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NIST Reports outline smart grid R&D opportunities.

April 8, 2013

Nation's aging power grid is rapidly evolving into a modern, "smart" energy distribution network, and with these changes comes a host of challenges for research and development community, as outlined in two reports issued by NIST. Both reports—Technology, Measurement, and Standards Challenges for the Smart Grid and its companion, Strategic R&D Opportunities for the Smart Grid—focus on the most important technical issues that confront smart grid development. Read More

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NIST Optimizes Camera Performance at South Pole Telescope.

April 8, 2013

At South Pole Telescope, NIST Boulder researcher Johannes (Hannes) Hubmayr spent several weeks optimizing performance of NIST camera delivered in 2011. Said camera measures signals generated fractions of a second after Big Bang, helping scientists learn about conditions and evolution of early universe. Hubmayr's tasks included snowmobiling across Antarctic tundra to set up equipment and climbing on top of telescope to sweep snow away from dish. Read More

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MITA Standard helps manage radiation doses of CT equipment.

April 8, 2013

NEMA's Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance has published XR 29 Standard Attributes on Computed Tomography Equipment Related to Dose Optimization and Management. XR 29, also known as MITA Smart Dose, includes 4 key features of CT equipment that enable optimization or management of radiation dose delivery while also providing high quality medical images. They include: DICOM Radiation Dose Structured Report, CT Dose Check, Automatic Exposure Controls, and pediatric and adult reference protocols. Read More

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Nonresidential Construction Spending up 0.7% in February.

April 8, 2013

According to April 1 construction spending report by U.S. Commerce Department, nation’s nonresidential construction spending rose 0.7% in February. Total nonresidential construction spending stands at $575.6 billion, and is up 2.6% from 1 year ago. In February, private nonresidential construction spending rose 0.4% on monthly basis and 6.1% on year-over-year basis, while public nonresidential construction spending expanded 1.1% on monthly basis, but was still 1.2% lower from same time last year. Read More

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Vessel General Permit has been finialized by U.S. EPA.

April 8, 2013

EPA issued final vessel general permit, regulating discharges (including ballast water) from commercial vessels, in order to help protect nation's waters from ship-borne pollutants and reduce invasive species in U.S. waters. Final vessel general permit covers commercial vessels greater than 79 ft in length, excluding military and recreational vessels; regulates 27 specific discharge categories; improves permit process efficiency; and clarifies discharge requirements. Read More

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SPE Antec 2013 will feature 3 New Technology Forums.

April 8, 2013

ANTEC® 2013 plastics technical conference will take place April 22–24, 2013 in Cincinnati, OH and feature one New Technology Forum each day. In chronological order, New Technology Forums include Managing Innovation, with 4 presentations; Smart Polymers, with 5 presentations; and Polymer Applications in Health, with 6 presentations. ANTEC conference consists of original, peer-reviewed presentations on various topics relevant to global plastics industry. Read More

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ATA eNewsletter focuses on business issues in trucking.

April 8, 2013

ATA's new quarterly newsletter, ATA Business of Trucking, will feature critical information from industry leaders on the most pressing issues in trucking. In first publication, readers can explore issues surrounding transitioning trucking from diesel to natural gas with insight from Kenneth W. Vieth, senior partner and general manager with ACT Research Co., LLC; Doug Thomson, VP, government relations and marketing with EcoDual LLC; and Matt Most, VP, commercial, with Encana Natural Gas Inc. Read More

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Bio-Diesel Fuel Company Owner sentenced for illegal scheme.

April 8, 2013

Following his guilty plea in December 2012 to 51 counts of wire fraud, 24 counts of money laundering, and 4 counts of making false statements in violation of Clean Air Act, Jeffrey David Gunselman was sentenced to 188 months in federal prison, fined $175,000, and ordered to pay more than $54.9 million in restitution. EPA's Cynthia Giles commented that "this sentence is the second significant penalty against an alleged bio-diesel producer who in fact produced no fuel at all." Read More

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April Program focuses on implications of Big Data.

April 8, 2013

Data generated at planning, control, and execution points has expanded in breadth, depth, accuracy, and precision. Result is Big Data, which threatens to overload conventional management tools and capabilities. Phenomenon also impacts today’s supply chain professional as it requires new skill set in workplace – those of a "knowledge worker". Scheduled for April 18, joint meeting of ISM-7 Counties, CSCMP NYCONN Roundtable and APICS Tappan Zee will help participants understand these issues. Read More

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Economic Outlook predicts equipment, software investment growth.

April 5, 2013

According to Q2 update to 2013 Equipment Leasing and Finance U.S. Economic Outlook, investment in equipment and software is expected to grow 5.6% in 2013. Q2 report predicts growth in first half of year will be limited by relatively weak demand and fiscal policy uncertainty. By second half of 2013, investment activity is expected to accelerate due to improving housing sector, resurgence of U.S. manufacturing, energy renaissance, and relief from policy uncertainty. Read More

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Scientists Use Cloud of Atoms as optical memory device.

April 5, 2013

Scientists at Joint Quantum Institute of NIST and University of Maryland demonstrated possibility of storing visual images within thin vapor of rubidium atoms, which may help in creating memory for quantum computers. Spatially addressable readout and erasure of an image in a gradient echo memory, which appeared in New Journal of Physics, builds on approach developed at Australian National University, where scientists showed rubidium vapor could be manipulated using magnetic fields and lasers. Read More

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Legislation Will Notify Patients/Doctors of prescription changes.

April 5, 2013

BIO and BioFlorida commend passage of Senate Bill 732 by Florida Senate Committee on Health Policy. If signed into law, this legislation will ensure doctors are made aware that biosimilar medicines were substituted for interchangeable biologic medicines by pharmacist. This bill also seeks to ensure records of biosimilar substitution are kept for reasonable amount of time. Policies outlined in Senate Bill 732 align with all 5 of BIO's biologic substitution principles. Read More

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Experts propose research for making concrete Greener.

April 5, 2013

According to NIST report, potential engineering performance, energy efficiency, and environmental benefits make Greener concrete a challenge worth tackling. Some consensus high-priority research topics identified by experts include: developing tools and metrics for quantifying advantages/disadvantages of using different materials in concrete; developing computer models that can predict performance of green concrete mixtures; and improving test methods for characterizing portland cement substitutes. Read More

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IPC issues call for participation for 2014 IPC APEX EXPO.

April 5, 2013

IPC invites researchers, academics, technical experts, and industry leaders to submit abstracts for 2014 IPC APEX EXPO® at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Convention Center in Las Vegas. Technical conference will be held March 25-27, 2014, and professional development courses will be held March 23, 24 and 27, 2014. Expert presentations are being sought on design, materials, assembly, processes, and equipment in variety of areas. Read More

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Machine Vision Technology Webinar looks at inspection, metrology.

April 5, 2013

David Dechow of Aptura Machine Vision Solutions will present Machine Vision Technology in High Precision Online Inspection and Metrology webinar from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm EDT on April 17, 2013. Attendees will learn about technology and techniques used to successfully implement machine vision for high-precision measurement and inspection in online industrial applications. In addition to identifying critical imaging, lighting, and optical components, webinar will address integration issues. Read More

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Mercury, Air Toxics Standards are updated for new power plants.

April 5, 2013

Based on information and analysis that became available after rule was finalized, U.S. EPA issued updates to pollution limits for new power plants under mercury and air toxics standards. Updates are largely technical and will have no impact on sensible and cost-effective standards already set for existing power plants. Also, public health benefits and costs of rule remain unchanged. Updates ensure emissions limits are achievable and pollution levels can be measured continuously. Read More

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Proposed Cleaner Fuels/Cars Standard will reduce air pollution.

April 5, 2013

Based on input from auto manufactures, refiners, and states, U.S. EPA standards for cars and gasoline will reduce harmful pollution while also enabling efficiency improvements in cars and trucks. Measures include reducing smog-forming VOCs and nitrogen oxides by 80%, establishing 70% tighter particulate matter standard, and reducing fuel vapor emissions to near zero. Proposal will also reduce vehicle emissions of toxic air pollutants, such as benzene and 1.3-butadiene, by up to 40%. Read More

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AAMA releases courses on fenestration components.

April 5, 2013

AAMA recently released education courses on hardware, weatherstrip, and weatherseals, as well as sealants and adhesives used during factory fabrication, as part of association’s FenestrationMasters® program. Group 1 courses cover product types and design considerations; window, door, and skylight performance standards; proper glass selection; and specialty performance considerations, while Group 2 courses cover profile performance and material considerations, as well as coatings and finishes. Read More

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Comments Sought on OH&S management system requirements standard.

April 4, 2013

British Standards Institution (BSI), UK's member body to ISO, submitted proposal for new international standard that would specify requirements for occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system. As U.S. member body to ISO, ANSI invites interested stakeholders to submit comments on said proposal by April 26, 2013. Standard would set down list of requirements for OH&S system to provide organizations with increased control over related risks. Read More

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EPA to Focus on Flame Retardants in chemical risk assessments.

April 4, 2013

EPA will begin assessments on 23 commonly used chemicals, with specific focus on flame retardant chemicals, to more fully understand potential risks to people's health and environment. As EPA develops draft risk assessments, agency will use information available through range of publicly available data sources. EPA also encourages submission of additional relevant information, such as unpublished studies and information on uses/potential exposures, so that they may be included in review. Read More