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Calculations may improve microfluidics temperature measures,

September 11, 2009

NIST has proposed a mathematical solution that enables researchers to calibrate the thermometer for microfluidic systems so that all temperatures are covered. Mathematical methods can correct for shift experienced when reference temperature changes, allowing researchers to create generalized calibration equations that can be applied to any reference temperature. Read More

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Augustine Committee Summary raises critical issues

September 11, 2009

Chaired by Norm Augustine, The Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee issued summary which indicates that current path of U.S. human spaceflight program is unsustainable, with allocated resources falling short of requirements. According to AIA President and CEO, Marion Blakey, the kinds of technologies developed by human spaceflight program drive economic growth and inspire next generation of workers to pursue careers in science, mathematics, and engineering. Read More

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Trace Explosives Standard slated for homeland security duty.

September 11, 2009

To aid in search for explosive materials and persons who have been in contact with them, NIST, with support from Department of Homeland Security, has developed Standard Reference Material 2905, Trace Particulate Explosives. SRM 2905 consists of 4 different test substances designed to simulate trace residues of C-4 plastic explosives and TNT, and will be helpful in calibrating, testing, and developing standard best operating procedures for trace explosives detectors. Read More

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NIST issues call for white papers on critical national needs.

September 11, 2009

NIST has published request for white papers that outline or help define potential new funding competitions under agency's Technology Innovation Program. TIP is particularly soliciting information related to several potential top areas currently under consideration. These include civil infrastructure, complex networks and systems, energy, ensuring future water supply, healthcare, manufacturing, nanomaterials/nanotechnology, and sustainability. Read More

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Award Recipients will be honored for their contributions.

September 11, 2009

There are 15 recipients of ANSI's 2009 Leadership and Service Awards, which recognize contributions to national and international standardization activities as well as an ongoing commitment to their industry, nation, and enhancement of the global voluntary consensus standards system. Recipients are to be honored during an October 6 ceremony, which is held in conjunction with World Standards Week 2009, at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Bethesda, MD. Read More

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SPE issues call for papers for Eurotec conference.

September 10, 2009

SPE is recruiting speakers to present papers at Society's first EUROTEC(TM) plastics technical conference, designed as European counterpart to SPE's ANTEC® in North America. SPE is soliciting original papers in the following areas: Automotive and Transportation; Engineering Properties and Structure; Extrusion for Flexible and Rigid Packaging; Failure Analysis; Medical Plastics; Mould Design and Rapid Tooling; and Plastics and the Environment. Read More

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PDMA to debut new technology showcase.

September 10, 2009

During 33rd Annual International Conference, PDMA will be creating on-site marketplace of new ideas and pre-commercialized emerging technologies that are experiential. Showcase will be incorporated into conference program so attendees can learn from and interact with innovations. Some technologies featured will include Microsoft's Surface multi-touch device, CKbot modular robot, Eco-neighbuzz apartment buzzer/intercom, and MicroHound(TM) trace explosive detector. Read More

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Publications describe authentication system standards.

September 10, 2009

Two publications describe new capabilities for authentication systems using smart cards or other personal security devices within and outside federal government applications. While one report describes NIST-led international standard ISO/IEC 24727, which defines a general-purpose identity API, the other is a draft publication on refinements to the Personal Identity Verification (PIV) specification. Latter specifies PIV data model, card edge interface, and API. Read More

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NEMA Whitepaper covers solid-state lighting for luminaries.

September 10, 2009

NEMA has published LSD 45-2009, Recommendations for Solid-State Lighting Sub-Assembly Interfaces for Luminaires. Whitepaper covers design and construction of interconnects for solid-state lighting applications; compiles latest industry information on mechanical, electrical, and thermal connections; and documents existing best practices. Industry segment is gaining momentum and requires standardization, says Kevin Dowling, PhD, chair of the Solid State Lighting Section. Read More

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NHA announces webinar on niche market fuel cells.

September 10, 2009

NHA announces Beyond Cars and Buses: The Market for Fuel Cells in Niche Transportation webinar, in which Fuel Cell Today will present highlights from August 2009 analysis of niche transportation market for fuel cells. To be held on September 15, 2009, it will detail 3 breakout markets for niche transport, growth and trends from 2005-2009, and predictions for 2010 and beyond. Speakers will include Dr. Kerry-Ann Adamson and Lisa Callaghan Jerram of Fuel Cell Today. Read More

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NIST develops prototype method to detect/measure hazards.

September 10, 2009

NIST researcher Tom Bruno modified headspace analysis technique to be sensitive enough to measure target materials constituting as little as 0.0000002% of sample. Method measures traces of chemical compounds released into surrounding atmosphere from solids or liquids. Described in paper, "Simple, quantitative headspace analysis by cryoadsorption on a short alumina PLOT column," it can detect TNT and C-4 as well as spoilage in food or pesticides distributed in soil by wind and rain. Read More

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ANSI to hold celebration for World Standards Day.

September 10, 2009

On October 7, 2009, ANSI will hold exhibition, reception, and dinner marking U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day. Focusing on theme Standards for Environmental Stewardship, it will feature reception and exhibition at Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. Presentation of 2009 Ronald H. Brown Standards Leadership Award to Jim Sanford will take place, and winners of 2009 World Standards Day Paper Competition will be announced. Read More

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ASTM Standard covers rapid hardening hydraulic cements.

September 10, 2009

Developed by Subcommittee C01.13 on Special Cements, ASTM C1600/C1600M lists minimum requirements for compressive strength, setting time, shrinkage, and soundness of 4 types of cements. Ultra rapid hardening, very rapid hardening, medium rapid hardening, and general rapid hardening cements are used in applications in which reduced cementitious contents are desired or early service is needed, such as paving, construction, stucco, mortar, and block. Read More

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NIST Researchers measure tungsten ion spectrum.

September 10, 2009

John Gillaspy and colleagues from NIST have provided first measurement of both D spectrum lines in sodium-like tungsten, confirming theoretical predictions of their energies and intensities. They used an EUV spectrometer and discovered they could push it to detect radiation as low as about 2 nm, where tungsten's lower-wavelength D line resides. With this experimental knowledge of tungsten's lines, researchers may now have robust new ingredient for measuring fusion reactor conditions. Read More

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Proposed Standard aims to control mercury emissions.

September 10, 2009

"Guide for Determination of Hg Adsorption Capacity of Powdered Activated Carbons Used for Removal of Hg from Flue Gas" will help regulate mercury emissions from flue gases in coal-fired power plants. This standard is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee D28.04 on Gas Phase Evaluation Tests, whose chair, Larry Brey, indicates manufacturers of activated carbons and companies that sell/install mercury emissions control systems to power utilities would be its primary users. Read More

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ANSI announces 2009 legal forum agenda.

September 10, 2009

ANSI's annual Legal Issues Forum, to be held on Oct 6, will focus on standards for safety and sustainability. The first panel, Examining the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, will start with introduction by Scott Cooper of ANSI and include panelists Jameson B. Carroll, Nancy A. Nord, and Donald L. Mays. Eco-labeling: Helping to Shape the Sustainable Marketplace, with Mary C. McKiel, Ph.D., as introductory speaker, will feature Robert S. Kaye, Jill Wasserman, and Urvashi Rangan. Read More

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ANSI/ISA to hold meeting on financial impact of cyber risk.

September 10, 2009

ANSI and ISA are inviting stakeholders to participate in meeting to discuss Phase II of The Financial Impact of Cyber Risk: 50 Questions Every CFO Should Ask, on Sept 29, in NYC. Phase II is focused on developing implementation strategy that addresses questions from Phase I and will include guidance on making decisions related to cyber risk from economic standpoint. Participation is open to stakeholders of standards developing organizations, consortia, industry, government, and consumers. Read More

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IPC Report addresses IP protection in PCBs.

September 10, 2009

Developed in cooperation with IPC Executive Agent Task Force and submitted to U.S. Department of Defense for review, Best North American Industry Practices to Protect IP report provides detailed list of best IP protection practices being used by commercial and military PCB manufacturers. In recognition of importance of printed boards to national security, Congress directed DoD to develop trusted-source program for PCBs and IPC hopes that report will help guide DoD. Read More

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TPO Conference to offer molder training sessions.

September 10, 2009

Organized by Detroit Section of SPE® International, 11th annual SPE® Automotive TPO Global Conference will include 40 technical presentations, 4 keynote speakers, executive management panel, and 2 networking receptions. Two standalone seminars/training programs will focus on teaching molders how to be more productive while working with injection-moldable polymers, and how to use advanced process controls and aluminum tooling. Read More

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Webcast will highlight best presentations of MTC 2009.

September 10, 2009

Hosted by AWWA on September 23 of 2009, the Membrane - Best of Conference Webcast will feature 3 of the best presentations given at 2009's Membrane Technology Conference (MTC). Topics include operations, issues, innovations, and lessons learned at membrane treatment facilities as described directly by plant staff. Specifically, topics will cover contract to production lifecycle, membrane plant optimization, as well as challenges and experiences of running 70 mgd membrane facility. Read More