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NREL to help convert methane to liquid diesel.

January 8, 2013

NREL will help develop microbes that convert methane found in natural gas into liquid diesel fuel, which could reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lower dependence on foreign oil. Every molecule of methane vented to atmosphere has global-warming capacity of 12 molecules of carbon dioxide. Consortium of scientists says that if wasted gas can be turned into liquid, it can be piped to refineries where it can be turned into diesel suitable for trucks and cars, or even jet fuel for use in planes. Read More

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ASTM International launches leadership program.

January 8, 2013

ASTM International has launched the Leadership Connection initiative, which aims to raise awareness regarding opportunities available for hands-on leadership experience that can position individuals for career growth. Program emphasizes how professionals can leverage their ASTM membership and involvement on standards-developing committees to enhance critical communications skills; strengthen conflict resolution, team building, and negotiating skills; and improve organizational skills. Read More

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USA Construction Industry adds 30,000 jobs in December.

January 8, 2013

According to January 4 employment report by U.S. Labor Department, U.S. construction, nonresidential building construction, residential building, and residential specialty trade contractor sectors all added jobs since December 2011. Heavy and civil engineering construction sector lost 700 jobs for month but added 400 jobs during 2011. Across all industries, USA added 155,000 jobs; private sector expanded by 168,000 jobs, and public sector shrunk by 13,000 jobs. Read More

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FAA Safety Briefing focuses on aerospace medicine.

January 8, 2013

The January/February 2013 issue of FAA Safety Briefing covers key issues that affect medical certification for pilots, discusses pilot's role in this process, and explains FAA's responsibilities. Articles in this issue include: understanding what your medical can do for you, how to fast track your medical certificate with FAA's online MedXPress system, what pilots should know about refractive eye surgery, and how the FAA evaluates drugs for aeromedical use. Read More

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Proposed Field of ISO Technical Activity to focus on innovation.

January 7, 2013

AFNOR, French member body to ISO, proposed new field of technical activity on innovation process, with focus on interaction, tools, and methods. As U.S. member body to ISO, ANSI invites stakeholders to submit comments on said proposal by February 8, 2013. Technical activity will involve development of international standards establishing common terminology of innovation, increasing awareness of IP issues, and integrating sustainable development issues into larger process structure. Read More

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ANSI Welcomed 10 New Members in December 2012.

January 7, 2013

In December 2012, ANSI gained 10 new members: AES Engineering LLC, ComRent International, FASTORQ, Hoodz of Downtown Chicago, Pall Life Sciences, Pepsico Inc., Providence Health & Services, Shanghai Nuclear Engineering Research and Design Institute, SVI International Inc., and Virtual Inc. Institute's constituency works together to improve quality of life for all citizens by developing, implementing, and promulgating voluntary consensus standards and related conformance assessment systems. Read More

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Award-Winning PV Cell pushes efficiency higher.

January 7, 2013

Scientists in the III-V Multijunction Photovoltaics Group at NREL and its industry partner, Solar Junction, won R&D 100 award from R&D Magazine for world-record multijunction solar cell. This 3-layered cell, SJ3, converted 43.5% of energy in sunlight into electrical energy — a rate that has stimulated demand for cell to be used in CPV arrays for utility-scale energy production. Recently, that record of 43.5% efficiency at 415 suns was eclipsed with 44% efficiency at 947 suns. Read More

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NAM Comments on December Employment Report.

January 7, 2013

In his post regarding December Employment Report by Bureau of Labor Statistics, NAM Chief Economist Chad Moutray noted that manufacturing sector added 25,000 net new workers – strongest monthly gain since March. This contrasts recently released ADP figures, which found 6 straight months of declining manufacturing employment. During 2012, manufacturers hired additional 180,000 workers on net, or 10% of all nonfarm payroll jobs created this year, and this growth was slower than hoped. Read More