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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

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Jim Sanford named recipient of Standards Leadership Award.

May 21, 2009

Jim Sanford, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Market Access and Industrial Competitiveness, has been selected as 2009 recipient of Ronald H. Brown Standards Leadership Award, which recognizes leadership in promoting role of standardization in eliminating global barriers to trade. In his current position, Sanford addresses concerns about non-tariff barriers such as standards and conformity assessment requirements as they relate to Doha Development Round trade negotiation efforts of WTO. Read More

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MTConnect Institute is seeking new members.

May 21, 2009

The MTConnect Institute, an organization that seeks to promote manufacturing system interoperability, seeks new members to assist in developing and promoting the standards and materials required to fully implement MTConnect. Membership is open to any individual, company, or organization interested in participating in MTConnect implementation. Four levels are available: Founding Sponsor, Institute Partner, MTConnect Institute Technical Advisory Group Member, and Registered Member. Read More

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SME issues call for International Honor Awards.

May 21, 2009

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) is issuing its annual call for nominations for the International Honor Awards, the Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award, and the Award of Merit. Over the course of 50 years, these awards have recognized academics and leading business people who have made noteworthy contributions and achievements in their fields. See full release for a complete description of the awards, and momination forms can be downloaded from SME website. Read More

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ANSI and NIST announce agenda for NESCC meeting.

May 21, 2009

Scheduled for June 1, 2009 at NIST headquarters in Gaithersburg, MD, Nuclear Energy Standards Coordination Collaborative will provide cross-stakeholder forum to facilitate and coordinate timely identification, development, and revision of standards for design, operation, development, licensing, and deployment of nuclear power plants. Standards for other nuclear technologies, including advanced reactor concepts, will also be addressed. Read More

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Proposed Standard focuses on mass casualty event equipment.

May 21, 2009

Developed by ASTM International Committee F30 on Emergency Medical Services, ASTM WK23835 provides guidance for how medical equipment is expected to perform under severe conditions of mass casualty event. Standard will be used to educate and assist those involved in selection of medical equipment. It will focus on how non-traditional environments can have deleterious effects on operation of traditional medical equipment and dangers these environments present to patient and caregiver. Read More

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Technical Report guides assessment of national libraries.

May 21, 2009

Providing indicators to analyze performance of national libraries, ISO/TR 28118:2009 addresses coverage of national imprint, speed and comprehensiveness of national bibliography, efforts to preserve national documentary heritage, and international involvement of library. To support use of performance indicators, TR includes standardized terminology and definitions, concise descriptions of performance indicators, and examples of where performance indicators have been used. Read More

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ISO Standard provides guidance on ISMS.

May 21, 2009

A new International Standard assists organizations in understanding all aspects of information security management systems (ISMS), which serve as a crucial part of risk management strategies. The standard addresses fundamentals, principles, and concepts of ISMS that protect information assets. ISO/IEC 27000:2009, Information technology - Security techniques - Information security management systems - Overview and vocabulary, applies to all types and sizes of organizations. Read More

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COPANT General Assembly met in Dominican Republic.

May 21, 2009

Held May 10-14, 2009 in Santo Domingo, the 2009 General Assembly of the Pan American Standards Commission (COPANT) brought together representatives from standards communities of North, Central, and South America to advance standardization activities. ANSI led a 20-person US delegation, with representatives from companies, standards and code developers, and the US government. S. Joe Bhatia, ANSI president and CEO, was elected to serve as COPANT VP for a 2-year term. Read More