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Commerce Department seeks comments on cybersecurity.

August 9, 2010

The Commerce Department has published a Notice of Inquiry on "Cybersecurity, Innovation, and Internet Policy." The department seeks comments from all stakeholders on measures to improve cybersecurity while sustaining innovation. After analyzing comments on this notice, department intends to issue report that will contribute to Administration's domestic and international policies and activities in advancing both cybersecurity and the Internet economy. Read More

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Computer Sucurity Draft Report shows supply chain weaknesses.

August 9, 2010

NIST computer researcher Marianne Swanson is lead author of "Piloting Supply Chain Risk Management for Federal Information Systems," which explains how information systems and components are under attack throughout supply chain, from design phase to disposal. To help mitigate risk throughout life cycle, report provides practices based on security procedures found in NIST special publications as well as those from National Defense University and National Defense Industry Association. Read More

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AAMA-Published Documents relate to window anchorage, life cycle testing.

August 6, 2010

AAMA 910-10, Voluntary Life Cycle Specifications and Test Methods for AW Class Architectural Windows and Doors provides specification and test method intended to model, through accelerated testing, normal wear that can be expected during life of typical architectural window or door product. AAMA TIR-A-14-10, Fenestration Anchorage Guidelines, offers engineering rules and guidelines in design and analysis of anchorage fasteners for windows and doors. Read More

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EPRI Studies Use of Portable Electronic Devices for Smart Grid applications.

August 6, 2010

EPRI set out to understand capabilities, limitations, and full electric power industry potential of portable electronic devices (PEDs) such as iPod touch® or Android®. Investigations concluded PED technology will present significant opportunities in handheld meter/diagnostic device arena and will subsequently become major component of smart grid sensor market whereby data needs to be streamed, stored, and selectively uploaded from remote location to centralized location. Read More

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2010 MESA Conference helped unlock operations potential.

August 6, 2010

Annual North American Conference brought manufacturers and producers together from across industrial landscape to share best practices on driving operations excellence. Event took attendees deep into pressing challenges and provided real-world, actionable steps that companies can take immediately. Specifically, MESA unveiled its Educational Program and complemented it with additional workshops covering diverse topics. Several case study-centric sessions were also available. Read More

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EPA and DOE develop software to secure nation's water supply.

August 6, 2010

Scientists from U.S. EPA and Department of Energy have collaborated in developing Canary water quality software that enhances water system's ability to detect when there has been intentional or unintentional contamination. Used in conjunction with water quality sensors, software detects variety of chemical and biological contaminants, including pesticides, metals, and pathogens. Once contamination is detected, water utility can issue "Do Not Drink" order to prevent ingestion. Read More

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JILA Frequency Comb System detects gas impurities.

August 6, 2010

In step toward solving long-standing problem in semiconductor manufacturing, scientists at JILA and collaborators used their unique version of a "fine-toothed comb" to detect minute traces of contaminant molecules in the arsine gas used to make variety of photonics devices. The research used a NIST/CU invention called cavity-enhanced direct frequency comb spectroscopy to analyze quantity, structure, and dynamics of various atoms and molecules simultaneously. Read More

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NIST Research explains cause of green laser pointer flaws.

August 6, 2010

NIST Technical Note (TN 1668), A Green Laser Pointer Hazard, describes nature of problems with green laser pointers and also describes home test performed with inexpensive webcam for detecting excess and potentially dangerous IR light. According to research team, this problem stems from inadequate procedures in manufacturing QA -namely KTP crystal alignment and occurrences where coatings acting as mirrors for IR light at both ends of crystal are too thin. Read More

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NIST Seeks New Members for 9 advisory committees.

August 6, 2010

NIST requests nominations of qualified individuals for its 9 existing Federal Advisory Committees. Ongoing nominations will be accepted and considered as and when vacancies arise. July 27, 2010 Federal Register notice details each committee, including number of members serving on committee, its objectives and duties, nomination procedure, and committee contacts. New to NIST advisory committees list this year is NIST Smart Grid Advisory Committee. Read More

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SPE to bestow Lifetime Achievement Award on Ford retiree.

August 6, 2010

Allan D. Murray, Ph.D., has been named the tenth recipient of Lifetime Achievement Award from SPE® Automotive Division. Murray worked more than 30 years at Ford Motor Co. as manager of research, manufacturing, and product development, guiding many advanced products and technologies to market. Award recognizes technical achievements of automotive industry executives whose work - in research, design, and engineering - has led to significant integration of polymeric materials on vehicles. Read More

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Emergency Communications Training covers aircraft incidents.

August 6, 2010

On October 7-8 at NTSB Training Center in Ashburn, VA, NTSB will offer guidance to aviation public affairs professionals on how to effectively manage emergency communications following major aircraft accident or incident. Representatives from the NTSB Office of Public Affairs, members of national news media, as well as airport and airline communications professionals will all be present to offer their specific insights on event and information handling. Read More

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International Trade Expert to appear at BSA Fall Meeting.

August 6, 2010

BSA announced that Suzanne Richer, President of Customs and Trade Solutions, Inc., will discuss "International Trade Issues Affecting the Bearing Industry" in luncheon presentation to all attendees at BSA 2010 Fall Meeting on September 27 in Chicago, IL. Richer is licensed customs broker with 25+ years in international supply chain management. She has served in various US ports, counseled corporations in importation of goods, and also counseled on international trade law issues. Read More

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NASA/NIA Forum predicts future of aviation.

August 6, 2010

During 3-day forum titled "Aviation Unleashed," futurists, visionaries, entrepreneurs, and technologists will converse and collaborate about what's possible in aviation, given changes in society and advancements in technology. Participants will learn more about how video and tele-technology may shape travel and how advanced aircraft, made of new materials, propelled by innovative engines, some remotely piloted, will give people and goods on-demand mobility. Read More

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NFB commends Amazon on unveiling accessible Kindle.

August 6, 2010

In June 2009, NFB and ACB filed suit against Arizona State University to prevent deployment of Amazon's Kindle DX electronic reading device as means of distributing electronic textbooks since device menus cannot be used by blind students. National Federation of the Blind recently commended Amazon for unveiling new Kindle that will come equipped with voice guide that reads all menu options aloud so blind and other print-disabled people can navigate device menus. Read More

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DOD Maintenance Symposium set for November 15-18.

August 6, 2010

Taking place at Tampa Convention Center in Florida, SAE International's 2010 Department of Defense Maintenance Symposium and Exhibition will address effects of overseas congingency operations and reset on maintenance, responsive sustainment of emerging weapons systems, and forging new maintenance organizations and capabilities for warfighter readiness. Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Gary J. Motsek will serve as conference chairman. Read More

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GDP Witnesses Growth in second quarter of 2010.

August 6, 2010

According to U.S. Commerce Department's July 30 gross domestic product (GDP) report, nonresidential fixed investment increased 17% in second quarter of 2010 following revised 7.8% increase in first quarter. Fixed investment in nonresidential structures increased 5.2%, while fixed investment in nonresidential equipment and software went up 21.9%. Also on the rise were total exports (10.3%) and imports (28.8%), personal consumption expenditures (1.6%), and gross domestic purchases (5.1%). Read More

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Robot Sales in North America jump 40% in first half of 2010.

August 5, 2010

According to figures released by Robotic Industries Association, a total of 6,316 robots valued at $411.4 million were ordered by North American companies through June, a rise of 40% in dollars over same period in 2009. When orders to companies outside of North America are included, sales increased to 54% in units and 62% in dollars. Among leading robot applications, arc welding showed a 52% gain in units, followed very closely by material handling, up 51%. Read More

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ANSI welcomes new members in July.

August 5, 2010

In July 2010, ANSI welcomed Entech Solar; IAR Accreditation Services, LLC; Lafarge NA Cement; Leotek Electronics USA Corp; Mark Kolokotrones; and OASIS. These organizations joined federation that represents more than 125,000 companies and well over 3.5 million professionals. This diverse constituency works together to develop, implement, and promulgate voluntary consensus standards and related conformance assessment systems. Read More

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FABTECH Keynotes will help manufacturers better compete.

August 5, 2010

Cosponsored by AWS, FMA, SME, PMA, and CCAI, FABTECH 2010 will take place from Nov 2-4 and will include 2 keynote presentations that will provide manufacturers with knowledge they can use to enhance their businesses. "Diversify Your Business or Die" will focus on importance of diversification in today's manufacturing environment, while "Make Green by Going Green" discussion will review how manufacturers can gain a competitive advantage through sustainable practices. Read More

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Hawaii Representatives honored as BIO Legislators of the Year.

August 5, 2010

BIO has selected Hawaii State Representatives Calvin Say and Clift Tsuji as BIO Co-Legislators of the Year in recognition of their leadership and support of the agricultural bioscience industry. Both have demonstrated support for agricultural biotechnology as a means of creating a more abundant and reliable food supply by increasing crop yields, enhancing resistance to pests and diseases, and enabling farmers to grow crops in more environmentally sustainable way. Read More