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Scientists Use Cloud of Atoms as optical memory device.

April 5, 2013

Scientists at Joint Quantum Institute of NIST and University of Maryland demonstrated possibility of storing visual images within thin vapor of rubidium atoms, which may help in creating memory for quantum computers. Spatially addressable readout and erasure of an image in a gradient echo memory, which appeared in New Journal of Physics, builds on approach developed at Australian National University, where scientists showed rubidium vapor could be manipulated using magnetic fields and lasers. Read More

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Economic Outlook predicts equipment, software investment growth.

April 5, 2013

According to Q2 update to 2013 Equipment Leasing and Finance U.S. Economic Outlook, investment in equipment and software is expected to grow 5.6% in 2013. Q2 report predicts growth in first half of year will be limited by relatively weak demand and fiscal policy uncertainty. By second half of 2013, investment activity is expected to accelerate due to improving housing sector, resurgence of U.S. manufacturing, energy renaissance, and relief from policy uncertainty. Read More

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AAMA releases courses on fenestration components.

April 5, 2013

AAMA recently released education courses on hardware, weatherstrip, and weatherseals, as well as sealants and adhesives used during factory fabrication, as part of association’s FenestrationMasters® program. Group 1 courses cover product types and design considerations; window, door, and skylight performance standards; proper glass selection; and specialty performance considerations, while Group 2 courses cover profile performance and material considerations, as well as coatings and finishes. Read More

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Proposed Cleaner Fuels/Cars Standard will reduce air pollution.

April 5, 2013

Based on input from auto manufactures, refiners, and states, U.S. EPA standards for cars and gasoline will reduce harmful pollution while also enabling efficiency improvements in cars and trucks. Measures include reducing smog-forming VOCs and nitrogen oxides by 80%, establishing 70% tighter particulate matter standard, and reducing fuel vapor emissions to near zero. Proposal will also reduce vehicle emissions of toxic air pollutants, such as benzene and 1.3-butadiene, by up to 40%. Read More

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Comments Sought on OH&S management system requirements standard.

April 4, 2013

British Standards Institution (BSI), UK's member body to ISO, submitted proposal for new international standard that would specify requirements for occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system. As U.S. member body to ISO, ANSI invites interested stakeholders to submit comments on said proposal by April 26, 2013. Standard would set down list of requirements for OH&S system to provide organizations with increased control over related risks. Read More

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EPA to Focus on Flame Retardants in chemical risk assessments.

April 4, 2013

EPA will begin assessments on 23 commonly used chemicals, with specific focus on flame retardant chemicals, to more fully understand potential risks to people's health and environment. As EPA develops draft risk assessments, agency will use information available through range of publicly available data sources. EPA also encourages submission of additional relevant information, such as unpublished studies and information on uses/potential exposures, so that they may be included in review. Read More

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NSC accepting nominations for Rising Stars of Safety.

April 3, 2013

Presented by DuPont Sustainable Solutions, NSC Rising Stars of Safety recognizes individuals younger than 40 who have distinguished themselves by improving workplace safety. Individuals must display creative and innovative approaches to safety. Candidates must also have 5 or more years of direct safety experience and a foundation of safety oversight. Council invites organizations to submit nomination form on behalf of an employee who demonstrates safety leadership. Read More

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Voluntary Standards cover CO2 storage and telecom facilities.

April 3, 2013

CSA Z741-2012, Geological Storage of Carbon Dioxide promotes environmentally safe and long-term containment of carbon dioxide in way that minimizes risks to environment and human health. Standard is primarily applicable to saline aquifers and depleted hydrocarbon reservoirs. ANSI/SCTE 186 2012, Product Environmental Requirements for Cable Telecommunications Facilities was created to enhance energy efficiency by defining physical, environmental, electrical, and sustainability requirements. Read More