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BIO is confident biofuels can meet Renewable Fuel Standard.

May 22, 2009

According to Brent Erickson, EVP of BIO Industrial and Environmental Section, biofuel companies are ready to deploy their technology and begin meeting requirements of National Renewable Fuel Standard. Analysis by EPA shows that biofuels produced with biotech tools will dramatically reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions from transportation. Biotechnology can also help farmers increase yields per acre and reduce petroleum inputs in agriculture. Read More

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Labs approved for testing communications interoperability.

May 22, 2009

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office for Interoperability and Compatibility announced that it has recognized first 8 laboratories approved to test interoperability of emergency communications equipment under Project 25 Conformity Assessment Program. P25 CAP, a joint effort of DHS and NIST, helps ensure that first responders, public safety officers, and military personnel can always talk with each other no matter what communications equipment they are using. Read More

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Bioscience Education Study finds some states lagging.

May 22, 2009

Assessing middle- and high-schools in 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia, a report indicated that institutions were failing to prepare students for pursuing biosciences in higher education. It also showed an uneven record across states in incorporating biosciences in science standards, supporting focused bioscience education programs and higher level bioscience courses, and ensuring science and bioscience teachers are well qualified. Read More

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Validation Program tests next-generation Internet products.

May 22, 2009

NIST is establishing testing program to assure that U.S. government purchases new computers and networking products that work properly on next-generation Internet traffic system while meeting standards for federal government use. Addressing U.S. government standards profile known as USGv6, testing program is heralded by new publication, preliminary set of tests, and upcoming meeting to discuss its management. Read More

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NIST collaborates to measure properties of graphene.

May 22, 2009

Utilizing ultra-high-vacuum scanning tunneling microscope, NIST and Georgia Institute of Technology researchers directly measured energy spectrum of graphene, which is single-layer of carbon atoms arranged in honeycomb-like structure. Team observed and mapped nonuniform spacing among energy levels, formed when material is exposed to magnetic fields. Findings may lead to manufacturing methods for producing enough graphene to make carbon-based electronics. Read More

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Congress Approves NIST recovery plan.

May 22, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has received Congressional approval on its spending plan for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. NIST will use its funds - $580 million in direct appropriations - to invest in construction projects, grants, scientific equipment, and research fellowships. According to US Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, "NIST's investments will create jobs, revitalize the economy, and advance American innovation." Read More

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Jay Keasling receives Inaugural Biotech Humanitarian Award.

May 22, 2009

Dr. Keasling, CEO of Joint BioEnergy Institute, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering, and Deputy Director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, was selected for his professional accomplishments to date, as well as for potential that his research holds. Keasling is working on synthetic biology technique that, at commercial scale, will diversify supply of artemisinin, the key component in artemisinin-based combination therapies for treatment of malaria. Read More

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Locke and Chu announce progress in smart grid development.

May 22, 2009

After chairing meeting of industry leaders at White House, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced first set of standards that are needed for interoperability and security of Smart Grid and $10 million in Recovery Act funds provided by Energy Department to NIST to support development of interoperability standards. Secretary Chu also announced that DOE is increasing maximum award available under Recovery Act for Smart Grid programs. Read More

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NIST Engineers find flaw affecting transistor theory.

May 22, 2009

Researchers from NIST, along with University of Maryland College Park and Rutgers University, found that theoretical model for mitigating defects between on/off states of transistors is inaccurate. According to Jason Campbell of NIST, fluctuation frequency is same even in nanometer-sized transistors, implying theory is wrong. Also, fluctuations observed grew more pronounced as power decreased, said Campbell, who presented group's findings at May 19, 2009, industry conference in Austin, TX. Read More

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NIST helps improve speed measurements for cars and bullets.

May 22, 2009

In forthcoming paper in The Journal of Research of NIST, John Jendzurski and Nicholas Paulter examined 4 methods used by law enforcement officers to calibrate DTR radar devices, including radar target simulator, tuning forks, calibrated speedometer, and fifth wheel. Based on data obtained, researchers developed and published uncertainty measurement formulas for each calibration method, which will help DTR radar users understand impact of proper calibration for making accurate speed measurements. Read More

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NIST creates draft working definition for cloud computing.

May 22, 2009

NIST defines cloud computing as pay-per-use model for enabling available and on-demand network access to shared pool of configurable computing resources that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction. It also describes 5 key characteristics, 3 delivery models, and 4 deployment models. Cloud research team leader Peter Mell states that there are various security advantages and disadvantages of cloud computing. Read More

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NIST Study finds benefits to polymer research efforts.

May 22, 2009

Study found that NIST Combinatorial Methods Center (NCMC), part of effort to develop combinatorial techniques in polymer research, realized economic benefits of at least $8.55 for every dollar invested by NIST and partners. Between 1998 and 2007, study estimates NCMC has yielded 161% social rate of return and has accelerated industry's adoption of combinatorial methods by average of 2.3 yr. The program has since branched out into nanostructured materials, organic electronics, and biomaterials. Read More

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AASHTO reasserts support for intercity passenger rail.

May 22, 2009

As FRA prepares to lay groundwork for distributing $8 billion in economic recovery grant funds for intercity passenger rail, state transportation officials have outlined action plan for delivering robust intercity passenger rail network. AASHTO board recommendations call for national rail policy to cover both passenger and freight rail and supports creation of intercity passenger rail account, funded at $35 billion over 6 years from diversified portfolio of new revenue sources. Read More

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Metalcasters lobby for pro-manufacturing legislation.

May 22, 2009

More than 100 U.S. metalcasters visited Washington, D.C. to attend the 2009 Metalcasting Industry Government Affairs Conference. Attendees heard from U.S. Congressmen and policy experts on key industry issues and met with their members of Congress to discuss the impact pending laws will have on their business and the industry. Issues discussed included card check, cap-and-trade legislation, health care reform, and mandated leave benefits. Read More

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IPC Members discussed key industry issues with legislators.

May 22, 2009

On May 6-8 during Capitol Hill Day, IPC members representing PCB manufacturers in North America, electronics assembly companies, and suppliers came together to educate legislators and solicit support of critical legislation to strengthen the North American electronic interconnect industry. Critical tax and defense readiness issues were focused upon, namely the need for a permanent research and development tax credit and support for direct funding to the DoD PCB Executive Agent. Read More

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FAA and NATCA start mediation talks.

May 21, 2009

To end ongoing contract dispute, Federal Aviation Administration and National Air Traffic Controllers Association signed process agreement to move negotiations forward as planned. Agreement provides for extensive mediation sessions and for binding resolution of any unresolved issues, guaranteeing new collective bargaining agreement between parties. It is expected that expedited mediation process will continue through early June 2009. Read More

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EPRI announces joint conference and exhibition.

May 21, 2009

Scheduled for June 29 to July 1, 2009, Annual Power Quality Application and Advanced Distribution Automation Conference will bring leading research, applications, findings, and case histories related to power quality and emerging smart grid. Some topical sessions will include Application Experience with Smarter Distribution Systems, Advanced Equipment for Smarter Distribution Systems, Power Quality and Energy Efficiency, and Power Quality Economics and Applications. Read More

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NASA Releases interactive, 3D views of space station, rover.

May 21, 2009

NASA released an interactive, 3D photographic collection of internal and external views of the International Space Station as well as a model of the next Mars Rover. Developed by NASA and Microsoft's Virtual Earth team, the online experience delivers hundreds of photographs via Microsoft's Photosynth photo imaging technology. Click-and-drag interface lets viewers zoom in to see details of space station's modules and solar arrays or zoom out for a more global view of the complex. Read More

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Symposium to address GHG assessment, reporting processes.

May 21, 2009

The Air and Waste Management Association (AWMA) will present "Harmonizing Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Assessment and Reporting Processes," August 31 through September 2, 2009 in Baltimore, MD. This conference will provide a forum to discuss advances in GHG emission estimation methods, emission inventories, and reporting. Attendees will have the opportunity to examine methodologies for the characterization, calculation, and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions with industry experts. Read More

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Report Details decline in passenger demand, cargo traffic.

May 21, 2009

According to a report from the Air Transport Association of America (ATA), passenger revenue fell 18% in April 2009 versus its 2008 counterpart. This marks the sixth consecutive month passenger revenue fell from the prior year. The number of passengers traveling on US airlines in April fell 6.3%, while the average price to fly one mile fell 12.6%. Also, US airlines saw cargo traffic (revenue ton miles) decline 21% year over year in March 2009 for the eighth consecutive month. Read More