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NAM urges approval of Keystone XL pipeline.

March 5, 2013

Chip Yost, NAM Assistant VP of Energy and Resources Policy, released statement urging approval of Keystone XL pipeline after State Department issued draft Environment Impact Statement. According to Yost, release of draft EIS is a step in the right direction toward final approval of this important project. Pipeline will provide country with energy security as well as create 20,000 manufacturing and construction jobs and an additional 118,000 spin-off jobs. Read More

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ASTM Proposes Standard to evaluate wet road skid resistance.

March 5, 2013

Proposed standard ASTM WK40015, Test Method for Determining the Skid Resistance of a Pavement Surface by Measuring the Sideway Force Coefficient (SFCS) Using SCRIM, is based on test used by highway authorities in United Kingdom and other parts of the world since 1970s. Test described in said standard will be used primarily by highway authorities to evaluate wet road skidding resistance as means of reducing automobile accidents. Read More

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Proposed Standard to cover advances for asphalt adhesives.

March 5, 2013

ASTM WK40056, Specification for Adhesive Used with Modified Bituminous Sheet Materials, is being developed by Subcommittee D08.20 on Roofing Membrane Systems, part of ASTM International Committee D08 on Roofing and Waterproofing. Proposed standard will provide means of describing changes that have been made in formulation and performance of asphalt adhesives currently available. It will also provide a tool for purchasing latest asphalt adhesives for use with modified bitumen roof membranes. Read More

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IR Digital Holography lets firefighters see through flames.

March 5, 2013

A team of Italian researchers has developed an imaging technique that uses infrared digital holography to peer through chaotic conflagrations and capture potentially lifesaving and otherwise hidden details. By employing specialized lens-free technique, researchers created system that can cope with flood of radiation from environments filled with flames as well as smoke. Team describes its breakthrough results and their applications in paper published in OSA's open-access journal Optics Express. Read More

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AIA Vows to Fight Sequestration and urges action.

March 5, 2013

"Despite our extreme disappointment that sequestration was not averted," said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey, "we are by no means giving up the fight." Continuing Resolution for funding federal agencies through current fiscal year expires March 27, and Blakey identified that as next opportunity for Congress and President Obama to "halt the crisis that our industry has highlighted for nearly two years." Blakey said this period should be used to stop damage done to USA by sequestration. Read More

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Manufacturers call for robust trade agenda.

March 5, 2013

NAM International Economic Policy Committee Chairman, Executive Committee Member, and Ball Corporation Chairman David Hoover issued statement on the Obama Administration’s trade agenda. According to Hoover, strong and robust exports are critical to competitiveness of manufacturers in the U.S. Action is needed to ensure successful results as soon as possible in the ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations and in new talks with the European Union. Read More

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BIO International Convention will host Orphan Disease Forum.

March 5, 2013

Taking place in Chicago, IL from April 22–25, 2013 BIO International Convention will feature Orphan Disease Forum. BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood called this forum "an important program which fosters dialogue amongst industry and patients, ultimately benefiting an increasingly diverse population." Convention will also feature partnering event that fosters opportunities for companies to initiate business contacts in friendly environment and schedule meetings prior to convention. Read More

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HI Names Arnold Sdano as 2012 Member of the Year.

March 5, 2013

Hydraulic Institute (HI) bestowed 2012 Member of the Year award upon Arnold Sdano at 2013 Annual Meeting. Selected by HI Board of Directors for distinguishing himself by level and intensity of his involvement with HI and for advancing HI's technical work, Sdano has been active participant in HI for 21+ years and instrumental in shaping direction of future standards work within HI. Sdano has also been leader and contributor on many standards and guideline writing committees. Read More