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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

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Engine Coolant Committee gives Award of Merit to Rene Wiebe.

May 6, 2009

The ASTM International Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow from ASTM Committee D15 on Engine Coolants has been given to Rene D. Wiebe, market development manager of hydrocarbon products at Parker Hannifin Corp, Holly Springs, Miss. It recognizes his individual contributions to ASTM standards activities, specifically his leadership in the committee and his work in the development of test methods and specifications for engine coolants. Read More

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ANSI and NIST address needs of nuclear industry.

May 6, 2009

To identify and respond to current needs of nuclear industry, ANSI and NIST have announced formation of Nuclear Energy Standards Coordination Collaborative. Cross-stakeholder forum will 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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At Plenary Meeting IDSP solicits input on future work.

May 6, 2009

ANSI held the third plenary meeting of its Identity Theft Prevention and Identity Management Standards Panel (IDSP) from April 27-28, 2009 in Arlington, VA. With close to 100 participants, the meeting took point-in-time look at state of identity theft prevention and identity management. Panel discussions considered progress made on various fronts and looked ahead at areas that still need attention. IDSP is now soliciting input for new workshops on future work by June 1. Read More

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SES announces 2009 World Standards Day Paper Competition.

May 6, 2009

With theme of "Standards for Environmental Stewardship", 2009 World Standards Day Paper Competition recognizes critical role of standards and conformity assessment programs in key issues that affect environment, from sustainable products and buildings to greenhouse gases and energy conservation. Competition invites papers that use specific examples to show ways that standards and conformity assessment programs are used to promote and facilitate environmentally friendly practices. Read More

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Workshop addressed sustainable product standards, criteria.

May 6, 2009

Organized by ANSI with support of EPA, "Toward Product Standards for Sustainability" workshop brought experts and advocates together to share insights and develop recommendations on product standards for sustainability. Three focused panels addressed challenges involved in successful sustainable performance criteria development, reliance upon standards/criteria to respond to consumer demand for environmentally responsible products, and retail perspectives. Read More

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Ron Kirk defends Intellectual Property Rights.

May 5, 2009

In Special 301 annual report to Congress, USTR Ron Kirk served clear notice that he and Obama Administration will confront Intellectual Property Rights problems wherever they emerge. According to Ambassador Kirk, annual report provides one critical tool for focusing on urgent problems that threaten to undermine innovation and creativity of American firms, workers, and artists. NAM looks forward to working with Kirk, his USTR team, and Administration to address these problems. Read More

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Proposed Green Building Standard begins third public review.

May 5, 2009

Released by the Standard 189.1 committee, the nation's first standard for high-performance green buildings began its third public review period May 1, 2009. Comments on "Standard for the Design of High Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings" will be accepted through June 15, 2009. The third public review draft has been reorganized to focus on delivering and maintaining energy and water efficiency performance over the life of the building. Read More

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Tap Water is lauded as lean, clean, and green.

May 5, 2009

As an authoritative resource on safe water, AWWA will highlight the benefits of tap water - quality, efficiency, conservation - as well as the importance of water infrastructure during Drinking Water Week 2009. This annual celebration will also feature water utilities, environmental advocates, and others participating in school events, public presentations, and community festivals. Communities will also be given important tips for protecting water supplies and conserving resources. Read More

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RIA addresses H1N1 influenza clean-up issues.

May 5, 2009

According to RIA recommendations for cleaning and restoration professionals, as well as building services personnel, microbial contaminants should be removed with damp wiping, air scrubbing, and other methods that will effectively eliminate them from environment. Recommended personal protective equipment includes disposable Tyvek® suits, shoe covers/booties, non-permeable gloves, splash-resistant goggles, and N-95 or higher filtering facepiece respirator certified by NIOSH. Read More

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Public Officials explore water issues at AWWA's ACE09.

May 4, 2009

Scheduled for June 14-18, AWWA's Annual Conference and Exposition will include Public Officials Certificate program, Public Officials Breakfast and Caucus, and networking reception. Event will cover topics such as infrastructure maintenance, climate change, conservation and water efficiency, legislative and regulatory issues, managing in down economy, and public affairs. More than 500 exhibitors will be on-site showcasing latest products and services to help ensure safe water. Read More

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Space Industrial Base is being challenged from 3 fronts.

May 4, 2009

Marion Blakey, AIA President and CEO, said that a shrinking aerospace workforce, outdated export control rules, and a cumbersome defense acquisition system are threatening the health of the U.S. national security space industrial base. Recommendations to improve this situation solicited investment in science and education national priorities, re-evaluation of export controls on space technologies, and embracing of management practices that promote requirements stability. Read More

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Report Shows Hydrogen Vehicles will drive change.

May 4, 2009

A report, "Energy Evolution: An Analysis of Alternative Vehicles and Fuels to 2100," depicts a scenario which initially includes a mix of alternative-fuel vehicles but later dominated by hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles sales. This scenario also forecasts simultaneously cutting US greenhouse gas pollution by 80% (below 1990 levels); reaching petroleum quasi-independence by mid-century; and eliminating nearly all controllable air pollution by this century's end. Read More