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Plants can use biological photosynthesis to produce energy.

May 16, 2011

U.S. Department of Energy workshop that drew collection of 18 scientists to compare efficiency of plants and photovoltaic solar cells led to important scholarly article in Journal of Science, titled "Comparing Photosynthetic and Photovoltaic Efficiencies and Recognizing the Potential for Improvement." Article combines lessons learned from evolutionary photobiology and modern solar cells to make the case for a potentially huge boost in efficiency of solar production of biofuels. Read More

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BSA elects 2011-2012 officers and directors.

May 16, 2011

At its 2011 Annual Convention, BSA elected James Webster, DXP Enterprises for President; Linda Miller, Bearings and Drives, Inc. for First Vice President; Jack Simpson, Applied Industrial Technologies as Second Vice President; Brian Negri, Jamaica Bearings Company, Inc. for Treasurer; and Ellen Holladay, Motion Industries, Inc. as Chairman of the Board. In addition, Jim Scardina, Bearing Headquarters, and John Ruth, BDI were elected to serve as directors for 3 year terms expiring in 2014. Read More

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I Make America Supporter speaks about U.S. manufacturing jobs.

May 16, 2011

Mike Rowe, host of Discovery Channel's Dirty Jobs program, testified before Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee's hearing on "Manufacturing Our Way to a Stronger Economy" in support of U.S. manufacturing jobs and AEM's I Make America campaign. In his testimony, Rowe described his experiences working with manufacturers and skilled laborers across America, his personal initiatives in support of job creation, as well as importance of paved roads and reliable bridges. Read More

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Green Building Standard Addenda to reduce heat island effect.

May 16, 2011

Five proposed addenda to Standard 189.1-2009, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, are open for public comment. Developed by ASHRAE in conjunction with Illuminating Engineering Society of North America and U.S. Green Building Council, standard provides green building foundation for those who design, build, and operate green buildings. Addendums aim to appease requirements for heat reduction and subsequent energy use. Read More

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NAM makes comments before Senate Finance Committee.

May 16, 2011

According to statement submitted before Senate Finance Committee hearing on Oil and Gas Tax Incentives and Rising Energy Prices, NAM is extremely concerned with proposals under consideration in Congress that would increase taxes for energy companies and discourage needed investment in energy infrastructure and supply. In particular, NAM strongly opposes proposal that would increase taxes on oil and gas companies by making them ineligible for Sec. 199 deduction for domestic manufacturing activity. Read More

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AASHTO announces update of Transportation TV website.

May 16, 2011

AASHTO has unveiled an updated Transportation TV website offering viewers a new platform to access more than 100 original video on variety of subjects. Transportation TV's mission is to tell America's transportation story by giving AASHTO and its member state transportation departments the ability to communicate directly with public, news media, and decision-makers on Capitol Hill and across the nation. In minutes, viewers get a week's worth of transportation news. Read More

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Washington Conference 2011 to focus on ICH quality standards.

May 16, 2011

ISPE announced it will feature 7 educational sessions, including 2 focused on ICH quality standards, as part of its 2011 Washington Conference, which will take place June 6-9 in Washington, DC. Sessions will cover such topics as process validation, compliance assurance, and ICH Q11. In addition to educational content, conference will feature three training courses that address cross contamination risk management, 21 CFR Part 11 regulation compliance, and HVAC system fundamentals. Read More

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WIRES Study shows smart grid would stimulate job creation.

May 16, 2011

In light of WIRES (Working Group for Investment in Reliable and Economic Electric Systems) study, NEMA reiterated its call for policymakers to support development of US electric transmission infrastructure. Findings from said study indicate annual investment in new electric transmission facilities could reach 12-16 billion dollars in US. This would result in 30-40 billion dollars in annual economic activity and possibly create 150,000-200,000 new full-time jobs in each of next 20 years. Read More

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Charles Clark named co-director of Joint Quantum Institute.

May 13, 2011

Joint Quantum Institute, a research collaboration that includes NIST and the University of Maryland, brings together scientists who study physical systems that obey the counterintuitive rules of quantum physics. Charles Clark, named co-director of JQI, was chief of NIST Electron and Optical Physics Division for 20 years before being appointed NIST Fellow in 2010. His research activities are focused on theoretical atomic, molecular, and optical physics. Read More

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AASHTO joins UN campaign for worldwide road safety.

May 13, 2011

AASHTO joined with United Nations, members of Congress, and leading traffic safety and public health organizations to launch "The Decade of Action," a 10-year international campaign aiming to save 5 million lives and prevent 50 million serious injuries caused by motor vehicle crashes around the world. During event, Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of CDC, released new data on impact of traffic crashes nationwide, including state-specific information on financial cost of motor vehicle crash deaths. Read More

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ANSI issues call for nominations for 2012 Board of Directors.

May 13, 2011

ANSI invites all members to recommend qualified candidates for 2012 ANSI Board of Directors. ANSI strives to ensure balance and diversity within its membership and is seeking Board members who enhance member relationships and networks. Board is responsible for management and control of activities, property, and affairs of ANSI, including strategic direction of Institute, annual budget, and scope of responsibilities of Board and Institute Committees, Councils, and Boards. Read More

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IPC Capitol Hill Day Agenda targets U.S. electronics manufacturers.

May 13, 2011

Critical importance of North American PCB industry to strengthen and protect U.S. national security is one of three issues that will be addressed during IPC's Capitol Hill Day, which takes place June 15-16 in Washington, DC. Participants will meet with members of Congress to educate them on complexities of conflict minerals regulations as well as impact of those regulations on their companies. Participants will also learn about technologies representing best opportunities to ensure success. Read More

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ASTM awards William F. Edelen for work on Committed D18.

May 13, 2011

ASTM Committee D18 on Soil and Rock has presented ASTM International A. Ivan Johnson Award to William F. Edelen, VP of Engineering at Froehling & Robertson, Inc., for his significant contributions to work on committee. Member of ASTM since 1986, Edelen is D18 Vice Chairman and member at large on executive subcommittee. Committee honored Edelen with Special Service Award in 2007 and he also received Richard S. Ladd Standards Development Award in 2005 and 2009. Read More

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Stinchcomb Award honors composite materials contributions.

May 13, 2011

Barry Davidson, Ph.D. and professor in Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, received Wayne W. Stinchcomb Memorial Award from ASTM International Committee D30 on Composite Materials. Davidson's research focuses on design, analysis, and testing of composite materials, with emphasis in delamination growth in advanced polymeric composites. His research has been supported by several associations and foundations. Read More

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FAA revises proposal to enhance air carrier training programs.

May 13, 2011

FAA has proposed a substantial and wide-ranging overhaul of air carrier crew training. Under proposal, flight crews would have to demonstrate, not just learn, critical skills in "real-world" training scenarios. Pilots would be required to train as a complete flight crew, coordinate their actions through Crew Resource Management, and fly scenarios based on actual events. Dispatchers would have enhanced training and would be required to apply that knowledge in complex operating environment. Read More

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Statement by NAM VP says offshore drilling helps create jobs.

May 12, 2011

Aric Newhouse, NAM Senior VP for Policy and Government Relations, issued statement as House of Representatives began to consider H.R. 1231, Reversing President Obama's Offshore Moratorium Act. "Manufacturers have suffered from this moratorium," said Newhouse, "because they make and supply the equipment, services, engines, boats and materials...used by offshore drilling rigs." Newhouse also said getting rigs back up and running will restore jobs and promote nation's economic recovery. Read More

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NIST Publication assists manufacturers writing BIOS code.

May 12, 2011

NIST Special Publication 800-147 provides guidelines for building features into BIOS that help protect it from being modified or corrupted by attackers. Manufacturers routinely update system firmware to fix bugs, patch vulnerabilities, and support new hardware. SP 800-147 calls for using cryptographic "digital signatures" to authenticate BIOS updates before installation. Publication also suggests management best practices that are tightly coupled with security guidelines for manufacturers. Read More

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NIST Report updates statistics on federal tech transfer efforts.

May 12, 2011

Report released by NIST summarizes technology transfer activities and achievements of scientific research agencies across federal government. Statistical data provided indicates that, from 2005 to 2009, collaborations at federal labs using Cooperative Research and Development Agreements show slightly upward trend, along with new patent applications and issued patents. Federal laboratories also transfer many technologies through other mechanisms not listed in this report. Read More

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ICCF is celebrating 31st annual Building Safety Month.

May 12, 2011

Throughout month of May, International Code Council Foundation will celebrate Building Safety Month with public awareness campaign that seeks to create community-wide recognition and understanding of building safety and sustainability, and the critical role of codes and code officials in protecting people and communities. Each week of May will focus on 4 core themes: Energy and Green Building, Disaster Safety and Mitigation, Fire Safety and Awareness, and Backyard Safety. Read More

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China RoHS Policy Event Report is available from ANSI.

May 12, 2011

Released by ANSI, report on proposed revisions to China's Restrictions on Hazardous Substances (RoHS) outlines discussions held at February 23 event in Beijing that was hosted by ANSI Manufacturer Member Roundtable in China and U.S.-China Business Council (USCBC). Aforementioned event, which provided venue for open, cross-sector discussion of revisions, featured representatives of Chinese government agencies and groups involved with RoHS implementation. Read More