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CPS Reports define strategic vision, propose R/D priorities.

February 11, 2013

Reports prepared for NIST distill perspectives of executives and technical experts pertaining to emerging intelligent systems-of-systems technologies. Developed with input from ~80 experts in Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) and related technologies, reports provide strategic vision and business drivers motivating public-private efforts to achieve capabilities of next-gen CPS within next 2 decades. Reports also provide multilayered view of R/D challenges that must be solved. Read More

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Standard Being Developed for NIST Tissue Engineering Scaffolds.

February 8, 2013

Proposed ASTM standard, ASTM WK39698, Test Method: Using NIST Tissue Engineering Reference Scaffolds for Cell Culture Tests, will provide users with specific protocol for measuring cell adhesion and proliferation in scaffold using NIST reference scaffolds as controls. Once approved, this proposed standard will be used in combination with RM8394 NIST Reference Material scaffolds for cell culture as stable, reproducible 3D scaffold substrate for controls in scaffold development. Read More

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Numbers for 2013 TARC break records and show diversity.

February 8, 2013

Middle and high school students in 725 teams across 44 states, District of Columbia, and Virgin Islands, are preparing for 2013 Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC). Participating teams represent diverse group of students from urban and rural America. In light of Title IX's 40th anniversary, contest has also witnessed steady uptick in female participation; more than 20 all-girls teams will be competing this year. Top 100 teams will advance to National Finals on May 11 in The Plains, VA. Read More

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EESCC Plenary Meeting advances discussion on energy efficiency.

February 8, 2013

Ninety technical experts took part in first plenary meeting of ANSI Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative (EESCC) to lay groundwork for its standardization roadmap addressing energy efficiency in built environment. Structured to maximize open dialogue, plenary brought all 5 EESCC working groups (WGs) together to refine their respective scopes and structures as well as present overviews of their progress-to-date to full collaborative. Read More

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Nation's Construction Industry adds 28,000 jobs in January.

February 7, 2013

According to Feb 1 employment report by U.S. Department of Labor, construction industry unemployment rate shot up to 16.1% in January, despite addition of 28,000 jobs. Rate marks increase from 13.5% in December 2012, but decrease from 17.7% same time last year. Year over year, construction employment has risen by 102,000 jobs, or 1.8%. According to ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu, winter months are notoriously seasonal and subject to construction employment fluctuation based on weather patterns. Read More

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Pharmaceutical Execs to gain manufacturing insights.

February 7, 2013

During Executive Forum In Philadelphia, April 2-3, 2013, ISPE will bring together top executives from aerospace, automotive, and other non-pharmaceutical industries to share manufacturing and quality innovations. Attendees will have opportunity to convene with world-class leaders to gain industry-advancing insight related to lifecycle development and management, best manufacturing practices, supplier development, quality management systems, and leadership. Read More

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Nonresidential Construction Spending increases 0.3% in December.

February 7, 2013

According to Feb 1 report by U.S. Census Bureau, nonresidential construction spending increased 0.3% in December, with outlays increasing to seasonally adjusted annual rate of $570.4 billion. Year over year, total nonresidential construction spending is up 1.2%. Increase was driven by private nonresidential construction, which rose 1.8% for month and was 7.6% higher than same time last year. Public nonresidential construction spending fell 1.4% in December and is 5.3% lower than same time last year. Read More

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EPA proposes changes to enhance confidence in RIN trading.

February 7, 2013

To help make Renewable Fuel Standard program more effective, EPA is proposing structured process for buyers of Renewable Identification Numbers to verify validity. Under proposal, RINs would be verified through voluntary quality assurance program that also includes alternative compliance options which leverage existing industry practices and market forces. QAPs would provide means for independent third parties to audit production of renewable fuel and verify that RINs have been validly generated. Read More