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Novel Enzyme may prove beneficial to biofuels industry.

June 18, 2013

Researchers from the U.K., NREL, and the University of Kentucky have published a paper describing novel cellulose-degrading enzyme from a marine wood borer Limnoria quadripunctata, commonly known as the gribble. Gribbles exhibit a relatively unique ability to produce their own enzymes instead of using symbiotic microbes to break down the biomass they eat. New biomass-degrading enzymes from novel sources such as the gribble may prove beneficial to biofuels industry. Read More

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OR Engineering Student recognized as one of most promising.

June 17, 2013

Manufacturing and engineering student at Oregon State University, Alexandria Moseley, has been recognized as one of 15 most promising college engineering students from USA and world by National Engineers Week via its New Faces of Engineering College Edition. Moseley has been supported with scholarship funding by SME Education Foundation, which nominated her. Alexandria is focused on her new career saying that her studies further her awareness of how much society depends on this work. Read More

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BIO addresses Supreme Court review of isolated DNA patents.

June 17, 2013

Jim Greenwood, President and CEO of BIO, issued statement on U.S. Supreme Court's decision regarding Myriad Genetics' patent claims on isolated DNA molecules, which summarily ruled that so-called cDNA remains eligible for patenting. Decision offers urgently needed certainty for research-driven companies that rely on cDNA patents for investment in innovation, but also represents troubling departure from decades of judicial and PTO precedent supporting patentability of DNA molecules. Read More

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EPMA launches new website.

June 17, 2013

After over 6 months of development, EPMA launched a new website which went live on June 10. Newly designed website will be underpinned by Joomla! system, enabling content and services to be added more freely than previous version. Website has carried over a great deal of existing content from previous version, and a range of new services for Members and Non-Members is under development along with a rolling program of updating Powder Metallurgy Case Studies through Spotlight in PM program. Read More

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AIA Seeks Policy Reversal upon release of DOD report.

June 17, 2013

Calling upon Congress and President Obama to use upcoming budget cycle to reverse sequestration budget cuts, AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey cited "two huge waves" threatening the industrial base. First wave identified by Blakey was $37 billion dollar sequester "which falls heaviest against investment accounts," and second wave pertained to potential strikes "if current law holds and the fiscal year 2014 budget is hit by an even larger sequestration amount of $55 billion." Read More

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CAS and Thieme expand access to chemical reaction information.

June 17, 2013

Chemical Abstracts Service and Thieme Publishing Group, a leading publisher of scientific and medical journals and books, have announced that hundreds of thousands of experimental procedures for chemical reactions from two prestigious Thieme organic chemistry journals will soon be available. Experimental procedures from Thieme journals SYNLETT and SYNTHESIS from 1967 to present are being added to CAS databases for delivery in SciFinder®, the choice for chemistry research™. Read More

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FAA asks fuel producers to submit proposals for fuel options.

June 17, 2013

FAA has asked world's fuel producers to submit proposals for fuel options that would help general aviation industry make transition to unleaded fuel. FAA is committed to development of a new unleaded fuel by 2018 that would minimize impact of replacing 100 octane low-lead fuel. FAA will assess viability of candidate fuels in terms of impact on existing fleet, production and distribution infrastructure, impact on environment, toxicology, and economic considerations. Read More

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ISPE Issues Survey on clinical trial materials experience.

June 14, 2013

Currently being conducted by ISPE, global survey on patient experiences is designed to obtain feedback on such areas as suitability of clinical trial packaging, label information and design, interacting with clinical trial technologies, and transportation/storage. According to ISPE President and CEO Nancy S. Berg, "This study is designed to gather information that will help the pharmaceutical industry begin to close the information gap and ensure our patients receive quality products." Read More

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Green Seal(TM) answers questions regarding GS-51 Standard.

June 14, 2013

Some institutional purchasers have contacted Green Seal regarding its recently published GS-51 "Standard for Laundry Care Products for Industrial and Institutional Use." GS-51 certification applies to prewash products, detergents, spot/stain removers, bleaches, and antimicrobial pesticide products. It does not apply to household laundry care products. Each product that earns GS-51 certification must deliver satisfactory performance and meet comparable benchmarks for that product category. Read More

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NREL Cooperative to make jet fuel from switchgrass.

June 14, 2013

As one of 4 biorefinery projects funded recently by Energy Department, NREL is partnering with Cobalt Technologies, U.S. Navy, and Show Me Energy Cooperative to demonstrate that jet fuel can be made economically and in large quantities from renewable biomass feedstock such as switchgrass. Results will help determine whether process is ready for commercial scale. If so, U.S. Department of Agriculture and Department of Defense are poised to help private firms build requisite biorefineries. Read More

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ATA opens registration for annual Management Conference.

June 14, 2013

Scheduled for Oct 19-22, ATA's annual Management Conference and Exhibition will begin with golf tournament to benefit ATA Insurance Task Force. First full day features "All Eyes on the Economy" luncheon and general session and opening of ATA Exhibit Hall, where attendees can review advances in truck safety, sustainability, and productivity. Day two leads off with Gov. Graves' annual "State of the Industry" address followed by presentation by Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and satirist Dave Barr. Read More

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HDI announces award winners at HDI 2013 Conference & Expo.

June 14, 2013

HDI announced successful wrap-up of the 23rd HDI Annual Conference & Expo, which targeted the technical service and support industry and attracted more than 2,300 attendees from all over the world. HDI's award lineup included HDI Analyst of the Year and Manager of the Year Awards; HDI Team Excellence Awards; and HDI Desktop Support Technician of the Year Award. HDI also presented the Ron Muns Lifetime Achievement Award and, new this year, the Rock of Our Foundation Award. Read More

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BIO World Congress to focus on investment in Clean Tech.

June 14, 2013

Scheduled for June 16-19, BIO's 10th Annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology will host Clean Tech Investor Sessions featuring innovative industrial biotechnology companies selected to present their technology development and business models to elite audience of investors and analysts. Presenting companies will cover advanced biofuels, renewable chemical platforms, and biomass conversion technologies to cheap and sustainable sugar sourcing. Read More

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Major Revisions Made to Resin Identification Code standard.

June 14, 2013

Enhancements have been approved for ASTM D7611, Standard Practice for Coding Plastic Manufactured Articles for Resin Identification, which was first issued in 2010 and covers Resin Identification Code (RIC) system. Revisions modernize RIC system, promoting effective utilization across stakeholder community while addressing recent innovations in polymer applications and multi-layer materials. Codes are provided for 6 most common resin types, with seventh category for all other types. Read More

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ASTM Standard provides identification methods for phthalates.

June 13, 2013

Section 108 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 prohibits certain products from containing 6 specified phthalates. ASTM D7823, Test Method for Determination of Low Level, Regulated Phthalates in Poly (Vinyl Chloride) Plastics by Thermal Desorption — Gas Chromatography/Mass Chromatography, provides a method for the identification and qualification of these phthalates and will be used by analytical laboratories, regulatory bodies, and manufacturers. Read More

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AMT Comments on successful test/demonstration of MTConnect.

June 13, 2013

MTConnect®, open-source standard for collecting and communicating real-time information from manufacturing processes and factory floor equipment, has been successfully demonstrated and tested by manufacturing researchers at NIST. AMT President Douglas Woods called this "a giant step forward in resolving manufacturing interoperability issues." Woods also stressed imperative nature of seamless communications amongst disparate pieces of manufacturing technology equipment and devices. Read More

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NREL highlights 2012 utility green power leaders.

June 12, 2013

NREL released its assessment of leading utility green power programs. Under these voluntary programs, residential/commercial consumers can support additional electricity production from renewable resources, such as wind and solar. Ranked by renewable energy sales, Portland General Electric overtook Austin Energy in 2012, selling largest amount of renewable energy in nation. Green power sales of top 10 utility programs by sales exceeded 4.2 million MWh in 2012, up from 3.9 million MWh in 2010. Read More

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Proposed Concrete Standard characterizes drying behavior.

June 12, 2013

Developed by Subcommittee C09.66 on Concrete’s Resistance to Fluid Penetration, part of Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates, ASTM WK37029 will be used by ready-mix concrete producers to characterize drying behavior of new and existing concrete mixture proportions. Purpose of standard is to provide information on mass loss versus time (drying) behavior of initially saturated concrete specimen exposed to 1-dimensional drying in controlled temperature and relative humidity environment. Read More

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Manufacturing Technology Orders level off for April.

June 12, 2013

According to data reported by companies participating in USMTO program, April U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders totaled $372.50 million, which was down 26.6% from March and down 12.6% when compared with $426.44 million reported for April 2012. With year-to-date total of $1,650.91 million, 2013 is down 7.0% compared with 2012. Likewise, Purchasing Manager’s Index dropped below 50 – indicating contraction within manufacturing – but hiring continued to expand throughout the industry. Read More

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BIO Applauds Senate Passage of 2013 Farm Bill.

June 12, 2013

BIO thanked Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Thad Cochran (R-MS) and applauded Senate for including mandatory funding for Energy Title programs and eligibility for renewable chemicals in Farm Bill reauthorization legislation. In comment, BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood said reauthorization of Farm Bill energy programs and mandatory funding for energy title will help U.S. industrial biotech companies innovate and develop new products. Read More