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SME Presentation to look at additive manufacturing IP rights.

May 2, 2012

In Atlanta, GA on May 24, SME will present "Pathways to Innovation: Intellectual Property Rights in Additive Manufacturing" at RAPID 2012. Session will reveal how IP contributes to design and drives technological innovation that helps shape physical world. Overview of patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, and IP agreements will be supplemented by demonstration of how State of Art and Patent Mapping techniques can establish technical trends and development opportunities. Read More

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PTDA Summit encourages business networking and learning.

May 2, 2012

During 2012 PTDA Industry Summit, top executives in PT/MC will converge to capture "Big Ideas to Steer Your Business." Key events include Distributor Forum, Motion Control Showcase, Market Briefing from oil and gas industry, and workshop titled "Knowledge Transfer and Emerging Generations." Keynote addresses will focus on direction of economy and latest over-the-horizon technology trends. Workshop on "The Changing Sales Model" will help participants use social technology tools to increase sales. Read More

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NEMA Welcomes Legislation on federal helium policy.

May 1, 2012

NEMA welcomed introduction of Helium Stewardship Act (S 2374), which will modernize and reform federal policy to better secure future supplies of helium for U.S. industry and government uses. Commending Senators Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and John Barrasso (R-WY) for their leadership, NEMA President and CEO Evan Gaddis noted manufacturers' need for stable supply of refined helium and that "Passage of this legislation will help make that happen." Read More

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BIO applauds passing of bipartisan farm bill.

May 1, 2012

BIO thanks members of the Senate Agriculture Committee for reauthorizing farm programs that are valuable to biotechnology industry and ensuring they have funding to work. According to BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood, the important energy title programs authorized and funded in bill help revitalize rural areas, reduce dependence on foreign oil, fuel economic growth, and create well-paying opportunities in manufacturing, energy, agriculture, and forestry. Read More

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Green Ribbon Schools announced on April 23.

May 1, 2012

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, U.S. EPAA Lisa P. Jackson, and Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality Nancy Sutley announced first U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools at 10:30 am EST on April 23 in Washington, D.C. Announced in September 2011, Green Ribbon Schools program recognizes schools that reduce their energy use and environmental impact, create healthy learning environments, and provide effective environmental education for students. Read More

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IPC releases PCB industry results for March 2012.

May 1, 2012

According to North American PCB Statistical Program, rigid PCB shipments were down 12.6% in March 2012 from March 2011, and bookings decreased 2.2% year over year. Book-to-bill ratio in March 2012 improved to 1.05. Compared to March 2011, flexible circuit shipments were down 7.2%, but bookings were up 34.5%. Flexible circuit book-to-bill ratio jumped to 1.18. For rigid and flexible circuits combined, shipments in March 2012 decreased 12.2% from March 2011, while orders booked increased just 0.2%. Read More

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Femtosecond Laser Scalpel brings precision to laser surgery.

May 1, 2012

Team of researchers from University of Texas at Austin has developed small, flexible endoscopic medical device fitted with femtosecond laser "scalpel" that can remove diseased or damaged tissue while leaving healthy cells untouched. Researchers will present their work at Conference on Lasers and Electro Optics, May 6-11. Thinner than a pencil and less than 1 in. long, device combines mini-microscope with laser capable of generating pulses of light 200 quadrillionths of a second in duration. Read More

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EPA Releases Top 50 List of green-powered organizations.

May 1, 2012

Top 50 Green Power Partnership list features organizations voluntarily using clean, renewable electricity from resources such as solar, wind, and low-impact hydropower. Intel Corporation, which leads list, is followed by Kohl's Department Stores and Microsoft Corporation. Combined, Top 50 partners use more than 15 billion kWh of green power annually. This equates to avoiding carbon pollution created by electricity use of more than 1.3 million American homes each year. Read More