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NREL Nanotechnology Solar Cell achieves 18.2% efficiency.

October 19, 2012

Scientists at NREL have produced solar cells with 18.2% efficiency using nanotechnology techniques, which should eliminate need for anti-reflection layer and be a major step toward helping lower cost of solar energy. The paper, "An 18.2%-efficient black-silicon solar cell achieved through control of carrier recombination in nanostructures" by NREL's Jihun Oh, Hao-Chih Yuan, and Howard Branz, currently appears on Nature Nanotechnology's website. Read More

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ASC Brings Up Issues with CA DTSC consumer products proposal.

October 19, 2012

Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) has raised continued concerns with California Department of Toxic Substance Control's (DTSC) proposed "Safer Consumer Products" regulation. In written comments to DTSC, Council questioned detailed trade secret information that said proposal could demand and charged agency with positioning itself to judge worth of innovative approaches. ASC also questioned establishment of initial list of 1,200 "Chemicals of Concern" without proven justification. Read More

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U.S. Standards Community celebrates World Standards Day 2012.

October 18, 2012

Held in Washington, DC and co-chaired by ANSI and NIST, U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day 2012, which included exhibition, reception, and dinner, was focused on Standards Increase Efficiency theme and attended by nearly 300 members of standards and conformity assessment community. ANSI president and CEO S. Joe Bhatia said he was "proud to be a part of a standards community that is diverse, dedicated, and motivated to find solutions and create a better tomorrow." Read More

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ANSI Board Member calls for postsecondary training system.

October 18, 2012

Dr. Keith W. Bird, ANSI board member and senior policy fellow for workforce and postsecondary education at the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce, urges creation of competency-based skills credentials. In April 2011, Dr. Bird collaborated with Evelyn Ganzglass and Heath Prince of CLASP on a report that found creation of postsecondary credentialing system had the potential to improve civic participation and nationwide family well-being, and trigger local and national economic growth. Read More

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ASTM Committee approves standard for developing steel sheets.

October 18, 2012

In quest for lighter, more crash-resistant and fuel-efficient vehicles, automobile and steel industries are developing steel sheets that have higher alloy content, and thus more complex hardening mechanisms, than sheets currently being used. Sheets are covered by new ASTM International standard, ASTM A1079, Specification for Steel Sheet, Complex Phase, Dual Phase, and Transformation-Induced Plasticity, Zinc-Coated or Zinc-Iron Alloy-Coated by the Hot-Dip Process. Read More

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NTSB Seeks Comments on final rules for appeals procedures.

October 18, 2012

NTSB issued set of rules addressing review of aviation enforcement cases. Included in new final rule and interim final rule, changes allow appeals to federal district court, apply federal rules of evidence and civil procedure to NTSB proceedings, and allow parties to move to dismiss complaint if FAA fails to disclose its enforcement investigative report. Although interim final rule is effective immediately, NTSB requests public comment concerning changes by December 17. Read More

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Researchers say spider's silk can be used to manipulate light.

October 18, 2012

Research shows that natural silk could be an eco-friendly alternative to traditional ways of manipulating light. During OSA Annual Meeting, Frontiers in Optics 2012, biomedical engineer Fiorenzo Omenetto of Tufts University will discuss use of silk's optical properties for implantable sensors and other biology-technology interfaces. Physicist Nolwenn Huby at CNRS Institut de Physiques de Rennes in France will talk about use of natural spider silk to guide light through photonic chips. Read More

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NASA, IHMC Develop Robotic Exoskeleton for use in space, on Earth.

October 18, 2012

NASA and The Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) of Pensacola, FL have jointly developed X1 robotic exoskeleton. Derived from NASA's Robonaut 2 project, X1 consists of 57 lb robot that humans could wear over their bodies to assist or inhibit leg joint movement. In inhibit mode, device would be used in space as exercise machine. On Earth, robot could be used to help individuals walk for first time. Currently, X1 is in R/D phase. Read More