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Fiber Optic Device delivers light to individual neurons.

December 3, 2012

Created by biologists and engineers at MIT in Cambridge, MA, fiber optic tool enables neuroscientists to deliver precise points of light to 3-D section of living brain tissue. Work is a step forward in a technique that uses gene therapy to turn individual brain cells on and off with light. Described in paper published in Optical Society’s journal Optics Letters, device might be used one day to create neural prostheses that could treat conditions such as Parkinson's disease and epilepsy. Read More

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Single-Day Event offers reliable construction project leads.

November 30, 2012

FEDCon® – The Annual Market Outlook on Federal Construction will take place January 9, 2013 at in Washington, D.C. and provide attendees with authoritative, up-to-date information on future federal construction projects. Officials from federal agencies will present construction budgets for current and future years, discuss types of buildings to be designed, offer regional and international construction information, as well as detail direction of their design/construction programs. Read More

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Biofuel Organizations thank Senators for amendment.

November 30, 2012

Coalition of organizations representing farmers who grow energy crops, advanced biofuels industry which converts these feedstocks into drop-in fuels, customers who procure fuels, and national security organizations thanked Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) and other co-sponsors for introducing amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013. Adopting advanced "drop-in" biofuels will help Department of Defense and the nation achieve broader national security objectives. Read More

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BIO Says NCCR Report unfairly ignores costs of imported oil.

November 30, 2012

BIO's Brent Erickson called Renewable Fuel Standard report released by National Council of Chain Restaurants (NCCR) an "attack on America’s renewable energy policy" that blames biofuel for increased food costs while ignoring economic impact of imported oil. Erickson cited documented correlation between oil prices and inflation (including food prices) by U.S. Energy Information Administration as well as "exhaustive analysis" by EPA that encompassed 500 scenarios. Read More

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NTSB holds conference on GIS mapping technology.

November 30, 2012

On Dec 4-5, NTSB will hold conference to explore use of Geographic Information Systems in analyzing and preventing transportation accidents. GIS technologies and analytical techniques use geographically referenced data to support complex data integration, advanced statistical analysis, precise investigation, and effective visualization of data. During meeting, researchers and practitioners will discuss how GIS data, technologies, and techniques are applied to improve safety in transportation. Read More

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NTSB Recommendations address air cargo fires.

November 30, 2012

NTSB has issued 3 recommendations to reduce impact of in-flight fires aboard cargo airplanes, saying current fire protection regulations are inadequate. Recommendations urge Federal Aviation Administration to require active fire suppression systems in all cargo containers or compartments of cargo aircraft. They also recommend improving early detection of fires within cargo containers and pallets and urge that cargo containers provide better fire resistance. Read More

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Motion Control Shipments are up 2.3% for first 9 months of 2012.

November 30, 2012

According to statistics released by Motion Control Association (MCA), motion control product shipments are up 2.3% for first 9 months of 2012 compared to same period in 2011. MCA President Jedd Burnstein called the figure "encouraging," citing weakening global manufacturing and the fiscal cliff threat. MCA Director of Market Analysis Alex Shikany pointed out that strongest growth in shipments for first 9 months of 2012 was seen in sensors and feedback devices at 22.5% and AC Motors at 21.2%. Read More

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NEMA welcomes House vote on U.S.-Russia trade.

November 30, 2012

NEMA congratulated strong bipartisan vote by House of Representatives to approve legislation to grant permanent normal trade relations status to Russia and provide access for U.S. businesses to the benefits of the entry of world's ninth largest economy into rules-based international trading system. Russian Federation formally joined the World Trade Organization on August 22, 2012, after many years of negotiations with the U.S. and other major trading partners. Read More

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NIST Guide helps manage risk in federal ICT supply chain.

November 29, 2012

NIST published final version of Notional Supply Chain Risk Management Practices for federal information systems. Guide offers supply chain assurance methods to help federal agencies manage risks associated with purchasing and implementing information and communications technologies (ICT) products and services. Publication calls for procurement organizations to establish team approach to assess ICT supply chain risk and to manage risk by using technical and programmatic mitigation techniques. Read More

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BIO Conference to highlight drivers of biotech momentum.

November 29, 2012

Scheduled for Feb 11-12 in New York, 15th annual BIO CEO and Investor Conference will feature issue-oriented plenary sessions, educational sessions focused on timely therapeutic areas and key business issues, company presentations, one-on-one meetings, and networking opportunities. Conference focuses on public market biotech companies, which are having a banner year, substantially outperforming broader market indices. Nasdaq Biotech Index is up 27% year-to-date, beating S&P 500 by factor of 3. Read More

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Study Finds EPA Regulations will harm economic growth.

November 29, 2012

As released by NAM, A Critical Review of the Benefits and Costs of EPA Regulations on the U.S. Economy finds 6 major Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations will cost manufacturers hundreds of billions of dollars and cause loss of several million jobs. Study also finds those regulations will produce negative net benefits to society. NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons said "layer upon layer of regulations...weighing down manufacturers will produce "A devastating ripple effect." Read More

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IPC names Phil Carmichael as President of IPC China.

November 29, 2012

Appointed President of IPC China, Philip S. Carmichael is an experienced business professional who has served in five Fortune 500 companies since 1983, building successful, sustainable businesses in China, Japan, and across the Asia-Pacific region. Living in the Asia region for more than 30 years, he has strong cross-cultural leadership skills, strong knowledge of business-to-business markets in Asia, and strong business relationships throughout the region. Read More

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Construction Industry honors JILA's X-Wing with 2 awards.

November 29, 2012

JILA's X-Wing addition received 2 construction industry awards – best project in higher education/research and special judges' recognition – from trade magazine Engineering News-Record. Joint institute of NIST and University of Colorado Boulder, JILA is located on university campus. Its 6-story X-Wing adds ~50,000 ft² of laboratory, office, and collaboration space, which will enhance capacity to train new generations of scientists and innovators. Read More

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NIST Releases Annual Report on federal technology transfer.

November 29, 2012

NIST released annual report detailing efforts to transfer results of public investment in research to meet marketplace and other needs. Most recent report tallies thousands of patents, cooperative agreements, licenses, and other pathways. In 2010, 11 federal laboratories included in report had 18,000+ active collaborative relationships with private entities and other government agencies, disclosed more than 4,700+ inventions, submitted 1,830 patent applications, and received 1,143 patents. Read More

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Grant awarded to train 426 Minnesota workers at MDI.

November 29, 2012

Minnesota Job Skills Partnership awarded Itasca Community College and AdvancED a $260,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. Grant is for the development and delivery of a Commitment to Quality training program for Minnesota Diversified Industries. In addition to award from MJSP, MDI is contributing $750,000 toward training program, along with monies also contributed by ICC. In total, Grant is worth over one million dollars. Read More

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EPA and NIH announce air pollution sensor challenge finalists.

November 29, 2012

Four individuals and teams have been selected for final phase of the My Air, My Health Challenge, which was created to encourage development of portable devices that gather and integrate health and air quality data to help protect people's health and make environmental information more accessible. Individuals and teams submitted designs for sensors that can be worn or carried and take into account link between airborne pollutants and health measurements, such as heart rate and breathing. Read More

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PTDA Business Index for 3Q 2012 shows slower continued growth.

November 29, 2012

Reading of 50.3 produced by 3Q12 PTDA Business Index represents deceleration from 2Q12 reading of 54.2, indicating power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) industry expanded for tenth consecutive quarter at slower pace compared with 2Q12. Distributors and manufacturers reported decelerated sales growth compared to last quarter. On average, sales rose 5% in 3Q12, down from 7% growth in 2Q12. With average forecast of 6%, PTDA members expect 2013 to be another year of growth. Read More

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CSA Group acquires Orb Optronix.

November 29, 2012

CSA Group has acquired Orb Optronix, a privately held company located in Kirkland, Washington, that specializes in the characterization, measurement, and testing of discrete LEDs, LED arrays, LED light engines, LED replacement lamps, and LED luminaires. Acquisition of Orb Optronix provides CSA Group with state-of-the-art LED and lighting metrology testing capabilities, accelerating and enhancing its Solid State Lighting testing capabilities globally. Read More

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EPA launches septic system maintenance awareness program.

November 29, 2012

EPA launched SepticSmart program encouraging homeowners to take steps to maintain their home septic systems, preventing expensive repairs and pollution to local waterways. National program aims to educate homeowners about proper daily system use and need for periodic maintenance. Suggesting inspections every 3 yr and other tips, it also provides industry practitioners, local governments, and community organizations with tools and materials to educate clients and residents. Read More

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EPA keeps renewable fuels levels in place.

November 29, 2012

EPA announced that it has not found evidence to support a finding of severe "economic harm" that would warrant granting a waiver of the Renewable Fuels Standard. Economic analyses of impacts in the agricultural sector, conducted with USDA, showed that on average waiving the mandate would only reduce corn prices by approximately 1%. Economic analyses of impacts in the energy sector, conducted with DOE, showed that waiving the mandate would not impact household energy costs. Read More