course will provide clear understanding of proper application of ASTM B117, Standard Practice for Operating Salt Spray Apparatus. It will furnish information regarding corrosion testing in general so that attendees will understand significance of salt fog test. Participants will learn how to properly operate salt fog apparatus as well as the whys and hows of salt fog testing. Read More

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ASTM Training Course will focus on rubber testing.

November 24, 2009

"Rubber Testing: Selecting, Performing and Interpreting ASTM Rubber Test Methods" focuses on common rubber test methods currently used in rubber industry. As technical and professional training course, it discusses nature of tests, why they are performed, interpretation of results, and how this information can be used to improve rubber fabrication. This 2-day course, offered on March 10-11 and October 5-6 in Akron, OH, can also be tailored to specific company needs. Read More

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AIA Leadership signs Global Principles of Business Ethics.

November 23, 2009

Member companies of the Executive Committee of AIA's Board of Governors have signed on to Global Principles of Business Ethics for the Aerospace and Defense Industry, setting stage for other companies across industry to join. Endorsed by AIA and Aerospace and Defense Industries Association of Europe, Global Principles address business conduct as it relates to zero tolerance of corruption, use of advisors, management of conflicts of interest, and respect for proprietary information. Read More