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Updated System Smoke Detector Guide promotes proper use.

October 6, 2011

NEMA SB 11-2011 Guide for Proper Use of System Smoke Detectors, developed by Signaling Protection and Communication Section, has been published with the B 11 designation and provides technical information on basic fire alarm systems, with focus on early-warning smoke detection devices. Covering smoke detectors connected to control panel, guide has been updated to include technology advancements spanning past 10 years. Read More

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Gulf Coast Task Force releases ecosystem restoration strategy.

October 6, 2011

Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, chaired by EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, released for public review its preliminary strategy for long term ecosystem restoration. Strategy, which will be presented to President Obama at end of review period, recommends stopping loss of wetlands, reducing flow of nutrients into Gulf, and enhancing resiliency among coastal communities. Task Force will also review existing policies, programs, and regulations that are slowing down restoration progress. Read More

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Photos prove triple rainbows exist.

October 6, 2011

Tertiary rainbows, caused by 3 reflections of each light ray within a raindrop, have finally been confirmed, thanks to photographic perseverance and a new meteorological model that provides the scientific underpinnings to find them. In addition to confirmed photo of a tertiary rainbow, optical hunt revealed a shimmering trace of a fourth rainbow. The work is described in a series of papers in a special issue published in the Optical Society's journal, Applied Optics. Read More

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Brambert named group publisher for FMA Communications, Inc.

October 6, 2011

As group publisher, David Brambert will be responsible for the strategic direction of FMA's industrial publications, which include The FABRICATOR, TPJ-the Tube and Pipe Journal, STAMPING Journal, Practical Welding Today, and Green Manufacturer as well as association's e-newsletter, vendor directories, and websites. Brambert has more than 27 years of experience in the publishing industry, 12 of them as either publisher or group publisher. Read More

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Three Facilities earn Energy Star CHP award.

October 6, 2011

U.S. EPA recognized 3 facilities with the Energy Star Combined Heat and Power award for demonstrating leadership and commitment to protecting peoples' health and the environment. By using CHP technology, award winners achieved estimated annual energy savings of more than $4 million and avoided carbon pollution equivalent to that from nearly 20,000 cars on the road. Winners include Dominion Transmission-Crayne Station of Waynesburg, PA; KPMG LLP of Minneapolis, MN; and University of Cincinnati. Read More

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ASTM Search and Rescue Committee is working on various standards.

October 6, 2011

Proposed standard ASTM WK33934, Guide for Mountain Search and Rescue Member Level I, will fill existing gap in criteria for National Emergency Responder Credentialing System currently being developed by FEMA. Proposed standard ASTM WK34207, Guide for Helicopter Land Operations Search and Rescue Technician, suits those who have SAR training and want to use their skills in helicopter environment as well as helicopter crewmembers who want to expand SAR skills to support missions from air. Read More

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ASTM Silica Symposium. invites paper submittals.

October 6, 2011

Scheduled for Oct 25-26, 2012, symposium on Silica and Associated Respirable Mineral Particles builds on work presented at first silica symposium held in 2004. It will provide update on sampling and analytical progress towards accurately assessing respirable crystalline silica exposures for compliance with current limit values for worker protection. Papers are requested on any aspects of sampling and analysis of airborne respirable dust generally, or respirable crystalline silica specifically. Read More

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Researchers Transform iPhone into medical imaging device.

October 5, 2011

Researchers from University of California, Davis have transformed iPhones into medical-quality imaging and chemical detection devices. With materials that cost about as much as a typical app, enhanced smartphones capabilities can be used to perform detailed microscopy and spectroscopy. Team responsible will present their findings at Optical Society's (OSA) Annual Meeting, Frontiers in Optics (FiO) 2011, which will take place in San Jose, CA from October 16-20. Read More

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EPA Commits to Support Smart Growth in 125 communities.

October 5, 2011

U.S. EPA plans to help estimated 125 local, state, and tribal governments create more housing choices, increase transportation efficiency and reliability, as well as support vibrant and healthy neighborhoods that attract businesses. EPA's commitment, totaling more than $1.5 million, will come through 2 separate programs: Smart Growth Implementation Assistance program (SGIA) and Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program. Read More

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Obama Administration announces $12 million i6 Green investment.

October 5, 2011

Obama Administration announced 6 winners of the i6 Green Challenge, an initiative to drive technology commercialization and entrepreneurship in support of a green innovation economy, increased U.S. competitiveness, and new jobs. Projects in Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, New England, and Washington will receive up to $1 million from U.S. Commerce Department's EDA and up to $6 million in additional funding from Departments of Agriculture and Energy, EPA, NSF, NIST, and USPTO. Read More

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Demand Response Workshop offers energy management strategies.

October 5, 2011

Scheduled for October 27 at Harper College in Palatine, IL, Green Manufacturer Network's "Demand Response Workshop" will teach industry executives how to make company operations more sustainable and profitable. Key discussion topics will include basics of DR, getting started in a DR program, understanding DR contracts, economics of DR and how to apply this knowledge to your facility, and equipment requirements. Read More

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AAMA Virtual Library offers electronic technical documents.

October 5, 2011

AAMA Virtual Library (AVL), announced on September 26 during AMMA's National Fall Conference, enables members to purchase annual licenses in order to offer electronic versions of AAMA publications to employees. Initially being offered to AAMA Category 1 corporate members, technical consultant, and professional members, agreements are on one-year basis that requires annual renewal. All electronic document licenses will be available online through AAMA's website. Read More

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EPA Mapping Tool improves public access to enforcement data.

October 4, 2011

Part of U.S. EPA's Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) database, EPA and State Enforcement Actions Map lets public access federal and state enforcement information in interactive format and compare enforcement action information by state. Map will be refreshed monthly to include up-to-date information pertaining to enforcement actions taken to address violations of air, water, and waste laws. Users can choose year, media, and actions level (federal, state, or both). Read More

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EPA and DOT join CBP Import Safety Center.

October 4, 2011

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has signed agreements with the EPA and Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to advance information-sharing to improve targeting of imports for health and safety violations. EPA and PHSMA are now part of CBP's Import Safety Commercial Targeting and Analysis Center, a multi-agency center for targeting commercial shipments that pose potential threats to health and safety of Americans. Read More

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PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011 names winner of Project 2020.

October 4, 2011

Tri-tainer(TM) pet food container was named Grand Prize Winner in Project 2020: The Consumer Experience. Prototype of winning design, submitted by Directions Marketing of Neenah, WI, was displayed in The Brand Zone at PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011. Container's interlocking triangular design and uniform size and shape make packing, shipping and warehouse storage more efficient. Accordion-type compression reduces container height as product is dispensed, and container folds flat when empty for recycling. Read More

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ITS World Congress to feature NTCIP Interoperability Showcase.

October 4, 2011

NEMA and member companies for transportation management products will present NTCIP(TM) Interoperability Showcase at 18th World Congress on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), which takes place in Orlando, FL from October 17-19, 2011. Showcase consists of full-scale demonstration that displays interoperability of NTCIP-compliant products. Using private wireless network for connectivity, NTCIP device interoperability demonstration will be distributed across Orlando Convention Center. Read More

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NIST extends response period for comments on AMTech program.

October 4, 2011

To accommodate additional interested parties, NIST announced 30-day extension on request seeking public comment on the proposed Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortia program. NIST's Request for Information asked for public comments on how to structure the proposed new program, which would foster public-private research consortia focused on long-term industrial research needs in the area of advanced manufacturing. Comment period now ends on Thursday, Oct 20, 2011. Read More

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Record Numbers attend Die Casting Congress and Tabletop.

October 4, 2011

Held Sept 19-21, NADCA's Die Casting Congress and Tabletop attracted over 675 attendees and 91 companies showcasing latest technology, research, and services available to die cast industry. Event featured 3 days of Congress sessions during which technical and management presentations were given by experts from around the world. Presentations covered advanced technologies, die materials, computer modeling, cast materials, die surface engineering, equipment, and process control. Read More

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IEEE striving to increase global ranks of women engineers.

October 3, 2011

IEEE Women in Engineering group cites the need for more role models, practical teaching, and career flexibility to tackle a challenge that defies a single global solution. IEEE members advocating for women in engineering will be part of a month-long drive on the IEEE Women in Engineering Facebook page to engage people worldwide in discussions about how to interest more girls in engineering and ensure women are able to build successful engineering careers. Read More

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Proposed Standard will aid evaluation of sewer system coatings.

October 3, 2011

Once approved, ASTM WK33537, Practice for Operating the Severe Wastewater Analysis Testing Apparatus, will aid evaluation of high-performance protective coatings for sewerage systems. This proposed ASTM International standard, providing test specific to such coatings, is being developed by Subcommittee G01.05 on Laboratory Corrosion Tests. Primary users will include specifying architects/engineers and municipal wastewater owners seeking to extend service life of infrastructure assets. Read More