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NIST Optimizes Camera Performance at South Pole Telescope.

April 8, 2013

At South Pole Telescope, NIST Boulder researcher Johannes (Hannes) Hubmayr spent several weeks optimizing performance of NIST camera delivered in 2011. Said camera measures signals generated fractions of a second after Big Bang, helping scientists learn about conditions and evolution of early universe. Hubmayr's tasks included snowmobiling across Antarctic tundra to set up equipment and climbing on top of telescope to sweep snow away from dish. Read More

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NIST Reports outline smart grid R&D opportunities.

April 8, 2013

Nation's aging power grid is rapidly evolving into a modern, "smart" energy distribution network, and with these changes comes a host of challenges for research and development community, as outlined in two reports issued by NIST. Both reports—Technology, Measurement, and Standards Challenges for the Smart Grid and its companion, Strategic R&D Opportunities for the Smart Grid—focus on the most important technical issues that confront smart grid development. Read More

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ASTM June Symposium to focus on fire-resistant fluids.

April 8, 2013

Sponsored by ASTM International Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants, symposium on Fire-Resistant Fluids will take place June 24, 2013 and will be held in conjunction with June standards development meetings of the committee. Objective of symposium is to hold a technical forum for papers related to current trends for fire-resistant fluids and their development, testing, classification, regulation, applications, use, and monitoring. Read More

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ASTM Committee honors Kevin VonScio's leadership skills.

April 8, 2013

Kevin VonScio of Perryman Co. received Lundell-Bright Memorial Award from ASTM International Committee E01 on Analytical Chemistry for Metals, Ores and Related Materials. This award honors VonScio's leadership skills as chairman of Subcommittee E01.22 on Laboratory Quality as well as chairman of task group that developed ASTM E2857, Standard Guide for Validating Analytical Methods. ASTM International member since 2008, VonScio also serves as secretary of Subcommittee E01.06. Read More

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MITA Standard helps manage radiation doses of CT equipment.

April 8, 2013

NEMA's Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance has published XR 29 Standard Attributes on Computed Tomography Equipment Related to Dose Optimization and Management. XR 29, also known as MITA Smart Dose, includes 4 key features of CT equipment that enable optimization or management of radiation dose delivery while also providing high quality medical images. They include: DICOM Radiation Dose Structured Report, CT Dose Check, Automatic Exposure Controls, and pediatric and adult reference protocols. Read More

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Vessel General Permit has been finialized by U.S. EPA.

April 8, 2013

EPA issued final vessel general permit, regulating discharges (including ballast water) from commercial vessels, in order to help protect nation's waters from ship-borne pollutants and reduce invasive species in U.S. waters. Final vessel general permit covers commercial vessels greater than 79 ft in length, excluding military and recreational vessels; regulates 27 specific discharge categories; improves permit process efficiency; and clarifies discharge requirements. Read More

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SPE Antec 2013 will feature 3 New Technology Forums.

April 8, 2013

ANTEC® 2013 plastics technical conference will take place April 22–24, 2013 in Cincinnati, OH and feature one New Technology Forum each day. In chronological order, New Technology Forums include Managing Innovation, with 4 presentations; Smart Polymers, with 5 presentations; and Polymer Applications in Health, with 6 presentations. ANTEC conference consists of original, peer-reviewed presentations on various topics relevant to global plastics industry. Read More

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Nonresidential Construction Spending up 0.7% in February.

April 8, 2013

According to April 1 construction spending report by U.S. Commerce Department, nation’s nonresidential construction spending rose 0.7% in February. Total nonresidential construction spending stands at $575.6 billion, and is up 2.6% from 1 year ago. In February, private nonresidential construction spending rose 0.4% on monthly basis and 6.1% on year-over-year basis, while public nonresidential construction spending expanded 1.1% on monthly basis, but was still 1.2% lower from same time last year. Read More