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Robot Orders fall in fourth quarter, but rise in first..

May 8, 2009

According to statistics from RIA, robotics companies reported orders to North American manufacturers fell 31% in the first quarter of 2009 compared with the same quarter in 2008. However, the first quarter of 2009 showed a gain of 16% over the fourth quarter of 2008. While the not unexpected decline reflects the impact that the current economic crisis is having on robotics companies throughout the world, the increase offers hope of continued orders and a road to economic recovery. Read More

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NIST Physicist elected to National Academy of Sciences.

May 8, 2009

Physicist James C. Bergquist, a Fellow at NIST whose research helped usher in age of optical atomic clocks, has been elected member of National Academy of Sciences. Bergquist's experimental clock based on single mercury ion is world's most precise timepiece, and would neither gain nor lose 1 second in 2 billion years. Bergquist has also pioneered development of lasers with world's narrowest linewidth and techniques required for quantum information processing. Read More

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NAM VP energy bill to expand production, promote diversity.

May 8, 2009

NAM Vice President for Energy and Resources Policy, Keith McCoy, issued a statement regarding legislation with bi-partisan support to expand domestic energy production and promote energy diversity. McCoy said that the American Conservation and Clean Energy Independence Act "will not only expand development on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), but also provide a revenue sharing scheme that will help fund carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) projects and nuclear loan guarantees." Read More

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BIO supports biofuels group creation and rulemaking efforts.

May 7, 2009

BIO applauded creation of Biofuels Interagency Working Group to develop program to support sustainable production of biofuels and coordinate various biofuels developments. Commenting on EPAs proposed rule for Renewable Fuel Standard, Jim Greenwood said it details how biofuels producers can improve energy efficiency and minimize greenhouse gas emissions. Greenwood also said advanced biofuels industry could add hundreds of thousands of jobs and contribute over $140 billion in economic growth. Read More

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Case Studies promote effective utility management practices.

May 7, 2009

Effective Utility Management Collaborating Associations, in collaboration with the US EPA, have released "Effective Water and Wastewater Utility Management Case Studies." A companion document to "Effective Utility Management: A Primer for Water and Wastewater Utilities," it provides concrete examples and how-to assistance for utility managers through profiles of utilities that successfully applied the primer's concepts and tools concerning effective management practices and sustainability. Read More

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Coalition issues suggestions for efficient federal buildings.

May 7, 2009

Headed by Doug Read, program director of government affairs for ASHRAE, the High Performance Building Congressional Caucus Coalition has issued recommendations that would allow the widespread development of high-performance federal buildings. The report, Producing High-Performance Federal Buildings, provides recommendations that will aid in the transition to reduced energy consumption as well as increased sustainability, building operation/maintenance, and national resource use. Read More

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High-Rise Fire Study offers insight into wind-driven fires.

May 7, 2009

Fire researchers at NIST have published 2 reports that provide details of how wind affects fires in high-rise buildings. A set of instructional DVDs, based on the research gathered from 8 lab-based experiments, is available for firefighter training and will lead to improved safety for civilians and firefighters. Research was also conducted in an abandoned 7-story building, and the results confirmed the laboratory findings. Read More

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NAM Vice President approves of new Under Secretary of State.

May 7, 2009

Frank Vargo, Vice President of National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), issued a statement regarding the nomination of Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-CA) to serve as Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security. He relayed congratulatory tidings on behalf of NAM for the nomination and lauded her qualifications in terms of "a wealth of knowledge and experience." NAM looks forward to working with Tauscher on issues including export control modernization. Read More

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BIO announces speaker line-up for Leadership Summit.

May 7, 2009

To be held May 18, 2009 at BIO International Convention, Leadership Summit on Food and Fuel Sustainability will cover how population growth and global climate change affect demands for food and fuel, with effects of biotechnology discussed. Keynote address, Why Sustainability is Fundamental to Business Development, will be given by Andrew Young, Jr. Panel discussions will address sustainability in 21st century, moderated by Cenan Ozmeral, and agricultural production, led by Joachim Schneider. Read More

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Laser Power Meter features nanotube coating.

May 7, 2009

Using nanotube-coated power measurement device developed by NIST, U.S. military can calibrate high-power laser systems, such as those intended to defuse unexploded mines. Portable unit can make continuous power measurements and will be used to measure light emitted by 10 kW laser systems. Made of multiwalled carbon nanotubes held together by potassium silicate binder, and surrounded by water jacket, sprayed-on coating conducts heat hundreds of times better than conventional coating materials. Read More

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Well-Placed Trees may provide home energy savings.

May 7, 2009

According to study of California homes by researchers from NIST and USDA, trees positioned to shade west and south sides of house may decrease summertime electric bills by 5% on average, while trees on north side increased electricity use and those on east side had no effect. Study also found that fast-growing trees provide better help than smaller ones, and placement of trees, particularly distance from house is a significant factor. Read More

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NIST Data used to develop new boot technique.

May 7, 2009

Guided by precision X-ray diffraction data from NIST, Hao Li of Motorola, Inc. developed a finely controlled method of depositing strontium titanate onto silicon crystal in stages. The resulting ferroelectric compound might serve as a fast, efficient medium for data storage according to research done 2 years ago by an NIST team led by Joseph Woicik. The new paper adds experimental and technological demonstration, with the ability to write/read/store/erase patterned bits of data. Read More

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Super-Sensors measure signature of inflationary universe.

May 7, 2009

Built at NIST, super-sensitive microwave detectors may help scientists find out what happened in first trillionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of a second after Big Bang. Experiment will use large array of NIST sensors to look for subtle fingerprints in cosmic microwave background from primordial gravitational waves. If found, waves would be clearest evidence yet in support of "inflation theory," which suggests that all observable universe expanded rapidly from subatomic volume. Read More

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NAM welcomes Administration's consumer product safety effort.

May 7, 2009

NAM President, John Engler, welcomed nomination of Inez Moore Tenenbaum to chair Consumer Product Safety Commission, Robert S. Adler as Commissioner, and Administration's proposed increases to agency's budget. First order of business should be to fix problems with Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. Law's overly broad reach is causing unintended harm to consumers and businesses alike and has jeopardized agency's ability to meet critical safety priorities. Read More

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Douglas K. Woods is elected President of AMT.

May 7, 2009

A member of AMT's Board of Directors from 2000-08 and chairman in 2005-06, Douglas K. Woods comes to AMT from Parlec, Inc., where he was president. Prior to that post, he was president of Parlec International. Woods brings wealth of manufacturing experience to AMT, having worked at small tool and die shops and multibillion-dollar machine tool corporations. His international experience and connection to broad manufacturing base allows him unique perspective on member needs. Read More

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Draft Publication addresses computer security verification.

May 7, 2009

Issued for public comment, NIST's draft publication describes method to automate task of verifying computer security settings. Known as Security Content Automation Protocol, specification has been incorporated into scanners for checking security settings in federal computers. Publication provides overview of SCAP, discusses programs for ensuring that products implement SCAP properly, and recommends how federal agencies and other organizations can use SCAP effectively. Read More

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SME Conference focuses on oil and gas technologies.

May 6, 2009

Scheduled for June 16-17, 2009, Manufacturing Innovations Conference will showcase new technologies and applications for manufacturing in oil and gas industry. It will include keynote by Mel Knight, energy minister, and Annette Trimbee, advanced education and technology deputy minister; technology sessions on manufacturing solutions and non-destructive testing; and WMTS Town Hall Experience, an interactive panel discussion on managing manufacturing operations in roller-coaster commodity market. Read More

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SES Standards Conference to feature speakers from ANSI.

May 6, 2009

Taking place from August 17-18, 2009 in Toronto, the Standards Engineering Society's (SES) 58th Annual Conference will be centered around the theme "Reaching for the Top: New Heights for Standards." This event, featuring speakers such as ANSI Board of Directors Chairman Art Cote and ANSI Senior Director of Business Development Rosemary Maginniss, will include moderated discussions and panels on range of issues relevant to the standards community. Read More

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ANSI welcomes new members.

May 6, 2009

In April, ANSI welcomed Dr. Ruston Hunt, Mr. Alexander Converse, Aquate Solar Ltd, Ivantis, Management Resources Group, Inc., Forsyth Machinery, National Fenestration Rating Council, and U.S. Access Board. Under Institute's umbrella, constituency works together to strengthen competitiveness of businesses operating in global marketplace and to improve quality of life for all citizens by developing, implementing, and promulgating voluntary consensus standards and conformance assessment systems. Read More

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AWWA stresses need to protect/conserve water resources.

May 6, 2009

During Drinking Water Week, AWWA is highlighting importance of protecting and conserving water resources. Mike Leonard, AWWA President, says it is most important to protect water at its source and keep watersheds and waterways free from pollution. Water communities are investing in technologies to reuse and desalinate water and utilities need to invest in maintaining water infrastructure. AWWA is also offering various tips for people to conserve water. Read More