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NIST Workshop to discuss botnet challenges and prevention.

May 18, 2012

Botnet activity is on the rise, and to help understand this problem, NIST is hosting day-long workshop on May 20, 2012, titled Technical Aspects of Botnets. Event will bring stakeholders together to discuss current state of technology and how best to prevent, detect, and mitigate botnets. Participants will explore technologies, tools, and resources that are currently used against botnets and examine their effectiveness, valuable characteristics, and gaps or areas that need improvement. Read More

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The Manufacturing Institute and Partners help increase credentialed workforce.

May 18, 2012

The Manufacturing Institute and its partners, including ISA, announced progress towards achieving 5-year goal to award 500,000 industry-based credentials to individuals. ISA's CAP® program evaluates skills of automation professionals responsible for direction, design, and deployment of systems and equipment for manufacturing and control systems, while CCST® program evaluates skills of technicians responsible for calibration, documentation, troubleshooting, and repairing/replacing instrumentation. Read More

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NEMA Publication offers specifications for SSL chromaticity.

May 18, 2012

Published by NEMA, ANSI ANSLG C38.377 Specifications for the Chromaticity of Solid State Lighting Products is available in hard or electronic copy. Publication specifies chromaticities recommended for general lighting with SSL products and also gives advise as to white light chromaticities. Information applies to chromaticity standards and definitions and specifications of CRI for LED-based SSL products with control electronics and heat sinks with AC main power or DC voltage power. Read More

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Hydraulic Institute joins Engineering and Science Career Network.

May 18, 2012

Hydraulic Institute has partnered with Engineering and Science Career Network to extend reach of its HI CareerHQ website, which serves as recruitment tool for pump manufacturers, suppliers, engineering consulting firms, and end-user organizations. Employers can use advanced search tools to identify qualified candidates from database of over 25,000 resumes, while job seekers can search from hundreds of postings, which also appear on over 40 partner sites of ESCN and on Google Jobs and Indeed.com. Read More

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PTDA Business Index indicates expansion and sales growth.

May 18, 2012

Compared to 67.3 for 4Q2011, PTDA Business Index's reading of 75.4 indicates 1Q2012 as eighth consecutive quarter for business growth among PTDA members and one of accelerated industry expansion. Index shows, between 4Q2011 and 1Q2012, gains in business activity, new orders, employment, supplier deliveries, inventories, prices, and backlog. Participating PTDA members expect 2012 to be another year of growth with average forecast of 11%, which is up from 9% in 4Q11 survey. Read More

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FAA steps up enforcement of laser penalties.

May 18, 2012

FAA has directed its investigators and staff to pursue stiffer penalties for individuals who purposefully point laser devices at aircraft. Number of reported incidents rose from 2,836 in 2010, to 3,592 in 2011. In many cases, pilots have reported temporary blindness or had to take evasive measures to avoid laser light. Max penalty for 1 laser strike is $11,000, and FAA has proposed civil penalties against individuals for multiple laser incidents, with $30,800 being the highest. Read More

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BIO 2012 Convention to discuss biotech and big pharma.

May 18, 2012

At 2012 BIO International Convention, which will take place in Boston, MA from June 18-21, panel of industry executives will discuss where biotech will be in next 10 years and how pharmaceutical industry landscape is changing. Immediately preceding Keynote panel on June 20, Senator John Kerry (D-MA) will address major challenges to the life sciences innovation ecosystem. Keynote will also feature presentation of awards for Biotech Humanitarian of the Year and Governor of the Year. Read More

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Minnesota Unveils 50-Year Vision, guidance for transportation.

May 18, 2012

Collaborating with partners, MnDOT (Minnesota Department of Transportation) has built what its commissioner, Thomas Sorel, called "a very strong and compelling vision for transportation." Minnesota Go initiative, guided by 31-member steering committee, offers vision and set of guiding principles to address current and future issues such as growing and aging population, urbanization, energy usage, vehicle automation, and transportation funding gap. Read More