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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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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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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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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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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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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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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