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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

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NREL Develops Method for energy GHG emissions assessment.

May 17, 2012

NREL developed approach to assessing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from coal, wind, solar, and other energy technologies that precisely portrays environmental penalties and benefits of different technologies. As harmonization of variant estimates of GHG emissions, method could help sharpen decisions on what new energy projects to build. NREL analysts looked at 2,000+ studies across several energy technologies, applied quality controls, and narrowed range of estimates for GHG emissions. Read More

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SME Education Foundation grants Edge Factor $100,000.

May 17, 2012

SME Education Foundation has grant-funded $100,000 to The Edge Factor, a film and media company that features real life manufacturing stories, for Metal and Flesh, the next in a series of HD videos created to elevate and celebrate manufacturing engineering innovation. Edge Factor's ultimate goal is to revolutionize stereotype of manufacturing as a dark and dirty industry to one that is filled with extreme technology, advanced innovations, and exhilarating careers for Gen Y. Read More

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Laser Safety Training Course includes Canadian regulations.

May 17, 2012

In response to significant rise in Canadian participation, Laser Institute of America (LIA) expanded its online Laser Safety Officer Training course to include latest Canadian rules regulating use of laser devices. Among key differences between U.S. and Canadian regulations, according to LIA Education Director Gus Anibarro, is the Radiation Emitting Devices Act (REDA) that emerged in 1985. Additionally, online course has been broken into separately accessible topics to facilitate use. Read More

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ASTM Publication addresses static and dynamic spinal implants.

May 17, 2012

Available in print or as e-book, Static and Dynamic Spinal Implants: Are We Evaluating Them Appropriately? is a collection of 21 peer-reviewed papers available from ASTM International. Publication covers interbody fusion devices, disc and nucleus devices, in-vitro testing methods, and longitudinal systems, as well as latest testing technology, including precision and bias methods, impingement of motion preserving technologies, and subsidence of interbody fusion devices. Read More