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MIT/NASA Team presents report on earth-to-moon uplink.

May 30, 2014

Team of researchers from MIT's Lincoln Laboratory, working with NASA last fall, demonstrated that a data communication technology exists that can provide space dwellers with connectivity people enjoy on Earth, enabling large data transfers and HD video streaming. At CLEO: 2014, team will present new details and first comprehensive overview of on-orbit performance of laser-based communication uplink between moon and Earth, which beat previous record transmission speed last fall by factor of 4,800. Read More

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EPA recognizes over 400 federal facilities.

May 30, 2014

As part of the Federal Green Challenge, more than 400 federal facilities representing nearly 1.6 million federal employees are leading by example by taking steps to reduce the federal government’s environmental impact in 2013, resulting in estimated cost savings of more than $42 million to U.S. taxpayers. For example, by increasing recycling and composting alone in 2013, participating facilities had the equivalent impact of taking 196,000 cars off the road for one year. Read More

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PACK EXPO to feature baking and snack technologies.

May 30, 2014

To help baking and snack brands satisfy their growing market, PACK EXPO International 2014 will provide access to thousands of technologies. Owned and produced by PMMI, show will connect baking and snack professionals with solutions from more than 1,800 exhibitors. Innovative materials and containers to improve product freshness and meet sustainability goals will be on display, as will equipment and robotics to increase efficiency and productivity, and solve other operational challenges. Read More

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Sika and Franklin Intl. Execs join ASC Board of Directors.

May 30, 2014

Steve Rosenberg, Senior VP at Sika Corporation and Forest Driggs, VP at Franklin International have joined ASC Board of Directors, effective immediately. Replacing Steve Harms, Steve Rosenberg has worked with Sika Corporation since 1991, and is currently Senior Vice President, Risk, Quality and Sustainability Management. Forest Driggs, replacing Larry Owen, joined Franklin International in 1995 and has work experience in both the Adhesives and Polymers Group and Construction Products Group. Read More

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Airlines for America urge DOT to put customers first.

May 29, 2014

A4A issued statement regarding DOT's Proposed Rulemaking. According A4A, airlines strongly support full transparency and already ensure that all pricing information is available as defined by DOT's previous consumer rule. By proposing that airlines provide information on some ancillary options to duopoly of GDS providers, DOT's rule would further increase airline expense, and force airlines to pass on additional costs to customers in form of higher fares or reduced levels of air service. Read More

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Task Force partners with 12 land grant universities.

May 29, 2014

Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient Task Force announced partnership with 12 land grant universities to support state-level strategies to curb water pollution. Agreement is the first for the task force with non-governmental entities. Hypoxia Task Force is a partnership of 5 federal agencies, tribes, and environmental quality, agricultural, and conservation agencies from 12 basin states working to address nutrient pollution and the hypoxic zone, or dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. Read More

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Congressman Mick Mulvaney tours Isola's S.C. facility.

May 28, 2014

Congressman Mick Mulvaney (R-SC-5) visited Isola Group S.à r.l.’s manufacturing facility in Ridgeway, S.C., to learn about policy and regulatory issues affecting electronics manufacturing industry. Visit included tour of facility that manufactures laminate materials used to fabricate printed boards used in advanced electronics. Congressman met with Isola’s Mike Gastonguay, President-Americas, and discussed issues such as export controls, R&D tax credits, and intellectual property protection. Read More

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NREL and Sponsors host Solar and Lithium Ion Car Races.

May 28, 2014

During Junior Solar Sprint and Lithium Ion Battery Car Competitions, nearly 300 students on 74 teams from 21 Colorado schools converged on Dakota Ridge High School to vie for spot in final races using solar and lithium ion battery powered vehicles. Batteries are supplied by DOE and teams purchase authorized solar panels, then design and build the cars themselves. Each year, NREL and other sponsors host races to encourage students toward careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. Read More

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EPA Recognizes Environmental Innovation at science competition.

May 28, 2014

U.S. EPA announced Wheeling Park High School freshman Miriam Terese Demasi as winner of 2014 Patrick H. Hurd Sustainability Award. Demonstrating commitment to environmental sustainability and stewardship, her project involved developing sustainable, affordable, and environmentally sound building material for earthquake-prone areas in developing world to use in place of adobe. EPA's Robert Kavlock lauded Demasi's project for its sustainability and humanitarian aspects. Read More

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Technique nondestructively determines coating thickness.

May 28, 2014

Anis Rahman, founder of Applied Research and Photonics, Inc., and his son Aunik, have developed way to measure thickness of paint layers and size of particles embedded inside. Technique uses terahertz reflectometry, in which beam of terahertz-frequency radiation is fired onto paint. Unlike conventional methods, paint remains undamaged making technique useful for variety of applications, from cars to artifacts to cancer detection. Researchers will describe work at CLEO: 2014 being held June 8–13. Read More

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PTDA Conference offered insight into age-diverse workplaces.

May 28, 2014

PTDA Spring Leaders Conference, held March 2–4 in Las Vegas, NV, brought together nearly 120 PTDA distributors and manufacturers for networking and offered sessions designed to build executive leadership skills. Conference components included Governance Meetings for PTDA's boards, committees, and council volunteers; Leadership Development Conference; and General Education Session for both leaders seeking insights into working smarter together. Read More

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May 2014 MCI-EFI shows confidence at 2-year high for third month.

May 28, 2014

May 2014 Monthly Confidence Index for Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI) shows overall market confidence at 65.4. While peaking at highest index level in 2 years for third consecutive month, this number is relatively unchanged from April's 65.1. Other conditions covered by this index include assessments regarding expected business conditions, demand for leases and loans to fund capital expenditures, access to capital to fund equipment acquisitions, and employee hiring. Read More

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THE BIG M Event will address skills gap in manufacturing.

May 28, 2014

Produced by SME, THE BIG M will take place June 9–12, 2014 in Detroit, MI with focus on how to close skills gap in order for American manufacturers to remain competitive. Events of June 12 will include several panels and breakout sessions on obtaining and training skilled and capable workforce, talent retention, and coping with skills gap. According to SME's Jeannine Kunz, increases in technology call for workforce with evolving skill set equipped to handle associated complexities. Read More

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Advanced Biofuel Producers express concern over 2014 RFS.

May 28, 2014

Led by Advanced Ethanol Council (AEC) and Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), 33 advanced biofuel companies addressed President Barack Obama via letter to express concern about proposed rule for 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). "The RFS is necessary," the letter argued, "because the highly consolidated, vertically integrated oil industry is not otherwise going to allow market access for renewable fuels." Talking points included prior investments and expectations. Read More

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BIO urges Governor Markell to sign critical legislation.

May 28, 2014

BIO and the Delaware BioScience Association call upon Governor Markell to sign critical legislation to create pathway for the substitution of interchangeable biologic medicines. Senate Substitute 1 for Senate Bill 118 seeks to properly preserve patient access to accurate prescription information, maintains incentives for innovation, and promotes competitive market for biologic therapies. BIO will continue to advocate for full transparency in the substitution process. Read More

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EPA Standards protect aquatic life from cooling water intakes.

May 28, 2014

U.S. EPA finalized standards to protect fish and other aquatic life drawn into cooling water systems at power plants and factories. Components of final regulation include reduction of fish impingement for facilities that meet specific withdraw requirements, conducting studies to help permitting authority determine site-specific entrainment mortality controls, and mandate that intake flow of new units at existing facility be reduced to levels similar to closed cycle, recirculation systems. Read More

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NASA Partners with Rolls-Royce on braze joint technology testing.

May 28, 2014

Rolls-Royce will collaborate with NASA to develop braze joint performance prediction methods for critical structures subject to complex loading conditions. Via this partnership, Rolls-Royce will establish braze Failure Assessment Diagram (FAD) for use in defining acceptable stress combinations and margins of safety of braze joints and braze repair structures. NASA will receive verification of its FAD methodology for failure prediction of structural brazed joints on real industrial applications. Read More

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Thin Silicon Lens makes cheap surveillance camera.

May 28, 2014

A team of French researchers has found a way to make a thermal infrared camera with a lens made of silicon. Lens is as thick as a fingernail with diameter less than that of a No. 2 pencil. Camera has 130° field of view, f-number of 1.5, and is effective over wide range of IR wavelengths, from 7–14 µm. Potential applications include more affordable surveillance, particularly for home use. Researchers describe their new work in a paper published in The Optical Society’s journal Optics Letters. Read More

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Titanium Metals Corp to pay civil penalty for TSCA violations.

May 27, 2014

Titanium Metals Corporation has agreed to pay $13.75 million civil penalty and perform extensive investigation and cleanup of potential contamination stemming from unauthorized manufacture and disposal of polychlorinated biphenyls at its manufacturing facility in Henderson, NV. Penalty is the largest ever imposed for violations of the Toxic Substances Control Act at a single facility. TIMET will also pay $250,000 for violations related to illegal disposal of hazardous process wastewater. Read More

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Refinery Emissions Standards will protect nearby neighborhoods.

May 23, 2014

To protect nearby neighborhoods, U.S. EPA is proposing updates to toxic air pollution standards for petroleum refineries. Specific elements include monitoring and public availability of air concentrations of benzene around fenceline perimeter of refineries; upgraded emission controls for storage tanks, including controls for smaller tanks; performance requirements for flares to ensure waste gases are properly destroyed; and emissions standards for delayed coking units. Read More