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AMT urges Congress to assist small manufacturers.

July 20, 2009

Testifying before House Small Business Committee, AMT President Douglas K. Woods told members effects of tax breaks and other provisions within American Recovery and Reinvestment Act have been minimal on manufacturing industry. According to Woods, AMT supported several business tax provisions to encourage companies to invest in equipment, but they have yet to do so. He also noted depreciation incentives need to be extended through 2010 and Net Operating Loss carryback extended from 2 to 5 yr. Read More

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ASTM proposes 2 standards related to search and rescue.

July 20, 2009

Proposed standards by Committee F32 on Search and Rescue, under jurisdiction of Subcommittee F32.02 on Management and Operations, include WK23984, Guide for Level 1 (Basic) Mounted Search and Rescue (MSAR) Responder. Principal users will be trained search and rescue personnel who deploy on horseback and those providing nontechnical rescue services on such missions. Also proposed is WK24699, Guide for Training for Land SAR as a Level 1 Out of Area Disaster Responder. 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

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Dale Wahlquist receives Anderson Award.

July 20, 2009

ASTM International Committee C26 on Nuclear Fuel Cycle has recognized Dale Wahlquist, department manager, applied engineering design and drafting, at Idaho National Laboratory, with Harlan J. Anderson Award for his outstanding contributions to committee. Wahlquist, who joined ASTM International in 1999, is first vice chair of Committee C26 and leads Subcommittee C26.14 on Remote Systems. He also works on joint group with Committee E10 on Nuclear Technology and Applications. 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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Larry Press receives ASTM's Award of Merit.

July 20, 2009

Larry Press, director of flooring at Helmitin Inc., has received ASTM International Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow. Press was cited for exceptional and sustained leadership as an executive, main, and subcommittee officer in ASTM Committee F06 on Resilient Floor Coverings and significant contributions he has made toward development and maintenance of flooring standards. A member of ASTM since 1988, Press is a past chair and current second vice chair of Committee F06. Read More

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ASTM plans creep fatigue test methods/models workshop.

July 17, 2009

Sponsored by ASTM Committee E08 on Fatigue and Fracture, workshop on Progress in Creep-Fatigue Test Methods and Models will be held November 11, 2009, in Atlanta, GA, in conjunction with November 9-12 standards development meetings. It will address progress in creep-fatigue crack formation and crack growth for high temperature materials and structures. Participants must submit 300-500 word abstract by August 31. Online registration opens 8 weeks before workshop and closes November 4. Read More

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NIST releases Vitamin D standard reference material.

July 17, 2009

Responding to concerns about quality and accuracy of methods used by testing laboratories to measure levels of vitamin D in the body, scientists at NIST, in collaboration with NIH's Office of Dietary Supplements, have developed reference sample for vitamin D in blood serum to help laboratories validate accuracy of test methods. NIST Standard Reference Material 972, "Vitamin D in Human Serum," represents first step toward standardization of vitamin D testing. Read More

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Technology Seminars showcase WirelessHART technology.

July 17, 2009

Due to overwhelming response by industry users, additional dates and locations have been scheduled throughout 2009 for a series of educational seminars on WirelessHART(TM) technology. HART® Communication Foundation seminar series, which will start August 5 in Philadelphia, PA, provides overview of WirelessHART technology, what it can do for you, how it can be used in a plant environment, and how to plan a successful wireless project. Read More

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NCNR Reactor relicensed by U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

July 17, 2009

U.S. NRC completed extensive review of NCNR's research reactor, which has been relicensed to continue operation until July 2029. Relicensing process took better part of 9 years, which required NCNR staff, particularly Reactor Operations and Engineering Group, to run reactor through safety analyses that were then independently verified by technical experts. NRC concluded that reactor can be operated for period of extended operation without undue risk to health and safety of public. Read More

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SATE Report relays findings on software optimization tools.

July 17, 2009

A new report by NIST documents the Static Analysis Tool Exposition (SATE), an exercise by NIST and static analyzer vendors designed to improve the performance of programs that try to find weaknesses in other programs. As the culmination of an effort started in February 2008 to host and digest results of SATE, the report relays results from 8 tool developers as well as a ninth team of professional human reviewers who participated. Read More

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2009 Baldrige Improvement Day goes virtual.

July 17, 2009

Baldrige National Quality Program at NIST collects suggestions throughout year on opportunities for improving Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence, Baldrige National Quality Award processes, and other program activities. Improvement Day enables stakeholders to review, consolidate, filter, prioritize, and recommend which suggestions should be implemented. To broaden access to Improvement Day, Baldrige Program has turned it into virtual event with sessions scheduled for Aug 3, 6, and 11. Read More

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ASTM Standard addresses eye safety for field hockey players.

July 17, 2009

ASTM International Committee F08 on Sports Equipment and Facilities has approved ASTM standard F2713, Specification for Eye Protectors for Field Hockey, developed by Subcommittee F08.57 on Eye Safety for Sports. Subcommittee welcomes participation in its standards developing activities, especially by representatives from medical- or vision-related businesses as well as sports organizations. It also plans on writing separate standards for sports included in ASTM F803. Read More

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ASTM Standard covers camera use in oil spill response.

July 17, 2009

ASTM International Committee F20 on Hazardous Substances and Oil Spill Response is developing proposed standard WK24607, Specification for the Design and Use of Vessel-Mounted Camera Systems for Oil Spill Response. Primary users will be managers of spill cooperatives who will use it to purchase/optimize recovery vessel camera systems. Such cameras direct crews toward oil and thicker oil on sea surface that cannot be seen from decks near sea level. Read More

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NYPD Report adopts NIST WTC recommendations.

July 17, 2009

New York City Police Department (NYPD) report, Engineering Security: Protective Design for High Risk Buildings, aids New York City building community by offering information on how to prevent and mitigate effects of terrorist attacks on buildings. Its guidelines incorporate recommendations and best practices developed by NIST, which were the result of a 6-year investigation into the collapse of 3 World Trade Center (WTC) buildings following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Read More

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Brochure steers organizations toward performance excellence.

July 17, 2009

Your Guide to Performance Excellence, a brochure from the Baldrige National Quality Program at NIST, briefly describes the Baldrige Program, defines performance excellence, and enumerates what the Baldrige Criteria offers organizations. It shows benefits of Baldrige self-assessment as well as tools, approaches, and resources available to make self-assessment effective. Included CD contains three 2009-2010 Baldrige Criteria: business and nonprofit, health care, and education. Read More

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Physicists control individual bits in quantum computers.

July 17, 2009

Physicists at NIST have overcome hurdle in quantum computer development by devising viable way to manipulate single "bit" in quantum processor without disturbing information stored in its neighbors. The approach, which makes use of polarized light to create "effective" magnetic fields, could bring long-sought computers one step closer to reality. Read More

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Three NIST Researchers win 2008 PECASE honors.

July 17, 2009

Three scientists at NIST have won Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). Recognizing extraordinary achievements of young professionals at the outset of their independent research careers, the 2008 annual awards were given to Craig Brown (chemist, materials for energy applications), Dean DeLongchamp (chemical engineer, organic - carbon-based - electronic devices), and Till P. Rosenband (scientist, quantum logic clocks). Read More

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EPRI Study finds efficiency in electric-end use technologies.

July 17, 2009

According to EPRI analysis, replacing some fossil-fuel end-use technologies with efficient electric ones in residential, commercial, and industrial applications has potential energy savings of 71.7 quadrillion BTUs, and could result in cumulative CO2 reductions of 4,400 million tons between 2009 and 2030. Study also found that reduction of CO2 emissions of 320 million metric tons annually in 2030 could result in 4.7% decrease in emissions relative to baseline forecast. Read More

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State DOTs using recovery funds to put thousands to work.

July 17, 2009

Nationwide, 2,000 construction projects are underway, worth more than $6 billion. A total of 5,600 projects have been identified and approved for bidding, which means that total of $16.7 billion will be flowing into economy over next 2 years. U.S. DOT reports that 51% of funds are being spent in economically disadvantaged areas, which represent almost 40% of nation's population. With bids coming in 5-30% lower than projected, more projects can be launched than initially planned. Read More