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AIA welcomes SpaceX launch to International Space Station.

May 24, 2012

Successful launch by SpaceX of the Dragon capsule towards International Space Station marks major historical milestone in American spaceflight. Developed by SpaceX under NASA's commercial cargo services program, mission demonstrates capability of collaborative investments by U.S. government and private industry to build new American vehicles for space transportation. By saving money and unleashing private sector innovation, NASA is freeing up resources for next era in space exploration. Read More

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ASTM NDT Committee develops beam divergence measurement standard.

May 24, 2012

Recently approved standard ASTM E2861, Test Method for Measurement of Beam Divergence and Alignment in Neutron Radiologic Beams, will be used by neutron imaging facilities, particularly those setting up neutron tomography imaging systems. According to one of subcommittee's members responsible for this standard's development, what ASTM E2861 details "will allow facilities to make corrections to their imaging systems if they are not properly aligned." Read More

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Award for Polymer Research receives record number of entries.

May 24, 2012

Thermoset Resin Formulators Association (TRFA) received 12 entries for its annual Excellence in Polymer Research Award and expects more before final papers are due on May 31, 2012. Winner will be announced on July 27th, and formal presentation of award will occur at TRFA's 10th Anniversary Meeting. Initiated to encourage and recognize advances in science and engineering regarding thermoset polymer industry, award also provides recipient with visibility and exposure in industry. Read More

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ELFA's MLFI-25 for April 2012 shows overall new business growth.

May 24, 2012

ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25) for April shows overall new business volume of $6.1 billion, which is up 20% from same period in 2011 and down 10% from previous month. Year-to-date cumulative new business volume is up 17%, while receivables over 30 days, charge-offs, and credit approvals respectively decreased to 2.7%, 0.6%, and 76%. Also, total headcount for equipment finance companies in April increased 0.7% from the previous month (down 4.1% year over year). Read More

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Building Safety Month promotes disaster preparedness.

May 24, 2012

Every May, International Code Council, a member of ANSI, brings together efforts and support of its members and partners to present ICC Foundation Building Safety Month. Featuring public awareness campaign aimed at promoting broad understanding of what it takes to create safe and sustainable structures, event reinforces need for adoption of modern, model building codes and standards, strong system of enforcement, and well-trained, professional workforce to maintain system. Read More

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ASTM UAS Committee appoints Ted Wierzbanowski as Chairman.

May 23, 2012

ASTM International Committee F38 on Unmanned Aircraft Systems has elected Ted Wierzbanowski, director of UAS airspace integration at AeroVironment Inc. in Monrovia, CA, as its new chairman. Wierzbanowski will lead committee as it focuses on development and approval of small UAS standards in the National Airspace System. A retired U.S. Air Force colonel and experimental test pilot, Wierzbanowski has been involved in advanced aircraft development since the early 1980s. Read More

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HI Expands Membership to all who sell to North American market.

May 23, 2012

Hydraulic Institute (HI) members have voted to approved bylaw change that broadens membership eligibility to include pump and supplier companies that manufacture wholly outside of North America but sell into North American market. According to Executive Director Robert Asdal, "active involvement of global companies will strengthen and add vitality to HI and the volunteer committees that drive the standards, guidelines, education programs, and other initiatives." Read More

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EPA promotes safer alternatives to nonylphenol ethoxylates.

May 23, 2012

EPA has released final report on alternatives to nonylphenol ethoxylates through Design for the Environment Alternatives Assessment Program. When released into environment, NPE can be persistent and highly toxic to aquatic organisms. In addition to information on availability of 8 safer alternatives to NPE that meet EPA's criteria for safer surfactants, report addresses DfE's hazard evaluation method for surfactants and progress being made in adopting safer surfactants. Read More