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Survey of Biotech Innovators reveals positive impact of Therapeutic Discovery Project.

November 1, 2010

According to findings released by BIO, Biotech innovators say Therapeutic Discovery Project (TDP) will positively impact advance of life-saving therapies and cures for patients as well as US biotechnology competitiveness. CEOs of eligible biotech companies also say program increases likelihood that they will keep their operations in US. As BIO president and CEO, Jim Greenwood said that he hopes Congress "will consider extending and expanding this program to support American innovation." Read More

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Government Trade Official to direct NAM international policy.

November 1, 2010

US government trade expert Stephen P. Jacobs will join NAM on November 1 as senior director for international business policy. In addition to overseeing NAM's investment, international standards, and international intellectual property protection advocacy, his responsibilities will include looking after NAM's interests in Western Hemisphere and European commercial affairs. He will also assist NAM members in formulating approaches to solving specific trade or investment problems. Read More

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NTSB publishes agenda for Nov 9-10 public forum.

November 1, 2010

Safety, Mobility, and Aging Drivers forum, chaired by NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman, will include 5 experts that will address subjects such as safety risks, occupant protection, highway and vehicle design improvements, driver performance, training and rehabilitation, and state programs and practices. Forum is open to all, free to attend, and will also be webcast live on NTSB's website. Read More

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LIA's ICALEO Conference hosted Nobel honorees.

November 1, 2010

Held in Anaheim, CA from September 26-30, LIA's 29th International Congress on Applications of Lasers and Electro-Optics (ICALEO®) attracted nearly 500 laser users and researchers representing 27 countries and 294 companies. It featured Nobel-winning honorees as well as presentations detailing current advances in materials processing, microprocessing, and nanomanufacturing. Also, discussions were held on current and future issues facing laser and photonics industry. Read More

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FAA awards $18 million grant to Seattle-Tacoma airport.

November 1, 2010

FAA announced award of its largest Voluntary Airport Low Emission grant for $18.3 million project at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to improve air quality and to reduce use of conventional fuels at airport. With VALE grant, Sea-Tac will be able to install centralized preconditioned air plant that will allow aircraft arriving at gates to shut off auxiliary power units and connect to cleaner central heating and cooling system, greatly reducing aircraft emissions on the ground. Read More

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NIST Backs Proposal for revamped system of measurement units.

November 1, 2010

NIST is participating in worldwide effort to recommend major revisions to International System of Units (SI). Most significant change would be to kilogram, which is only one of SI's 7 base units still defined by material artifact, a 130-year-old platinum-iridium cylinder, with mass that changes slightly over time. The proposed revision, which defines kilogram in terms of Planck constant h, "puts the SI on a firm foundation," says Ambler Thompson of NIST. Read More

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Robotic Measurement System collects photometric data.

November 1, 2010

Since 2009, EPRI has been conducting LED Energy Efficiency Demonstration in order to try and discover light bulb that meets outdoor lighting requirements of consumers while using less electricity. Assessments have been made for LED-based street and area lights at over 20 sites within US using EPRI-developed remote controlled roving light measurement vehicle named Scotty. This mobile robot can measure all types of lights, including LED. Read More

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Broadband Forum rolls out BroadbandSuite(TM) v3.2 specification.

November 1, 2010

BroadbandSuite v3.2 provides enhanced CPE WAN Management Protocol and established converged Device and Gateway Root Data Model. Release extends Connected Home remote management abilities to enable operators to offer new applications via gateway, to effectively address new devices being introduced in home, as well as improve back office billing and operations integration. Written in XML, these specifications remove potential for user interpretation error. Read More

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IREC Webinar to address fire safety code changes.

October 29, 2010

During IREC Webinar, scheduled for Nov 2 at 2pm EDT, Bill Brooks of Brooks Engineering will describe fire code changes and how PV installations can comply with these new requirements. Both 2012 editions of International Fire Code and NFPA Fire Code will include requirements for photovoltaic installations, which are based on Draft Solar Photovoltaic Installation Guideline issued by California Office of State Fire Marshal. Requirements include set-backs, markings, and DC connector locations. Read More

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Wi-Fi Alliance launches Wi-Fi Direct certification.

October 29, 2010

Wi-Fi Alliance® announced that it has begun certifying products capable of making device-to-device connections, designating those products Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Wi-Fi Direct. Wi-Fi Direct devices meet important consumer need of directly connecting devices for applications such as content sharing, synching, printing, and gaming anywhere. They include push-button set up mechanism, employ latest WPA2(TM) security protections, and bring typical Wi-Fi throughput and range. Read More

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NIST ships first programmable AC/DC 10-Volt standard.

October 29, 2010

Extending its 26-year tradition of quantum voltage standards, researchers at NIST have begun shipping a 10 V standard to users around the world. The new technology relies on superconducting integrated circuits containing about 300,000 Josephson junctions, whose quantum behavior ensures that every junction produces exactly the same voltage. System enables wide range of applications by producing AC waveforms for accurately calibrating AC signals with frequencies up to a few hundred hertz. Read More

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Microrobotics Challenge seeks miniature medics, maze masters.

October 29, 2010

Teams engaged in microrobotic, microelectronic, or microelectromechanical systems research are invited to participate in NIST Mobile Microrobotics Challenge 2011. Held as part of 2011 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation that takes place May 9-13, competition will pit microrobots with dimensions measured in micrometers against each other in 2 events - navigation and microassembly - to test agility, maneuverability, control response, and object moving capabilities. Read More

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NIST and Harvard Researchers share 2010 Julius Springer Prize.

October 29, 2010

NIST physical scientist Henri Lezec and Federico Capasso of Harvard have received the Julius Springer Prize for Applied Physics 2010 for their pioneering achievements in nanoscale physics and applications. Lezec, who joined NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology in 2007, received his Ph.D. from MIT in 1992. His work spans broad range of topics associated with interaction of light with materials and nanoscale structures, i.e. plasmonics and nanoplasmonics. Read More

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Interagency Conference called to address import safety.

October 29, 2010

Representatives from 10 federal agencies gathered at Interagency Import Safety Conference to focus on efforts to protect health and safety of U.S. consumers and the environment from unsafe imports. Among other measures, agency leaders agreed to enhance efforts to help private sector comply with import safety requirements, use risk-management strategies to streamline lawful trade, and adhere to consistent enforcement measures to deter imports of unsafe products. Read More

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Student Hydrogen Design Contest gains new teams, supporters.

October 29, 2010

With team registration deadline of November 1, Hydrogen Education Foundation's 2010-2011 Hydrogen Student Design Contest, Residential Fueling with Hydrogen, continues to receive interest from universities worldwide as well as companies in hydrogen and fuel cell industries. Pool of entrants has grown to include 47 teams from 17 countries and 5 continents. Among these, registrants include 8 teams from top 50 engineering schools in world and 7 teams from top 20 engineering schools in U.S. Read More

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International Trade Expert addresses BSA Fall Meeting.

October 29, 2010

When Suzanne Richer, President, Customs and Trade Solutions, Inc., addressed attendees at BSA 2010 Fall Meeting, she pointed out that the bearing industry is very unusual in that it has no international trade imbalance. Richer's presentation on "International Trade Issues Affecting the Bearing Industry" went on to consider factors and opportunities impacting customs and trade, as well as government programs that can facilitate customs transactions. Read More

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Joint IPC and UBM Canon Event generates sales and solid leads.

October 29, 2010

Electronics Midwest, a joint production of IPC and UBM Canon, generated confirmed 3,138 business opportunity meetings, many of which resulted in immediate sales on-site. Event attracted qualified attendees from across Midwest to visit exhibition, attend the technical conference, and participate in standards development meetings. Preliminary attendee surveys show high satisfactory ratings in technical quality and, most important to exhibitors, influence on future buying decisions. Read More

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USFCC, NHA Merger will unify voice for clean energy.

October 29, 2010

US Fuel Cell Council (USFCC) and National Hydrogen Association (NHA) are merging in order to form the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA), which aims to accelerate commercialization of fuel cell and hydrogen energy technologies. Through its unified voice, organization will drive need for fuel cells and hydrogen as integral components of clean energy portfolio. Organization, led by President and Executive Director Ruth Cox, will be headquartered in Washington, DC. Read More

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Worldwide EMS Industry Study forecasts growth through 2014.

October 29, 2010

According to IPC's 2009-2010 Analysis and Forecast for the EMS Industry, world market for electronics manufacturing services (EMS) is returning to double-digit growth. Study presents data and analyses, examines critical trends, and provides forecasts for market expansion. While global EMS market is projected to grow 12.2% annually through 2014, assembly market growth in North America is forecasted to spike 28% in 2010 as recovery takes hold and resume normal growth of 12% in 2011. Read More

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Registration Expires Soon for homeland security meeting.

October 28, 2010

ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel (ANSI-HSSP) reminds interested stakeholders that registration for HSSP's ninth annual plenary meeting closes November 1. To be held in Arlington, VA from November 9-10, meeting will focus on standards for aviation, border and maritime security, crisis management, and global supply chain security. Attending experts will share information on these topics, focusing on identifying areas where standards may be needed. Read More