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SFF Antennas are made possible with engineered metamaterials.

January 29, 2010

NIST and partners from industry and academia have designed and tested experimental antennas that may be useful in wireless systems with decreasing form factors such as emergency communications devices, micro-sensors, and portable ground-penetrating radar. Such antennas incorporate metamaterials - materials engineered with often microscopic structures - and radiate as much as 95% of input radio signal. Form factors can be as small as 1/50 of wavelength and could shrink further. Read More

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ANSI seeks comments on amusement attractions safety proposal.

January 29, 2010

As US member body to ISO, ANSI invites all interested stakeholders to submit comments by March 5 on proposal made by National Standards Body of the Russian Federation (GOST R) to ISO for new field of technical activity on safety of attractions found at amusement facilities. This proposal seeks development of unified and generalized approach to "Safety of attractions" that will increase safety while also eliminating economic barriers in trade in this area of activity. Read More

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NIST and CDC research refrigerated vaccine storage practices.

January 29, 2010

In collaboration with CDC, researchers at NIST have completed first of a series of tests to determine best practices for properly storing and monitoring temperature of refrigerated vaccines. Since vaccines must be kept 2-8°C, vaccines should never be kept on door shelves because relative lack of insulation in door allowed unacceptable temperature drifts. Vaccines should also be kept away from walls of refrigerator, because defrost cycle can cause temperature of walls to shift. Read More

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Students preparing for Team America Rocketry Challenge.

January 29, 2010

Students on 669 teams from 45 states, District of Columbia, and U.S. Virgin Islands are preparing to launch their hand-designed rockets at the eighth annual Team America Rocketry challenge, which is designed to boost industry workforce by sparking interest in science, math, and engineering education. This year's challenge is for each team to design and build model rocket that carries 1 raw egg payload to altitude of 825 ft with flight duration of 40-45 sec, returning egg to ground unbroken. Read More

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ANSI announces USNC of IEC call for nominations to workshop.

January 29, 2010

USNC of International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) is seeking nominations for participants in Young Professionals 2010 Workshop, to be held October 13-15, 2010, in conjunction with IEC 2010 General Meeting in Seattle. U.S. stakeholders are encouraged to nominate young professionals in first 10-15 yr of professional career, post university. Nominations must be submitted electronically to Charlie Zegers of USNC by April 30, 2010, and 3 winners will be notified in July 2010. Read More

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ANSI Collaborative seeks members for nuclear energy meeting.

January 29, 2010

Members of NESCC, joint initiative between ANSI and NIST, are invited to participate in 3 task groups, 1st which will be NRC Standards Database Task Group to develop searchable database of NRC regulatory documents. Concrete Task Group will coordinate safety and non-safety related concrete requirements in nuclear power plants, identify concrete design needs, and plan how to incorporate them into codes/standards. Members are also being sought for Ad Hoc Group on NESCC Meeting Planning. Read More

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Papers invited for fatigue and fracture mechanics symposium.

January 29, 2010

Sponsored by ASTM Committee E08 on Fatigue and Fracture and the European Structural Integrity Society, Eleventh International ASTM/ESIS Symposium on Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics will focus on fatigue crack growth. Emphasis will be placed on papers addressing the following topics: crack closure effects, adjusted compliance ratio method as alternate closure assessment methodology, residual stress effects, and crack growth in near-threshold regime. Read More

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IPC seeks votes to determine top 10 academic posters.

January 29, 2010

Up until February 19, IPC is seeking industry votes to determine top 10 poster abstracts from 14 that have been submitted for consideration in IPC academic poster competition. These 10 academic posters will be displayed during exhibition at IPC APEX EXPO(TM) on April 6-8 in Las Vegas, where attendees and exhibitors will be invited to vote for their favorite. Monetary prizes will be given to authors of top 3 posters, which will be announced at close of show floor reception on April 7. Read More

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EUEC 2010 Conference will showcase new technologies.

January 29, 2010

At its 13th Annual Energy and Environment Conference (EUEC), presentations will be made on technologies developed by Southern Research Institute scientists. Featured innovations will include on-site bromine-gas production and injection system used to mitigate mercury emissions in energy production for coal-fired utilities, as well as technology that obtains data on droplet size and concentration distributions in wet scrubber mist eliminator performance testing programs. Read More

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ASHRAE Conference to foster urban energy conservation.

January 28, 2010

Existing Buildings in Urban Areas: Dramatically Cutting the Energy Waste, hosted by ASHRAE, will guide building community and government in reducing energy use. Taking place April 19-20 in NYC, this conference will address theoretical and practical matters associated with major improvements in energy efficiency of existing buildings. Specific topics include investment and financial decision-making, effective public policies, and necessary technical steps. Read More

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ASTM Symposium to focus on zirconium in nuclear industry.

January 28, 2010

ASTMs 16th International Symposium on Zirconium in the Nuclear Industry will be held May 9-13, 2010, in China. Being sponsored by ASTM International Committee B10 on Reactive and Refractory Metals and Alloys, it will provide forum for exchanging new information on fabrication, testing, development, and characterization of zirconium-base materials in industry. Event will feature session papers/posters that reflect emerging technologies. Online registration closes April 26, 2010. Read More

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ASTM Wood Committee names David Kretschmann as Chairman.

January 28, 2010

ASTM International Committee D07 has elected David E. Kretschmann, research general engineer at USDA Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory, as Chairman. Kretschmann has been member of ASTM International since 1988 and received L.J. Markwardt Award in 2005 for contributions of outstanding merit to Committee D07. Kretschmann has been lead or co-author of more than 70 articles in his field and is member of Society of Wood Science and Technology as well as Forest Products Society. Read More

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NAM Sponsered Economic Study gives roadmap for job creation.

January 28, 2010

According to economic report conducted by Milken Institute and sponsored by NAM, changes to economic and tax policies and investment in key infrastructure project categories could create more than 11 million jobs in U.S. this decade. Proposed policy changes that would increase jobs and grow economy include decreasing corporate tax rates, increasing and making R and D credit permanent, and modernizing export controls on commercially available products. Read More

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Manufacturing Economist says some good news and some bad.

January 28, 2010

In current FMA economic update newsletter Fabrinomics, Dr. Chris Kuehl, economic analyst for FMA, outlines good news and notes of caution. Positive trends include growth in service sector and manufacturing, stabilizing employment numbers, and improvement in access to credit from banking sector. However, Kuehl notes that recovery depends on right sequence of events, demand growth brings potential for more expensive inputs, and there is a conservative shift of financial system. Read More

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Former AASHTO President speaks on transportation strategy.

January 28, 2010

Former AASHTO President Pete K. Rahn, Director of Missouri DOT, is featured in video that highlights his speech on January 14, 2010, at Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting. Featured on State-to-State Channel of Transportation TV, video includes Rahn's discussion on implementing Practical Design, a project planning and management system which is saving taxpayer dollars. Rahn also outlined 8 initiatives that have helped MoDOT to improve department's public image and approval rating. Read More

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ASTM Workshop will cover technology in consumer research.

January 28, 2010

Workshop on Using Technology to Transform Sensory and Consumer Research, on April 23, 2010, in St. Louis, MO, will be held in conjunction with April 20-22 standards development meetings of ASTM Committee E18 on Sensory Evaluation. Interactive 1-day workshop will feature morning session on understanding how technology is utilized in research and afternoon session to demonstrate techniques and ideas on using it. Online registration opens 8 weeks before workshop and closes April 14, 2010. Read More

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AWWA-Hosted Webcast addresses microbial threats assessment.

January 28, 2010

Taking place February 17, New Approaches for Assessing Microbial Threats Webcast will provide results from recent studies that contribute to understanding of occurrence and viability of microbial health threats in drinking water. Attendees will also learn to interpret results from research on distribution system pathogens, benefits of genotyping Cryptosporidium oocysts, and how to identify key factors that promote retention and subsequent biofilm development of E. coli O157:H7. Read More

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GAWDA Magazine includes tips on how to leverage Twitter.

January 28, 2010

As part of its effort to educate gases and welding industry professionals on the topic of social media, January issue of GAWDA Edge features article titled "Tackling the Twitter Trend." Twitter is an invaluable resource for driving traffic to a company's blog and Web site. Article teaches how a company can leverage this social medium to increase awareness and further build a brand. Read More

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Blogging Best Practices described in MHEDA's online journal.

January 28, 2010

David Nour, noted social media expert, contributed his "Better Business Blogging" article to MHEDA Edge's January issue. It teaches readers how to leverage blogosphere to build their brand. Specifically, Nour offers 10 tips for writing business blogs, each accompanied with detailed explanation of how to make it work. Highlights include tips such as "find your focus," "manufacture content, don't just distribute," as well as "know and cater to your audience." Read More

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MHEDA Journal Article discusses 2010 money making strategies.

January 28, 2010

First Quarter 2010 issue of The MHEDA Journal features Annual Industry Forecast, wherein 50 material handling equipment distributors discuss money making strategies. Advice includes making it easy for customers to find your company, spending time to build relationships with them, and improving internal procedures. Furthermore, companies may opt to sell added value of distribution, concentrate on the aftermarket, or restructure business development teams. Read More