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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

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Senate Committee Vote charts right course to biosimilars.

July 17, 2009

Jim Greenwood, BIO President and CEO, issued a statement regarding the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions vote on legislation establishing regulatory pathway for biosimilars. He called it "a victory for the patients...living with debilitating diseases," and also noted the language "strikes the appropriate balance among ensuring patient safety, expanding competition, reducing costs, and providing necessary and fair incentives...for continued biomedical breakthroughs." Read More

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NTSB Recommendations are made to increase safety for FAA.

July 17, 2009

Recommendations, made by NTSB, addressed several Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issues. Most suggestions centered around electrically conductive, combustible oxygen hoses, including requirements for their replacement with nonconductive hoses, positive separation between electrical wiring, and development of minimum electrical grounding requirements. Other recommendations addressed airworthiness directive process formalization and smoke detector installation. Read More

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Nuts, Bolts, and Thingamajigs supports future inventors.

July 17, 2009

Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs, The Foundation of FMA, encourages youth to enter careers in manufacturing to avert shortage of skilled workers. NBT offers grants to not-for-profit organizations and educational institutions introducing young people to metal forming and fabricating careers in manufacturing, provides funding to organizations starting or expanding manufacturing camps for youth, and issues scholarships to students at colleges and trade schools pursuing careers in manufacturing. Read More

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Papers needed for symposium on knee replacement devices.

July 17, 2009

Scheduled for May 18, 2010, ASTM Symposium on Mobile Bearing Total Knee Replacement Devices will compare clinical results from mobile bearing knee devices with results from standardized mechanical testing to determine if standards adequately address real and perceived potential failure modes seen clinically. Call for papers seeks contributions related to data on clinical outcomes, failures, and retrievals, as well as clinical data relevant to bench performance as described in ASTM standards. Read More

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TIA urges rejection of proposed Chinese tire import quotas.

July 16, 2009

In letter to President Obama, TIA urged rejection of U.S. International Trade Commission's finding concerning imposition of import duties on all passenger and light truck tires imported from China. TIA believes that proposed remedy would not protect U.S. manufacturing jobs, would create market disruption, and would result in higher prices and less options for consumers. If consumers do not have access to affordable tires, they may defer replacing tires, creating potential hazard. Read More

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AWWA to host chemical security webcast.

July 16, 2009

On July 29, AWWA will host Outlook for Chemical Security - Are You Prepared? webcast. Congress is debating federal legislation that would extend chemical security requirements to water and wastewater utilities. Webcast will provide DHS's observations of lessons learned from implementation of current program, and drinking water experts will address concurrent challenge of maintaining Safe Drinking Water Act compliance. Read More

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ASTM Introduces aquatic play equipment standard.

July 16, 2009

Developed by Subcommittee F24.70 on Water Related Amusement Rides and Devices, ASTM F2461 - Practice for Manufacture, Construction, Operation and Maintenance of Aquatic Play Equipment answers emerging need for standards for aquatic play equipment industry. Andreas Tanzer, chair of F24.70, says the new standard compiles common terms, methods, and practices. It will also ensure end-users that there is a means of manufacturing, testing, and operation. Read More

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ANSI-HSSP Plenary is scheduled for October 21, 2009.

July 16, 2009

The ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel (HSSP) has announced its eighth annual plenary, which will focus on homeland security standards and their business application in the private sector. Held in Washington, DC at the Renaissance Washington Hotel, the meeting allows homeland security, emergency preparedness, and business continuity communities to come together to discuss current issues and challenges, strategic approaches, recent successes, and future outlooks. Read More