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NHA and USFCC criticize DoE program cuts.

May 12, 2009

In response to Obama Administration's FY 2010 budget request for U.S. Department of Energy, NHA and U.S. Fuel Cell Council stated that cuts proposed in DoE hydrogen and fuel cell program threaten to disrupt commercialization of technologies that are showing promise. Associations are also concerned that Department appears to be walking away from Market Transformation activities, which support fuel cell deployment in early commercial applications. Read More

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ASM offers more than 30,000 phase diagrams online.

May 11, 2009

Latest update to ASM Alloy Phase Diagram Center adds 1,500 phase diagrams, including 20 aluminum-titanium binaries and 350 aluminum ternaries. Ternary phase diagrams for Industrial and Heat Resistant category and Solder, Brazes, and Copper Alloys category have also been added. Diagrams serve as technical roadmaps that tell engineer how particular metal or combination of metals will behave under specific conditions such as temperature, pressure, and composition. Read More

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AWWA stresses importance of water infrastructure.

May 11, 2009

During Drinking Water Week, AWWA joins water professionals across North America in highlighting importance of investing in our water infrastructure. According to 2008 study by U.S. Conference of Mayors, for every dollar invested in public water and sewer infrastructure and services, approximately $8.97 is added to national economy. AWWA estimated that $10 billion investment in water infrastructure projects in U.S. would almost immediately create at least 400,000 jobs. Read More

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AWWA to host webcast on H1N1 planning.

May 11, 2009

Although disinfected tap water does not transmit H1N1 virus, there are still actions utilities can take to diminish impact on customers. On May 14 from 1-2 p.m. EDT, AWWA will host H1N1 Planning and Response for Water Utilities Webcast, during which panel of experts will speak to water professionals about reviewing and updating emergency plans, while offering practical advice on how utilities can prepare for pandemic influenza. Read More

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Communities Urge Protection of our precious source waters.

May 11, 2009

As Drinking Water Week 2009 concludes, the American Water Works Association (AWWA) joins North American water professionals in encouraging protection of source waters. Mike Leonard, AWWA president, pointed out that everyone has a role to play, from elected leaders who can work for smart public policy, to agriculture industry efforts to reduce pollution in waterways/aquifers, and even consumers who can properly dispose of waste as opposed to flushing it into the wastewater system. Read More

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Drinking Water Week highlights emergency preparedness.

May 11, 2009

During Drinking Water Week, AWWA joins water professionals across North America in encouraging home preparedness for water-related emergencies. Consumers should be prepared for rare service interruptions that can occur from natural disasters, system malfunctions, power outages, or other events. To prepare for water emergencies, consumers should observe boil water notices and store 1 gal of water per person per day and have enough on hand for at least 3 days. Read More

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TIA Members can get discounted Ceridian payroll services.

May 11, 2009

TIA announced that, for a limited time, members who are not currently enrolled with Ceridian are eligible for a discount of up to 45% on payroll services with new member benefits partner, Ceridian. TIA members can also obtain cost-effective HR, payroll, and tax administration services at a preferred rate from Ceridian, whose HR/Payroll solution is Web-based and completely hosted - freeing TIA members from efforts associated with software upgrades, maintenance, and hardware purchases. Read More

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BIO announces 2010 convention will be held in Chicago.

May 11, 2009

BIO will hold 2010 BIO International Convention on May 3-6, 2010, at McCormick Place in Chicago. More than 60 countries and 2,100 companies and global biotech leaders are expected to attend. Event will include Business Forum that will offer thousands of partnering meetings for investing in innovations related to medical, agricultural, industrial, and environmental solutions. The 2009 convention will also include 170 breakout sessions as well as networking events. Read More

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Midwest Conference adheres to Be Global, Stay Local adage.

May 11, 2009

To be held September 23-24, 2009 in Schaumburg, IL, IPC Midwest Conference & Exhibition aims to bring the best of the global electronics industry together in one place. The event will feature an exhibition, technical conference sessions focused on quality and reliability, professional development courses (September 20-24), and 80+ standards development meetings. There will also be special events, such as free forums, a free opening session, and a show floor reception. Read More

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ANSI details facts on astigmatism and contact lenses.

May 11, 2009

ANSI survey revealed that 2/3 of Americans with astigmatism, who have never worn contact lenses, say they would do so. Sponsored by Bausch & Lomb, survey indicated that 4 out of 10 people with astigmatism believe they cannot wear contact lenses. ANSI standards covering contact lens performance include ANSI Z80.18-2003 and ANSI Z80.20-2004, which apply to hard and soft lenses, while ISO 13212:1999, ISO 11980:1997, and ISO 11986:1999 have been implemented by the ISO. Read More

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ASTM Subcommittees work on proposed polymer matrix standards.

May 8, 2009

ASTM Subcommittee D30.05 is developing proposed standard, ASTM WK22348, Test Method for Transverse Shear Strength of Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Matrix Composite Bars, which will be used by composite material rebar manufacturers, research laboratories, highway engineers, glued-laminated lumber producers, and structural engineers. Proposed standard ASTM WK22949, by Subcommittee D30.06, will offer test method for characterizing delamination toughness of laminated composites. Read More

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Honorable Dalton McGuinty to receive BIO award.

May 8, 2009

Honorable Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario, Canada, will receive BIO's International Leadership Award for his strong commitment to development and growth of biotechnology industry in Ontario. Under McGuinty's leadership, Ontario has pledged over $3.2-billion dollars to support research and innovation through Ontario's Innovation Agenda, creation of Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Ontario's Biopharmaceutical Investment Program, and clean fuel initiatives. Read More

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Standard describes test for ionic conductivity in concrete.

May 8, 2009

ASTM WK22233, Test Method for Indication of Concrete's Ionic Conductivity, describes a 5 min, nondestructive test that could replace a destructive 6 hr test requiring several hours of preparation time. Offering means to find out how permeable concrete is to chloride ingress, this proposed ASTM International standard is being developed by Subcommittee C09.66 on Concrete's Resistance to Fluid Penetration, which invites interested volunteers to participate in their activities. Read More

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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