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NIST Tests underscore potential hazards of laser pointers.

March 26, 2013

NIST researchers tested 122 laser pointers and found that nearly 90% of green pointers and about 44% of red pointers were out of compliance with federal safety regulations. Tests were conducted on randomly selected commercial laser devices labeled as Class IIIa or 3R and sold as suitable for demonstration use in classrooms and other public spaces. About half the devices tested emitted power levels at least twice the CFR limit at one or more wavelengths. Read More

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New Dates Announced for 2014 BIO International Convention.

March 26, 2013

To adhere to nominal Monday through Thursday format, BIO announced that 2014 BIO International Convention will now take place in San Diego, CA from June 23–26. Event highlights latest advancements in biotechnology, helps support BIO's programs and initiatives, and typically attracts 16,500+ industry leaders from 48 states and 65 countries. BIO works to create policy environment that enables industry to continue to fulfill its vision of bettering world through biotechnology innovation. Read More

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Manufacturers say pro-growth budgets are essential.

March 26, 2013

Aric Newhouse, NAM Senior VP of Policy and Government Relations, issued statement regarding ongoing budget debate in U.S. Senate. According to Newhouse, a budget that attempts to fix fiscal woes through tax increases will hurt manufacturers and the economy, while ignoring underlying cause of problems – unsustainable entitlement programs. Rather than $1 trillion in tax increases, they need comprehensive tax reform that will result in simpler, fairer code to drive growth in U.S. Read More

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NIST Mechanical Micro-Drum may be used as quantum memory.

March 26, 2013

Microscopic device, designed by physicists at NIST for possible use in quantum computer, leverages legacy delay line memory. According to NIST physicist Konrad Lehnert, "We believe mechanical drum motion could be used as a kind of local memory for quantum information systems." Lehnert refers to NIST team's demonstration that information encoded as specific point in traveling microwave signal can be transferred to mechanical beat of micro-drum and later retrieved with 65% efficiency. Read More

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Workshop will provide Introduction to Product Category Rules.

March 26, 2013

ASTM workshop, An Introduction to Product Category Rules, Environmental Product Declarations, and Other Aspects of Sustainable Process and Resilient Materials, will be held June 9. Increased marketplace demand for more resilient structures with products produced from sustainable processes has accelerated need to verify those owner requirements and community goals. PCR in combination with EPD is rapidly becoming means to classify individual products as well as serve as comparison between products. Read More

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EPA's University Challenge aims to find uses for toxics data.

March 26, 2013

U.S. EPA launched TRI University Challenge, a new initiative designed to use academic partnerships to find innovative uses for Toxics Release Inventory data. TRI gives Americans access to information about toxic chemicals in the environment as a tool to better protect health and the environment. Priority will be given to projects related to pollution prevention and sustainability, stakeholder engagement, technology and data mashups, and environmental education. Read More

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EPA Offers Advice for poison prevention week.

March 25, 2013

National Poison Prevention Week takes place March 17–23, and U.S. EPA urges parents and caregivers to secure pesticides and other household chemicals in locked cabinets out of children's reach. As acting assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, James Jones said this week helps "raise awareness and strengthen prevention efforts to empower parents and caregivers with information about simple steps that can be taken to prevent poisonings." Read More

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CNH Executive Will Serve on AEM Board of directors.

March 25, 2013

James E. Walker, Vice President, Case IH NAFTA for CNH in Racine, WI, has been elected to AEM Board of Directors. As director, Walker will help set AEM guidelines and operating policies on behalf of its members in areas such as public policy, equipment statistics and market information, trade shows, technical and product safety support, global business development, education/training, workforce development, and worksite safety/educational materials. Read More