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NIST Scientists study how to improve organic solar power.

August 3, 2009

In paper titled "Substrate-dependent interface composition and charge transport in films for organic photovoltaics," NIST scientists have deepened understanding of complex organic films in photovoltaic devices. Current types convert less than 6% of light to electricity at best. By applying X-ray absorption measurements to film interfaces, team found that structure of electrode surface is changed such that it could improve photovoltaic efficiency and lifetime. Read More

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NIST Guide addresses design of earthquake-resistant buildings.

August 3, 2009

"Seismic Design of Steel Special Moment Frames: A Guide for Practicing Engineers" consolidates requirements of International Building Code and related standards including ASCE 7, AISC 341, and AISC 358. Part of NIST support for NEHRP, guide includes background and sketches to illustrate requirements as well as chapters on use of special moment frames, their principles, and guidance on analysis and design. It was written for structural engineers, building officials, educators, and students. Read More

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NIST Workshop to cover artificial intelligence advancement.

August 3, 2009

NIST's 9th annual Performance Metrics for Intelligent Systems (PerMIS'09) workshop, to be held on September 21-23, will include gathering of researchers involved in advancing artificial intelligence in robots and other systems. It will address question of: Does performance measurement accelerate the pace of advancement for intelligent systems? PerMIS is forum for fostering collaborations between researchers and practitioners from industry, academia, and government agencies. Read More

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Citation Technologies and ANSI deliver ISO standards via Web.

August 3, 2009

Through ANSI-Citation partnership, 17,765 International Standards developed by more than 3,000 ISO technical bodies will be made available on citationĀ® web-based platform. Subscribers can concurrently search standards, test methods, and specifications, as well as related regulations, for keywords and phrases. They can also annotate, incorporate, or connect appropriate sections of standards, specifications, and regulations to relevant company policy and procedure documents. Read More

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Product Incorporating NIST Expert System wins R&D 100 Award.

August 3, 2009

According to R&D Magazine, commercial process design software that incorporates NIST's thermophysical and thermochemical property data sets will receive 2009 R&D 100 award. Award recognizes Aspen PlusĀ® 2006.5 with NIST ThermoData Engine, a process simulator that provides tools to increase number and variety of chemical components that may be considered by process design engineer, while reducing time required for compilation and evaluation of component properties. Read More

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Dr. John A. Tesk receives award from ASTM International.

August 3, 2009

ASTM International Committee F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices honored John A. Tesk, Ph.D., of Biomedical Materials and Devices Consulting, with the Patrick G. Laing Award for his contributions towards developing standards for medical and surgical devices. An ASTM International member since 1995, Tesk is a member at large on Committee F04 and also works on several F04 subcommittees. He is also associated with various other organizations, domestic and international. Read More

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ASTM Develops clothing temperature rating standard.

August 3, 2009

ASTM International's F2732 standard, Practice for Determining the Temperature Ratings for Cold Weather Protective Clothing, explains all variables that affect a person's thermal comfort. It also describes a procedure for measuring the insulation value of jackets, jacket/pants set, or coveralls over a standard lightweight base ensemble. Manufacturers of cold weather clothing for consumers and insulated apparel for the workplace will be the primary users of this standard. Read More

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Agenda available for 2009 NACD Northeast Region Meeting.

August 3, 2009

Scheduled for Oct 1-2, 2009 Northeast Region Annual Meeting will help participants gain insight into current economy and market trends for coming year, examine U.S. political climate and understand what is on Congress' agenda, and make improvements in inventory management activities. On Friday, presenter will help attendees ensure crisis communication plans are in place and are well crafted to deal with media, if/when necessary. Read More

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NIST awards $55.5 million for university research facilities.

July 31, 2009

NIST has awarded grants to 4 universities to provide cost-shared support for construction of scientific research facilities. Awards include $15 million to University of Miami for Marine Technology and Life Sciences Seawater Research Building; $14.4 million to Auburn University for Center for Advanced Science, Innovation, and Commerce; $11.1 million to Rice University for Brockman Hall for Physics; and $15 million to University of North Carolina Wilmington for Marine Biotechnology facility. Read More

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NEMA publishes AC High-Voltage Circuit Breakers standard.

July 31, 2009

Published under license from IEEE, SG 4-2009 Alternating Current High-Voltage Circuit Breakers standard was revised by High-Voltage Power Circuit Breaker Voting Classification of the Switchgear Section of NEMA. Some areas covered include requirements for circuit breaker operating mechanisms, bushing terminal connectors, and ground terminals, as well as current transformer thermal and short-time capabilities, multi-ratio current transformer tap connections, and RIV tests and limits. Read More

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NEMA Team Selected as part of NASA proposal.

July 31, 2009

NEMA has been selected as team member of NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, CA for a Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) grant by the California Energy Commission (CEC). The grant funds research that focuses on understanding what roles PIER, CEC, and other agencies should play in CA Smart Grid efforts. The proposal's purpose, as identified by CEC, is to address challenges CA electric utility industry will face while implementing Smart Grid. Read More

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Microfluidic Palette aids study of biological processes.

July 31, 2009

Researchers at NIST have created device call the "microfluidic palette" to produce multiple, steady state chemical gradients in miniature 0.06 in. diameter chamber. Advantage of NIST system is that gradients are generated by diffusion, which allows cells being studied to remain in microchamber without being swept away. Tool can be used to study complex biological mechanisms in cells responsible for cancer metastasis, wound healing, biofilm formation, and other fluid-related processes. Read More

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NEMA publishes dimming of fluorescent lighting standard.

July 31, 2009

Resulting from discussions between numerous manufacturers and end-users as well as years of data gathering, testing, and analysis, LL 9-2008 Dimming of T8 Fluorescent Lighting Systems standard covers range between 100% and approximately 35% output. Standard will serve as tool for both legislators and lighting planners to use in encouraging and designing effective T8 dimming systems. Read More

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ASTM Standard is revised based on interlaboratory study.

July 31, 2009

ASTM E2490, Guide for Measurement of Particle Size Distribution of Nanomaterials in Suspension by Photon Correlation Spectroscopy, was revised based on study involving 26 laboratories taking 7,700 measurements. According to Alan Rawle, characterization of size distribution, along with composition and morphology, were key parameters identified as being key to development of nanotechnology. Subcommittee E56.02 welcomes input from those interested in future revisions to ASTM E2490. Read More

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ASTM to hold workshop on life cycle management.

July 31, 2009

Workshop on Life Cycle Assessment: Methodology, Current Development, and Application in Standards, will be held October 18-19, 2009, in Atlanta, GA. Program's 1st part will discuss state-of-the-art life cycle assessment (LCA) practice and associated opportunities/challenges, while 2nd part will discuss use of LCA in product development, selection, and standards. Online registration opens approximately 8 weeks before workshop and closes October 14. Read More

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Sun Hydraulics Corp becomes first NFPA Legacy Builder.

July 31, 2009

NFPA Education and Technology Foundation acknowledges Sun Hydraulics Corporation for becoming first NFPA member company to reach the "Legacy Builder" giving level. With Sun's latest donation to Foundation, it has surpassed $25,000 in cumulative donations, allowing it to use "Legacy Builder" logo on its company letterhead and web sites. Donation that put Sun over the top was made in memory of fluid power pioneer Robert E. Koski, Sun Hydraulics Corporation founder and chairman emeritus. Read More

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Deborah A.P. Hersman is sworn in as NTSB Chairman.

July 31, 2009

A member of NTSB for 5 years, Deborah A.P. Hersman was nominated for 2-year term as Chairman by President Barack Obama and confirmed by U.S. Senate. Hersman has chaired number of public events hosted by Board and has been the board member on scene at 16 major transportation accidents. Before joining the Board, Chairman Hersman was a Senior Professional Staff Member of U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation from 1999 to 2004. Read More

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IPC releases PCB industry statistics for June 2009.

July 31, 2009

Survey from monthly North American PCB Statistical Program indicates rigid PCB shipments declined 30.8% over June 2008 and bookings were down 29.3%. Book-to-bill ratio climbed to 1.12. Flexible circuit shipments were down 3.1%, but bookings were up 4.0%, with book-to-bill ratio up to 1.02. For rigid PCBs and flexible circuits combined, industry shipments were down 29.0% and orders booked decreased 15.1%, with combined industry book-to-bill ratio up to 1.11. Read More

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IEA Senate Briefing to address hydrogen fuel collaborations.

July 30, 2009

To be held July 31, 2009, IEA Collaborations in Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Science and Technology will address global investments in energy, economic, and environmental future. Collaborations such as IEA Hydrogen Implementing Agreement, founded in 1977, with 22 members, and IEA Advanced Fuel Cell Implementing Agreement, created in 1990, with 19 members, will be discussed. Speakers Mary-Rose de Valladares and Mark C. Williams, Ph.D. will cover their activities and accomplishments. Read More

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Equipment Finance Index shows 37% decline over last year.

July 30, 2009

ELFA Monthly Leasing and Finance Index shows overall new business volume for June declined by 37% compared to June 2008, while month-to-month new business volume increased 24% from May to June. It also showed credit approvals decreased to 65.4% from 66.3% in May, and from 74.0% in June 2008. Market confidence is down to score of 49.2 for July 2009. Complementing other indexes, 5 component survey is barometer of trends in U.S. capital equipment investment. Read More