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Organizations support Urban Waters Federal Partnership.

December 10, 2014

Broad coalition of 27 non-governmental organizations including The Sierra Club, The Nature Conservancy, and The Conservation Fund has pledged to support the Urban Waters Federal Partnership as it works to restore waterways and revitalize communities across the country. Organizations will align resources, funding, and expertise with federal efforts to restore urban waters and parks, increase outdoor recreation, and engage residents and youth. Read More

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NTSB Recommends Improvements for certifying Li-ion batteries.

December 10, 2014

As determined by NTSB in its final report, shortcomings in design and certification led to fire in GS Yuasa Corporation lithium-ion battery installed on one Japan Airlines Boeing 787 jetliner. Short circuit in one of battery's 8 cells led to thermal runaway and propagated to remaining cells. NTSB recommends FAA improve guidance and training provided to industry and FAA certification engineers on safety assessments and methods of compliance for designs involving such new technology. Read More

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Initiative helps communities develop local food projects.

December 10, 2014

On behalf of White House Rural Council, 6 federal agencies joined to announce 26 communities selected to participate in Local Foods, Local Places, a federal initiative providing technical support to integrate local food systems into community economic action plans. Project proposals include repurposing vacant land into local food production, developing year-round retail markets for local food products, and establishing food hubs to increase local food supply chains. Read More

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ASTM Committee on Corrosion of Metals honors Dr. David Silverman.

December 10, 2014

For contributions in application of engineering fundamentals to corrosion issues, ASTM International Committee G01 on Corrosion of Metals honored David Silverman, Ph.D. with Francis LaQue Memorial Award. Silverman joined ASTM in 1981 and was active G01 member until retiring in 2013. Silverman worked on several G01 groups, chaired select subcommittees, and served on joint ASTM/NACE Committee on Corrosion as well as Committee E01 on Analytical Chemistry for Metals, Ores and Related Materials. Read More

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ASTM Standard covers drug-coated cardiovascular balloons.

December 9, 2014

Proposed standard ASTM WK46148, Guide for Acute Durability of Drug-Coated Balloons, will cover evolving medical technology that merges established angioplasty balloon catheter technology with active drug coatings. Purpose of standard will be to provide consensus on suggested test methods for the acute characterization of drug-coated balloons. Primary users of ASTM WK46148 will be device developers, third-party testing facilities, academic groups, and regulatory agencies. Read More

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STA Event tests large storage systems builds with 12 Gbps SAS.

December 9, 2014

SCSI Trade Association (STA) announced successful completion of its 16th SAS Plugfest. In total, 21 companies (both STA members and non-members) participated. According to SAS Plugfest Technical Committee co-chairperson Michael Koffman, this event "was notable for the group of tests that verified the interoperability of systems of multiple SAS end devices connected through multiple SAS expanders" as well as "testing the interoperability of systems implementing SAS Power Management." Read More

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ASTM Standard covers high fluidity zinc aluminum alloy.

December 9, 2014

Thinner cell phone casings and business card holders are just two of the varied applications for a new high fluidity zinc die casting alloy. This casting is now covered by ASTM B989, Specification for High Fluidity (HF) Zinc-Aluminum Alloy in Ingot Form for Thin Wall Die Castings. Producers of the HF alloy will be the primary users of ASTM B989, while it may also be used by die casters, original equipment manufacturers, and commercial analytical laboratories. Read More

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MESA International Details Events Plans for North America in 2015.

December 9, 2014

Americas Board-of-Directors for MESA International announces its North America events plans for 2015. These include plans to co-locate annual conference within IndustryWeek Best Plants (IWBP) Conference & Expo. Based around "Advancing. Manufacturing. IT." theme, MESA North American Conference will be held in Charlotte, NC from May 4–6, 2015 and focus on highlighting business value of solving plant and enterprise-level manufacturing challenges with IT-based solutions. Read More