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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

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NIST Experiments with vibration dampening below a single quantum.

July 12, 2011

Described in a Nature paper posted online July 6, NIST experiments nearly stop the beating motion of a microscopic aluminum drum made of 1 trillion atoms, damping its motion below single quantum, or unit of energy, and so placing drum in realm governed by quantum mechanics. Cooling technique and drum device together promise new machinery for quantum computing and tests of quantum theory, and could help advance field of quantum acoustics exploring quantum nature of mechanical vibrations. Read More

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AEM Urges Congress to approve multi-year highway bill.

July 12, 2011

AEM President Dennis Slater commented upon events in which House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman John Mica and Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chair Barbara Boxer announced plans to meet September 30 deadline to reauthorize surface transportation programs. Noting existing fiscal concerns, Slater strongly urged approval of multi-year surface transportation reauthorization bill that increases or maintains funding levels for sake of stability that drives productivity. Read More

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NCC launches hands-on composites training programs.

July 12, 2011

"Understanding Composites" will provide basic understanding of composites, combining classroom theory with instruction in hand lay-up and vacuum assisted resin transfer molding. "Composites Production Processing" introduces participants to resin fiber processing with sheet molding compound, long fiber thermoplastics, tape line, rapid fiber preforming, filament winding as well as hand lay-up and physical testing. "High-End Processing" will address VARTM, autoclave, and out-of-autoclave processing. Read More

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NREL supports industry to develop CAE tools for EDV batteries.

July 11, 2011

NREL awarded 3 industry teams with total of $7 million for development of computer-aided engineering software design tools to help produce next generation of electric drive vehicle batteries. Project goals for selected teams include developing battery engineering tools to design cells and battery packs; shortening battery prototyping and manufacturing processes; improving overall battery performance, safety, and battery life; and reducing battery costs. Read More

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FAA Administrator Announces chief of Air Traffic Organization.

July 11, 2011

FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt announced David Grizzle will be chief operating officer of FAA's Air Traffic Organization. Grizzle, who became FAA's chief counsel in 2009, has been filling role of chief operating officer since mid-April. Before joining FAA, he worked with Continental Airlines and its affiliates for 22 years. According to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Grizzle "has a unique ability to manage complex situations." Read More

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Smokestack Pollution Reduction Rule promotes health of citizens.

July 11, 2011

Cross-State Air Pollution Rule supplements Clean Air Act protections, reducing hundreds of thousands of tons of smokestack emissions that travel through air and lead to soot and smog that threaten health of those living downwind. In eastern USA, 27 states will work with power plants to cut air pollution under this rule, which leverages widely available, proven, and cost-effective control technologies. EPA will work with states to help develop most appropriate path forward. Read More

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NAM President's Statement highlights need for pro-growth policies.

July 11, 2011

NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons issued statement on rising unemployment rate, which increased to 9.2%. According to Timmons, imposing tax increases on job producers, as some in Washington are suggesting, will set back the economy, as will additional regulations that drive up the cost of doing business. Rather, we need tax, energy, and regulatory policies that will create certainty for manufacturers so that they can hire, innovate, and compete in the international marketplace. Read More