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ISPE to present conference focused on GAMP® principles.

August 22, 2011

Themed "Improve Productivity with Risk-Based Systems Validation," Good Automated Manufacturing Practices (GAMPĀ®) conference will feature 3 educational tracks that address systems validation from manufacturing, laboratory, and IT infrastructure standpoints. Tracks will be book-ended by opening plenary session on validation productivity led by GAMP expert David Selby and closing plenary session on data integrity led by FDA Compliance Officer George Smith and computer systems expert Sion Wyn. Read More

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NIST demonstrates quantum entanglement of ions using microwaves.

August 22, 2011

Physicists at NIST have, for the first time, linked quantum properties of 2 separated ions by manipulating them with microwaves instead of laser beams. The feat raises the possibility of replacing complex, room-sized quantum computing "laser parks" with miniaturized, commercial microwave technology similar to that used in smart phones. Use of microwaves reduces errors introduced by instabilities in laser beam pointing and power as well as laser-induced spontaneous emissions by ions. Read More

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Caterpillar Inc. to Receive Award for construction innovation.

August 22, 2011

On September 14, 2011, National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. will award Caterpillar Inc. 2011 Henry C. Turner Prize for Innovation in Construction Technology. Clyde Tatum, Henry C. Turner Prize jury member, stated that "Caterpillar has consistently excelled in developing innovative products." Turner added that Caterpillar's "recent examples of increasing the sustainability and productivity of their products provide further evidence of their leadership." Read More

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NIST seeks comments on cybersecurity draft strategic plan.

August 19, 2011

NIST issued for public comment a draft strategic plan for the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education program. The plan, "Building a Digital Nation," outlines NICE's mission, vision, goals, and objectives. NIST coordinates the interagency NICE program, which is a national campaign focused on enhancing cybersecurity in the U.S. by accelerating availability of educational and training resources designed to improve cyber behavior, skills, and knowledge of every segment of population. Read More

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Proposed ASTM Standard addresses epifluorescence microscopy.

August 19, 2011

WK33434, Guide for Performing Quantitative Fluorescence Intensity Measurements in Cell-Based Assays with Epifluorescence Microscopy, will provide guidance on how to set up an experiment that uses an epifluorescence microscope to ensure that the imaging measurements are quantitative. Standard will also provide guidance on how to use benchmarks to allow comparisons of measurements that are taken on different days with the same or similar microscopes. Read More

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ASTM Proposed Test Method helps determine Fluorine/Chlorine content.

August 19, 2011

Proposed standard ASTM WK33343, Test Method for Total Fluorine and Chlorine in Coal, Coke and their Residues by Oxidative Pyrohydrolytic Combustion Followed by Ion Chromatography Detection (Combustion Ion Chromatography-CIC), is in development. Standard will be of use to those working with power plant boilers as well as those in government and industry trying to model release of anions into environment. Participation from interested parties is welcome. Read More

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NIST's Gentle Cell Capture Method could aid medical research.

August 19, 2011

A research team at NIST has come up with a potential solution to a 2-pronged problem in medical research: how to capture cells on a particular spot on a surface using electric fields and keep them alive long enough to run experiments on them. Their method, which involves innovations upon conventional cell-capture techniques, has already proved effective in creating arrays of human liver cells and mouse pluripotent cells, which, similar to stem cells, can develop into more than one cell type. Read More

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Machine Shop Benchmarking Survey is sponsored by AMT, IMTS.

August 19, 2011

AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology and IMTS - The International Manufacturing Technology Show have sponsored Modern Machine Shop's inaugural Top Shops benchmarking survey, which includes 10 firms being named 2011 Top Shops award winners. Peter Eelman of AMT expressed hope that survey results not only recognize specific companies but also serve as useful tool with which other companies can find ways to improve sales, productivity, and profitability. Read More

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CREED to Help Cleantech Start-Ups with Market Strategies class.

August 19, 2011

Colorado Center for Renewable Energy Economic Development (CREED) at US Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) invites cleantech entrepreneurs to attend next event in its Entrepreneur Series: Go-to-Market Strategies. Taking place in Golden, CO on August 25, class will help attendees analyze primary and secondary markets as well as explain how to build and use Go-to-Market strategy. Speakers will include Boulder WindPower's CEO and CFO. Read More

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PACK EXPO Exhibitors give students head start in packaging race.

August 18, 2011

PMMI, with help from sponsor ASCO Numatics and other exhibitors, is preparing for the second edition of The Amazing Packaging Race, which will take place Sept 28 at PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011. Event will introduce students to packaging and processing exhibitors and the products they offer. During timed competition, students earn points for tasks accomplished at participating exhibitor booths. Team with most points wins and each member of that team will receive an iPad 2. Read More

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Fuel Corrosivity Workshop will take place in December.

August 18, 2011

Hosted by panel of industry experts, Fuel Corrosivity Workshop II will provide technical forum to discuss corrosivity and material compatibility aspects of petroleum and alternative liquid fuels on materials that comprise storage systems, distribution systems, dispensing systems and vehicle fuel systems. Workshop will be held in New Orleans, LA on December 8. Online registration opens ~8 weeks before workshop and closes November 30. Read More

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Pesticide Formulation/Delivery Symposium to be held in November.

August 18, 2011

To be held November 1-3, 2011 in Tampa, FL, 32nd Symposium on Pesticide Formulation and Delivery: Innovating Legacy Products for New Uses has three primary purposes. It provides forum for updates on new pesticide formulations, function of formulation components, and new delivery systems to minimize environmental impact or increase efficacy. Symposium also fosters discussion of proposed standards and science behind them while providing venue for networking among participants. Read More

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ANSI Priority Area Survey open through August 19.

August 18, 2011

ANSI is reminding members of invitation to participate in survey that will help Institute identify future program areas for India and prioritize standards-related activities in other regions. The 20-question survey seeks to gauge ANSI member interest in standardization activities in India over next 3-5 years and asks organizations to indicate interest level in ANSI engagement in China, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, EU, Russian Federation, Middle East, North Africa, Brazil, and Americas. Read More

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ANSI is seeking comments for potential ISO activity on clean cookstoves.

August 18, 2011

Partnership for Clean Indoor Air (PCIA) and Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (the Alliance) have approached ANSI for recommendations on advancing international standards for clean cookstoves with aim of promoting clean and efficient home cooking technologies in developing countries. As U.S. member body to ISO, ANSI invites interested stakeholders to submit comments on potential ISO activity related to cookstoves by September 2, 2011. Read More

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NIST Awards $2.7 Million to small business research projects.

August 18, 2011

With goal of helping develop technologies that could lead to commercial and public benefit, NIST announced nearly $2.7 million in Phase 1 and Phase 2 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) awards to 18 U.S. small businesses. Winning projects include research platform for developing microscopic robots less than 1 mm in size, environmental chamber for testing weathering of materials, and system for broadcasting time-of-day signals. Read More

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NIST Tests help ensure wireless alarm beacon reliability.

August 18, 2011

Tests at NIST are helping to ensure alarm beacons for firefighters and other emergency responders operate reliably in presence of other wireless devices. Latest NIST study, focused on interference between Personal Alert Safety Systems (PASS) with wireless alarm capability and RFID systems, developed methods for testing interference in wireless devices such as radios, hands-free cell phone headsets, LANs, and urban search and rescue robots. Read More

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SME announces 2011 Design for Digital Manufacturing winners.

August 18, 2011

For 2011 Design for Digital Manufacturing Competition contestants had to design a product intended to be, or be part of, a system that utilizes direct digital manufacturing. First place winners were U.Mass-Lowell students Adam McLaughlin, Jordan Tye, Lisabet Sizer, and Mark Damplo for their "Custom Forearm Crutch Handgrip with Integrated iPod Controller and Flashlight." Students from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville came in 2nd place for their design of an adjustable blade ceiling fan. Read More

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OSA provides research highlights from Biomedical Optics Express.

August 18, 2011

Biomedical Optics Express provides rapid, open-access, peer-reviewed papers related to optics, photonics, and imaging in the life sciences. Highlights of key research published in August issue include: near-infrared imaging system shows promise as future pancreatic cancer diagnostic tool; research team achieves first 2-color STED microscopy of living cells; and cellular laser microsurgery illuminates research in vertebrate biology. Read More

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National Reference Standard applies to federal, commercial buildings.

August 18, 2011

Under recent rulings issued by U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), commercial and high-rise residential buildings, including federal buildings, must meet requirements in ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2007. States are required to certify by July 20, 2013 that they have reviewed and updated provisions of their commercial building code regarding energy efficiency. DOE also requires new federal buildings, with construction beginning on/after October 11, 2012, to meet requirements of 90.1-2007. Read More

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BIO supports advanced biofuels initiative.

August 18, 2011

Advanced biofuels represent the best option for meeting the needs of the military and civilian markets. BIO thanked Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Energy Secretary Steven Chu, and Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and applauded Obama administration's announced initiative to invest up to $510 million to construct or retrofit facilities to produce drop-in advanced biofuels. These biofuels can be an important 'force multiplier' by increasing military's ability to operate where needed. Read More