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NIST Advisory Committee issues 2008 annual report.

June 19, 2009

NIST's advisory committee, VCAT, has sent 2008 annual report to Congress, which includes recommendations on NIST's efforts to promote and support U.S. technological innovation and industrial competitiveness in areas such as partnerships, planning, and research directions. It also emphasizes NIST's role in economic well-being of nation and expresses Committee's support for NIST's investment priority areas in energy, IT, health care, environment, manufacturing, and physical infrastructure. Read More

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Motion Control Expo focused on innovation and automation.

June 19, 2009

"Win Globally: Innovate and Automate" was the theme under which motion control companies and MCA members displayed motors, controls, amplifiers, feedback devices, power transmission devices, and ancillary products at the International Expo in Rosemont, IL. Innovation was defined as introducing new products to differentiate and offer increasing value, while Automate concerned replacing obsolete mechanical equipment with more versatile solutions to improve capital efficiency. Read More

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NACD raises concerns about chemical security program changes.

June 19, 2009

In preparation for House Homeland Security Committee mark-up of H.R. 2868, Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Act, NACD sent letter to committee outlining several concerns. In letter, NACD expresses support for legislation that would give DHS permanent authority to implement Chemical Security Anti-Terrorism Standards, but notes that changes to program are premature and that Congress should allow regulation to be fully implemented and evaluated before changing requirements. Read More

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Rapid Manufacturing and 3D Imaging are still in demand.

June 19, 2009

Even in tough economic times, two recent events still managed to draw more than 1,300 attendees from around U.S. Attendees filled exhibit hall and conference sessions at SME's RAPID 2009 Conference and Exposition and 3D IMAGING Conference. Feedback indicates that attendees found solutions, ideas, and contacts at this year's events and, according to survey results, there was a high level of satisfaction with conferences, keynote speakers, exhibitors, and networking reception. Read More

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NIST Study details progress of wildland-urban fire.

June 19, 2009

To better understand Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) fires as well as how best to prevent or fight them, researchers at NIST have issued an in-depth study on fire behavior and defensive actions taken in a community during such a fire. Data collected pertaining to the Oct. 21-22, 2007 "Witch Fire" north of San Diego, CA details its approach from the wildlands, the effects of the fire in the community, and defensive actions taken by owners and first responders. Read More

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Strain at Grain Boundaries suppresses superconductivity.

June 19, 2009

According to NIST researchers, reduction in mechanical strain at boundaries of crystal grains can improve performance of high-temperature superconductors. Although it is known that dislocations cause part of grain boundary cross-section to become non-superconducting, effect of strain which extends from dislocations into remaining superconducting bridges was previously unknown. New understanding could advance development of materials for power transmission and power grid reliability applications. Read More

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Gold is shown to aid laser trapping of biomolecules.

June 19, 2009

JILA, a joint institute of NIST and the University of Colorado at Boulder, has reported the successful use of gold in optical-trapping experiments. This could lead to an increase in numbers of single molecules studied in certain assays, from roughly five to 50 per day, according to group leader Tom Perkins of NIST. In turn, the ability to carry out more experiments with greater precision will lead to insights concerning diversity in seemingly identical molecules. Read More

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Conferences to address Green energy and space propulsion.

June 19, 2009

Scheduled for Aug 2-5, 7th International Energy Conversion and Engineering Conference will explore future of clean energy systems through series of panel discussions and technical paper presentations. Subjects will include fuel cell technology, biofuels, electric power systems, and nanotechnology. With keynotes, panel discussions, and technical sessions, 45th Joint Propulsion Conference will examine future of propulsion systems and their ability to meet demand for clean aerospace technology. Read More

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IPC Midwest to include free forums on reliability.

June 18, 2009

Scheduled for Sept 23-24, IPC Midwest Conference and Exhibition will include industry's top suppliers, showcasing newest products, processes, and emerging technologies. With free access to exhibit floor, attendees can shop and compare equipment and processes for their unique needs. Other free IPC Midwest programs include Opening Session: A Leaded Engineer in a Lead-Free World; IPC Technology Roadmap free forum; Welcome Reception; and new show floor forums on critical reliability issues. Read More

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Shape matters in case of cobalt nanoparticles.

June 18, 2009

According to studies by scientists at NIST, changing shape of cobalt nanoparticles from spherical to cubic can fundamentally change their behavior. Building on previous paper that examined properties of cobalt formed into spheres, new work explores what happens when cobalt is synthesized as nanocubes. Possessing large magnetic moments and unique catalytic properties, nanoparticles of cobalt have potential applications in information storage, energy and medicine. Read More

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NIST, DOD, Intelligence secure US cyber infrastructure.

June 18, 2009

In partnership with the Department of Defense, the Intelligence Community, and the Committee on National Security Systems, NIST has released the first installment of an effort to build a unified information security framework for the entire federal government. NIST Special Publication 800-53, Revision 3, Recommended Security Controls for Federal Information Systems and Organizations contains security controls and technical guidelines federal agencies use to protect information and technology. Read More

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Proposals Sought to create measurement/engineering fellowships.

June 18, 2009

NIST has announced it is establishing a financial assistance program to help select institutions develop and implement a NIST measurement science and engineering fellowship program, funded by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009. Up to 20 million dollars is expected to be awarded to support up to 5 grants to US higher education institutions; nonprofit and commercial organizations; or state, local or Indian tribal governments to partner with NIST in managing the fellowships. Read More

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Water Taste Test is won by Macon Water Authority.

June 18, 2009

Macon Water Authority won AWWA's annual Best of the Best Water Taste Test, which was comprised of North American winners of regional water-tasting competitions and held at AWWA's Annual Conference and Exposition in San Diego. Macon Water Authority provides municipal water for the city of Macon and Bibb County areas in GA. Their water distribution system, supplied by the Ocmulgee River, has approximately 1,425 miles of water mains and service lines serving ~54,000 metered customers. Read More

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TIA Opposes Petition to limit imports of Chinese-made tires.

June 18, 2009

Regarding the proposal before the US International Trade Commission that would limit the import of Chinese-made passenger and light truck tires, the Tire Industry Association (TIA) issued a statement calling it well-intentioned but ineffective in preserving manufacturing jobs and potentially harmful to consumers. However, it was also reiterated that all tires, regardless of their country of origin, must be held to all applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. Read More

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ATA asks Senate to support antitrust immunity.

June 18, 2009

ATA called on members of Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee for continued support of antitrust immunity for International airline alliances as they begin to draft FAA reauthorization legislation. ATA strongly opposes language in House-passed bill that would irresponsibly reverse long-standing processes for granting antitrust immunity, and would prematurely terminate grants for existing alliances. Read More

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IPC Report shows both decline and first signs of recovery.

June 18, 2009

IPC's spring 2009 Edition of Supply Chain Tracker showed continuing economic contraction as well as signs of recovery in electronics industry. IPC's North American Electronics Industry Performance Index fell 29%. However, April 2009 book-to-bill ratio for PCB industry climbed for 3rd straight month from 0.89 to 0.97. North American EMS book-to-bill ratio inched up to 0.95 at end of 1st quarter, and semiconductor sales, while still in negative territory, also improved in 1st quarter. Read More

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NIST issues latest guidelines for teleworking security.

June 18, 2009

Released by NIST, Guide to Enterprise Telework and Remote Access Security, Special Publication 800-46 Rev 1, is intended to help organizations mitigate risks associated with enterprise technologies they use for telework, including remote access solutions and client devices such as laptops and smart phones. Copy of report can be downloaded at http://csrc.nist.gov/publications/nistpubs/800-46-rev1/sp800-46r1.pdf. Read More

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ASHRAE publishes energy efficiency guidance for hotels.

June 18, 2009

"Advanced Energy Design Guide for Highway Lodging" provides recommendations on achieving 30% energy savings over minimum code requirements. It focuses on hotels along highways with up to 80 rooms, 4 stories or less, that use unitary heating and air-conditioning equipment. Case studies provide examples of advanced highway lodging energy designs and, even while targeting new hotels, guidance can also be used for existing hotels in areas of lighting, hot water, and laundry service. Read More

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Oil & Gas Producers supports use of ISO standards.

June 17, 2009

A new issue of the Standards Bulletin, published by the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (OGP), encourages the oil and gas sector to reference International Standards, developed by ISO, that address vital materials, equipment, and offshore structures. The new suite is being developed based on existing specifications, OGP member documents, and other industry input to address drilling, production, transport by pipelines, and processing of liquid and gaseous hydrocarbons. Read More

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Robot Safety Conference XXI accepting tabletop reservations.

June 17, 2009

Reservations are being taken for tabletop exhibits at RIA's annual robot safety event, which will take place October 26-28, 2009 at the Hyatt Regency Dearborn in Dearborn (Detroit), Michigan. The Tabletop Trade Fair will be held on Tuesday, October 27, and qualifying members receive free or discounted tabletops. Non-members are welcomed as well, and sponsorship opportunities are also available. Read More