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AIA President Makes Statement on entitlements, debt burdens.

July 18, 2011

Regarding USA's fiscal crisis, AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey noted America's business leaders' patience and understanding as political leaders have sought to find solution. She spoke of various difficulties at hand, "from growing entitlement costs to outsized debt burdens," and called on political leaders to end delays on making such tough choices. She also stressed opportunity to tackle challenges "in a smart way that preserves our national security and economic strength." Read More

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AIA concerned by NASA and NOAA cuts.

July 15, 2011

AIA is concerned about substantial cuts being made to budgets of NASA and NOAA in the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science markup of fiscal year 2012 appropriations bill. Markup cuts NASA's space programs by 10% from President's request and nearly 13% from NASA authorization passed last October. In addition, NOAA would get $1 billion less than President's request - an 18% cut in a year when storms have taken hundreds of lives and shown need for accurate forecasts. Read More

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Risk and Resiliency Tools previewed in Arlington County, VA.

July 15, 2011

US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate and National Institute of Building Sciences gave Arlington County, VA preview of tools to help prepare buildings and critical infrastructure against potential disasters. Integrated Rapid Visual Screening (IRVS) tools help obtain preliminary risk assessment rating for buildings and infrastructure. Arlington also asked DHS to include it in development of Washington, DC Urban Blast Tool (UBT). Read More

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PMA Hosts Conference for marketing and sales professionals.

July 15, 2011

Second annual Marketing and Sales Conference will take place August 24-25, 2011 in Chicago, IL. Educational sessions will be delivered by speakers offering examples for reaching new customers, maintaining current customers, and establishing strong company brands. As keynote speaker, Tom Snyder will discuss tactics, techniques, and excitement that research on leading by insight reveals. Also, program features 2 concurrent educational tracks for management and sales-level executives. Read More

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First Chief Manufacturing Officer was selected by NIST.

July 15, 2011

As announced by NIST, manufacturing industry executive Michael F. Molnar will serve as agency's Chief Manufacturing Officer. As Chief Manufacturing Officer, Molnar will be responsible for planning and coordination of NIST's manufacturing research and services programs. He will also serve as NIST's central point of contact with White House, Department of Commerce, and other agencies on technical and policy issues related to manufacturing. Read More

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Metallurgy Standards Contribution Award goes to Craig W. Hudson.

July 15, 2011

In recognition of his expertise in powder metallurgy technology and contributions to development of powder metallurgy standards, ASTM International Committee B09 on Metal Powders and Metal Powder Products presented ASTM Award of Merit to Craig W. Hudson of Emporium, PA. Hudson's career has focused on powder metallurgy, processing, failure analysis, and laboratory management. His most recent professional position was that of manager of research and development at Atlas Pressed Metals. Read More

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Dr. Lyle Zardiackas receives ASTM Award of Merit.

July 15, 2011

Lyle Zardiackas, Ph.D., professor emeritus, University of Mississippi Medical Center, has received ASTM International Award of Merit for his outstanding leadership and high productivity in fostering the development of surgical implant standards in ASTM Committee F04 for Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices. A member of ASTM and Committee F04 since 1988, Zardiackas is the author of 5 books, more than 120 research abstracts, and more than 50 refereed scientific articles. Read More

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NAM VP Comments on trade data and trends for May 2011.

July 15, 2011

Commenting on May international trade data, NAM VP for International Economic Affairs Frank Vargo stated that this one-month change in exports and imports is in line with basic trends visible since start of 2009. June data, he said, will be important in determining whether shift has occurred. With manufactured goods imports outpacing export growth all year and deficit tending to increase, manufactured goods exports need to accelerate or deficit could slip into record territory by next year. Read More

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NIST, Researcher recognized for forensic science citations.

July 14, 2011

According to ScienceWatch.com's survey of legal medicine and forensic science journal papers published/cited from 2001-2011, NIST was cited 1,123 times. This put NIST seventh worldwide and second in US. In terms of average annual number of citations in high-impact journals, NIST was top among US institutions and third globally with ranking of 17.83. Also, NIST chemist and DNA forensics expert John Butler ranked number one as high-impact author in legal medicine and forensic science. Read More

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NIST creates tunable superconducting circuit on a chip.

July 14, 2011

Created by researchers at NIST, "optics table on a chip" is a superconducting circuit on a square sapphire chip about 6 mm wide. Scientists use the chip to place a single microwave photon in 2 frequencies, or colors, at the same time. Combining single photon source, cavity that naturally resonates or vibrates at particular frequencies, and coupling device called a SQUID, circuit can be used to create and manipulate different quantum states. Read More

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ASTM International offers Proficiency Testing Programs.

July 14, 2011

ASTM's Proficiency Testing Programs on Petroleum Products and Lubricants provide participating laboratories with a statistical quality assurance tool, enabling them to compare their performance in the use of ASTM test methods with other laboratories worldwide. Laboratories receive different samples for each test cycle, and upon completing tests, submit test data electronically to ASTM for use in generating statistical summary reports. Read More

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Proposed Standards will focus on chemical vapor detectors.

July 14, 2011

Supporting US Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate, August 10 meeting will establish task group within ASTM Committee E54 on Homeland Security Applications to complete drafting 2 performance standards for chemical vapor detectors. Work items for 2 proposed new standards are ASTM WK33681, Specification for Standard for Handheld Chemical Vapor Point Detectors, and ASTM WK33684, Specification for Standard for Stationary Monitoring Chemical Vapor Point Detector. Read More

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EPA Proposes Review of uses for chemicals classified as glymes.

July 13, 2011

Based in part on concerns that uses of glymes could lead to harmful reproductive and developmental health effects, U.S. EPA is proposing to protect consumers by requiring companies to report new uses of 14 specific chemicals in consumer products. Proposed regulatory procedure would ensure that, prior to manufacture, import, or processing of these chemicals for significant new use, EPA will have 90 days to evaluate potential risks and prohibit or limit activity if warranted. Read More

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Solar Lab Collaborative Showcase scheduled for August 4.

July 13, 2011

One-of-a-kind platforms that have the ability to bridge the gap between PV module and cell efficiencies can be seen by stakeholders during the Collaborative Showcase at NREL's Process Development Integration Laboratory. PDIL is a fully operational facility for testing, measuring, and processing solar cells to maximize research benefits and minimize development risks. NREL wants stakeholders to see the new lab and discuss ways to work together to use its capabilities. Read More

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Video Showcases NIST-hosted robotics competitions in China.

July 13, 2011

Video highlights from 2 NIST-hosted robotics challenges in China let viewers observe robots designed to prove viability of advanced robotics and microrobotics technologies. In Mobile Microrobotics Challenge (MMC), microscopic automatons navigate maze about size of sesame seed and perform miniature manufacturing tasks. In Virtual Manufacturing Automation Competition (VMAC), virtual robots pick up pallets, navigate around each other, and load trucks in simulated warehouse environment. Read More

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Research Team studies effects of processing flaws in graphene.

July 13, 2011

Using sophisticated computer modeling and advanced material analysis, research team led by University of Buffalo has demonstrated how relatively simple processing flaws can seriously degrade electronic properties of graphene. Paper demonstrates how wrinkles in graphene sheet and/or chance contaminants from processing disrupt and slow electron flow across sheet. Results could be important for design of commercial manufacturing processes that exploit unique electrical properties of graphene. Read More

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AIM Inc. announces major sponsors for 2011 AIM Expo.

July 12, 2011

The Association for Automatic Identification and Mobility has announced that BlueStar, Datalogic, and Motorola have committed to major sponsorships for the 2011 AIM Expo, which will be held Sept 26-28, in conjunction with PACK EXPO Las Vegas. In addition to prominent support of the overall event, and committed involvement on many levels, each of the major sponsors will host functions of the AIM Expo to deliver unique networking and participate in key educational opportunities. Read More

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AIA marks end of an era with last shuttle launch.

July 12, 2011

AIA congratulated NASA on its record of achievement marked by final space shuttle flight. Over 30 year span, space shuttle successes included sending 350+ astronauts from 20 nations into space, servicing Hubble Space Telescope, linking up with Mir Space Station, and building International Space Station. AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey, who called space shuttle "an amazing American success story," said "We need to honor the shuttle's legacy by continuing to invest in our future." Read More

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Materials Scientists study nanocomposite fire retardants.

July 12, 2011

In studying experimental nanocomposite fire retardants, materials scientists from NIST and University of Maryland demonstrated that the more widely and uniformly dispersed nanoscale plates of clay are in a polymer, the more fire protection that nanocomposite material provides. Team reported that in tests of 5 specimens, each with same amount of nanoscale filler (5% by weight), sample with wide dispersions was more resistant to igniting and burning than specimen with crowded plate clusters. Read More

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NEMA Meeting to focus on EV supply equipment harmonization.

July 12, 2011

On July 20, NEMA will host meeting at Underwriters Laboratory's (UL) Research Triangle Park North Carolina facility. Canadian, Mexican, and U.S. stakeholders will discuss standards harmonization requirements for testing and certifying electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) used in North America. While issues remain which EV technologies must overcome, NEMA believes safety and basic performance of supply equipment associated with EVs are covered by existing documents. Read More