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FAA establishes new Center of Excellence for general aviation.

October 2, 2012

The FAA has selected team of universities to lead new Air Transportation Center of Excellence for general aviation. Selected group is called the FAA Center of Excellence Partnership to Enhance General Aviation Safety, Accessibility and Sustainability (PEGASAS). Research and development efforts will cover broad spectrum of safety issues, including airport technology, propulsion and structures, airworthiness, flight safety, fire safety, human factors, system safety management, and weather. Read More

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Keynote Speakers Announced for 2012 NAWC Water Summit.

October 2, 2012

National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) announced that journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, co-authors of Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, Palin and McCain, and the Race of a Lifetime, will deliver opening keynote address at 2012 NAWC Water Summit on October 8 at 8:45 am EDT. After discussing politics, infrastructure investment's role in economic growth, and impact of elections on pertinent water industry topics, authors will engage in Q-and-A with summit participants. Read More

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Research Paper describes tool that enhances surgeon precision.

October 2, 2012

"Active Tremor Cancellation by a "Smart' Handheld Vitreoretinal Microsurgical Tool Using Swept Source Optical Coherence Tomography" was published in OSA's Optics Express. Paper describes SMART (Smart Micromanipulation Aided Robotic-surgical Tool) device, which combines Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) imaging technique as distance sensor with computer-controlled piezoelectric motors to actively stabilize surgical tool tip. This lets surgeons maneuver tool tip precisely and safely. Read More

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NTSB to offer training courses in October and November.

October 2, 2012

NTSB is offering courses in disaster response, post-accident communications, and accident investigation at its training center just outside Washington. Courses will include Transportation Disaster Response - Family Assistance; Transportation Disaster Response - Emergency Responders; Aircraft Accident Investigation Orientation; Managing Communications Following An Aircraft Accident or Incident; Cognitive Interviewing for Accident Investigators; and Investigating Human Fatigue Factors. Read More

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TITANIUM 2012 Panel to examine manufacturing techniques.

October 2, 2012

TITANIUM 2012 will include Aerospace Materials and Processes speaker panel, which will examine titanium manufacturing techniques and alloy selection, both of which are critical for aerospace applications. Titanium Metals Corp. will sponsor panel, which will be moderated by Dr. Yoji Kosaka, senior manager, U.S. research, at TIMET's Henderson Technical Laboratory. Speakers will include representatives from Boeing, Dassault Aviation of France, Rolls Royce, Honeywell Aerospace, and Northrop Grumman. Read More

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Funding for Community Colleges enhances manufacturing education.

October 2, 2012

Over $175 million in funding, announced by U.S. Department of Labor, will enable community colleges to grow and enhance their manufacturing education and training programs. Part of $500 million 2012 Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grants Program awards, this funding will enable students to earn skills needed to advance in manufacturing jobs as well as help schools build quality, relevant manufacturing programs. Read More

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NREL Scientists Produce Ethylene via photosynthesis.

October 2, 2012

NREL scientists demonstrated improved way to use photosynthesis to produce ethylene that could change how materials, chemicals, and transportation fuels are made and help clean the air. Published in Energy Environmental Science, research results were based on introduction of gene into cyanobacterium. Organism remained stable through at least 4 generations, producing 170 mg of ethylene per liter per day. Process does not release CO2 into atmosphere and actually recycles CO2. Read More

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FAA dedicates control tower for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton airport.

October 2, 2012

US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta dedicated $20.5 million airport traffic control tower at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport. The 118 ft tall tower gives controllers better airfield views and contains state-of-the-art equipment to support NextGen technologies. A 12,683 ft² base building houses Terminal Radar Approach Control, which provides radar service to flights within 57-mile radius of airport up to altitude of 10,000 ft. Read More

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IPC Releases PCB Industry Results for August 2012.

October 2, 2012

August 2012 findings from IPC's monthly North American PCB Statistical Program. For rigid PCBs and flexible circuits combined, industry shipments and bookings experienced 0% growth compared to August 2011. Year to date, combined industry shipments were down 4.6% and bookings were up 0.2%. Compared to previous month, combined industry shipments and bookings increased, respectively, 6.6% and 14.1%. Combined (rigid and flex) industry book-to-bill ratio decreased to parity at 1.00. Read More

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EPMA Announces Winners of 2012 PM thesis competition.

October 1, 2012

European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA) announced winners of 2012 Powder Metallurgy Thesis Competition. In the Doctorate category, Dr. Catalina Elena Jiménez won for her thesis on "Characterisation and modification of powders used to make Al-based metal foams." Masters winner was Bruno José Jordão Marques for "Stainless Steel as an alternative binder in WC based composites." Both winners were awarded their prizes at Opening Plenary session of Euro PM2012 Congress and Exhibition. Read More

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AMT stresses importance of national manufacturing strategy.

October 1, 2012

As part of its effort to solidify the renaissance in American manufacturing, AMT has issued second generation of The Manufacturing Mandate, which was introduced in 2009 as the recession was ending, and underscores importance of collaboration as central to implementation of a national strategy. Core principles include: incentivizing R/D and innovation; increasing global competitiveness; and building Smartforce that is equipped with knowledge and skills necessary for careers in manufacturing. Read More

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Papers, Course Proposals, Exhibitors sought for inaugural ESTC.

October 1, 2012

Produced by IPC, Electronic System Technologies Conference (ESTC) will take place May 20–23, with accompanying exhibition on May 21–22 in Las Vegas, and will include papers, panel discussions, professional development courses, and keynote speakers. Exhibition will bring together companies that supply to all levels of the systems technology supply chain in 24,000 ft², column-free exhibition hall. Deadline for abstract and proposal submission is November 5, 2012. Read More

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Aluminum Association releases 2012 edition of TP-1.

September 28, 2012

Known as TP-1, "Standard Test Procedure for Aluminum Alloy Grain Refiners," describes test procedures used to determine ability of grain refiners to reduce grain size during solidification of aluminum alloys under standardized conditions, and for examining structure of grain refiner for uniformity. It has been reissued after joint Task Group of Aluminum Association’s Master Alloys and Additives Division and Technical Committee on Product Standards completed round robin to evaluate procedure. Read More

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AEM Conference highlights strategies for business success.

September 28, 2012

Scheduled for November 7-9, AEM Annual Conference will help attendees strengthen their roles as difference makers by examining market challenges, economic trends, global pressures, and changes in political scene. Keynotes, presentations, panel discussions, and breakout sessions will focus on the "= difference" conference theme. Brad Meltzer, New York Times best-selling author, opens the conference and will explore how attendees can "attain your vision: tap the power to succeed." Read More

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EPA honors organizations for supporting Green Power.

September 28, 2012

EPA presented its 12th annual Green Power Leadership Awards to 24 Green Power Partners and 3 suppliers for achievements in advancing nation's renewable electricity market. Green power is electricity generated from resources such as solar, wind, geothermal, biogas, and low-impact hydro. From purchasing 100% green power to installing large-scale solar panel arrays, winners help demonstrate that green power makes sense not only for Americans' health and environment but for business' bottom lines. Read More

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OSA Journal covers optical technique that detects skin cancer.

September 28, 2012

Researchers from Medical University Vienna in Austria and Ludwig-Maximilians University in Germany developed advanced optics system that uses optical coherence tomography to non-invasively map out network of tiny blood vessels beneath outer layer of patients' skin, potentially revealing signs of cancer. Such high resolution 3-D images could one day help diagnose, monitor, and treat skin cancer and other skin conditions. Research was published in OSA's Biomedical Optics Express open-access journal. Read More

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Expanded Developer University returns to International CES.

September 27, 2012

As announced by Consumer Electronics Association (CEA®), Developer University will return at 2013 International CES®. Developer University event brings app developers together with different platform vendors to learn about available opportunities. Simultaneously, platform vendors gain opportunity to reach larger audience of developers. Owned and produced by CEA, 2013 International CES will be held January 8–11 in Las Vegas, NV. Developer University will take place January 10. Read More

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Guidance Document helps design pharma quality lab facilities.

September 27, 2012

ISPE Good Practice Guide: Quality Laboratory Facilities establishes baseline for design of pharmaceutical quality laboratories supporting GxP regulated facilities producing pharmaceutical products. Describing how to apply risk assessment to quality lab facility, document provides step-by-step process that guides reader through all phases of producing quality lab and all factors that must be considered at each phase. Applying included principles will facilitate effective communication. Read More

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EPA announces 12th annual Clean Air Excellence Awards.

September 27, 2012

EPA's 12th annual Clean Air Excellence Awards honor 11 projects and companies from across U.S. for their work on clean air initiatives. Awards recognize innovative programs that protect Americans' health and environment, educate public, serve communities, and stimulate economy. Projects range from providing better access to electric vehicles and charging stations to creating classroom toolkit promoting strategies to improve air quality, to developing real-time air monitoring notification system. Read More

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SAE Book examines automotive carbon fiber reinforcements.

September 27, 2012

Written by Jackie D. Rehkopf and published by SAE International, Automotive Carbon Fiber Composites: From Evolution to Implementation, begins with comprehensive overview of how composites started to be investigated as a possible alternative to metals, mostly driven by military demands. From there, book covers fiber and resin types for automotive applications, composite constructions, manufacturing processes, machining and joining, and reclaiming and recycling of these materials. Read More