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Honorable Al Gore to deliver keynote at BIO convention.

October 29, 2009

Scheduled for May 3-6, 2010 BIO International Convention will include keynote address by former VP and climate change activist Al Gore, who will focus on environment, healthcare reform, and other pressing global issues with emphasis on biotechnology's role in addressing these challenges. Since his earliest days in U.S. Congress, Al Gore has been the leading advocate for confronting threat of global warming and received Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for his efforts. Read More

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NIST Method facilitates pnuemonia vaccine testing.

October 29, 2009

NIST scientists improved efficiency of a pneumonia vaccine testing method developed at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). The open-source software, NIST's Integrated Colony Enumerator (NICE), takes a digital image that has been loaded into a computer and counts colonies grown from single pneumococcal cells. Windows®-based solution works on images from digital cameras and flatbed scanners, obtaining results with only mean difference of 3% from manual counting method. Read More

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FAA updates SQMS assessment tools.

October 29, 2009

FAA's National Simulator Program (NSP) has modified its Internet site with updated Simulator Quality Management System (SQMS) assessment tools. Updated files include Tables E.2, E.4, E.7A, and E.7B, while Tables D.8 and D.9 were also modified for NSP authorized discrepancy prioritization system in accordance with Part 60. Modifications are primarily error corrections as well as changes made to address industry concerns. Read More

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ASHRAE Headquarters receives highest LEED certification.

October 28, 2009

ASHRAE Headquarters, located in Atlanta, GA, received LEED Platinum Certification in New Construction 2.2 rating system. While originally built to provide healthy, comfortable, and productive environment for its staff, the 34,500 ft² office building also helps confirm ASHRAE's commitment to supporting sustainable environments. Renovation took into consideration concerns such as energy use, heat island reduction, water efficient landscaping, material reuse, and water use reduction. Read More

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ASHRAE Winter Conference to focus on humidity and indoor environments.

October 28, 2009

While addressing various HVAC/R industry issues, 2010 ASHRAE Winter Conference will focus on developments that contribute to making indoor environments sustainable in humid climates. Technical program is based on Building Sustainability from the Inside Out theme and will take place January 23-27 in Orlando, FL. Comprised of presentations and papers concentrated in 11 tracks, technical program focuses on humidity control and ability to improve occupant comfort while conserving energy. Read More

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ATA reports drop in airline passenger/cargo revenue.

October 28, 2009

ATA reports that passenger revenue fell 19% in September 2009 vs. September 2008, marking 11th consecutive month of passenger revenue decline from prior year. Decline was fueled mostly by 10th consecutive month of dropping ticket prices. Average price to fly 1 mile fell 18%, and revenue also declined in trans-Atlantic, trans-Pacific, and Latin markets. Cargo revenue ton miles declined, year-over-year, by 11% domestically and 12% internationally in August 2009. Read More

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Briefing explores U.S. standards and conformance system.

October 28, 2009

On October 2, representatives of 9 leading standards organizations gathered on Capitol Hill to introduce Congressional staff to the U.S. private sector-led approach to standards. The event, which was attended by more than 60 staffers and other interested stakeholders, demonstrated how standards and conformity assessment activities help companies meet global needs, and how National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act impacts the U.S. standardization system. Read More

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NAM comments on FCC proposed rulemaking on Internet policies.

October 28, 2009

According to NAM Director of Technology Policy, Mark-Anthony Signorino, NAM is pleased that FCC is working to ensure that open Internet is available to all Americans, but is concerned that FCC's regulations will threaten investment in innovation, delaying broadband deployment to areas of country that desperately need it. NAM is also concerned that proposed rules are not evenly applied across Internet spectrum. Read More

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BSA Fall Meeting given high marks by attendees.

October 28, 2009

Attendees of BSA's 2009 Fall Meeting, held September 21-22 in Chicago, IL, responded positively. Unanimous in their endorsement, respondents to post-meeting surveys indicated that it met/exceeded their expectations. Several survey respondents indicated very positive experiences and expressed expectations for continued participation at this level. Future meetings include 2010 Winter Meeting, held January 17-19 in Tampa, Fl, and 2010 Annual Convention, held May 1-4 in Naples, FL. Read More

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RIA Seeks Projects for Phoenix Awards competition.

October 28, 2009

Restoration Industry Association (RIA) is seeking entries for 2010 Phoenix Awards for Innovation in Restoration and Reconstruction. Eligibility is also open to non-member firms who are active service providers in restoration and remediation industry. Up to 2 projects per firm may be submitted in each category, and deadline is December 15, 2009. Projects must involve personal or building property and residential or commercial buildings in areas of restoration and reconstruction. Read More

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BIO says biofuels, biomass proposal is flawed.

October 28, 2009

Reacting to publication in Science magazine of a proposal to count international emissions against U.S. renewable biomass production, BIO says placing biomass and biofuels under CO2 emission cap is based on flawed logic. Policy fails to take into account that well-managed biomass production can sequester more carbon in soil than is released into atmosphere through combustion of biofuels and bioenergy, and that biomass carbon can also be sequestered in production of biobased products. Read More

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ANSI accredits certification bodies for toy safety.

October 28, 2009

ANSI announced the first 5 certification bodies to be accredited under Toy Industry Association Toy Safety Certification Program®, which was created to improve toy safety, enhance stakeholder confidence in toy products, and comply with federal legislation. ANSI accreditations under TSCP have been granted to Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services, Intertek Testing Services Hong Kong Ltd., NSF International, SGS North America Inc., and STR-Registrar, LLC. Read More

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ANSI Forum covers consumer safety legislation and eco-labeling.

October 28, 2009

Held by ANSI as part of the World Standards Week 2009 series of events, 2009 Legal Issues Forum: Standards for Safety and Sustainability brought together nearly 80 legal experts and member of the standards and conformity assessment community. Participants addressed critical legal issues that relate to standards community through 2 panel sessions: Examining the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 and Eco-labeling: Helping to Shape the Sustainable Marketplace. Read More

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NIST selected as winner of AIAG Chairman's Award.

October 28, 2009

NIST has been awarded 2009 Automotive Industry Action Group's (AIAG) Chairman's Award. Honored for more than 14 yr of work with AIAG, NIST has made contributions to group in engineering and product development, electronic commerce, and supply chain management, in addition to standards development efforts by NIST Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory. Researcher Peter Denno was also recognized at October 8 ceremony with 2009 Outstanding Achievement Award. Read More

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AWWA to host Best of ACE09 Conference Webcast.

October 28, 2009

AWWA's Best of ACE09 Conference - Regional Approaches & Strategies: Capacity & Workforce Issues Webcast will be presented by John Cromwell, Olga M. Sanchez, and Dave Siburg. It will explore value of regional strategies for capacity/workforces issues and present examples where this approach was successful. Strategies to solve small water system capacity shortfalls, options for satisfying increasing water supply demands, and methods to improve customer satisfaction will be covered. Read More

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NIST Physicists turn to radio dial for atomic matchmaking.

October 28, 2009

Investigating mysterious data in ultracold gases of rubidium atoms, scientists at Joint Quantum Institute of NIST and University of Maryland and their collaborators have found that properly tuned RF waves can influence how much atoms attract or repel one another, opening up new ways to control interactions. In issue of Physical Review A, authors report RF radiation could serve as second knob in addition to traditionally used magnetic fields, for controlling how atoms in ultracold gas interact. Read More

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Conference to discuss China's RoHS-type regulations.

October 27, 2009

On Oct 9, China's MIIT released initial list of products subject to lead, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, mercury, PBBs, and PBDE restrictions. New restrictions, along with criteria for future products to be added to catalog will be discussed at IPC's It's Not Easy Being Green: Complying with Global Environmental Regulation conference. Tad Ferris, partner at Holland and Knight, will offer key insights on expected mandatory premarket certification and required laboratory analysis. Read More

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Certification Programs offer affordable alternatives.

October 27, 2009

Holding an industry-respected certification such as those available from SME, can be a way to demonstrate skill and experience level. SME's flagship certifications include Certified Manufacturing Technologist and Certified Manufacturing Engineer. With increasing focus on sustainability and waste elimination issues, Society's multi-level lean certification program which recognizes tactical, integrative, and strategic applications of standard lean principles is in high demand. Read More

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Enzyme Manipulation could solve protein purification challenge.

October 27, 2009

By altering an enzyme (subtilisin) that soil bacteria use to break down their food, a multi-institutional research team, which includes a NIST biochemist, has found an efficient method of harvesting purified protein molecules. As modified by the team, it can be activated at desired moment. This metaphorical on-switch for the enzyme's activity enables separation of single, desired protein from mixture of thousands generated by a living cell. Read More

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NIST Physicist to share 2010 Benjamin Franklin Medal.

October 27, 2009

David J. Wineland, a physicist at NIST, will share 2010 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Physics for experimental realization of the first device that performs elementary computer-logic operations using the quantum properties of individual atoms. Wineland will share the physics medal with two theorists who are also pioneers of quantum computing: J. Ignacio Cirac of the Max-Planck Institute for Quantum Optics in Germany and Peter Zoller of the University of Innsbruck in Austria. Read More