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Space Science Conference to showcase NASA mission findings.

March 1, 2010

Science results from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, Chandrayaan-1, and Chang'E-1 lunar missions will highlight 41st annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. Taking place March 1-5 in Houston, TX, conference will include presentations on findings from missions as well as special sessions on water in solar system and characterizing near-Earth objects. Leading scientists will attend to discuss these as well as other topics. Read More

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Safety Recommendations to FRA require installation of audio/image recorders.

March 1, 2010

NTSB recommended Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) require installation of crash- and fire-protected, inward- and outward-facing audio and image recorders in all controlling locomotive cabs and cab car operating compartments (R-10-1). Another recommendation, R-10-2, would require railroads to regularly review and use in-cab audio and image recordings to verify train crew actions are in accordance with rules and procedures essential to safety. Read More

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ASTM International Committee honors Gary W. Dallin.

March 1, 2010

Consultant Gary W. Dallin of Burlington, Ontario, Canada, director of the GalvInfo Center, a program of the International Zinc Association, has received the Kenneth J. Boedecker Jr. Distinguished Service Award for his exceptional contributions to ASTM International Committee A05 on Metallic-Coated Iron and Steel Products. A member of ASTM International since 1985, Dallin served as chair of Committee A05 from 2004-2009 and currently works on several A05 subcommittees. Read More

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NTSB Chairman Hersman testifies on aircraft icing.

March 1, 2010

In testimony before the House Aviation Subcommittee, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman discussed dangers of aircraft flying in icing conditions and highlighted longstanding Safety Board recommendations that have yet to be adopted by FAA. NTSB voted to keep the issue area, along with its four open recommendations to the FAA, on the 2010 Most Wanted List with a "red" classification, which indicates unacceptable response by the FAA. Read More

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Marion C. Blakey commends Karlin Toner's JPDO appointment.

February 26, 2010

In her statement regarding Dr. Karlin Toner's appointment to JPDO, Marion C. Blakey remarks that "Toner is an excellent choice to serve as the director of the Joint Planning and Development Office." Blakey cites Toner's aviation and aeronautics expertise as well as her policy and technical background as factors of confidence that ensure the next generation air transportation System will stay ahead of technology curve. Read More

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IPC APEX EXPO(TM) to feature professional development courses.

February 26, 2010

More than 30 half-day courses will be offered at IPC APEX EXPO 2010, taking place April 8-9 in Las Vegas. Courses will cover SMT process fundamentals for tin lead and lead free; cleaning/coating/contamination; printed board design; emerging technologies; environmental issues and compliance; PCB fabrication and materials; quality, reliability and test; and supply chain/business issues. Courses have been identified as basic, intermediate, or advanced to guide registrants with selection. Read More

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NASA unveils space-weather analysis system.

February 26, 2010

Community Coordinated Modeling Center of Space Weather Laboratory at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center has introduced the Integrated Space Weather Analysis (iSWA) system. Taking information from various spacecraft, system compiles data on conditions from sun, Earth's magnetosphere, and Earth's surface. It provides information about space weather conditions past, present, and future and features customizable user interface for NASA satellite operators, scientists, and enthusiasts. Read More

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NAM makes statement on Toyota hearings.

February 26, 2010

According to statement made by NAM President, John Engler, NAM welcomes Congress' focus on the Toyota recall issue and believes hearings can be helpful in clarifying facts about problems Toyota is facing and corrective actions they are taking to eliminate them. NAM believes Toyota is committed to working with U.S. lawmakers and regulators to address and explain recalls, ensure safety of their vehicles, and most importantly, the safety of the driving public. Read More

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PMA partners with NTMA/AMT to announce re-shoring initiative.

February 26, 2010

PMA, NTMA, and AMT have announced 2010 NTMA/PMA Contract Manufacturing Purchasing Fair: Re-Shoring to Bring U.S. Manufacturing Jobs Back Home. To be held May 12, 2010, in Irvine, CA, it will help large U.S. manufacturers find competitive U.S. job shops to manufacture parts and tooling. More than 50 representatives from large manufacturers are expected to attend. Move to re-shore production has grown with higher transportation/fuel costs, wage rates, and reject rates in developing countries. Read More

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SIIA announces finalists for 2010 CODiE Awards.

February 26, 2010

SIIA announces finalists for CODiE Awards in software products and services categories. One hundred products from 82 companies were selected as finalists from more than 458 nominations submitted by 250 companies. Nominated products underwent intensive review by subject matter experts, analysts, and journalists. Now, finalists will be reviewed by members of SIIA, who will vote on winners for 31 categories. Salesforce.com has 6 nominations reaching final stage, the most for one company this year. Read More

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RAPID 2010 Event to focus on rapid prototyping, 3D scanning.

February 26, 2010

Organized by SME, RAPID 2010 will bring manufacturing professionals, designers, and artists together in Anaheim, CA from May 18-20 to view, explore, and discuss innovations in 3D scanning and rapid prototyping technology. Exhibits, keynotes, and presentations will illustrate applications in various industries. Interactive session, Design Considerations for Additive Manufacturing, will cover real-world applications in additive manufacturing reviewed and discussed by panel of experts. Read More

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ATA reports rises in passenger revenue/cargo traffic.

February 26, 2010

ATA reports passenger revenue rose 1.4% in January, 2010, compared to January, 2009, while about 0.4% fewer passengers traveled on U.S. airlines and average price to fly 1 mile rose 0.6%. On trans-Atlantic routes, passenger revenue rose 3.4%. Cargo traffic rose 17% year-over-year in December 2009, driven by international trade, while during all of 2009, it declined 11%. Rises in passenger revenue and cargo volumes could be signs of recovery, said ATA's James C. May. Read More

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IPC reports 1 out of 3 EMS companies plan expansion in 2010.

February 26, 2010

Companies participating in EMS Statistical Program Report for December 2009 say they will very likely or definitely add assembly capacity in 2010. Also, 35% of respondents anticipate need to buy new inspection equipment, while 20% are likely to buy pick-and-place equipment or ovens. Data on purchase expectations for equipment categories are broken down by EMS company size and sub-region in North America. Findings were also published in Assembly Equipment Statistical Program Report for Q4 2009. Read More

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Nominations Sought for biotechnology innovation award.

February 26, 2010

BIO announced it is accepting nominations for 2010 George Washington Carver Award, which will be presented at 2010 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing held June 27-30, 2009 in Washington, D.C. Nominees must be living individuals who have demonstrated significant and innovative accomplishments employing industrial biotechnology to advance a biobased economy and industrial sustainability. Nominations are being accepted online, and deadline is April 12, 2010. Read More

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Biotech Crops are top choice for world's farmers.

February 26, 2010

According to report released by International Service for Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications, growers worldwide continue to choose genetically engineered crops because of their contribution to agricultural productivity and sustainable farming. Titled "The Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2009," report says 14 million farmers in 25 countries are using agricultural biotechnology today, 90% of which are resource-poor farmers in developing countries. Read More

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Jerry Thrift of Ryder System named as TMC general chairman.

February 25, 2010

Jerry Thrift was named Technology and Maintenance Council's 2010-2011 general chairman and treasurer during TMC's 2010 Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition. Thrift served in several other TMC leadership positions and has been moderator and presenter for various TMC technical sessions. He intends to focus on strength of TMC's Recommended Practices by increasing awareness of industry best practices and through selecting practices that can be grouped into collections. Read More

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Senate Jobs Bill doesn't go far enough to create jobs.

February 24, 2010

NAM president's statement, made after cloture vote on Majority Leader Harry Reid's jobs bill, noted that manufacturers "believe any legislation with a goal of creating jobs must have long-term incentives that encourage businesses to invest and create jobs." He went on to say manufacturers "support efforts to extend the current Surface Transportation Authorization for one year if this leads to a permanent six-year bill." Support was also expressed for extending Build American Bonds program. Read More

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Senate Briefing to focus on fuel cell electric vehicles.

February 24, 2010

Scheduled for March 5, Congressional Briefing will explore relative costs and technical challenges facing energy supplies for light-duty zero emission vehicles, and look towards their extensive deployment as cost-effective solutions evolve. Topics will include Benefits, Costs, and Infrastructure - Solving the Challenges; Synchronizing Rollout of Vehicles and Infrastructure - the German Agreements; Transforming the U.S. Transportation Sector; and Progress in Hydrogen Fueling. Read More

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Accessibility Standards Papers sought for competition.

February 24, 2010

Papers addressing theme of Standards for Accessibility are due by July 23 for 2010 World Standards Day Paper Competition. Members of standardization community are invited to submit papers that use specific examples to show ways in which standards and conformity assessment programs are used to promote accessibility in any form for persons with special needs. Winners will be announced and given their awards during a banquet at celebration held on September 23 in Washington, D.C. Read More

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ANSI announces standardization course schedule for 2010.

February 24, 2010

Scheduled for March 31 and Oct 5, Course 287 will cover practical application of American National Standard development process and procedures, and the value of ANSI accreditation. Course 205, scheduled for June 3 and Oct 7, will help stakeholders obtain insights and advice on every aspect of successful ISO committee management. Course 208, to be held June 4 and Oct 6, will explore processes and operating procedures of ANSI-accredited U.S. technical advisory groups to ISO. Read More