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Stakeholders Invited to discuss financial impact of cyber risk.

November 30, 2009

Interested stakeholders are invited to participate in meeting to discuss Phase II of The Financial Impact of Cyber Risk: 50 Questions Every CFO Should Ask, a joint initiative to identify and respond to current needs of C-suite community regarding cyber risk. To be held December 10, 2009 in NYC, meeting will focus on developing implementation strategy that addresses questions provided in Phase I. It will also include guidance on making informed decisions. Read More

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ISO, IEC, and ITU announce 2010 Fully Networked Car Workshop.

November 30, 2009

To be held March 3-4, 2010 in Geneva, The Fully Networked Car will highlight information and communication technologies in motor vehicles. Workshop will bring together key players involved in developing standards for safety and security, navigation, car maintenance, fleet management, as well as mobile office and entertainment for motor vehicles. One particular focus will be developments in technology and network requirements for electric vehicles. Read More

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ASA Education Foundation announces 2010 Board of Trustees.

November 30, 2009

ASA Education Foundation has announced that Frank Finkel will serve 2nd year as President of its Board of Trustees. Under his leadership and guidance, Board has embraced e-learning initiatives and developed ASAU Online, said Amy Black. Board named Mark Hanley as President-Elect, Joe Maiale as Treasurer, Mike Adelizzi as Secretary, and Amy Black as Executive Director, in addition to several trustees. Also, Board member Jeffrey Beall was recognized for his years of service at meeting. Read More

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PMA Report forecasts declining business over next 3 months.

November 30, 2009

November 2009 PMA Business Conditions Report, which sampled 137 metalforming companies in U.S. and Canada, shows anticipated dip in business conditions and incoming orders over next 3 months. While 27% forecast an improvement in overall economic activity, 48% predict unchanged activity, and 25% suspect decline. Similarly, 31% expect increased orders, and 38% anticipate no change. As opposed to last year during same period, 67% of members reported declining orders. Read More

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JQI Researchers create entangled photons from quantum dots.

November 30, 2009

Physicists at Joint Quantum Institute (JQI) developed new source of entangled photons using quantum dots tweaked with laser. JQI's technique may enable more compact and convenient sources of entangled photon pairs than presently available for quantum information applications, such as distribution of quantum keys for encrypting sensitive messages. Glenn Solomon, JQI group leader, said advantages include less bulky nature and ability to produce one pair of entangled photons at a time. Read More

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Baldrige Program calls for applicants for 2010 examiners.

November 30, 2009

Each year Baldrige Program recruits experts from business, education organizations, health care providers, and nonprofits to serve on Board of Examiners for Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Examiners evaluate applications for Award and prepare feedback reports to applicants that cite strengths and opportunities for improvement. Application form for 2010 Board of Examiners is available online and must be submitted electronically by Jan 7, 2010. Read More

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ASTM Committee co-sponsors composite materials conference.

November 27, 2009

ASTM International Committee D30 on Composite Materials is co-sponsoring 25th Annual Technical Conference of American Society for Composites, which will be held September 20-22, 2010 in Dayton, OH. Papers are invited on composite-related topics of interest ranging from joining and adhesive bonding, analysis methods, and out-of-autoclave composites to damage growth prediction, nanocomposites, and applications. Abstract submissions are due by March 26, 2010. Read More

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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