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SME Foundation supports students' humanitarian efforts.

May 8, 2012

On June 19th, group of 15 pre-engineering students from Calera High School, Calera, AL, will be "Children Changing the World," traveling to Clinic of the Angels in the Honduran Cloud Forest. Accompanied by technology education instructor, Brian Copes and Adam D. Williams, Certified-Prosthetics, and owner of Next Step, Inc., team will teach locals how to build 2 basic utility vehicles, and help Williams fit 15 local amputees with prosthetic legs that he helped students learn to design and build. Read More

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NTSB announces General Aviation Safety Forum.

May 8, 2012

Scheduled for June 19-20, 2012, "General Aviation Safety: Climbing to the Next Level," will address pilot training and performance, pilot access to and use of weather-related information, and aircraft design and certification. Panelists will represent industry, government, academia, and professional associations. Two-day event will be chaired by NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman and all 5 Board Members will participate. Read More

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NIST Researchers develop way to generate superluminal pulses.

May 7, 2012

Researchers at NIST have developed technique called 4-wave mixing, which reshapes parts of light pulses and advances them ahead of where they would have been had they been left to travel unaltered through vacuum. In experiment, pulses' peaks arrived 50 nanoseconds faster than light traveling through vacuum. New method could be used to improve timing of communications signals and to investigate propagation of quantum correlations. Read More

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IPC Survey measures impact of on-shoring.

May 7, 2012

IPC launched survey to measure impact of on-shoring - the migration of manufacturing operations back to Americas from overseas - in electronics industry. On-Shoring in the Electronics Industry: Trends and Outlook is designed to measure changes that have taken place since 2008, identify where and in what product segments on-shoring is occurring, quantify impact on revenue and jobs in Americas, and assess current business environment as well as future outlook of on-shoring. Read More

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Updated IPC-6018 helps engineers design high-reliability boards.

May 7, 2012

To cover printed boards that incorporate high-speed chips and microwave circuitry with parameters different from more mainstream rigid/flexible printed boards, B revision to IPC-6018, Qualification and Performance Specification for High Frequency (Microwave) Printed Boards, features extensive changes. Specifically, IPC-6018B includes resin smear allowance criteria, references for embedded passive resistors/capacitors, hole breakout requirements definitions, and thermal stress criteria. Read More

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Communications Protocol enables secure, wireless biometric data acquisition.

May 4, 2012

NIST researchers developed and published protocol for communicating with biometric sensors over wired and wireless networks that uses some technologies that underpin Web. WS-Biometric Devices (WS-BD) protocol lets desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones access sensors that capture biometric data using Web services. Facilitating biometric system assembly via interoperable components, protocol will aid setup and maintenance of secure systems for verifying identity. Read More

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NIST Fire Researchers earn honors.

May 4, 2012

Fire researchers at NIST were honored by International Association of Arson Investigators for helping to organize and provide instructional support for training and certifications programs for federal, state, and local fire investigators. IAAI Outstanding Accomplishment Award also recognizes NIST Fire Research Division for using findings from its technical investigation of 2007 Charleston Sofa Super Store Fire to assist in preparing on-line training video that conveys lessons learned from study. Read More

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Open Source Simulation Software analyzes geomagnetically induced currents.

May 4, 2012

In joint effort, North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), Department of Energy (DOE), and EPRI developed simulation tool for electric industry to analyze geomagnetically induced currents (GIC) on their systems. This software, which is open-source code, is capable of performing N-phase modeling; analysis is not limited to 3-phase systems. Functionality lets users dynamically change circuit parameters and modify input, enabling long-term (hours or days) analysis of GMDs. Read More