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NIST's Free Online Tool aids in hardening software against hackers.

December 6, 2011

Enlarged by computer scientists at NIST, SAMATE Reference Dataset (SRD) v4.0 improves static analyzers that help programmers find hacker-exploitable weaknesses in software. SAMATE (Software Assurance Metrics And Tool Evaluation) is a NIST project that has goal of minimizing errors in commercial software. Version 4.0 of this freely available online tool contains 175 broad categories of weakness types that encompass 60,000+ specific cases of code errors. Read More

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FHWA frees state DOTs to deploy innovative solutions.

December 6, 2011

Innovations that minimize impact of vehicle crashes and increase visibility of road signs are among hundreds of cutting-edge products that will now be more easily available to states due to new guidance released by the FHWA. The new guidance, which involves FHWA's regulations (23 CFR 635.411) covering use of patented and proprietary products, clarifies process whereby states may certify that no suitable alternatives exist and when a public interest finding by FHWA is required. Read More

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NIST posts comments on public safety communications network.

December 6, 2011

According to public comments garnered by NIST, commercial standards, created in open forum and publically available, should be a key feature of a broadband communications network for nation's emergency services. Other recurring subjects in comments include need for open and collaborative process for prioritizing R/D initiatives; value of open application platform such as API; benefits of network sharing capabilities; and possibility of government-to-citizen communications network. Read More

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ASABE to revise agricultural operator manual standard.

December 5, 2011

ASABE has initiated a project to revise its operator manual standard for tractors, agriculture, and forestry machinery as well as powered lawn and garden equipment. Revision to ASABE EP363.1, Technical Publications for Agricultural Equipment, will be a complete rewrite that will be used as proposed basis to update corresponding international standard, ISO 3600:1996, which is out of date and contains extraneous information. Read More

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ASABE Standard covers reusable fruit and vegetable containers.

December 5, 2011

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers announces completion of ANSI/ASABE S600 standard, which provides uniform design and performance specifications for manually handled, collapsible, reusable plastic containers for handling fresh horticultural produce during post-harvest processing, storage, and transportation. Read More

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AIA Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Korean association.

December 5, 2011

Automated Imaging Association (AIA), machine vision trade group with 315+ member companies, signed memorandum of understanding with Korean Machine Vision Industrial Association (KMVIA), year-old trade association representing machine vision in Korea. Agreement outlines activities on which the associations will collaborate, including market data exchange, trade show and technical conference support, as well as promotion of global standards, member companies, and their products/services. Read More

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Magnetic-Field-Sensitive Alloy exhibits giant magnetostriction.

December 5, 2011

Led by group at University of Maryland, multi-institution team of researchers has combined modern materials research and age-old metallurgy technique to produce alloy that could be the basis for new class of sensors and micromechanical devices controlled by magnetism. The alloy, a combination of cobalt and iron, is notable for not using rare-earth elements to achieve its properties. NIST contributed precision measurements of alloy's structure and mechanical properties to project. Read More

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NIST and Partners Seek Input on safer ambulance designs.

December 5, 2011

To meet challenge of balancing EMT injury prevention and mobility while riding in back of ambulances, NIST and partners are developing design guidelines for ambulance patient compartments that maximize safety without compromising effectiveness. Input is being sought from paramedics, emergency medical technicians (EMTs), and other interested parties on development of said guidelines via anonymous web survey, available from November 28 to December 28, 2011. Read More

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ASTM receives CPSC Chairman's Circle of Commendation Award.

December 5, 2011

ASTM Subcommittee F15.18 on Cribs, Toddler Beds, Play Yards, Cradles, and Changing Tables was among 5 recipients of Chairman's Circle of Commendation Award, an honor given for the first time by U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Award was established to recognize contributions to injury prevention and consumer product safety made by individuals, organizations, businesses, state and local governments, and other groups. Read More

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AIP Publishing partners with MathJax.

December 5, 2011

AIP Publishing, a division of American Institute of Physics, has become a MathJax partner by providing major funding to MathJax initiative, and now offers MathJax to render mathematics in its online journals. MathJax open-source JavaScript display engine produces high-quality math in all modern browsers, without plug-ins. MathJax lets users copy equations from AIP's online journal articles and paste them directly into Word and LaTeX documents, science blogs, MathType, and research wikis. Read More

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NAM Lauds Regulatory Reform Bills as burden reducing measures.

December 5, 2011

Statement by NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons expressed support for H.R. 3010, Regulatory Accountability Act, and H.R. 527, Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act. These bipartisan bills, he said, would ease burden of unnecessary regulations on job creators by reforming how regulations are analyzed. Urging House members, Timmons said "The regulatory system must take into account valid concerns without impeding innovation and job creation." Read More

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FAA announces alternative energy investments.

December 5, 2011

FAA is awarding $7.7 million in contracts to 8 companies to help advance alternative, environmentally friendly, sustainable sources for commercial jet fuel that can be used without changing aircraft engine systems or fueling infrastructure. Companies will develop biofuels from alcohols, sugars, biomass, and organic materials known as pyrolysis oils. Contracts also call for research into alternative jet fuel quality control and examination of how jet biofuels affect engine durability. Read More

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Electroindustry Confidence Index improves for second straight month. .

December 2, 2011

NEMA's Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for North American conditions in November 2011 shows economic environment improved for second straight month. Though results slipped to 56 from 57.4 in previous month, more panelists than not noted improvement in business environment: 20% of panelists reported improvement, 8% experienced deterioration, and 72% saw no change in conditions. Likewise, November's EBCI for future North American conditions eased to 60 from 63. Read More

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OSA Journal addresses zinc oxide nanoparticles in sunscreen.

December 2, 2011

November 2011 issue of Optical Society's open-access journal, Biomedical Optics Express, covers research done by scientists using laser imaging to assess safety of zinc oxide nanoparticles in sunscreen. Team of scientists from Australia and Switzerland developed a way to optically test concentration of ZnO nanoparticles at different skin depths. According to research results, nanoparticles do not penetrate beneath outermost layer of cells when applied to patches of excised skin. Read More

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EPA Recognizes Communities with Smart Growth Achievements.

December 2, 2011

U.S. EPA recognized 5 communities with 2011 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement, which acknowledges use of innovative policies and strategies to strengthen economies, provide sustainable housing/transportation choices, and protect environment. Those recognized include Old North St. Louis Revitalization Initiative of St Louis, MO; Silver Gardens Apartments in Albuquerque, NM; Plan El Paso 2010 of El Paso, TX; Maroney Commons in Howard, SD; and Uptown Normal Roundabout in Normal, IL. Read More

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Motion Control Market up 19% in 2011.

December 2, 2011

According to statistics released by MCA, new orders for motion control products are up 19% through third quarter of 2011. However, year-over-year growth was just 4.2%, compared with 24% year-over-year growth in second quarter and 29% in first quarter. MCA will provide further updates on motion control market at upcoming MCA Business Conference, January 18-20, 2012. During conference, panel of industry leaders will participate in session focused on outlook for coming year. Read More

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FABTECH 2011 breaks all records.

December 2, 2011

FABTECH 2011 shattered all records of previous shows, with number of buyers walking the floor, educational conference attendance, and overall square footage of exhibit space. Four-day exposition and conference welcomed historic 35,457 attendees, a 35% increase over 2009, which was the last time FABTECH was held in Chicago. Buyers were exposed to more than 500 new products and more than 75 new "green" products and technologies - a new feature on the FABTECH agenda. Read More

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Research Paper describes method for fabricating synthetic human tissue.

December 2, 2011

"Tissue-Mimicking Phantoms for Photoacoustic and Ultrasonic Imaging," co-authored by Stanislav Emelianov, shows how precise blending of tiny particles and multicolor dyes transforms gelatin into realistic surrogate for human soft tissue. These tissue mimics, or phantoms, provide accurate proving ground for photoacoustic and ultrasonic imaging technologies. Properties were matched by adding 40 micron silica spheres to gelatin, along with emulsion of fat and commercial dyes. Read More

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EPA Proposed Vessel Permits to protect U.S. waters.

December 2, 2011

EPA is issuing 2 draft vessel general permits that would regulate discharges from commercial vessels, excluding military and recreational vessels, to help protect water from ship-borne pollutants and lower invasive species risk. Draft Vessel General Permit, covering commercial vessels greater than 79 ft, would replace 2008 Vessel General Permit. New draft Small Vessel General Permit, covering vessels smaller than 79 ft, would provide Clean Water Act permit coverage required as of Dec 2013. Read More

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Professional Courses offer solutions for manufacturing issues.

December 2, 2011

Electronics manufacturing industry concerns, challenges, and problems will be addressed in 50 IPC APEX EXPO professional development courses at San Diego Convention Center from February 26-27 and March 1 in 2012. Instructors are gathering, with help from social media outlets, input on challenges faced by industry engineers, PCB designers, and manufacturing technicians. Each course comprises 3 hr of classroom instruction and includes handbook for each attendee. Read More