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Microscope uses light to image flow of individual blood cells.

June 11, 2012

Developed by team of researchers in Israel, optical microscope can reveal same information as traditional blood test in real-time by shining light through the skin, without fluorescent dyes. Portable device relies on spectrally encoded confocal microscopy, which creates images by splitting light beam into its constituent colors. By eliminating long wait-time for blood test results, microscope might help spotlight warning signs before patient develops severe medical problems. Read More

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NREL to engineer smart homes.

June 11, 2012

Research engineers at NREL are working on a "smart" home that will communicate with electricity grid to know when power is cheap, tell appliances when to turn on or off, and even know when renewable energy resources are available to offset peak demand. NREL is leveraging 2 laboratories to make the smart home a reality - the soon-to-be-built Smart Power Laboratory, which is part of the Energy Systems Integration Facility, and the Automated Home Energy Management Laboratory. Read More

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NAM Lauds Senate Vote reauthorizing Ex-Im Bank.

June 11, 2012

NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons issued statement following Senate passage of H.R. 2072, which reauthorizes Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank. In this statement, Timmons commends Senate standing up for jobs "by taking quick action on legislation reauthorizing the Bank and increasing its lending authority." Timmons also thanks House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer for moving this agreement, which supports 290,000 jobs, to Senate. Read More

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BP CAA Penalty includes fees and pollution control mandate.

June 11, 2012

BP North America Inc. agreed to pay $8 million penalty and invest over $400 million to install pollution controls and cut emissions from petroleum refinery in Whiting, IN. This addresses complaint that alleges violations of Clean Air Act (CAA) requirements in connection with construction and expansion of Whiting Refinery as well as violations of 2001 consent decree with company that covered all of BP's refineries and was entered into as part of EPA's Petroleum Refinery Initiative. Read More

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Researchers Improve IR Detectors using SWCNs.

June 11, 2012

Team of researchers from Peking University, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Duke University is harnessing properties of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) to create highly sensitive, uncooled PV IR detectors. "Carbon Nanotube Arrays Based High-Performance Infrared Photodetector" paper, published in Optical Materials Express, describes this new type of detector, which may prove useful for industrial, military, manufacturing, optical communications, and scientific applications. Read More

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ASABE, ICC Collaborate on new landscape irrigation standard.

June 11, 2012

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) and International Code Council (ICC) intend to jointly develop ANSI standard: ASABE/ICC Landscape Irrigation Sprinkler and Emitter Standard. In establishing requirements for landscape sprinklers and emitters, standard will address design, performance, and uniform testing and assessment methods for such devices. Ultimately, this will enhance performance of entire irrigation system and promote water conservation. Read More

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ASABE revises manure odor management standard.

June 11, 2012

Revised standard, ASAE EP379.5 APR2012, Management of Manure Odors, corrects outdated acknowledges and includes updated reference information as noted in most recent periodic review of the document. Additional wording clarifications and format changes were also included in revision. Read More

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International CES sees record number of exhibitors.

June 11, 2012

According to CEA®, 3,319 exhibitors from around the world unveiled new technology products at 2012 International CES, a 22% increase over last year's show. A record-number of international professionals - 35,734 - attended show from more than 150 countries, representing increase of 13% over last year. Independent audit, performed by Veris Consulting, LLC, confirms CES's status as world's most important technology event and North America's largest annual tradeshow of any kind. Read More

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NASCAR and EPA Sign MOU on green initiatives.

June 11, 2012

Under signed agreement, EPA and National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) will raise awareness of environmentally friendly products and solutions to address America's environmental challenges. This memorandum of understanding (MOU) provides NASCAR with EPA technical assistance and environmental expertise, using EPA programs such as Design for the Environment and the Economy, Energy, and Environment (E3) framework to help protect Americans' health and the environment. Read More

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NEMA Working Groups to address gaps in EV standards.

June 11, 2012

NEMA's Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment/Systems Section created working groups to address several gaps in EV charging standards identified in ANSI Electric Vehicle Standardization Roadmap. To address network roaming, group will develop standard that permits EV drivers to universally locate and reserve public charging spot. Second group will develop standard that will communicate metering data from end user to vehicle to cover gaps related to communication aspects of EV meters. Read More

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ASTM Standard to assist people with disabilities during disaster.

June 8, 2012

ASTM WK37628, Guide for Preparing for the Compounding Impact of Disasters/Emergencies on Local Residents/Visitors That Have Disabilities, is being developed by Subcommittee E54.02 on Emergency Preparedness, Training and Procedures. Through planning and education process provided in this proposed standard, first responders and community will become more acutely aware of concerns and issues of people with disabilities in planning for and surviving a disaster. Read More

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Eye Protection Fogging Resistance Standard is under development.

June 8, 2012

Proposed standard ASTM WK36802, Test Method for Resistance to Fogging for Eye and Face Protection Devices, is being developed by Subcommittee F08.57 on Eye Safety for Sports. Used to test propensity of athletic eye and face protection to fog during sporting event, standard would assess complete eye/face protection device (eyewear and frames) in as-worn position under variety of environmental conditions as to simulate athletic event. All interested parties are invited to take part. Read More

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A3 announces new Director of Market Analysis.

June 8, 2012

Alex Shikany has joined Association for Advancing Automation as Director of Market Analysis. His responsibilities will include producing quarterly statistical reports on robotics, vision, and motion control sales; updating association's websites with recent economic data and reports; and developing articles on new market opportunities. A recent graduate of Michigan State University's Broad MBA program, Shikany has experience in both Marketing (Brand Strategy) and Market Research. Read More

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IPC Outlines Burdens facing electronics manufacturers.

June 8, 2012

In letter to U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) dated June 1, IPC identified 4 issues as burdens to industry. These included proposed regulations on conflict minerals being developed by SEC under Section 1502 of Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, EPA Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) rule, EPA's 2011 proposed changes to 2008 DSW rule, and OSHA's expanding authority. Read More

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NEMA Congratulates MITA on FDA pediatric imaging award.

June 8, 2012

NEMA congratulated Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance (MITA) on receiving U.S. FDA's Leveraging/Collaboration Award for developing collaborative network aimed at reducing unnecessary radiation exposure from imaging exams to pediatric patients. After calling NEMA's medical imaging members "world-leading examples" of how industry can improve lives, NEMA President and CEO Evan Gaddis noted and commended MITA's long collaborative partnership and work with FDA. Read More

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Document Covers Circuit Breakers in enclosures-test procedures.

June 8, 2012

NEMA published ANSI/NEMA C37.50, Low-Voltage AC Power Circuit Breakers Used in Enclosures-Test Procedures, which covers test procedures for enclosed low-voltage AC power circuit breakers. As first new edition in 24 years, document applies to integrally and non-integrally fused circuit breakers. Document covers stationary or drawout circuit breakers of 2-, 3-, or 4-pole construction; unfused or fused types; manually or power-operated types; and fused drawouts. Read More

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HART Exhibit lets users see and hear HART Communication.

June 8, 2012

HART® Communication Foundation unveiled trade show exhibit that gives users opportunity to see and hear HART Communication at work with actual sight and sound. Get Connected display demonstrates HART technology and shows what HART information is available including diagnostics and troubleshooting. WirelessHART display, featuring WirelessHART adapter and WirelessHART gateway, demonstrates how set-up of WirelessHART device is basically identical to that of wired HART device. Read More

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HART Foundation seeks nominees for Plant of the Year Award.

June 8, 2012

Qualified nominees are being sought for 11th annual HART Plant of the Year Award; end users and manufacturers from global community are encouraged to enter their plant or customer's plant for recognition. Presented to end user companies in process automation industry, international award recognizes exceptional application of HART Communication technology. Nominations will be accepted through July 15, 2012, and nomination forms are available online. Read More

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NAM's Executive Board meets with House Budget Chairman.

June 7, 2012

NAM Board Chair Mary Andringa and NAM Board Vice Chair Doug Oberhelman issued statement after House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan addressed NAM's Executive Committee on issues important to manufacturers. According to statement, poor job numbers this month reflect that economy continues to struggle and it is critical that policies are implemented that lead to job growth. It is also essential that Washington prevents massive tax increases looming over manufacturers at the end of this year. Read More

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ASTM Standard covers calculation of resource depletion potential.

June 7, 2012

Developed by Subcommittee E60.80 on General Sustainability Standards, proposed ASTM WK31671 describes method for calculating length of time that non-fuel mineral commodity can be extracted from reserves and resources, for purposes of environmental product declarations and life cycle analyses. Anyone preparing EPD or LCA will be able to use standard to examine total amount of reserves and resources, amount extracted annually, amount annually recycled, and amount annually displaced by substitutes. Read More