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ASHRAE Winter Conference to focus on humidity and indoor environments.

October 28, 2009

While addressing various HVAC/R industry issues, 2010 ASHRAE Winter Conference will focus on developments that contribute to making indoor environments sustainable in humid climates. Technical program is based on Building Sustainability from the Inside Out theme and will take place January 23-27 in Orlando, FL. Comprised of presentations and papers concentrated in 11 tracks, technical program focuses on humidity control and ability to improve occupant comfort while conserving energy. Read More

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ATA reports drop in airline passenger/cargo revenue.

October 28, 2009

ATA reports that passenger revenue fell 19% in September 2009 vs. September 2008, marking 11th consecutive month of passenger revenue decline from prior year. Decline was fueled mostly by 10th consecutive month of dropping ticket prices. Average price to fly 1 mile fell 18%, and revenue also declined in trans-Atlantic, trans-Pacific, and Latin markets. Cargo revenue ton miles declined, year-over-year, by 11% domestically and 12% internationally in August 2009. Read More

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Briefing explores U.S. standards and conformance system.

October 28, 2009

On October 2, representatives of 9 leading standards organizations gathered on Capitol Hill to introduce Congressional staff to the U.S. private sector-led approach to standards. The event, which was attended by more than 60 staffers and other interested stakeholders, demonstrated how standards and conformity assessment activities help companies meet global needs, and how National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act impacts the U.S. standardization system. Read More

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NAM comments on FCC proposed rulemaking on Internet policies.

October 28, 2009

According to NAM Director of Technology Policy, Mark-Anthony Signorino, NAM is pleased that FCC is working to ensure that open Internet is available to all Americans, but is concerned that FCC's regulations will threaten investment in innovation, delaying broadband deployment to areas of country that desperately need it. NAM is also concerned that proposed rules are not evenly applied across Internet spectrum. Read More

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BSA Fall Meeting given high marks by attendees.

October 28, 2009

Attendees of BSA's 2009 Fall Meeting, held September 21-22 in Chicago, IL, responded positively. Unanimous in their endorsement, respondents to post-meeting surveys indicated that it met/exceeded their expectations. Several survey respondents indicated very positive experiences and expressed expectations for continued participation at this level. Future meetings include 2010 Winter Meeting, held January 17-19 in Tampa, Fl, and 2010 Annual Convention, held May 1-4 in Naples, FL. Read More

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RIA Seeks Projects for Phoenix Awards competition.

October 28, 2009

Restoration Industry Association (RIA) is seeking entries for 2010 Phoenix Awards for Innovation in Restoration and Reconstruction. Eligibility is also open to non-member firms who are active service providers in restoration and remediation industry. Up to 2 projects per firm may be submitted in each category, and deadline is December 15, 2009. Projects must involve personal or building property and residential or commercial buildings in areas of restoration and reconstruction. Read More

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BIO says biofuels, biomass proposal is flawed.

October 28, 2009

Reacting to publication in Science magazine of a proposal to count international emissions against U.S. renewable biomass production, BIO says placing biomass and biofuels under CO2 emission cap is based on flawed logic. Policy fails to take into account that well-managed biomass production can sequester more carbon in soil than is released into atmosphere through combustion of biofuels and bioenergy, and that biomass carbon can also be sequestered in production of biobased products. Read More

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ANSI accredits certification bodies for toy safety.

October 28, 2009

ANSI announced the first 5 certification bodies to be accredited under Toy Industry Association Toy Safety Certification ProgramĀ®, which was created to improve toy safety, enhance stakeholder confidence in toy products, and comply with federal legislation. ANSI accreditations under TSCP have been granted to Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services, Intertek Testing Services Hong Kong Ltd., NSF International, SGS North America Inc., and STR-Registrar, LLC. Read More

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ANSI Forum covers consumer safety legislation and eco-labeling.

October 28, 2009

Held by ANSI as part of the World Standards Week 2009 series of events, 2009 Legal Issues Forum: Standards for Safety and Sustainability brought together nearly 80 legal experts and member of the standards and conformity assessment community. Participants addressed critical legal issues that relate to standards community through 2 panel sessions: Examining the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 and Eco-labeling: Helping to Shape the Sustainable Marketplace. Read More

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NIST selected as winner of AIAG Chairman's Award.

October 28, 2009

NIST has been awarded 2009 Automotive Industry Action Group's (AIAG) Chairman's Award. Honored for more than 14 yr of work with AIAG, NIST has made contributions to group in engineering and product development, electronic commerce, and supply chain management, in addition to standards development efforts by NIST Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory. Researcher Peter Denno was also recognized at October 8 ceremony with 2009 Outstanding Achievement Award. Read More

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AWWA to host Best of ACE09 Conference Webcast.

October 28, 2009

AWWA's Best of ACE09 Conference - Regional Approaches & Strategies: Capacity & Workforce Issues Webcast will be presented by John Cromwell, Olga M. Sanchez, and Dave Siburg. It will explore value of regional strategies for capacity/workforces issues and present examples where this approach was successful. Strategies to solve small water system capacity shortfalls, options for satisfying increasing water supply demands, and methods to improve customer satisfaction will be covered. Read More

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NIST Physicists turn to radio dial for atomic matchmaking.

October 28, 2009

Investigating mysterious data in ultracold gases of rubidium atoms, scientists at Joint Quantum Institute of NIST and University of Maryland and their collaborators have found that properly tuned RF waves can influence how much atoms attract or repel one another, opening up new ways to control interactions. In issue of Physical Review A, authors report RF radiation could serve as second knob in addition to traditionally used magnetic fields, for controlling how atoms in ultracold gas interact. Read More

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Conference to discuss China's RoHS-type regulations.

October 27, 2009

On Oct 9, China's MIIT released initial list of products subject to lead, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, mercury, PBBs, and PBDE restrictions. New restrictions, along with criteria for future products to be added to catalog will be discussed at IPC's It's Not Easy Being Green: Complying with Global Environmental Regulation conference. Tad Ferris, partner at Holland and Knight, will offer key insights on expected mandatory premarket certification and required laboratory analysis. Read More

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Certification Programs offer affordable alternatives.

October 27, 2009

Holding an industry-respected certification such as those available from SME, can be a way to demonstrate skill and experience level. SME's flagship certifications include Certified Manufacturing Technologist and Certified Manufacturing Engineer. With increasing focus on sustainability and waste elimination issues, Society's multi-level lean certification program which recognizes tactical, integrative, and strategic applications of standard lean principles is in high demand. Read More

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Enzyme Manipulation could solve protein purification challenge.

October 27, 2009

By altering an enzyme (subtilisin) that soil bacteria use to break down their food, a multi-institutional research team, which includes a NIST biochemist, has found an efficient method of harvesting purified protein molecules. As modified by the team, it can be activated at desired moment. This metaphorical on-switch for the enzyme's activity enables separation of single, desired protein from mixture of thousands generated by a living cell. Read More

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NIST Physicist to share 2010 Benjamin Franklin Medal.

October 27, 2009

David J. Wineland, a physicist at NIST, will share 2010 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Physics for experimental realization of the first device that performs elementary computer-logic operations using the quantum properties of individual atoms. Wineland will share the physics medal with two theorists who are also pioneers of quantum computing: J. Ignacio Cirac of the Max-Planck Institute for Quantum Optics in Germany and Peter Zoller of the University of Innsbruck in Austria. Read More

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BIO welcomes West Virginia Bioscience Association.

October 27, 2009

BIO announced that the newly-formed bioscience organization in West Virginia agreed to join Council of State Bioscience Associations, an autonomous council operating within BIO. According to Patrick Kelly, VP of State Government Relations and Alliance Development of BIO, West Virginia's bioscience cluster has shown steady growth over past decade, and he praised Governor Manchin's 'Bucks for Brains' initiative, a plan to stimulate hi-tech research at WVU and Marshall. Read More

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NIST signs U.S.-China cooperative science agreement.

October 27, 2009

Protocol for cooperation on earthquake and volcano sciences will be coordinated by USGS, Engineering and Geosciences Directorates of NSF, and Building and Fire Research Laboratory at NIST. Agreement includes participation by Chinese Earthquake Administration's Department of International Cooperation and National Natural Science Foundation's Department of Engineering and Material Science. Signing took place during week of U.S.-China Science and Technology Joint Commission Meeting. Read More

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NAM Official commends approval of U.S.-UAE nuclear agreement.

October 27, 2009

NAM President John Engler said 123 agreement with UAE on Peaceful Nuclear Cooperation, which passed Congressional legislative review period, provides framework for American companies to compete in supplying goods and services to UAE in its nuclear power development. Agreement will also ensure high standards of non-proliferation, safety, and security for UAE project. Engler also expressed optimism that U.S. companies and skilled workers will compete and win business in UAE. Read More

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SME releases fieldbook on Kaizen methodology.

October 27, 2009

Kaizen Event Fieldbook: Foundation, Framework, & Standard Work for Effective Events details strategies, tools, and techniques necessary for conducting effective lean events. It provides tool for teaching and engaging employees at all levels as company seeks to institute/sustain changes. Written by Mark R. Hamel, book answers needs of newly engaged and experienced lean practitioners, providing readers with understanding of essential facts on conducting effective kaizen events. Read More