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NIST Issues RFI on cybersecurity Framework use, management.

January 8, 2016

NIST issued Request for information (RFI) on feedback regarding how its voluntary "Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity" is being used, how best practices for Framework use are being shared, and relative value of different parts of Framework. Additional comments on possible changes to Framework and its future management are also welcome. ANSI encourages all relevant stakeholders to respond by February 9, 2016. Read More

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Portable NIST Kit can recover traces of chemical evidence.

January 8, 2016

A chemist at NIST has developed a portable version of his method for recovering trace chemicals such as environmental pollutants and forensic evidence including secret graves and arson fire debris. If successfully commercialized by industry, briefcase-sized kit could enable detectives, field inspectors, and others to carry with them a convenient version of NIST’s "headspace analysis" technique, which identifies solid or liquid compounds based on the makeup of vapors released into nearby air. Read More

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Media's Top Science Stories of 2015 feature NIST.

January 8, 2016

Top science stories of 2015, as featured in news media lists, feature NIST. Instances include coverage by Chemical and Engineering News' Chemistry Year In Review of NIST's Willie E. May becoming U.S. government’s top chemist on May 4 upon Senate confirmation as 15th NIST director. Other coverage related to NIST's confirmation of "spooky action at a distance" and similar experiments as well as NIST and collaborators using nanoparticles and heat to attack cancer tumors. Read More

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ANSI Seminar to address American National Standard process.

January 8, 2016

On March 2, 2016, from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm EST, ANSI will host one-day seminar titled, The American Way: The American National Standard Development Process. Participants will learn why U.S. voluntary consensus standards are important, discover ANSI’s role in the U.S. standardization system, and get an overview of different types of accreditation. Course is intended for staff from standards developing organizations who administer the American National Standards process. Read More

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Revised ANSI Z136.6 Standard is now available.

January 8, 2016

After 10 years, 2015 revision of ANSI Z136.6 Safe Use of Lasers Outdoors is available. Revised document provides guidance for the safe use of potentially hazardous lasers and laser systems (180 nm to 1 mm), where the establishment of open beam paths is necessitated. Latest edition was created with the goal to update, clarify, and streamline an already established, recognized standard to better reflect today’s outdoor laser operator’s needs. Read More

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Facade Inspection Standards target terminology/symbols, drone use.

January 8, 2016

Published by ASTM International, E3036, Guide for Notating Façade Conditions in the Field, provides standard notation, syntax, and symbols for facade inspections. This guide, according to ASTM member Michael Petermann, will provide common way to use and understand symbols. Currently in development, Guide for Visual Inspection of Building Facades Using Drones (WK52572) aims to address need for camera-equipped drones to document facade conditions through video and still photography. Read More

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NREL and CSEM set solar cell conversion efficiency record.

January 8, 2016

Scientists at NREL and at Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM) jointly set new world record for converting non-concentrated (1-sun) sunlight into electricity using dual-junction III-V/Si solar cell. At 29.8%, newly certified efficiency was set using top cell of gallium indium phosphide, developed by NREL, and bottom cell of crystalline silicon, which was developed by CSEM using silicon heterojunction technology. Both cells were made separately and then stacked by NREL. Read More

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AIM names committee chairs for 2016.

January 8, 2016

George Wright, IV, Vice President – Consulting & Business Development at Product Identification & Processing Systems, Inc. will lead the Technical Symbology Committee. William Hoffman of the Automotive Industry Action Group will assume Chair position for AIM’s RFID Experts Group. Elizabeth Sinclair, Vertical Marketing Manager at Seagull Scientific will chair the Track & Trace Committee, and Michael Liard, independent AIDC/AutoID industry analyst and consultant will lead IoT Committee. Read More

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HI Supports Pump Industry as U.S. DOE issues 2 final rules.

January 8, 2016

Two final United States Department of Energy (DOE) rules – The Energy Conservation Standard and The Test Procedure for Commercial and Industrial Pumps  – were released by Hydraulic Institute (HI). These releases mark culmination of 5+ years of effort and negotiations between DOE and interested parties. HI is reviewing these final rules and will discuss rulings during HI Annual Conference, which will occur February 11–15, 2016 in Tucson, AZ. Read More

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EPA Assessment finds insecticides may be harmful to bees.

January 8, 2016

Delivering on President Obama’s National Pollinator Strategy, U.S. EPA announced a preliminary pollinator risk assessment for the neonicotinoid insecticide, imidacloprid, which shows a threat to some pollinators. EPA’s assessment, prepared in collaboration with California’s Department of Pesticide Regulation, indicates that imidacloprid potentially poses risk to hives when the pesticide comes in contact with certain crops that attract pollinators. Read More

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House Disappoints ASHRAE with language passed in H.R. 8.

January 8, 2016

While expressing disappointment with passage of North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2015 (H.R. 8) by U.S. House of Representatives, ASHRAE President David Underwood applauded Representative Peter Welch (D-VT-At Large) for seeking to amend H.R. 8's harmful building energy codes language with language from bipartisan H.R. 2177. He referred specifically to language that threatens to reduce understanding of potential full impacts of model building energy codes. Read More

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NREL Study shows renewable energy yielded sizable benefits.

January 8, 2016

Study by researchers from NREL and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory estimates that $2.2 billion in benefits came from reduced greenhouse gas emissions and $5.2 billion from reductions in other air pollution, in mid-range estimates, for state renewable portfolio standard (RPS) policies operating in 2013. RPS policies require utilities or other electricity providers to meet a minimum portion of their load with eligible forms of renewable electricity. Read More

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Photon Detection Material captures more bits with less jitter.

January 7, 2016

As described in "High-efficiency superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors fabricated from MoSi thin-films," which appears in Optics Express, NIST researchers used electron beam to pattern nanowires into thin film made of heat-tolerant ceramic superconductor (molybdenum silicide). Researchers demonstrated detector efficiencies of 87% at wavelengths useful in telecommunications. This is almost as efficient as tungsten-silicon devices (93%) but with lower jitter. Read More

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ASTM Standard supports greener chemicals in consumer products.

January 7, 2016

With E3027, Guide for Making Sustainability-Related Chemical Selection Decisions in the Life Cycle of Products, manufacturers and regulators can determine whether the most sustainable chemicals are being used for consumer products. Standard will encourage companies to use green chemicals while ensuring that products work properly and are economically viable. It also provides guidance on how to perform analysis of alternative chemicals that is a regulatory requirement in states like California. Read More

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The Optical Society to celebrate 100 years.

January 7, 2016

The Optical Society celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2016, marking a century of powering optics and photonics by inspiring the study and application of these technologies. Over the last century, the importance of optics and photonics is seen through advances in science, technology, medicine, and the quality of life. Throughout the Centennial, The Optical Society will honor the significance of these advancements and others while empowering next generation of optics and photonics leaders. Read More

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Paper Competition imagines A World without Standards.

January 7, 2016

ANSI, in conjunction with its Committee on Education is announcing its fifth annual student paper competition as part of its ongoing efforts to spread awareness among post-secondary students of the strategic significance of standards and conformance. Competition calls for submissions that exemplify the 2016 theme: A World without Standards. Submissions should demonstrate specific examples to highlight how the products, services, and systems that we all depend upon would be affected. Read More

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Standard supports high-tech management of facility assets.

January 7, 2016

ASTM International has published E3035, Classification for Facility Asset Component Tracking System to help identify and classify building systems, components, subcomponents, and their attributes, leading to more effective overall management of each asset in facility. Standard links functions, attributes, activities, and personnel throughout asset’s life cycle, from initial planning through construction, operations, maintenance, repair, modernization, and disposal. Read More

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Global Aerospace Summit 2016 to be held March 7-8.

January 7, 2016

Part of Abu Dhabi Aviation and Aerospace Week, Global Aerospace Summit is an exclusive forum that allows industry leaders to engage in forward-looking, strategic debate addressing key challenges facing their respective industries and potential solutions. This year's program will examine new ways of building aircraft, launching systems and satellites, innovative business strategies and financing, disruptive technologies, using new materials, and ground-breaking applications. Read More

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NASA Green Tech Research might save commercial airlines billions.

January 7, 2016

Green-related technologies, developed and refined by NASA aeronautics researchers during past 6 years, could help airlines realize up to $255 billion in operational savings between 2025 and 2050. Developed under purview of NASA's Environmentally Responsible Aviation (ERA) project, said technologies could cut airline fuel use in half, pollution by 75%, and noise to near 1/8 of current levels. Information will be discussed at American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Sci-Tech Conference. Read More

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NREL's Cybersecurity Initiative aims to wall off smart grid.

January 6, 2016

New initiative underway at NREL is intended to prevent hackers from gaining control of parts of the nation's power grid, potentially damaging electrical equipment, and causing localized power outages. Hired as director of the Cyber Physical Systems Security and Resilience Center, Erfan Ibrahim launched effort to build the Test Bed for Secure Distributed Grid Management, a hardware system that mimics communications, power systems, and cybersecurity layers for utility's power distribution system. Read More