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PTDA Canadian Conference to offer networking and knowledge.

February 3, 2014

Since its debut in 2002, the PTDA Canadian Conference has become a powerful business conclave for Canada’s power transmission/motion control industry. Event features intimate business networking opportunities, unsurpassed business educational information, and an Industry Showcase designed for those marketing product in Canada. Scheduled for June 5-7, 2014, 13th annual PTDA Canadian Conference will be held at the stately Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, in Québec City, Québec. Read More

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Registration Opens for 2014 BIO International Convention.

February 3, 2014

As announced by BIO, registration is open for 2014 BIO International Convention®. Event will be held June 23–26 in San Diego, CA and include networking opportunities as well as new session formats designed to increase audience engagement. Education sessions will provide opportunities to interact with industry leaders, while Specialty Forums and Session tracks will focus on such topics as digital health, personalized medicine, orphan diseases, and regenerative medicine. Read More

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SPE Polyolefins Conference now open for registration.

February 3, 2014

Abundant and cheap natural gas from hydraulic fracturing is transforming the polyolefins industry in the U.S., creating new opportunities for petrochemical and plastics companies. Reflecting this, "The Polyolefin Renaissance" will be the theme of the 2014 SPE International Polyolefins Conference in Houston. Scheduled for Feb 23–26, conference will include 84 technical presentations, 64 exhibitor booths, and anticipated attendance of more than 600 technical and business professionals. Read More

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NEMA Publishes Standard for portable lithium cells/batteries.

January 31, 2014

NEMA published ANSI C18.3M, Part 1-2013 American National Standard for Portable Lithium Primary Cells and Batteries—General and Specifications. Applicable to portable lithium primary cells and batteries, this edition includes several electrochemical systems and aims to ensure electrical and physical interchangeability of products from different manufacturers, minimize proliferation of cell and battery types, as well as define performance and provide guidance for assessment. Read More

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Diamond-Silk Material supports biological imaging.

January 31, 2014

Just tens of nanometers across, Silk-Coated Diamonds glow when illuminated with certain kinds of light and can be injected into living cells, enabling biologists to untangle molecular circuitry that governs cellular behavior. Particles may also allow doctors to send infection-fighting antibiotics to targeted areas of the body. Team of researchers from Australia and the U.S. describes this hybrid material in paper published in The Optical Society’s journal Biomedical Optics Express. Read More

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ASTM honors Dr. Papavinasam for standards contributions.

January 31, 2014

Sankara Papavinasam, Ph.D., president of CorrMagnet Consulting Inc., received Francis LaQue Memorial Award from ASTM International for his leadership and technical expertise in development of standards related to corrosion technology. Established in 1988, LaQue Award is presented by ASTM International Committee G01 on Corrosion of Metals to recognize outstanding contributions to committee as well as field of corrosion testing and evaluation. Read More

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Simulation Exposes Linker's Role in breaking down biomass.

January 31, 2014

By showing that part of enzyme (linker) may play necessary role in breaking down biomass into sugars used to make alternative transportation fuels, supercomputer-based simulation of enzyme from fungus Trichoderma reesei (Cel7A) startled NREL Engineer Gregg Beckham. During this microsecond-long simulation of entire enzyme on surface of cellulose, it came to light that enzyme's linker section started to bind to cellulose and that entire linker binds to surface of cellulose. Read More

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ELFA's MLFI-25 shows slowing business growth in December 2013.

January 31, 2014

Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25) for December 2013 shows $10.7 billion in overall new business volume, while cumulative new business volume for 2013 rose 3% over 2012. Receivables over 30 days were at 1.9%, up from November's 1.8%; delinquencies increased from 1.6% in 2012; and charge-offs were unchanged from previous month at 0.3%. Credit approvals totaled 78.3%, and 57% of participants reported submitting more transactions for approval during December. Read More

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ASTM Petroleum Committee recognizes Lyle Bowman.

January 31, 2014

ASTM International Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants and ASTM Committee on Standards have presented the Frank W. Reinhart Award to Lyle O. Bowman, a technical consultant based in San Rafael, CA. A member of ASTM for 34 years, Bowman was specifically cited for his outstanding contributions to terminology relating to petroleum products and lubricants. He was also instrumental in the development of D02’s terminology standard, ASTM D4175, which was first approved in 1983. Read More

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Members of Congress write EPA Administrator in support of RFS.

January 30, 2014

BIO thanks Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), Al Franken (D-Minn.), and John Thune (R-S.D.) and 27 additional Senators along with Reps. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.), Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) and 29 additional Congress members for letters protesting EPA’s 2014 proposed rule for Renewable Fuel Standard. According to Brent Erickson, EPA's proposal to reduce biofuel production and use could threaten development of advanced and cellulosic biofuels and put job creation at risk. Read More

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Annual BIO Conference to highlight biotech outlook.

January 30, 2014

BIO announced plenary sessions, Business Roundtables, and Therapeutic Workshops selected for 16th annual BIO CEO & Investor Conference. Scheduled for Feb 10–11, conference will feature biotech, pharma, and Wall Street leaders sharing their candid insights on what to expect in 2014 and beyond. Plenary Sessions will address upcoming year, using results of joint BIO/ISI published Buy-Side Perception Study, as well as dissect new capital market environment’s impact on fundraising. Read More

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NACD Opposes IST in joint industry letter to White House.

January 30, 2014

In their letter to President Obama and Interagency Working Group (IWG) on Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security, NACD and 12 other associations commended IWG for its work but took exception to portion of recent report regarding Inherently Safer Technologies (IST). "To attempt to overlay an IST requirement would negatively impact all of these various safety and security programs and create an impossible bureaucratic burden," stated the Associations. Read More

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ISPE confirms keynote speakers for ISPE Aseptic Conference.

January 30, 2014

Thomas Arista, Investigator/National Expert-Biotech, FDA/ORA/ORO/DDFI, and Richard Friedman, Associate Director, Office of Manufacturing & Product Quality, FDA/CDER/OMPQ have been confirmed as keynote speakers at ISPE’s 23rd Annual Conference on Barrier Isolation, RABS and Aseptic Processing Technology. Conference will also feature top aseptic processing experts from FDA, Merck, Merck Vaccines, Genentech, Novartis, BiogenIdec, AstraZeneca, Boehringer-Ingelheim, and Eisai. Read More

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Election Results Announced for 2014 RIA Board of Directors.

January 29, 2014

As announced during Robotics Industry Forum in Orlando, FL, 2014 RIA Board of Directors election results include Stu Shepherd as new chairperson. He is joined on RIA Executive Committee by Catherine Morris, Joe Gemma, Mike Jacobs, Curtis Richardson, and Jeff Burnstein. Brian Behm is joining for his first 2-year term, while John Bubnikovich, Mick Estes, and Kirk Goins have been re-elected to new 2-year terms. Additionally, there are 11 members who will remain with Board for 2014. Read More

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Election Results Announced for 2014 AIA Board of Directors.

January 29, 2014

As announced during AIA Business Conference in Orlando, FL, 2014 AIA Board of Directors election results included Components Express, Inc. Vice President Steve Mott as new chairperson. Board members elected to new 2-year terms include George Chamberlain of Pleora Technologies, Marc Marini of National Instruments, John Merva of Gardasoft Vision, and Steve Wardell of ATS Imaging. Additionally, 8 other 2014 AIA Board members and one retiree were announced. Read More

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January 2014 MCI-EFI shows highest confidence in 2 years.

January 29, 2014

Seeing improved general outlook for economic activity among industry leadership, January 2014 MCI-EFI reports highest confidence level in 2 years (64.9). Question related to next 4 months cover business conditions, demand for leases and loans to fund capex, access to capital to fund equipment acquisitions, and hiring. Other questions addressed current state of U.S. economy, U.S. economic conditions over next 6 months, and spending on business development activities during next 6 months. Read More

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Fur and Feathers keep animals warm by scattering light.

January 29, 2014

In work that has major implications for improving performance of building insulation, scientists at the University of Namur in Belgium and the University of Hassan I in Morocco have calculated that hairs that reflect IR light may contribute insulating power to exceptionally warm winter coats of polar bears and other animals. Paper titled "Radiative contribution to the thermal conductance in animal furs and other wooly insulators," was published in OSA's Optics Express open-access journal. Read More

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Foundation's General Assembly to be held in the Netherlands.

January 29, 2014

Scheduled for March 25-28, Fieldbus Foundation's 2014 General Assembly will be held in Rotterdam, The Netherlands and will be hosted by STC-Group, a leading provider of educational services to the shipping, transport, and process industries worldwide, and a partner in FOUNDATION Certified Training Program. General Assembly will offer overview of Fieldbus Foundation developments across the globe, as well as updates by leading fieldbus experts on the latest advancements in FOUNDATION technology. Read More

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BIO Applauds prescription change communication legislation.

January 29, 2014

BIO and Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association commend Washington State House and Senate for advancing legislation – HB 2326 and SB 6091 – designed to create pathway for substitution of interchangeable biologic medicines. Endorsed by broad coalition of biologic and biosimilar manufacturing companies, legislation represents significant step forward, ensures transparency and communication between patients and their treatment teams, and is consistent with BIO principles. Read More

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ASTM Committee honors Randy Stebbins.

January 29, 2014

ASTM Committee D27 on Electrical Insulating Liquids and Gases has honored Randy Stebbins, technical director at S.D. Myers Inc., with the Charles A. Johnson Award for his contributions to standards development. Prior to joining S.D. Myers, Stebbins held sales and marketing roles at Akzo Chemie America, Sun Environmental Corp, and Volz Environmental Services Inc. As technical director, he provides training in transformer and load tap changer testing and maintenance, among other responsibilities. Read More