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Equipment Leasing/Finance Industry Confidence is near 2-year high.

February 28, 2014

According to February 2014 Monthly Confidence Index for Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI), overall confidence in equipment finance market is 63.3. This marks second highest index in 2 years, second to previous month's 2-year high of 64.9. Report also covers future business conditions, demand for leases and loans to fund capital expenditures, access to capital to fund equipment acquisitions, employee hiring, and business development spending as well as opinions on U.S. economy. Read More

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Electronics Manufacturing Engineers will confer on standards.

February 28, 2014

Hosting 90+ standards development committee meetings, IPC APEX EXPO® (March 23–27, 2014 in Las Vegas) will advance standards relied upon by PCB manufacturing and assembly industries. Standards development meetings will advance industry specifications and guidelines in several areas. Electronics industry professionals with interest and technical expertise in key areas are encouraged to attend. Read More

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Researchers Use Light to measure blood clotting properties.

February 27, 2014

Published in OSA's open-access journal Biomedical Optics Express, "Assessing Blood Coagulation Status with Laser Speckle Rheology" describes optical device that, with few drops of blood and within few minutes, measures key coagulation parameters to provide caregivers with timely information about clotting properties of patient's blood. Senior author Seemantini Nadkarni defined team's goal as to provide lab test information but quickly and at patient's bedside. Read More

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Sally Ride Science® Co-Founder to deliver keynote at Summit.

February 27, 2014

AMT announced that Dr. Karen Flammer, Co-Founder and Senior Science Advisor, Sally Ride Science®, will deliver keynote address on Sept 10 during Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS 2014. Sally Ride Science® provides tools for college and career readiness that can build students' passion for STEM fields and careers. Focus of keynote will be the lasting impact that teachers and STEM professionals can have on students when they expand STEM topics beyond classroom and connect them to careers. Read More

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CAS and AstraZeneca agree to 5-year SciFinder® contract.

February 26, 2014

Chemical Abstracts Service announced 5-year agreement for SciFinder®, the choice for chemistry research, with AstraZeneca, a leading biopharmaceutical company specializing in the discovery, development, manufacturing, and marketing of prescription medicines. Long-term agreement guarantees AstraZeneca researchers access to the most accurate, comprehensive, and current research, and signifies the confidence customers have in CAS as a high-quality information partner. Read More

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IREC Joins Business, Industry Groups to close skills gap.

February 26, 2014

IREC joined 20 other national business organizations yesterday to share plans to ensure students/workers have necessary knowledge and skills to work in modern economy. Convened by ACT Foundation and Business Roundtable, National Network of Business and Industry Associations is coordinating cross-sector efforts to close skills gap. After noting how describing and quantifying gap is no longer enough, Business Roundtable president John Engler said, "It is time to get to work to close it for good." Read More

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FAA issues final rule to improve helicopter safety.

February 26, 2014

FAA issued final rule that requires helicopter operators, including air ambulances, to have stricter flight rules and procedures, improved communications and training, and additional on-board safety equipment. Within 60 days, all operators will be required to use enhanced procedures for flying in challenging weather, at night, and when landing in remote locations. Within 3 years, helicopter air ambulances must use latest on-board technology and equipment to avoid terrain and obstacles. Read More

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Winter Meeting highlights big data and conflict minerals.

February 26, 2014

In addition to the regular committee meetings, the 2014 Winter Meeting also featured presentations addressing 3 important current business issues: Benchmarking, Conflict Minerals, and Big Data. According to post-meeting evaluation, 100% of attendees said meeting met or exceeded their expectations. Although all attendees pursued full agendas in BSA committees, many rate the opportunity to meet and network with others in the industry as a top priority for attending. Read More