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AASHTO and Washington State represented at jobs summit.

December 7, 2009

At President Obama's forum on jobs and economic development, Paula Hammond, secretary of transportation for Washington state and chairperson of AASHTO's Climate Change Steering Committee, told President Obama that transportation investments are creating jobs and helping economy recover. Hammond presented results of survey by AASHTO that lists 9,500 ready-to-go transportation projects worth more than $69 billion that, if funded, can be used to create thousands of jobs. Read More

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ASHRAE Briefing to cover building energy labeling.

December 4, 2009

On Tuesday, December 8th, ASHRAE will be joined by leading building owners and designers for high-level briefing on one of the most important developments in High Performance Buildings - the ability to measure and publicly display energy performance and indoor air quality of buildings. Building Energy Quotient Labels will promote sustained reductions in energy use and will provide tenants with science-based transparent measure for actual building performance. Read More

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AIA calls on Congress to address commercial space industry.

December 4, 2009

With U.S. commercial space launch industry facing more competition from abroad, AIA Vice President of Space Systems, J.P. Stevens, led testimony to Congress. Stevens noted that in 2008, 6 of 28 worldwide commercial launches were conducted by U.S. companies. While House has voted to extend government indemnification against 3rd-party liability to end of 2012, indemnification expires at end of December. Stevens called on Senate to act before end of year. Read More

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Industry Leaders Encourage export modernization reform.

December 4, 2009

Through a letter written to President Obama, AIA encouraged administration to take action on various initiatives to modernize export control system. Five specific areas of reform are identified that do not require new legislation: improvements to US Munitions List and commodity jurisdiction process, caseload management, Defense Department decision making on technology release, and treatment of unmanned aircraft systems in multilateral Missile Technology Control Regime. Read More

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NACD Members improved in safety and performance in 2008.

December 4, 2009

NACD 2008 Membership and Performance Data Report states that 5.2 million chemical distribution shipments were made by NACD member companies, who drove more than 199 million miles throughout 2008. Representing continued commitment to safety, reportable vehicular accidents or spills were reduced by 75.7%, and recordable injuries due to vehicular accidents or transportation spills decreased by 46.2% from 2007. Read More

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NACD elects 2 new members to Board of Directors.

December 4, 2009

Dominic J. Stull, President, Pacific Coast Chemicals Co. in Berkeley, CA, has been elected Director-at-Large on NACD Board of Directors for 3-year term. In separate action, Joel Hopper, President, Brenntag Mid-South, Inc. in Henderson, KY was re-elected as Director-at-Large for second term. According to NACD Chairman, Bruce Schechinger, the Executive Committee, Board members, and NACD membership will benefit from their knowledge of industry and leadership skills. Read More

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NEMA Motor Shipments Index rises in Q3 2009.

December 4, 2009

Motors Shipments Index (MSI) increased 1.7% during Q3 2009. However, it reflected weak demand for motors, which lagged nearly 23% behind year ago level, though inflation- and seasonally-adjusted shipments of fractional horsepower motors increased for 2nd consecutive quarter. Although manufacturing sector conditions have improved, boost from inventory cycle could fade in 2010 until growth is sustained by drivers such as consumer spending, business investment, and export demand. Read More

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States offer Congress list of projects worth $69.5 billion.

December 4, 2009

AASHTO has revealed that state transportation departments have identified 9,500 highway, bridge, transit, port, rail, and aviation projects which, if funded, could create hundreds of thousands of jobs. Ready-to-go projects can move through federal approval process within 120 days from enacted legislation. As of November 20, 2009, 10,600 transportation projects worth over $30 billion have been approved for funding under American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Read More

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BSA releases Bearing Brief on green technology.

December 4, 2009

'The Best-Kept Secret in Green Technology' is latest in BSA's series of single-topic Bearing Briefs. Developed by BSA's Educational Services Committee, it points out that industry is developing bearings that operate at higher speeds and generate less friction, therefore lowering energy consumption. It also states that bearings help environment by reducing impact of existing machines, while bearing industry helps users/engineers balance features to achieve optimum machine performance. Read More

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NIST Researchers take look at ion channels in model system.

December 3, 2009

Multi-institutional team working at NIST's Center for Neutron Research has observed ion channels within surface membrane for first time, potentially offering insights for future drug development. By investigating this portion of the ion channel, called a voltage-sensing domain, team has provided science's first glimpse of how ion channel's shape and motion affects cell membrane, which in turn helps protect and stabilize proteins that form channel. Read More

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ASHRAE's 2010 Winter Conference to utilize virtual venue.

December 3, 2009

ASHRAE's 2010 Winter Virtual Conference HVAC/R industry professionals with technical guidance, networking opportunities, and access to latest technology. Medium extends access to professionals across the country as well as globally. Participants can interact with speakers and attendees by posting/viewing questions and comments and viewing presenters' responses via online discussion board. Traditional recordings - synced audio and PowerPoint presentations - are also available. Read More

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Researchers develop method for magnetic impurity introduction.

December 3, 2009

Researchers from NIST and the Naval Research Laboratory have developed way to introduce magnetic impurities in semiconductor crystal by prodding it with scanning tunneling microscope (STM). This technique will let researchers selectively implant atoms in crystal one at a time to learn about its electrical and magnetic properties on atomic scale. In turn, this process will promote development of spintronics - electronic devices that will use electron spin - for storing information. Read More

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NIST develops validation tool for cell phone forensics.

December 3, 2009

Researchers at NIST have developed technique aimed at improving validation of crime lab's cell phone forensics tools. Early experiments show promise for easier, faster, and more rigorous assessments than with existing methods. Experimental application, called SIMfill, can be used to automatically upload cell phone data such as phone numbers and text messages to populate test SIMS that can then be recovered by forensic cell phone tools. Read More

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NIST launches Smart Grid Interoperability Panel.

December 3, 2009

Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) will provide technical guidance to NIST, specify testing/certification requirements, and oversea performance of activities related to development of interoperability and cyber security specifications. Initial membership includes over 370 organizations spread among 22 stakeholder categories. At inaugural meeting, Members in 17 of 22 categories elected representative to governing board, while all voted on 3 at-large board members. Read More

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AASHTO President plays role in major U.S. DOT event.

December 3, 2009

AASHTO President and Mississippi DOT Executive Director, Larry L. "Butch" Brown, shared the stage with U.S. Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood, at the first Surface Transportation Reauthorization Tour. In remarks introducing his session, "Economic Development and State of Good Repair," Brown said that preserving the transportation system we have and adding needed capacity to meet continuing population growth should be one of nation's top priorities. Read More

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BIO opens media registration for international convention.

December 3, 2009

Media registration for BIO International Convention is available online from now through April 23, 2010. Scheduled for May 3-6, 2010, in Chicago, IL, event will draw from 15,000-17,000 industry leaders, and will feature over 125 sessions in 17 tracks. Product Focus Zones will include BioProcess, Business Services, Clinical Trials, Contracts, Discovery, and BioPark. Convention will cover 200,000 net sq ft and host more than 1,800 exhibitors. Read More

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ANSI Board approves ANSI/AMCA standard 550-09.

December 3, 2009

On November 16, 2009, the Board of Standards Review of ANSI approved ANSI/AMCA Standard 550-09, Test Method for High Velocity Wind Driven Rain Resistant Louvers. It was previously approved by AMCA membership on July 26, 2008, before ANSI approval process. Standard is intended to demonstrate acceptability of louver installations in essential/nonessential facilities that remain in operation during high-velocity wind conditions, and where water infiltration must be managed. Read More

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Board of Standards Review approves ANSI/AMCA Standard 510-09.

December 3, 2009

AMCA International announced that the Board of Standards Review of ANSI approved ANSI/AMCA Standard 510-09, which establishes test methods used in measuring performance of dampers used in utility and heavy industry. Products covered within scope of ANSI/AMCA 510-09 include dampers used to isolate one section of duct system from another section, and dampers used to control flow of gas, including specific gas, mixture of gas and air, or air alone. Read More

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ASTM Clothing Standard covers flame-resistant rainwear.

December 2, 2009

ASTM F2733, Specification for Flame Resistant Rainwear for Protection Against Flame Hazards, provides minimum requirements for flame-resistant rainwear used by workers exposed to flash fire and other flame hazards. Under jurisdiction of Subcommittee F23.80, it is intended for safety and purchasing personnel and other employees in petrochemical industry. Most rainwear that meets requirements will also protect against hot liquid splash hazards, according to Thomas Neal. Read More

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Five New Members are welcomed by ANSI in November 2009.

December 2, 2009

Spring Manufacturers Institute, Cactus Commerce, Wolf Robotics LLC, Nu Flow, and APP DO Brasil Isoladores E Ferragens Ltda were welcomed as members by ANSI in November 2009. Participation in ANSI enables them to access information and business intelligence not available elsewhere. Also, membership fosters building of relationships that provide voice and influence over standardization and conformity assessment decisions directly affecting their businesses. Read More