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ATA reports decline in passenger demand, cargo traffic.

July 22, 2009

According to ATA, passenger revenue fell 26% in June 2009 versus June 2008. Number of passengers traveling on U.S. airlines in June fell 6.5% while average price to fly one mile fell 20.7%. Compounding the softening demand for passenger travel, U.S. airlines saw cargo traffic - as measured in revenue ton miles - decline 20% year over year in May 2009. Latest results continue to reflect weak global economy and lingering impact of the H1N1 influenza outbreak. Read More

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Specialized Clinical Center delivers patient-focused care.

July 22, 2009

The Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health is designed to advance the research, early detection, and treatment of neurological diseases. Its mission is to prevent the disabling symptoms of chronic brain diseases and to prolong healthy, vital aging in people at risk for dementia or cognitive disorders via patient-centered and research-based model, which enables the entire healthcare team to pool their wisdom and expertise for the benefit of the patient. Read More

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BIO Convention is seeking session proposals.

July 22, 2009

BIO invites leaders in science, finance, business, law, and government policy to submit proposals for breakout sessions at 2010 BIO International Convention, which will be held May 3-6 at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, IL. Featuring 125+ breakout sessions in 17 educational session tracks, convention will highlight latest trends as well as new opportunities for executives, investors, scientists, policy leaders, and media. Read More

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ASTM seeks papers for July 2010 symposium.

July 22, 2009

Sponsored by ASTM International Committee D02 on Petroleum and Petroleum Products and Subcommittee D02.14, Symposium on Fuel Corrosivity and Material Compatibility of Petroleum and Alternative Liquid Fuels will be held July 1, 2010, in Kansas City, MO. Presenters/authors must submit online abstract submittal form, with 250-300 word preliminary abstract, by September 22, 2009, and will be notified by Nov. 22, 2009, of paper's acceptability for presentation. Read More

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Consumer Interest Participation Directory is offered online.

July 22, 2009

An electronic version of the ISO Directory of Consumer Interest Participation is available online. It provides updatable information on the state of consumer participation in standards setting. Data supplied by ISO members is automatically integrated, providing real-time information on consumer participation, and organized by priority area/country. Through query page, users can generate listings of standards or standards under development within each priority area. Read More

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ISO Workshop to address upcoming IWA on glass clarity.

July 22, 2009

Scheduled for Oct 15-16, 2009, ISO workshop will further development of International Workshop Agreement on classification of glass clarity. IWA will serve as global reference document that allows stakeholders to have mutual understanding on quality of clear glass as it relates to perception by consumer, communication of quality to market, and sustainability of development methods. It will provide generic definition and classification of glass clarity, along with method to measure clarity level. Read More

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ELFA comments on revisions to lease accounting standards.

July 22, 2009

According to ELFA President, Kenneth E. Bentsen, Jr., ELFA supports Financial Accounting Standards Board and International Accounting Standards Board as they seek to establish workable accounting standard that applies to assets and liabilities arising from lease transactions. However, proposed lease accounting model is unduly complex and will impose compliance burden on lessees that will not result in significant improvement in quality or reliability of financial information. Read More

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PMA Report forecasts increase in metalforming demand.

July 22, 2009

As economic indicator for manufacturing, July 2009 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report showed metalforming companies expect continued strengthening of business conditions during next 3 months. Of 131 sampled US and Canadian companies, 37% predict an improvement in overall economic activity and 47% expect it will remain unchanged. Companies also anticipate improvements in incoming orders, with 46% predicting increased orders and 39% expecting no change. Read More

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NTSB announces resignation of Chairman Mark V. Rosenker.

July 22, 2009

Member and Acting Chairman Mark V. Rosenker has submitted letter of resignation to President Obama after leading NTSB for 4½ yr. Rosenker became Member and Vice Chairman of NTSB in March 2003 and then Acting Chairman, and in 2006 was sworn in as 11th Chairman. During Rosenker's chairmanship, NTSB marked various major transportation safety achievements and investigative challenges. He has also been recognized for promoting boating safety. Read More

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Canada and European Communities end WTO Biotech dispute.

July 21, 2009

According to Sharon Bomer Lauritsen, Executive VP, Food and Agriculture for BIO, while it is a good sign to see that Canadian canola growers have gained some access for their exports, European Union's approval system for biotechnology products continues to be broken. It is plagued by political interference, undue delay, and member state prohibitions. This situation impedes U.S. trade, despite well-documented safety of agricultural biotechnology. Read More

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ASTM announces new standard for testing of arc blankets.

July 21, 2009

ASTM F2676, Test Method for Determining the Protective Performance of an Arc Protective Blanket for Electric Arc Hazards, will be used to determine effectiveness of arc protective blankets in suppressing combined effect of arc flash and arc blast. Developed by Subcommittee F18.65 on Wearing Apparel, it will enable utility companies and heavy industry users to evaluate blankets with repeatable standard at test labs using electric arc and high-speed camera. Read More

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FAA Safety Culture reflected in operational error reporting.

July 21, 2009

Effective immediately, names of air traffic controllers will not be included in reports sent to FAA headquarters on operational errors. This will allow investigators to focus on what happened rather than who was at fault. Necessary training will be conducted and disciplinary action taken, if appropriate. To avoid disrupting operations, controllers will not be automatically removed from their position following operational error unless it is deemed necessary. Read More

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BIO testifies on importance of data exclusivity.

July 21, 2009

BIO recently testified before House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts and Competition Policy on "Biologics and Biosimilars: Balancing Incentives for Innovation." In his testimony on behalf of BIO, Jeffrey P. Kushan of Sidley Austin LLP stressed importance of including significant data exclusivity in any pathway for approval of biosimilars and need to provide fair and balanced system to resolve patent disputes before biosimilar is approved and marketed. Read More

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ASHRAE Research has reached 2-million dollar mark.

July 21, 2009

For the second year in a row, ASHRAE Research Promotion has raised over 2 million dollars. Contributions from individuals, ASHRAE chapters, and 20 company donors reached $2,038,528 for the 2008-2009 Society year. The Society matches these donated funds dollar-for-dollar, creating a 4-million dollar pool with which to support research. This money will fund research projects, beginning in the 2009-10 fiscal year, that deal with measuring, modeling, analysis, and reporting protocols. Read More

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Courses address electronics manufacturing challenges.

July 21, 2009

Held on September 24, 2009, the professional development program at IPC Midwest Conference and Exhibition will offer half-day courses lead by industry experts providing practical, real-world solutions to printed board manufacturing and electronics assembly challenges. Topics will cover stencil printing process; advanced component packages/processes; PCB assembly yield troubleshooting; LGA/QFN design, assembly, and rework; final finish compatibility; solder joint reliability; and more. Read More

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ASTM Standard helps test energy efficiency of windows.

July 21, 2009

ASTM E2649, Test Method for Determining Argon Concentration in Sealed Insulating Glass Units Using Spark Emission Spectroscopy, provides a method for evaluating gas concentration inside insulating glass units without destroying or altering their edge seal. According to Jeffery Haberer, E06.22.05 task group chair, certification groups and researchers will use ASTM E2649 to show the compliance of an IG unit to hold gas at a minimum accepted level. Read More

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AWWA publishes Wastewater Operator Certification Study Guide.

July 21, 2009

Based on several well-respected textbooks, Wastewater Operator Certification Study Guide: A Guide to Preparing for Wastewater Treatment Certification Exams provides questions similar in content and format to questions that appear on state wastewater-operator certification exams for Grades I, II, III, and IV. It also includes special section on pumping and math section with 75 questions and answers for conversions, percentages, weights, loading and pumping rates, and dosages. Read More

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PTDA releases May 2009 market outlook report.

July 21, 2009

According to sales data released by PTDA, Canadian manufacturers' sales were down 6.9% compared to April 2009 and 29.4% when compared to same period last year. U.S. manufacturers' sales rose slightly by 0.3% in May 2009 when compared to April 2009 and fell 26.5% compared to same period last year. Orders in May 2009 decreased by 2.8% over April 2009 orders. Five of nine product categories for U.S. and Canadian manufacturers posted sales gains. Read More

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ASTM proposes standard focusing on epoxy barrier coatings.

July 20, 2009

ASTM WK24231, Practice/Guide for Internal Pipe Epoxy Barrier Coating Material Used in Pressurized Piping Systems, is being developed by Subcommittee F17.67 on Trenchless Plastic Pipeline Technology. Personnel involved in rehabilitation of pressurized piping systems are invited to participate in development, particularly those involved in regulatory activities. Potential users include designers, specifiers, regulatory agencies, owners, contractors, and inspection organizations. Read More

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AWWA supports federal water infrastructure bank.

July 20, 2009

AWWA urged members of Congress to create federal water infrastructure bank to help America invest in aging water system. Federal water infrastructure bank would be authorized to borrow money through federal treasury system at low rates, make low-interest loans for larger water projects, and help those states that want to leverage SRF capitalization grants. It would require no new taxes, striking right balance between federal assistance and local responsibility. Read More