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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

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Four Organizations receive Baldrige National Quality Award.

December 2, 2011

U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson named 4 organizations - 3 health care operations and one nonprofit business - as recipients of 2011 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, which recognizes performance excellence through innovation, improvement, and visionary leadership. Recipients included Concordia Publishing House of St. Louis, MO; Henry Ford Health System of Detroit, MI; Schneck Medical Center of Seymour, IN; and Southcentral Foundation of Anchorage, AK. Read More

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NIST's HIPAA Tool helps organizations meet security requirements.

December 2, 2011

Developed by NIST, free HIPAA tool can help public and private organizations understand and implement requirements of HIPAA Security Rule. Self-assessment tool presents series of questions in groups related to each of the HIPAA Security Rule standards and implementation specifications. Organizations can use resource to support risk assessment processes by identifying areas where security safeguards may be needed to protect electronic protected health information. Read More

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IPC releases PCB industry results for October 2011.

December 2, 2011

According to IPC North American PCB Statistical Program, rigid PCB shipments were down 9.4% and bookings were up 1.0% in Oct 2011 from Oct 2010. Book-to-bill ratio remained just below parity at 0.99. Flexible circuit shipments in Oct 2011 were down 11.3% and bookings declined 10.3% compared to Oct 2010, while book-to-bill ratio declined to 0.95. For rigid PCBs and flexible circuits combined, industry shipments decreased 9.6% from Oct 2010, as orders booked decreased 0.1%. Read More

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PV System Standard in development by ASTM committee.

December 1, 2011

Proposed standard ASTM WK22009, Test Method for Reporting Photovoltaic Non-Concentrator System Performance, aims to simplify process of PV system acceptance and reduce cost associated with negotiating PV system purchase. In addition to outlining test method that can be used to determine PV system power production capacity compared to agreed-upon specifications, standard will offer test that serves as means of tracking PV system performance over time. Read More

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Co-Sponsor NIST Participates in clock synchronization symposium.

December 1, 2011

EL Researcher Kang Lee served as General Chair of 2011 IEEE International Symposium on Precision Clock Synchronization for Measurement, Control, and Communication, which was held September 12-16. Comprised of technical conference and interoperability "plugfest", symposium saw 32 organizations, including NIST, that participated in interoperability testing and demonstrations of hardware and software implementations and testbeds based on IEEE 1588 Precision Time Protocol. Read More

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Robotics Competition leveraged NIST-influenced standards.

December 1, 2011

Engineering Laboratory (EL) researchers Adam Jacoff and Ann Virts led international robot test administrators in conducting 2011 RoboCupRescue Robot Competition. Test arenas used to host this competition were based on over one dozen ASTM International Standard Test Methods for Emergency Response Robots. NIST leadership in test method development was sponsored by Science and Technology Directorate of U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Read More

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November 2011 PMA Business Conditions Report predicts decline.

November 30, 2011

Metalforming companies, according to November 2011 PMA Business Conditions Report, predict continued decline in business conditions during next 3 months. Of 132 participants, 11% expect improvement, 61% predict no change, and 28% forecast decline. Companies also expect slight decrease in incoming orders. Average daily shipping levels decreased in November, and percentage of metalforming companies with portion of workforce on short time or layoff increased to 17%. Read More

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SME Chicago Chapter 5 lauded as Outstanding Education Partner.

November 30, 2011

SME Chicago Chapter 5 has been awarded 2011 Outstanding Education Partner of the Year Award. Professional manufacturing group is comprised of members successfully directing their efforts to partnering and supporting aspiring engineers pursuing advanced manufacturing education at local colleges and universities. SME Education Foundation CEO Bart A. Aslin commended SME Chapter 5's "track record, energy, and commitment to change perceptions about manufacturing." Read More

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Wisconsin Bioscience Fund makes good business sense.

November 30, 2011

Wisconsin Next Generation Jobs Act, a bipartisan special legislative session bill submitted at the request of Governor Scott Walker, would provide investment capital and other types of funding to bioscience companies operating within the state. If enacted into law, program would nurture innovative companies that seek to develop cures and breakthrough medicines, improve crop yields, discover cleaner forms of home-grown energy, and provide protection from pandemic and bio-terror threats. Read More

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Four U.S. Organizations honored with 2011 Baldrige Award.

November 30, 2011

U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson named 3 healthcare operations and 1 non-profit business as recipients of the 2011 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation's highest Presidential honor for performance excellence through innovation, improvement, and visionary leadership. Recipients included Concordia Publishing House of St. Louis, MO; Henry Ford Health System of Detroit, MI; Schneck Medical Center of Seymour, IN; and Southcentral Foundation, Anchorage AK. Read More

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Robert Sumwalt sworn in for second term.

November 30, 2011

Nominated by President Obama, Robert L. Sumwalt was sworn in for his second term as a Board member of NTSB. Member Sumwalt was first designated as Board member on August 21, 2006 by President Bush and served as Vice Chairman of the Board for a 2-year term. He is currently serving a 5-year term as Board member, which ends on December 31, 2011. His next term of office will run until December 31, 2016. Read More