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BIO Applauds Representatives for Small Cap Liquidity Reform Act.

November 15, 2013

Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) applauded Representatives Sean Duffy (R-WI) and John Carney (D-DE) for introducing Small Cap Liquidity Reform Act. Building on JOBS Act, said bill increases liquidity for emerging growth companies, including biotech innovators, that trade on public market. BIO's Jim Greenwood said this bill "will allow companies to choose the tick size that best fits their trading needs and stimulate capital formation for breakthrough research." Read More

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BIO supports transparency in biologic substitutions.

November 15, 2013

BIO and Pennsylvania Bio commended Pennsylvania Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee for its approval of Senate Bill 405, which would require pharmacist to notify patient, and within 72 hours, the patient's physician of any biologic product substitution. Bill seeks to properly preserve patient access to accurate prescription information, maintains incentives for innovation, and promotes competitive market for biologic therapies.  Read More

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Proposed Standard offers test method to determine turbidity.

November 15, 2013

ASTM International Committee D19 on Water has developed ASTM WK4193, Test Method for Determination of Turbidity above 1 TU in the In-Situ Mode. Proposed standard will provide practical guidance into setup, calibration, and verification of a turbidity monitoring system before and after it has been placed in field. In its most basic applications, ASTM WK4193 will be used to measure clarity of streams, lakes, ponds, and other bodies of water to determine if it is safe for different uses. Read More

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UAS Integration Plan is step forward for next aviation frontier.

November 15, 2013

AIA lauded FAA's announcement of its "Integration of Civil Unmanned Aircraft Systems in the National Airspace System (NAS)" roadmap. Calling it "a major step forward for realizing the full promise of aviation’s next great frontier," FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta said "significant progress" is being made toward meeting congressional UAS domestic integration mandate by 2015. Huerta also discussed FAA actions to ensure public privacy concerns in management of 6 upcoming UAS test sites. Read More

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Shipbuilding Standard offers thermocouple testing guidelines.

November 15, 2013

ASTM WK42858, Practice for Fire Testing, Placement of Thermocouples, will provide guidelines to ensure that appropriate methods of testing are employed for cable penetration configurations that are not fully addressed in the IMO FTP code. Standard will be used by manufacturers of firestop systems as well as test laboratories and regulatory bodies that grant type approvals for materials tested to IMO FTP Code as required for compliance with Safety of Life at Sea regulations. Read More

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September 2013 sees rise in manufacturing technology orders.

November 14, 2013

According to AMT, September U.S. manufacturing technology orders, totaling $397.57 million, are up 5.8% from August but down 31.1% compared to September 2012. With year-to-date (YTD) total of $3,507.71 million, 2013 is down 11.3% compared with 2012. These numbers and data are based on totals reported by companies participating in USMTO program. Compiled report provides regional and national U.S. orders data of domestic and imported machine tools and related equipment. Read More

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NREL ESIF garners LEED® Platinum designation.

November 14, 2013

Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF), located on campus of U.S. Department of Energy's NREL in Golden, CO, earned LEED® Platinum designation for new construction from U.S. Green Building Council. This 182,500 ft² facility is first in USA to help public and private sector researchers scale up promising clean energy technologies and test how they interact with each other and grid at utility scale. ESIF houses >15 experimental laboratories, several outdoor test beds, and HPC data center. Read More

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EPA Seeks Public Input on graphic for bug repellent labels.

November 14, 2013

According to Federal Register Notice released by U.S. EPA, public input is being sought on new insect repellent graphic for skin-applied insect repellent product labels. Applied voluntarily by manufacturers, graphic will provide consumers with health information, such as estimated number of hours product will repel potentially harmful insects when used as directed, in prominent and standardized format. Label has been in development for past 4 years by EPA, focus groups, and manufacturers. Read More