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NTSB Seeks Comments on final rules for appeals procedures.

October 18, 2012

NTSB issued set of rules addressing review of aviation enforcement cases. Included in new final rule and interim final rule, changes allow appeals to federal district court, apply federal rules of evidence and civil procedure to NTSB proceedings, and allow parties to move to dismiss complaint if FAA fails to disclose its enforcement investigative report. Although interim final rule is effective immediately, NTSB requests public comment concerning changes by December 17. Read More

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Researchers say spider's silk can be used to manipulate light.

October 18, 2012

Research shows that natural silk could be an eco-friendly alternative to traditional ways of manipulating light. During OSA Annual Meeting, Frontiers in Optics 2012, biomedical engineer Fiorenzo Omenetto of Tufts University will discuss use of silk's optical properties for implantable sensors and other biology-technology interfaces. Physicist Nolwenn Huby at CNRS Institut de Physiques de Rennes in France will talk about use of natural spider silk to guide light through photonic chips. Read More

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ASTM Committee approves standard for developing steel sheets.

October 18, 2012

In quest for lighter, more crash-resistant and fuel-efficient vehicles, automobile and steel industries are developing steel sheets that have higher alloy content, and thus more complex hardening mechanisms, than sheets currently being used. Sheets are covered by new ASTM International standard, ASTM A1079, Specification for Steel Sheet, Complex Phase, Dual Phase, and Transformation-Induced Plasticity, Zinc-Coated or Zinc-Iron Alloy-Coated by the Hot-Dip Process. Read More

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EPA awards $30 million for clean diesel projects.

October 18, 2012

U.S. EPA is awarding $30 million for clean diesel projects as part of its ongoing campaign to reduce harmful diesel exhaust that can lead to asthma attacks and premature deaths. Diesel Emission Reduction Program, also known as DERA, is designed to replace, retrofit, or repower 11 million older diesel-powered engines that continue to emit high levels of nitrogen oxides and particulate matter, including those found in marine vessels, locomotives, trucks, and buses. Read More

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EPA awards $1.2 million to improve indoor air quality.

October 18, 2012

EPA will provide combined $1.2 million in funding to 32 state and local governments, tribes, and non-profit organizations for IAQ projects, which will better protect health of Americans in classrooms, communities, and homes. Education projects, training, and outreach efforts will help reduce environmental health risks of indoor air contaminants such as asthma triggers. Projects will also increase number of homes tested and mitigated for radon as well as those built with radon-resistant features. Read More

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Test Standard addresses controlled volume metering pumps.

October 18, 2012

Hydraulic Institute has released ANSI/HI 7.6 - 2012 Controlled-Volume Metering Pumps for Test standard for testing of positive displacement reciprocating controlled-volume metering pumps. Standard provides uniform procedures for performance testing and for recording of test results. It covers functional testing of production units, rate of flow and mechanical integrity at speed and pressure specified, and verification of performance to manufacturer's specifications. Read More

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NASA, IHMC Develop Robotic Exoskeleton for use in space, on Earth.

October 18, 2012

NASA and The Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) of Pensacola, FL have jointly developed X1 robotic exoskeleton. Derived from NASA's Robonaut 2 project, X1 consists of 57 lb robot that humans could wear over their bodies to assist or inhibit leg joint movement. In inhibit mode, device would be used in space as exercise machine. On Earth, robot could be used to help individuals walk for first time. Currently, X1 is in R/D phase. Read More

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ANSI honors distinguished members of standardization community.

October 17, 2012

During 2012 ANSI Awards Banquet and Ceremony, ANSI honored leaders of U.S. and global voluntary standards-setting and conformity assessment community. Held annually, leadership and service awards program recognizes and honors creativity, dedication, and vision in field of standards and conformity assessment. Awards dinner was Held at Newseum Knight Conference Center in Washington, DC, and was one of many ANSI-sponsored events held in conjunction with World Standards Week 2012. Read More

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PTDA Announces Upcoming Events for 2013, 2014, and 2015.

October 17, 2012

PTDA announced dates and locations for its 2013 events. These include University of Industrial Distribution (March 10–13) in Indianapolis, IN; Spring Leaders Conference/Leadership Development Conference (March 21–23) in San Antonio, TX; Hannover Fair (April 8–12) in Hannover, Germany; PTDA Canadian Conference (June 6–8) in Toronto, Ontario; EPTDA Convention (Sept 18–20) in Venice, Italy; and PTDA Industry Summit (Oct 3–5) in Palm Desert, CA. Events are also scheduled for 2014 and 2015. Read More

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ANSI 2011-2012 Annual Report now available.

October 17, 2012

ANSI's 2011-2012 annual report, titled Rapidly Changing World, informs stakeholders of ANSI's key initiatives and accomplishments over the past year. It also documents financial activities of the Institute during the same period. Report was delivered during ANSI's annual business meeting as part of World Standards Week 2012 series of events. Read More

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Session 1 Agenda announced for cleaning and coating conference.

October 16, 2012

IPC and SMTA have jointly announced the agenda for Session 1 of the High-Reliability Cleaning and Coating Conference, which will take place November 13–15, 2012 in Chicago, IL. Focused on electronics assembly reliability as well as influence of cleaning and coating upon producing reliable hardware, conference will feature first session, chaired by Dr. Craig Hillman of DfR, that introduces super-hydrophobic coatings that protect circuits from damaging effects of moisture/water intrusion. Read More

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SmartWay Honors Freight Companies for supply chain efficiency.

October 16, 2012

For achievements in efficiently moving freight while reducing CO2 and other harmful emissions, EPA honored 40 freight industry companies with 2012 SmartWay Excellence Awards. Gina McCarthy, Assistant Administrator, Office of Air and Radiation said companies participating in SmartWay Transport Partnership are moving USA forward "to a healthier and more secure future." Winning organizations are top performers in reducing freight transportation emissions through technological innovation. Read More

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ASC Membership Grows in 3Q 2012 by 7% to 123 companies.

October 16, 2012

Adhesive and Sealant Council welcomed 5 new members in 3Q 2012, pushing total membership to 123 companies. Representing different aspects of adhesive and sealant supply chain, new member companies include Selena (Manufacturer) of Elkhart, IN; Magnum Venus Plastech (Equipment Supplier) of Clearwater, FL; Red Devil (Manufacturer) of Pryor, OK; Cox North America (Equipment Supplier) of Haslett, MI; and QingDao Higree Chemical Co Ltd. (Affiliate Supplier) of QianDao, Shandong, China. Read More

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ASTM Initiative to address environmental impact of products.

October 16, 2012

ASTM International announces new initiative as Program Operator for Product Category Rules (PCRs) and Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), which will provide venue for developing PCRs and verifying EPDs. According to ASTM's Timothy Brooke, the program will offer "scientifically based, quantifiable information about product parameters such as resource consumption and ozone depletion" in hopes of helping businesses and consumers understand product's environmental impact. Read More

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Green Button Tool helps consumers save electricity.

October 16, 2012

Thanks to NREL and White House, 31 million American homes will be getting computer-friendly data about their electricity use from their utility companies. Green Button, based on exacting standards, helps consumers make informed purchase decisions and adjust electricity use to save both energy and money. Once logged into utility's website, customers can click Green Button icon to download their personal energy use data in common format defined by Energy Service Provider Interface standard. Read More

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SPE Forum will focus on nano-scale carbonaceous materials.

October 16, 2012

Scheduled for December 6-7, 2012, SPE ANTEC® Mumbai will include New Technology Forum focusing on nano-scale carbonaceous materials such as carbon nanotubes and graphenes. Some papers that will be presented include: Are Nano Composites a 21st Century Material?; Graphene-Based Composite Materials; Graphene-Based Soluble Nanocomposites; and Surface Modification Carbon Nanotubes and Nanographene Platelets for Improved Performance in Polymer Composites. Read More

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Green Laser Pointer identifies dangerous chemical traces.

October 16, 2012

At Laser Science XXVIII, collocated with OSA's Annual Meeting – Frontier in Optics (FiO), an Israeli research team will present findings concerning development of portable Raman spectrometer capable of detecting minute traces of hazardous chemicals in real-time.  Able to first scan entire sample optically to locate individual particles of interest, spectrometer in question uses low-power, commercial green laser pointer that helps improve detection of inherently weak Raman signal. Read More

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Manufacturing Institute Coalition to train military veterans.

October 16, 2012

The Manufacturing Institute joined GE, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Alcoa, and other business, digital, academic, and not-for-profit partners to launch Get Skills to Work coalition, which aims to train military veterans for jobs in advanced manufacturing and to enhance American competitiveness. Initial investments will help 15,000 veterans translate military experience to corresponding advanced manufacturing opportunities and gain technical skills needed to qualify for careers in this growing sector. Read More

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RIA Convention will take place in Las Vegas, NV in 2013.

October 16, 2012

Restoration Industry Association's (RIA) 68th Annual Leadership Summit and Industry Expo will be held April 23–25, 2013. Dwyer International CEO Dina Dwyer will deliver keynote address on April 24, and education sessions will cover such topics as emerging technologies, legal issues in current work environment, and creating successful sales teams. Event will also include second annual Martin L. King Golf Tournament, networking sessions, and the RIA Dinner and Awards Banquet. Read More

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Free MCA Webinar addresses multi-axis motion control systems.

October 16, 2012

With the latest advances in network and processor technologies, it is now possible to provide solutions to many of the most demanding multi-axis motion control applications with a distributed architecture, reducing cost and increasing scalability and flexibility. On October 24 at 11:00 am EDT, MCA will hold free 1-hour webinar titled "Innovative Technologies for Multi-axis Motion Control Systems in Next Generation Testing Inspection Equipment." Read More