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Acid Rock Drainage Prediction Standards are offered on CD-ROM.

March 10, 2011

ASTM Standards for Acid Rock Drainage Prediction offers latest technology on acid rock drainage prediction on one CD-ROM. Specifically, it features 17 ASTM standard test methods for environmentally sound management of metal mining and processing related solids and associated waters. Such standards cover static test methods, short-term leaching tests, humidity cell tests (HCTs), as well as solution characterization methods. Read More

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AASHTO Makes Statement on Surface Transportation Act extension.

March 10, 2011

AASHTO executive director John Horsley expressed approval of President Barack Obama's signing of HR 662, Surface Transportation Act of 2011. This 7 month extension of federal highway and transit programs, according to Horsley, will allow "thousands of construction projects state departments of transportation have planned or under construction to move forward, uninterrupted." Horsley went on to call for trying to get multiyear reauthorization in place later in 2011. Read More

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BIO Commends Virginians for job-creating program commitment.

March 10, 2011

BIO president and CEO Jim Greenwood commended Governor Bob McDonnell, Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling, and Virginia's House and Senate budget leaders for their efforts in passage of job-creating programs during 2011 Virginia General Assembly. Specifically, Greenwood noted Virginia Refundable Research and Development Tax Credit as well as plan to match level of federal funding provided to companies who have been awarded Phase 1 Small Business Innovation Research grants by NIH. Read More

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Hydraulic Institute Names Member of the Year. .

March 10, 2011

At 94th Annual Meeting gala, Hydraulic Institute (HI) named Trygve Dahl - Vice President, Technology, Intelliquip - as its 2010 Member of the Year. HI Board of Directors selected Dahl for his distinguished level and intensity of involvement in advancing technical work of HI and pump industry, particularly in transformative arena of electronic data exchange. Dahl has been active in HI for 10 years and has supported various HI and Pump Systems Matter committees. Read More

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Mexican Trucking Deal will boost exports, create jobs.

March 10, 2011

According to NAM Senior VP for Policy and Government Relations, Aric Newhouse, manufacturers are pleased with announcement on Mexican trucking by President Obama and President Calderon. Aforementioned agreement, said Newhouse, resolves disputes by bringing U.S. back into compliance with NAFTA commitments and lifting previously imposed retaliatory tariffs. Combined, these actions will result in job creation and increased exports. Read More

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APEC Conference emphasizes cooperation on standards.

March 9, 2011

Minimizing barriers to trade for green building products, materials, and services in the Asia Pacific Region though cooperation on standards and conformity assessment took significant steps forward at the Green Buildings and Green Growth, which focused on the enabling role of standards and trade. Key topics of conference included discussion of APEC survey of its members' policies on green buildings and both voluntary and mandatory requirements for market entry. Read More

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ASTM releases compilation on lead-free solders.

March 9, 2011

Featuring 11 peer-reviewed papers that address environmental and health concerns related to exposure to lead during soldering, STP 1530 offers valuable resource for students, researchers, and material scientists in the electronic industry. Some topics of publication include factors affecting wetting behavior of solders and evolution of interfacial microstructure; microstructural aspects of the ductile-to-brittle transition; and fatigue life of SnBi finished TSOP parts under thermal cycling. Read More

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JQI Physicists demonstrate spin-orbit coupling.

March 9, 2011

Physicists at the Joint Quantum Institute, a collaboration of NIST and the University of Maryland-College Park, have for the first time caused a gas of atoms to exhibit an important quantum phenomenon known as spin-orbit coupling. Their technique opens new possibilities for studying and better understanding fundamental physics and has potential applications to quantum computing, next-generation "spintronics" devices, and even "atomtronic" devices built from ultracold atoms. Read More

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Tuning Forks demonstrate direct coupling of vibrating ions.

March 9, 2011

For first time, physicists at NIST have coaxed 2 atoms in separate locations to take turns jiggling back and forth while swapping smallest measureable units of energy. Technique could simplify logic operations and help correct processing errors, facilitating information processing in quantum computers. Technique is also a feature of proposals for quantum simulations, which may help explain mechanisms of complex quantum systems such as high-temperature superconductors. Read More

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Builders Association notes construction job growth in February 2011.

March 9, 2011

Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC) said March 4 employment report by U.S. Labor Department indicates 33,000 jobs were created in February. Construction unemployment rate stands at 21.8%, down from 22.5% in January and down from 27.1% same time last year. Nonresidential building construction sector lost jobs, while heavy and civil engineering construction gained employment. Overall, employment may pick up gradually through 2011, according to ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu. Read More

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Key Asia-Pacific Officials, Experts, discuss standards education.

March 9, 2011

During joint meeting of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Subcommittee's Project Advisory Group on Education and ANSI's Committee on Education, leaders discussed strategies for more effective standards education in Asia-Pacific region. Panel discussions addressed mechanics of developing university-level standards education program, opportunities and challenges in standards education, and importance of standards education to industry, government, and academia. Read More

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AEM urges Congress to pass 6-year highway bill.

March 8, 2011

AEM President Dennis Slater issued statement in response to Congress passing an extension of Nation's highway and transit program through September 30, 2011. According to Slater, America's urgent need to rebuild roads, highways, and bridges requires a long-term strategy. Congress needs to show serious bipartisan leadership and action to address this critical national priority, so that a 6-year bill can be enacted within this extension period. Read More

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AMT elects new Board of Directors and officers.

March 8, 2011

At 2011 Annual Meeting, AMT's Board of Directors elected Eugene R. Haffely Jr., General Manager, Dayton Facility at ATW Automation, as Chairman. Timothy B. Dining, President and CEO, Greenerd Press and Machine Company, Inc., will serve as First Vice Chairman, while R. Stephen Flynn, President, Optical Gaging Products, Inc. will serve as Second Vice Chairman and Treasurer. Kim W. Beck, President and CEO, Automatic Feed Co., will continue to serve as Secretary. Read More

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PMI's New Name reflects global vision.

March 8, 2011

PMI has changed its name to Plumbing Manufacturers International, reflecting its worldwide involvement and outreach. Members will celebrate new name and identity at PMI 2011 Spring Conference, March 27-30. In addition to high-profile speakers and full-group sessions, conference will include marketing and technical meetings, which will help determine ongoing fulfillment of association's mission in North America and expertise it can share with other countries' plumbing industry leaders. Read More

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Green Building Product Database is available online.

March 8, 2011

As Web-based application, BEES Online provides scientific tool for selecting cost-effective and environmentally preferable building products. It is based on consensus standards and designed to be practical, flexible, and transparent. Users can access building products database as well as add to it as information becomes available. Science-based, technical data on building products is translated into decision-enabling results that can be understood and applied by building community. Read More

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NIST Object-Oriented FEA Software analyzes stress on materials.

March 8, 2011

NIST has released Object-Oriented Finite element analysis (OOF) v2.1 which, when provided with microscopic image of composite material, analyzes effects of stress and other factors on alloys and ceramics or other materials with complex internal structure. Researchers can identify different substances that make up material and compute its response to stress or other effects. Software also includes templates for programmers to plug in details and formulas describing particular substance. Read More

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Manufacturers support Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011.

March 7, 2011

According to Aric Newhouse, NAM senior VP for policy and government regulations, NAM applauds Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011 and believes it can stop misguided regulations that have been putting manufacturers out of work. U.S. manufacturers welcome sensible legislation that will provide direction necessary to make decisions about expansion and job creation. Additionally, consumers will reap the benefit of protection against high energy costs. Read More

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Business Outlook Keynote to focus on economic recovery.

March 7, 2011

IPC Director of Market Research Sharon Starr will co-present with industry analyst Walt Custer at Global Business Outlook Keynote at 2011 IPC APEX EXPO(TM) in Las Vegas, NV. Starr will cover data from reports that show signs of uneven economic recovery in electronics manufacturing industry, with pronounced geographic and sector differences. Custer and Starr will also provide market forecasts and trends as well as discuss how seasonal and cyclical trends affect industry and supply chain. Read More

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Biomass Terminology Standard Revision offers new definitions.

March 7, 2011

Standard ANSI/ASABE S593.1, Terminology and Definitions for Biomass Production, Harvesting and Collection, Storage, Processing, Conversion and Utilization, has been revised based on user feedback, government interest, and mandates regarding production of bioenergy, biopower, and bioproducts from biomass. Revised edition improves upon the original, which developed 5 years ago, by including additional terms and definitions. Read More

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Agriculture Ventilation Fan Efficiency Standard faces revision.

March 7, 2011

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) plans to revise its standard involving selection of energy efficient agricultural ventilation fans. Specifically, airflow-ratio section of ASAE EP566.1, Guidelines for Selection of Energy Efficient Agricultural Ventilation Fans, will be rewritten to reflect recent research as well as continued experience with such fans. Read More