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Hochberg Nomination reflects outstanding Ex-Im Bank leadership.

March 26, 2013

In his statement regarding President Obama's announcement that Fred Hochberg has been nominated for second term as chairman and president of U.S. Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank, NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons called Hochberg "a strong and effective leader" and praised his ability to recognize manufacturing's importance to USA's economy and future. Timmons also lauded President Obama's recognition of Hochberg's work as head of Ex-Im Bank. Read More

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SME Tech Group announces award winners.

March 26, 2013

Celebrating innovation and outstanding advances in the industry, SME awarded its 2013 Composites Manufacturing Awards at SME’s Composites Manufacturing Conference and Exhibits event. Douglas A. McCarville, PhD, PE, a technical fellow in Boeing’s Research and Technology division, received J.H. "Jud" Hall Composites Manufacturing Award, while Northrop Grumman of Redondo Beach, CA and Janicki Industries of Sedro-Woolley, WA received 2013 Excellence in Composites Manufacturing Awards. Read More

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FAA makes tower closing decision.

March 26, 2013

FAA reached the decision that 149 federal contract towers will close beginning April 7 as part of agency's sequestration implementation plan. Agency will keep 24 federal contract towers open that had been previously proposed for closure because doing so would have a negative impact on the national interest. An additional 16 federal contract towers under the "cost share" program will remain open because Congressional statute sets aside funds every fiscal year for these towers. Read More

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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