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PTDA Market Outlook Report notes slight boost in sales.

November 11, 2009

According to Market Outlook Report, U.S. and Canadian manufacturers posted increased sales in September 2009. Confidence in U.S. market, measured on 1-10 scale, held at at 4.7 for third consecutive month. Canadian confidence rose by 0.1 from last month to 4.2. Respectively, U.S. and Canadian manufacturers' sales rose 5.3% and 14.0% in September 2009 but were down 29.6% and 29.1% compared to 2008. In the 9 overall product categories, 7 (U.S.) and 8 (Canadian) posted sales gains. Read More

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Three States are Honored for highway safety leadership.

November 11, 2009

On October 25 of this year, 2009 AASHTO Safety Leadership Awards were presented to states of Colorado, Nebraska, and New Mexico at AASHTO Annual Meeting in Palm Desert, CA. While each state selected employed differing programs and approaches, all demonstrated strong leadership, support of behavioral approaches to improving highway safety through flexing Highway Safety Improvement Program funds, and success in reducing highway fatalities and serious injuries. Read More

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Airline Costs Decline for second consecutive quarter.

November 11, 2009

Airline Cost Index, incorporating data through second quarter of 2009, showed composite cost index fell 29% in second quarter of 2009 versus same period of 2008. Largest components of index, which includes all operating expenses and interest expense, were labor, fuel, and transport-related expense. While average price paid for fuel fell 36%, other categories seeing year-over-year declines in input costs included aircraft rent/ownership and maintenance material. Read More

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ASTM Subcommittee covers glass for solar applications.

November 11, 2009

During virtual meeting, a new ASTM International standards developing activity, Subcommittee E44.20 on Glass for Solar Applications, was formed. Scope of subcommittee is development and maintenance of standards for glass and glass coatings for solar applications that include, but are not limited to, photovoltaic, solar thermal, and concentrating applications. Standards will address characteristics that affect performance, durability, and reliability. Read More

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ATA expects decline in air travel over Thanksgiving.

November 11, 2009

ATA said it expects 4% year-over-year decrease in number of passengers traveling during 2009 Thanksgiving holiday season, from Friday, November 20 through Tuesday, December 1. Flights are expected to be full, driven by decrease in available seats and deep discounting. ATA also says carriers have cut back schedules in response to economic pressures, with capacity reductions deepest since 1942. Organization also expects government to open up Special Activity Airspace to help ease congestion. Read More

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Scientists build first optical frequency comb.

November 11, 2009

Scientists at University of Konstanz in Germany and NIST in U.S. have built first optical frequency comb, a tool for precisely measuring different frequencies of visible light. Teeth of frequency comb are separated enough that when viewed with a grating and microscope, the human eye can see each of approximately 50,000 teeth spanning visible color spectrum from red to blue. Comb can be used to measure light emitted by lasers, atoms, stars, or other objects. Read More

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NIST Test analyzes iris recognition algorithms in biometrics.

November 11, 2009

NIST report, IREX I: Performance of Iris Recognition Algorithms on Standard Images, demonstrates that iris recognition algorithms can maintain accuracy and interoperability with compact images. It found that JPEG2000 and PNG formats, defined by ISO-IEC 19794-6 standard, compressed images small enough for storage and transmission. Test also analyzed various technical factors affecting users and showed that in forensic applications, slower and more powerful algorithms were beneficial. Read More

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NIST solves timing problem in molecular modeling.

November 11, 2009

Vinod Tewary, a theoretical physicist at NIST, has developed method for calculating motions and forces of thousands of atoms simultaneously over wider range of time scales than previously possible. Mathematical technique is expected to enable modeling of many processes that occur at time scales of nano- to microseconds, such as formation and growth of defects as well as conduction of heat, diffusion, and radiation damage in materials. Read More

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AASHTO Member wins prestigious national award.

November 11, 2009

Governing magazine named Pete Rahn, 2008 AASHTO president and current director of Missouri DoT, as one of its 2009 Public Officials of the Year. Noting the success of Missouri's I-64 project in St. Louis, Governing magazine specifically praised Rahn's ability to "partner with the private sector in unique ways to build large-scale transportation projects quickly and affordably." It also took into account Rahn's willingness to take risks and his desire to make a difference. Read More

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Agricultural Biotech Industry supports Insect Resistance Management Plan.

November 10, 2009

Report by Center for Science in Public Interest states that farmer compliance Insect Resistance Management (IRM) Plan has been in decline. Guidelines of IRM program require growers of certain biotech corn to plant refuge of nonbiotech corn to prevent emergence of resistant insect populations. Nick Storer of Dow AgroSciences says company is partnering with other stakeholder groups to deliver education campaign to corn farmers. Read More

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NAM commends passage of expanded NOL tax relief.

November 10, 2009

According to Monica McGuire, senior policy director, taxation at NAM, by allowing companies to carry back current losses to offset taxes paid in profitable years, expanded net operating loss relief provision will provide cash for hard hit manufacturers to finance ongoing operations and retain jobs. Bill will enable manufacturers to carry back losses in 2008 or 2009 for period of 5 years instead of current 2 year carry back, which does not provide enough relief during prolonged economic downturn. Read More

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AIA presents annual worker safety awards.

November 10, 2009

Textron's Bell Helicopter and Cessna Aircraft divisions won 2009 AIA Worker Safety Award in Aircraft Manufacturing category, while Textron Systems Corporation won same award in Aerospace Components category. Raytheon won in category of Missile and Space Vehicles for 2nd consecutive year. Awards are based on low workplace injury and illness rates for each company's U.S. operations. In addition, DRS Technologies won for most progress in worker safety from 2007 to 2008. Read More

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IPC Tax Relief Goal signed into law.

November 10, 2009

Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009, HR 3548, was signed into law, allowing net operating loss (NOL) relief for electronics companies of all sizes. Expanding NOL refund eligibility to medium- and large-sized companies, relief can be used by a company to recover past tax payments or reduce future tax payments. Eligible companies can receive tax refunds by applying NOLs to taxes during previous 5 yr and can carry loss forward 20 yr to future income tax payments. Read More

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NIST Quantifies low levels of heart attack risk protein.

November 10, 2009

In a recent paper in Analytical Chemistry, NIST researchers Eric Kilpatrick and David Bunk describe initial steps toward development of certified reference material used to assess accuracy of routine clinical laboratory tests for C-reactive protein (CRP). This validation will clear the way for purified serum CRP derived by the NIST method to eventually be used as a quality control and calibration tool by manufacturers for the high-sensitivity CRP (hsCRP) test. Read More

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Dr. Patrick Gallagher confirmed by Senate as NIST Director.

November 10, 2009

Dr. Patrick D. Gallagher was confirmed, by unanimous consent, as 14th director of NIST. Gallagher has worked at NIST since 1993 as scientist and laboratory director and has worked as deputy director since September 2008. Commerce Secretary Gary Locked stated "We expect him to continue his capable stewardship of NIST as we tackle complex problems like cyber security, developing an interoperable 'smart' energy grid, standardizing electronic health records and advancing the manufacturing sector." Read More

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IPC releases PCB industry results for September 2009.

November 10, 2009

According to IPC's North American PCB Statistical Program, rigid PCB shipments declined 15.9% and bookings were down 7.8% in Sept 2009 from Sept 2008. Compared to previous month, rigid PCB shipments grew by 21.7% and rigid bookings increased 29.7%. Flexible circuit shipments in Sept 2009 went up 7.9% and bookings increased 12.1% compared to September 2008. Compared to previous month, flexible circuit shipments went up 22.0% and flex bookings increased 48.1%. Read More

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NIST and CU to build planet-finding laser instrument.

November 10, 2009

NIST and University of Colorado at Boulder (CU) will collaborate to build frequency comb laser-based instrument to help search for extrasolar Earth-like planets. Comb will have individual frequencies widely spaced enough for astronomical instruments to read. It will enable detection of planets that cause color shifts equivalent to star wobble of few centimeters/sec. National Science Foundation has awarded CU $495,000 grant for joint project. Read More

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Third Quarter Workholding Shipments are down from 2008.

November 10, 2009

According to AMT's Advanced Workholding Technology (AWT) Group, shipments of workholding equipment, at $39.6 million for third quarter 2009, were down 34.1% from third quarter 2008. Workholding equipment shipments within US by 39 participating companies totaled $34.8 million, while exports amounted to $4.8 million. With this report, AWT also shows domestic workholding equipment shipments increased 7.7% and US exports increased 9.2% from second quarter 2009. Read More

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AIA and A|D|S Standards cover electronic trade agreements.

November 10, 2009

AIA and A|D|S, the trade organization advancing UK's AeroSpace, Defence and Security Industries, announced global standards for trading partner and electronic collaboration agreements between prime contractors and suppliers. According to AIA's Marion Blakey, set of global standards for these agreements provides guidance to companies across supply chain. Standardizing them will minimize delays/legal costs associated with negotiation and agreement process, A|D|S Chairman Ian Godden said. Read More

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LIA presents Arthur L. Schawlow Award at ICALEO®.

November 9, 2009

At 28th ICALEO®, LIA awarded fiber-laser pioneer and entrepreneur Dr. Valentin P. Gapontsev with 2009 Arthur L. Schawlow Award. Gapontsev holds numerous worldwide patents for laser-related devices and components and founded IPG Photonics Corp. in Russia in 1990. First presented in 1982, award recognizes individuals who have made distinguished contributions to applications of lasers in science, industry, or education. It consists of silver metal, $2,000 cash award, and citation. Read More