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Wood-Boring Gribbles intrigue researchers.

August 1, 2013

Measuring 1–3 mm long, gribbles are tiny wood borers that produce their own enzyme that can efficiently devastate wood. Researchers from NREL and elsewhere hope that by studying gribbles they can learn ways to improve the process of turning biomass into fuels. Since gribbles can break down biomass into sugars, even in harsh environments, they may be able to help as the industry searches for enzymes that can thrive in salt-rich, high-solids settings. Read More

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NIST holds Cybersecurity Framework Workshop.

August 1, 2013

Recognizing that national and economic security of the U.S. depends on reliable functioning of critical infrastructure, the President, under Executive Order 13636 "Improving the Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity" directed NIST to work with stakeholders to develop a voluntary framework for reducing cyber risks to critical infrastructure. On July 10–12, 2013, NIST held 3rd Cybersecurity Framework Workshop, hosted by University of California San Diego and the National Health ISAC. Read More

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Fraunhofer and UConn develop Center for Energy Innovation.

August 1, 2013

Fraunhofer USA, together with the University of Connecticut, developed the Fraunhofer Center for Energy Innovation to develop advanced technologies related to energy storage, fuel cells, in-stream hydro, power management, and distribution through contract research. Fraunhofer and UConn research will concentrate on modern functional materials, such as metals, ceramics, micro- and nanostructures, as components for fuel cells and electrolyzers. Read More

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EPA Expands Safer Chemical Ingredients with 130+ additions.

August 1, 2013

U.S. EPA added 130+ chemicals to its Safer Chemical Ingredients List. For first time, 119 chemicals that use fragrance for commercial and consumer cleaning products have been added. List of 602 chemicals provides resource for manufacturers interested in making safer products; advocates encouraging use of safer chemicals; and consumers seeking information on ingredients. Also, list serves as guide for Design for the Environment (DfE) labeled products. Read More

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House Defense Appropriations Bill ignores sequestration.

August 1, 2013

AIA applauds passage of House Defense Appropriations Bill, which provides $512.5 billion in base funding and $85.8 billion for overseas contingency operations. However, while bill is more than $28 billion above levels mandated under Budget Control Act of 2011, it still represents a reduction of nearly $3.4 billion from Defense Department’s 2014 request for its base budget. More importantly, the bill ignores cuts that would be imposed under sequestration. Read More

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EPA Releases Software that helps reduce water pollution.

July 31, 2013

National Stormwater Calculator will help property owners, developers, landscapers, and urban planners make informed land-use decisions to protect local waterways from pollution caused by stormwater runoff. Desktop application estimates annual amount of stormwater runoff from specific site based on local soil conditions, slope, land cover, and historical rainfall records. Users can select different scenarios to learn how specific green infrastructure changes can prevent pollution. Read More

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NA Robotics Companies Set Records for first half of 2013.

July 31, 2013

According to statistics released from RIA, North American (NA) robotics companies set new sales records through June of 2013. Total of 10,854 robots, valued at $679.3 million, ordered from NA robotics companies in first 6 months represents 1.9% increase in units over same period in 2012. Shipments to NA customers through June totaled 11,308 robots, valued at $715.1 million, breaking first-half records set in 2012 by 11.0% (units) and 10.4% (dollars). Read More

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SPE Announces Expanded Parts Competition for 2013 ACCE.

July 31, 2013

Organizing committee for SPE Automotive Composites Conference and Exhibition (ACCE) announced second parts competition will be held at this year's show, which is scheduled for September 11–13. Expanding on last year's single award, 2013 contest will recognize one winner in each of 3 categories: Body Exterior and Body Interior and People's Choice. Winners will be announced and receive recognition and trophy during lunch on last day of show. Read More