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BIO welcomes new staff to Industrial and Environmental Section.

April 8, 2011

BIO has hired Sarah Thornton as director of biofuels and biomass policy and Miguel Suazo as manager of policy within the Industrial and Environmental Section. Sarah Thornton is an attorney and former associate at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck in Washington, D.C., where she served as senior policy advisor to Advanced Biofuels Association. A graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Law, Miguel Suazo served as Energy and Environment Associate at Wellford Energy in Washington D.C. Read More

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Year End 2010 Industrial Laser Shipments up 37% from 2009.

April 8, 2011

According to AMT's Laser Market Data Survey, shipments of industrial laser equipment and systems in 2010 are reported at $356.2 million. Unit sales jumped 44.9% for total of 1,210 units. CO2 lasers accounted for 88.5% of the value of shipments, which is virtually unchanged since 2009. Compiled from 19 manufacturers and distributors, report also shows number of lasers configured as full systems accounted for the same share of shipments as in 2008 after spike in 2009, with value of $309.2 million. Read More

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NREL Helps U.S. Army meet net zero-energy goals.

April 8, 2011

NREL is partnering with U.S. Army to jump start "Army Vision for Net Zero" program. At U.S. Army's request, NREL created application for Net Zero Installation Energy program. NREL team is currently evaluating 60+ applications from installations nation wide. Net zero energy attracted most applications, with 53 installation expressing interest, 23 installations signed up for Net Zero Water, and 24 for Net Zero Waste, and 14 interested in all three. Read More

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Monitoring of Atomic-Microscope Probes adjusts for wear.

April 8, 2011

NIST scientists have developed way to measure wear and degradation of microscopic probes used to study nanoscale structures in situ. This contact resonance force microscopy technique, developed by Jason Killgore, can accelerate and improve accuracy of precise and delicate nanoscale measurements performed via atomic force microscopy (AFM). While instrument is in use, monitoring of AFM sensor tip's resonant frequency enables measure size of AFM tip, as it works, in 1/10 nm increments. Read More

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Green Technology and Fire Safety Facilities to be built on NIST campus.

April 8, 2011

NIST held groundbreaking ceremony for 3 new facilities funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Designed to produce as much energy as it consumes over 1 year, Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility will serve as testbed for home-scale energy technologies. Expanded National Fire Research Laboratory will test full-scale structures under realistic fire conditions, and installation of more than 2,500 solar energy modules will supply electricity to NIST campus. Read More

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AMCA Publishes Revision of CRP Operating Manual.

April 8, 2011

AMCA revised its publication 11-03, to Certified Ratings Program Operating Manual - AMCA 11-03 (R2008) (Rev.1/11). These January 2011 revisions specify units of measurement for catalogs, proper check test comparisons, as well as additional CRP-M details. Used in conjunction with companion documents as applicable, manual provides procedure for verification of manufacturer's performance ratings on regular schedule by check testing certified product line in AMCA International Laboratory. Read More

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Secondary Uses for Li-Ion EV Batteries explored by NREL team.

April 7, 2011

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), in partnership with industry-academia team led by California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE), aims to give batteries from electric drive vehicles (EV) second life. Searching for best possible second-use strategies, project will begin with technical and economic analysis addressing all aspects of battery lifecycle. Test program will verify findings, particularly battery lifetimes, and field test will involve deploying aged EV batteries. Read More

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Silent Auction Fundraiser will return to IPC APEX EXPO(TM).

April 7, 2011

After its successful launch in 2010, IPC Foundation Silent Auction will return to IPC APEX EXPO(TM), April 12-14, 2011. Proceeds of auction directly fund IPC Foundation initiatives, such as the All-Academic Poster Competition and technical conference scholarships. In addition, IPC will be raising funds for the Japanese Red Cross through a charity raffle with a grand prize of $2,000 American Express gift card, donated by IPC. Read More

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BIO Hosts U.S./China Biotechnology Examiner Workshop.

April 7, 2011

On March 28, BIO hosted U.S./China Biotechnology Examiner Workshop with U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO). Workshop, which was organized by BIO for SIPO examiners, focused on biotechnology patenting and encouraged bilateral cooperation between SIPO and USPTO. BIO will work with SIPO to strengthen China's regulatory system to encourage innovation and protect intellectual property within the country. Read More

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Training Course will focus on rubber testing.

April 7, 2011

Sponsored by ASTM International, Rubber Testing: Selecting, Performing and Interpreting ASTM Rubber Test Methods focuses on most common rubber test methods used in rubber industry today. This technical and professional training course discusses nature of tests, why they are performed, interpretation of results, and how information can be used to improve rubber fabrication. Course will be offered October 5-6, 2011 in Akron, OH. Read More

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ASTM International offers training class on corrosion testing.

April 7, 2011

ASTM's Corrosion Testing course will provide clear understanding of the proper application of ASTM B117, Standard Practice for Operating Salt Spray (Fog) Apparatus, and will furnish information regarding corrosion testing in general so that attendees can understand the significance of the salt fog test. Two-day, hands-on training course will also include demonstrations on mixing solutions, cleaning coupons and samples, and evaluation of results and samples. Read More

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Nominations for IEC Young Professionals Workshop due April 29.

April 7, 2011

U.S. National Committee to IEC is seeking nominations for 3 U.S. participants to take part in the Young Professionals Workshop, which brings together candidates selected from IEC National Bodies who are at the start of their careers in electrotechnical standardization and conformity assessment. Program aims to cultivate long-term national involvement in international arena, strengthen future of technology transfer, and encourage participation in shaping future of standardization and conformance. Read More

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Sponsorship Packages available for ANSI-HSSP.

April 7, 2011

ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel is announcing 3 tiers of sponsorship opportunities to support panel's 2011 events. Stakeholders can sponsor Workshop on Achieving Preparedness through Standards Implementation; Workshop on Standards for Disaster Resilience of Buildings and Related Infrastructure; and Tenth Plenary Session of the ANSI-HSSP. Through sponsorship, stakeholders can publicize their organization's commitment to homeland security via promotional materials, signage, and banner ads. Read More

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SEIA President Highlights Growth at PV America Conference/Expo.

April 7, 2011

Solar Energy Industries Association® (SEIA®) President and CEO Rhone Resch addressed PV America Conference 2011 in Philadelphia, PA to welcome solar professionals from around country. His speech highlighted solar PV's growth in 2010, its potential for 2011, impacts on job growth, and how Mid-Atlantic/Northeast region is currently largest market for PV in U.S. In total, 878 MW of PV capacity was installed in 2010, which is more than double 2009 installation totals. Read More

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PMI Executive Director to receive Crystal Vision Award.

April 7, 2011

Barbara C. Higgens will be recognized with Crystal Vision "Robert T. Atkins Life Time Achievement Award," which honors dedication to World Vision's mission of helping communities reach their full potential by tackling causes of poverty and injustice. For more than 10 years, Higgens has championed The Storehouse of World Vision, which addresses needs of Americans suffering from disaster, personal crisis, or economic hardship by providing supplies, including building products and materials. Read More

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Crewmember Identity Verification Program to begin testing.

April 7, 2011

Air Line Pilots Association, Int'l and ATA met with TSA Administrator Johns S. Pistole and received approval for testing of new crewmember screening system. This system will tie airline employee databases together in a seamless way and enable TSA security officers to positively verify identity and employment status of crewmembers. Projected to begin at limited number of airports, testing will run for approximately 90 days and if successful will expand to additional U.S. airports. Read More

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AAMA promotes child safety with Window Safety Task Force.

April 7, 2011

National Safety Council and Window Safety Task Force encourages adults to recognize importance of window safety, and need to protect children from window falls, with National Safety Week, April 3-9, 2011. "AAMA is proud to participate in the Window Safety Task Force, along with other industry organizations, to provide education that will keep homes and families safer and aid in the prevention of accidental falls and injuries through windows," says Rich Walker, AAMA's President and CEO. Read More

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PACK EXPO adds resources for pharmaceutical attendees.

April 7, 2011

PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011, taking place September 26-28, will offer Pharmaceutical Pavilion, focused exhibit area, and other resources targeting pharmaceutical attendees. Education sessions will likewise focus on topics of critical importance, such as safety and security, product protection, and anti-counterfeiting, while Pharmaceutical Lounge will provide dedicated location on show floor where device manufacturers can network with peers and engage in further dialogue with suppliers. Read More

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Neutral Atoms Made to Act as electrically charged particles.

April 7, 2011

Joint Quantum Institute scientists made atoms act as charged particles accelerated by electric fields. Synthetic electric fields make each atom in gas act, individually, as if it were charged particle while collectively remaining neutral, uncharged particles. Combination of characteristics will help simulate and study fundamental electrical phenomena and may deepen understanding of phenomena such as superconductivity, flow of electricity without resistance, or quantum Hall effect. Read More

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Cell Membrane Magnification shows cholesterol maintains order.

April 7, 2011

Scientists working at NIST and University of California, Irvine, developed way to magnify cell membranes, and their work has helped illuminate order-maintaining role of cholesterol. By using neutron diffraction, team observed membrane closely and in motion and also gained insight into phenomenon of membrane growing thicker and stiffer in presence of cholesterol. Specifically, when cholesterol is present, tails line up in tight formation and produce order in membranes. Read More