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NIST Enables Analysis of ultrafine indoor air contaminants.

December 13, 2011

NIST researchers spent 75 days in 1,500 ft² test house tracking and analyzing release, distribution, and fate of particles from 2.5-100 nm emitted by gas and electric stoves, hair dryers, power tools, and candles. Collected data was used to develop model for predicting changes in size and distribution of ultrafine particles discharged by tools, appliances, and other sources. Monitoring particles of such size was made possible by NIST advances in measurement capabilities. Read More

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NIST Detectors enhance Hawaiian telescope's sensitivity.

December 13, 2011

Submillimeter, 4.5 ton SCUBA-2 camera, mounted on James Clerk Maxwell Telescope on Mauna Kea in Hawaii, is based on NIST superconducting technology. Inclusion of 10,000+ NIST superconducting sensors promotes optimized sensitivity and accelerated sky mapping with extended field of view for astronomers. Specifically, camera is sensitive to objects associated with very cold gas and dust clouds which absorb visible light but emit submillimeter radiation between microwave and IR bands. Read More

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ATA welcomes TravelCenters of America LLC.

December 13, 2011

ATA's newest allied member, TravelCenters of America provides fleets and drivers with facilities and services that help drive efficiency. Pace-setting programs such as StayFit health and fitness initiative, StaySafe parking lot program, and TruckSmart smart phone application demonstrate TravelCenters' ability and desire to provide the trucking industry with effective solutions for efficiency, comfort, and well being of its drivers as well as optimization of their business processes. Read More

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Mechanical Fastener, Processes Standards are offered on CD-ROM.

December 13, 2011

ASTM Standards for Mechanical Fasteners and Related Processes, 3rd Edition, compiles 15+ Annual Book of ASTM Standards volumes. It provides all standards developed by ASTM International Committee F16 on Fasteners as well as most commonly referenced documents. In total, 159 ASTM International standards cover topics such as raw materials, inspection, testing procedures, plating, and QA for threaded, non-threaded, driven, and other fasteners and fastener components. Read More

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Injection Molding Conference will be held in March 2012.

December 13, 2011

Registration is open for MIM2012, international conference on injection molding of metals, ceramics, and carbides, which will be held March 19-21, 2012 in San Diego, CA. With focus on "designing MIM parts and materials for performance and value," conference targets all who have vested interest in application of powder injection molding. There will be 20+ presentations, tabletop exhibition, and networking reception as well as optional one-day tutorial on powder injection molding. Read More

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Proposed Standard will determine flood damage resistance.

December 13, 2011

ASTM WK35237, Practice for Determining the Flood Damage Resistance Rating of Materials and Assemblies, seeks to provide way to evaluate building materials and assemblies for use in below-base flood elevation construction. Specifically, standard will establish methods for determining ratings, acceptable or unacceptable, of materials and assemblies for use below lowest floor of new and substantially damaged structures in accordance with National Flood Insurance Program requirements. Read More

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NIST opens Biomolecular Labeling Laboratory.

December 9, 2011

A collaboration between NIST and the University of Maryland, the Biomolecular Labeling Laboratory specializes in tagging large molecules with different isotopes to make them easier to analyze. Lab should interest drug manufacturers who need details about the structure and behavior of protein molecules that could become new medicines. Available to outside researchers, lab will accommodate up to 4 users simultaneously and about 50-60 users per year. Read More

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Aluminum Association sign MOU with Aluminum Association of India.

December 9, 2011

Aluminum Association has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Aluminium Association of India. Specifically, associations have agreed to cooperate in exchanging information on effective recycling programs, promoting aluminum as sustainable material, and health and safety programs. Other points include exchange of information on end use demand as well as data gathering techniques to improve report timeliness and accuracy. Read More

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EPA releases annual enforcement and compliance results.

December 9, 2011

According to annual enforcement and compliance results for Fiscal Year 2011, EPA enforcement led to reduction of 1.8+ billion pounds in pollution, estimated $19 billion in required pollution controls, and approximately $168 million in civil penalties. Program responsible for those numbers enforces environmental laws that protect USA's air, land, and water by taking action to cut illegal pollution and protect people's health and communities. Read More

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NIST Offers Financial Assistance for neutron science research.

December 9, 2011

Proposals are sought for multiyear financial assistance awards, which will support R/D at NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR). Specifically, awards of up to $3 million per year for up to 5 years are intended to assist visiting researchers at NCNR, support development of new instrumentation for neutron research, support collaborative research with NIST scientists, as well as conduct other outreach and educational activities that advance use of neutrons by U.S. scientists. Read More

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Proposed ASTM Standard covers orthopedic spinal devices.

December 9, 2011

ASTM WK34549, Test Methods for Intervertebral Body Fusion Devices with Integrated Fixation Components, is being developed by Subcommittee F04.25 on Spinal Devices. Proposed standard is being written primarily to address added functionalities of new devices that stabilize spine after discectomy surgery and act as spacers to prevent nerve compression. Added functionalities include screws, blades, or hooks that latch onto or dig into adjacent bone, serving to prevent implant migration or expulsion. Read More

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Welding and Gases Today discusses sales models.

December 9, 2011

In article appearing in Welding and Gases Today Online, distributors discuss merits of each sales model. Titled "Jack Of All Trades Or Master Of One," article weighs in on debate over sales territories versus market segmentation. Aligning salespeople with customer segments allows them to specialize and become an expert in a specific area. However, doing away with territories also means that the potential coverage area for a salesperson is much larger. Read More

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ASTM Guide covers polymer pellet terminology.

December 9, 2011

Developed by ASTM International Committee D20 on Plastics, ASTM D7711 includes terms that are commonly used to describe defects or abnormalities found in different types of polymer pellets. According to Diane Todd, senior chemist at Westlake Chemical Corp., guide should help polymer manufacturers, sales personnel, technical service reps, quality control/quality assurance personnel, and buyers/users identify issues with pellets the same way, expediting assistance. Read More

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AASHTO President Promotes Innovation during lean times.

December 8, 2011

Released by Transportation TV, Presidential Profile video features 2012 AASHTO President Kirk T. Steudle discussing priorities as well as future challenges for AASHTO, industry, and state DOTs. Talking points include accelerating implementation of innovative solutions to hasten project delivery and save resources; utilizing asset and performance management solutions to generate data-driven decision making; and working for passage of new surface transportation reauthorization bill. Read More

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EPA to help revitalize U.S. urban waters.

December 8, 2011

U.S. EPA announced it will provide up to $1.8 million for projects across the country to protect Americans' health and help restore urban waters by improving water quality and supporting community revitalization. Funding is part of EPA's Urban Waters program, which supports communities in their efforts to access, improve, and benefit from urban waters and surrounding land. Urban waters include canals, rivers, lakes, wetlands, aquifers, estuaries, bays, and oceans. Read More

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BIO announces topics for BIO CEO and Investor Conference.

December 8, 2011

Scheduled for Feb 13-14, 2012, 14th Annual BIO CEO and Investor Conference will cover latest investment trends within biotechnology industry. Event will host 10 sessions and 2 CEO fireside chats highlighting issues with FDA and trends in reimbursement. Therapeutic Workshops will cover topics such as oncology, companion diagnostics, neurological and cardiovascular diseases, while Business Roundtables will address biotech drug launches, unique business models, and licensing and deal making. Read More

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Funding Proposals Sought for precision measurement projects.

December 8, 2011

NIST is soliciting proposals for next round of funding in its Precision Measurement Grant Program (PMGP), which provides support for experiments to make novel, high-precision measurements of important physical properties or fundamental constants of nature. PMGP projects may run for up to 3 years, funded at $50,000 per year. NIST anticipates awarding up to $100,000 this year to fund first year of 2 new projects. Abbreviated proposal submissions are due by 5 pm EST on February 2, 2012. Read More

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Two NIST Members named IEEE Fellows for 2011.

December 8, 2011

George Arnold, National Coordinator for Smart Grid Interoperability, was cited by IEEE for leadership in architecture and protocols for the electric grid and telecommunication networks. John Suehle, leader of NIST's CMOS and Novel Devices Group, was cited for contributions to the understanding of thin gate dielectric films. Fellowship is conferred by IEEE Board of Directors upon a person with outstanding record of accomplishments in any of IEEE fields of interest. Read More

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Proposed Low Impact Paintball Standard is in development.

December 8, 2011

Proposed standard ASTM WK34588, Practice for Operation of Low Impact Paintball Game Fields, enables those in paintball industry to create low-impact games for potential players who might like to try paintball but are initially intimidated by its intensity. According to Paintball Training Institute president Bob McGuire, standard outlines game organization, management, and safety protocols that slow down the game and limit shooting proximity to increase enjoyment for inexperienced players. Read More

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NEMA publishes ANSI standard on parallel wired sockets.

December 8, 2011

NEMA has published ANSI C136.11-2011, which discusses medium and mogul screw base sockets used in multiple fixture circuits or in luminaires designed for parallel wired circuits. These are used in lighting roadways and other areas open to general use by public. Latest edition covers interchangeability of lamps, minimum safety standards for operating personnel, and minimum performance criteria. In addition, scope and referenced documents have been updated and clarified. Read More