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ASTM aims to enhance safety for general aviation aircraft.

December 12, 2012

ASTM announces formation of Committee F44 on General Aviation Aircraft, bringing together global stakeholders to work on a standards roadmap that will help transform the way smaller aircraft are manufactured and certified around the world. Formed in support of FAA's Part 23 ARC, Committee F44 will develop standards that address complexity and performance of general aviation aircraft, including design and construction, systems and performance, quality acceptance tests, and safety monitoring. Read More

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ASTM requests abstracts for fatigue and fracture symposium.

December 12, 2012

Abstracts are invited for Thirteenth International ASTM/ESIS Symposium on Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics, sponsored by ASTM International Committee E08 on Fatigue and Fracture and European Structural Integrity Society. Areas of particular interest include: residual stress effects on fatigue and fracture models and experiments; probabilistic methods for fatigue and fracture prediction; verification and validation of fatigue and fracture models;  and improvements in predicting usable fatigue life. Read More

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NREL teams with Berkeley Lab to analyze solar pricing trends.

December 11, 2012

According to report titled, "Photovoltaic Pricing Trends: Historical, Recent, and Near-Term Projections," system prices in U.S. have been falling rapidly during past decade, and are likely to continue downward trend through 2012 and into 2013. Second report, "Benchmarking Non-Hardware Balance of System Costs for U.S. Photovoltaic Systems Using a Data-Driven Analysis from PV Installer Survey Results," shows total soft costs constituted 40-50% of residential and commercial PV prices in 2010. Read More

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Coalition sends letter to Senate urging support of two bills.

December 10, 2012

Coalition for Derivatives End-Users sent letter to every U.S. Senator asking that they support two common sense, bipartisan pieces of legislation. S. 3480/H.R. 2682 would exempt nonfinancial end-users — who did not contribute to the financial crisis — from onerous, costly, and unnecessary margin requirements. H.R. 2779 would exempt purely internal, inter-affiliate derivatives trades from clearing and other requirements more appropriately applied to street-facing, speculative swaps. Read More

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ASTM Pipe Committee approves practice for precast box sections.

December 10, 2012

ASTM C1675, Practice for Installation of Precast Reinforced Concrete Monolithic Box Sections for Culverts, Storm Drains and Sewers, covers initial excavation procedures, foundation specifications, construction of a leveling course, placement and joining of box sections, and proper use of sidefill and overfill around structure. Other sections of standard describe sheathing removal and trench shield advancement, precast concrete appurtenances, and adequate protection from construction loads. Read More

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EPA Awards Grants to students developing sustainable technology.

December 10, 2012

U.S. EPA awarded grants to 45 college teams in phase I of its People, Prosperity, and the Planet (P3) annual student design competition. Each grant, totaling up to $15,000 per team for overall amount of $675,000, is applied to designing and developing sustainable technologies to help protect people’s health and environment while promoting economic development. According to EPA's Lek Kadeli, P3 grants encourage development of innovative technologies to combat environmental issues. Read More

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Nonresidential Construction Spending rises 0.5% in October.

December 10, 2012

According to December 3 report by U.S. Census Bureau, nonresidential construction industry in USA experienced modest gain in October as spending increased to $571.3 billion. Total nonresidential construction spending, which includes private and public projects, is up 5.1% compared to one year ago. Encompassing nonresidential and residential spending, total construction spending was up 1.4% for month and 9.6% from 2011. Also, 11 of 16 nonresidential construction subsectors posted increases. Read More

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NASA, GA-ASI Agreement expands unmanned aircraft capabilities.

December 10, 2012

NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) partnered to allow development and flight testing of command and control satellite link capabilities on Predator B unmanned aircraft system. Parties will upgrade command and control system of NASA's MQ-9 Predator B (Ikhana) to enable aircraft operations in more remote geographical regions. Subsequent activity will let NASA and GA-ASI reach mutual goal of demonstrating advanced capability. Read More

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PTDA Spring Leaders Conference builds skills of all levels.

December 10, 2012

Scheduled for March 21-23, 2013, PTDA Spring Leaders Conference will include committee meetings for PTDA volunteers and elected directors, General Education Session for all PTDA members, and Leadership Development Conference designed to prepare up-and-coming leaders. General Educational Session will feature interactive program titled "Building Profitable Partnerships Between Distributors and Manufacturers Through Understanding," by Kevin Boyle, President, Industrial Distribution Consulting, LLC. Read More

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Camera produces hyperspectral images of Earth's auroras.

December 7, 2012

To expand understanding of auroras and other fleeting atmospheric events, team of space-weather researchers designed and built NORUSCA II, a camera that can simultaneously image multiple spectral bands, in essence different wavelengths or colors, of light. Camera was tested at Kjell Henriksen Observatory in Svalbard, Norway, where it produced first-ever hyperspectral images of auroras. Details on camera and results from first images were published in OSA's open-access journal Optics Express. Read More

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Fiber Optic Tool controls microscopic particles.

December 7, 2012

Harnessing laser light’s ability to gently push and pull microscopic particles, researchers have created fiber-optic equivalent of world’s smallest wrench. Virtual tool can precisely twist and turn tiniest of particles, from living cells and DNA to microscopic motors and dynamos used in biological and physical research. Developed by physicists at The University of Texas at Arlington, fiber optic spanner is described in paper published in Optical Society's journal Optics Letters. Read More

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International CES to offer programming specific to start-ups.

December 7, 2012

CEA® announced program with Startup America Partnership, national network of communities dedicated to advancing success of American start-ups, for 2013 International CES®. This partnership will bring programming for entrepreneurs and start-ups to 2013 International CES (January 8–11) in Las Vegas, NV. CEA president and CEO Gary Shapiro said partnering with Startup America will bring programming that highlights young start-ups and entrepreneurs destined to shape future of technology. Read More

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Calera High School secures PRIME funding.

December 7, 2012

STEM pre-engineering program designed by Instructor, Brian Copes, has secured Calera High School of Calera, AL exemplary school status and funding from SME Education Foundation through its PRIME program, a community-based approach to manufacturing education. In addition to funds totaling $35,000 for 3 years, PRIME designation comes with 3-year commitment by SME Education Foundation to help create partnerships with local manufacturing base to provide job shadows, mentoring, and internships. Read More

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BETEC Symposium will focus on fenestration developments.

December 7, 2012

With its theme of Fenestration: A World of Change, Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC) Symposium will take place in Washington D.C. on January 7 as part of week-long Building Innovation 2013. Symposium will present to attendees recent developments in fenestration performance and technology. Leading experts will be on hand to reveal their knowledge and expertise, and attendees can also also earn 8.5 learning units from the American Institute of Architects. Read More

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Glass Container Manufacturer will resolve CAA violations.

December 7, 2012

To resolve alleged Clean Air Act (CAA) violations at 5 of its manufacturing plants, Ohio-based Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc. agreed to install pollution control equipment to reduce harmful emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulfur dioxide (SO2), and particulate matter (PM) by nearly 2,500 tons/year and pay $1.45 million penalty. EPA's Cynthia Giles commented that "These new pollution controls will improve air quality and protect communities from Georgia to Texas." Read More

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EPA appoints 11 new members to NEEAC.

December 7, 2012

EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson appointed 11 environmental education professionals to serve on agency's National Environmental Education Advisory Council, which is comprised of representatives from organizations outside federal government who provide EPA with advice and recommendations on environmental education. Council helps EPA better understand needs of schools, universities, state departments of education, and natural resources. First meeting is scheduled for December 13-14, 2012. Read More

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ANSI HSSP Releases Workshop Report on resiliency metrics.

December 7, 2012

ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel (HSSP) released report from single-day workshop – Resiliency Metrics: Standards, Test Labs, and Methods – that examines approaches for standards-based, national program establishing common metrics for resiliency. August 22, 2012 workshop included representatives of government agencies, standards developing organizations, and others. Participants looked at resiliency standards and discussed ways to establish methodology for measuring resilience. Read More

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ANSI Welcomed 12 New Members in November 2012.

December 7, 2012

American National Standards Institute (ANSI) welcomed 12 new members in November 2012: Carter Machinery Company, Inc.; CoServ; eHealth Data Solutions, LLC; Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI); Ergon Inc.; General Dynamics - Ordnance and Tactical Systems; Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc.; Lymphology Association of North America; Prometric Inc.; Raydon Corporation; Travelport LP; and United Services Automobile Association (USAA). Read More

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SME Identifies first energy conservation program participants.

December 7, 2012

SME announced first 5 student chapters to participate in energy conservation program focused on in-depth assessments of manufacturing facilities. With $292,000 grant from U.S. Department of Energy, SME will partner its student chapters with existing Industrial Assessment Centers (IACs) at universities nationwide. SME student chapters include those from Iowa State University, Oregon State University, Tennessee Technological University, University of Dayton, and UMass Dartmouth. Read More

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AIA Warns 2013 Outlook is threatened by impending fiscal cliff.

December 7, 2012

At AIA year-end luncheon, AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey warned attendees of an impending "'Thelma and Louise' moment, when we careen off into the void," and called for "real work, real negotiation and a real solution" to sequestration. Blakey devoted most of her remarks to 300 members of news media and industry present, pointing out that it is difficult to forecast next year's aerospace and defense industry outlook given uncertainties at hand. Read More