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NREL Research Facility to help study renewable energy systems.

June 15, 2010

U.S. Department of Energy's NREL has signed contract with JE Dunn and SmithGroup to begin design and construction of Energy Systems Integration Facility. To be 175,000 sq ft in size, building will house space for 200-250 researchers and support staff. It will be nation's only facility that can conduct megawatt-scale testing of all components and strategies for deploying renewable energy and other energy-efficiency technologies into electric grid. Construction will start in spring 2011. Read More

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2010 ASHRAE Ventilation Standard adds new requirements.

June 15, 2010

ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2010, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality, sets minimum ventilation rates and other requirements for commercial and institutional buildings. Among changes to this standard are modifications to Natural Ventilation Rate Procedure, relocation of requirements related to exhaust systems to new section, and increased requirements for IAQ procedure. Standard also contains table of VOCs designers might want to consider as possible contaminants of concern. Read More

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Vision Show Attendance Doubles and certification launch was a success.

June 15, 2010

Held in Boston, MA from May 25-27, The Vision Show doubled previous 2009 attendee levels. Positive response to the show and conference parallels recovery of market and growth in industries seeking vision and imaging solutions. Also, AIA launched its Certified Vision Professional (CVP) program that will, according to AIA Vice-Chairman Greg Hollows, "be an asset to individuals who want to establish their knowledge base within their company and industry." Read More

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2010 SAE Fellows have been announced by SAE International.

June 15, 2010

During SAE 2010 World Congress Awards Ceremony, 24 engineers and scientists from industry and academia were awarded SAE International status of SAE Fellow. SAE Fellowship status recognizes outstanding engineering and scientific accomplishments by an individual that have resulted in meaningful advances in automotive, aerospace, and commercial vehicle technology. Established in 1975, program recognizes average of 20 worldwide recipients each year. Read More

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Battery Separator Requirements promote safety, integrity.

June 15, 2010

Evaluation to Subject 2591 will assist separator manufacturers, as well as manufacturers of lithium batteries who use separators, to control critical separator parameters in order to reduce potential for product failure and enhance consumer confidence in their products. UL offers testing and certification services pursuant to new requirements. It also provides manufacturers with technical information and guidance needed to maintain compliance. Read More

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ASTM Award of Merit is presented to Reinhold Strnat.

June 14, 2010

Reinhold Strnat, President and Technical Manager of Magnet-Physics, Inc., has been presented with Award of Merit and title of fellow by ASTM International Committee A06 on Magnetic Properties. Strnat was honored for his leadership and work in developing test methods and material specifications while on committee. He joined A06 in 1992, served as Secretary and Vice Chairman, and was named Chairman in 2010 and also leads Subcommittees A06.01 on Test Methods. Read More

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ASTM Award of Merit is presented to Steven R. Thompson.

June 14, 2010

Committee E08 on Fatigue and Fracture has honored Steven R. Thompson with 2010 ASTM International Award of Merit and title of fellow. Thomson, Senior Materials Engineer at Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, was cited by E08 for leadership and technical contributions to development of standards for characterization of fatigue crack growth rates. He also received Awards of Appreciation in 2000 and 2008 and has been member of ASTM since 1988. Read More

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BIO announces partnering event in China.

June 14, 2010

BIO® China International will bring together biotechnology and pharmaceutical leaders from North America, Europe, and Asia to explore business opportunities with life science companies in China. Two-day conference will be held in Shanghai, China in October 2011 and will feature plenary sessions and workshops, company presentations, partnering meeting opportunities, and an Exhibition. Read More

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Agriculture Secretary Vilsack to give keynote at BIO World Congress.

June 14, 2010

Biotechnology Industry Organization today announced an additional plenary session for the World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing, scheduled for June 27-30, 2010, in Washington, D.C. The session will feature keynote address by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, and Novozymes CEO Steen Riisgaard and other industrial biotechnology company executives will present data from a new report on the contributions of industrial biotechnology to worldwide economic growth. Read More

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Revised Buildings Codes are based on NIST WTC recommendations.

June 14, 2010

The 2012 edition of ICC's I-Codes - International Building Code and International Fire Code - will include changes based on recommendations from NIST that were based on World Trade Center and WTC 7 collapse investigations. Specifically, changes will lend to accelerated and more efficient emergency evacuations from buildings, as well as improved communications between first responders during emergency. In all, 17 major and far-reaching building and fire codes will be affected. Read More

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Baldrige Award is being sought by 83 organizations in 2010.

June 14, 2010

Established by Congress in 1987, Baldrige Award is named after 26th Secretary of Commerce Malcolm Baldrige and promotes excellence in organizational performance. Award recognizes achievements and results of US organizations and publicizes successful performance strategies. Since 1988, 80 organizations have received Baldrige Awards, and this year there are 83 organizations running for recognition of their organizational performance excellence as shown via innovation and improvement. Read More

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NIST Helps Accelerate the Federal Government's move to the cloud.

June 14, 2010

NIST has been designated by Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra to accelerate federal government's adoption of cloud computing. Researchers at agency are working on Standards Acceleration to Jumpstart Adoption of Cloud Computing (SAJACC) initiative to help validate and communicate interim specifications before they become formal standards. NIST is also working with others to identify gaps in cloud computing standards, and is serving as technical advisor for FedRAMP. Read More

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RIA 2010 Robotics Awards presented in Munich, Germany.

June 11, 2010

During 41st International Symposium on Robotics, RIA presented Engelberger Robotics Award for Leadership to Heinz-Dieter Schunk, CEO, Schunk GmbH. Scott W. Deming, Engineering Associate and Director of Advanced Machine Systems Group with Advanced Engineering at Corning, Inc., received Engelberger Robotics Award for Application. Each recipient was presented commemorative medallion and $5,000 honorarium. Launched in 1977, award has been presented to 111 industry leaders from 16 nations. Read More

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High-Performance Building Week to take place June 13-19.

June 11, 2010

High-Performance Building Week, taking place in Washington, DC from June 13-19, will highlight importance of high-performing buildings to sustainable future. Addressing importance to federal, state, and local policymakers as well as general public, event will include Congressional visit and various briefings as well as presentations by speakers from IFMA and NEMA. Additional activities include site visits and reception honoring high-performance building advancements. Read More

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NIST/JILA Research demonstrates dark pulse laser technology.

June 11, 2010

Researchers at NIST and JILA, joint institute of NIST and University of Colorado at Boulder, demonstrated new type of pulsed laser that excels at not producing light. Device instead generates sustained streams of dark pulses: repeated dips in light intensity. Described in Optics Express, this technology pioneers generate of dark pulses directly from semiconductor laser cavity without electrical or optical shaping of pulses after they are produced. Read More

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ASTM requests papers for bearing steel technology symposium.

June 11, 2010

ASTM is requesting papers for Ninth International Symposium on Bearing Steel Technologies: Advances in Rolling Contact Fatigue Strength Testing and Related Substitute Technologies, to be held November 17-18, 2011, in Tampa, FL. Papers reviewing user experience of various tests or substitute test methods, as well as original work papers on subject, and papers on treatment of statistical nature of rolling contact fatigue process are encouraged. Abstracts must be submitted by November 1, 2010. Read More

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Instant Acid Method offers insight into nanoparticle dispersal.

June 11, 2010

Using chemical trick that allows acidity of solution to be changed almost instantly, NIST team demonstrated technique for quantifying how stability of nanoparticle solutions change when acidity of their environment suddenly changes. Their results demonstrate that stability of nanoparticles, specifically their tendency to resist clumping, becomes very sensitive to pH under certain conditions. Studies such as this could provide strong foundation to design nanoparticles for specific applications. Read More

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EPA completes 1st phase of school air monitoring initiative.

June 11, 2010

Announced in March 2009 by EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, school air monitoring initiative has involved air quality testing outside 63 schools that are located near large industrial facilities and in urban areas. Preliminary data, including 22,500 sampling results, has been posted on EPA website. Agency will now work to analyze data as well as wind patterns, sources of air toxics, and pollutants to determine long-term health risks to school children and staff. Read More

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Liposome-Hydrogel Hybrid Research investigates drug delivery potential.

June 11, 2010

Researchers from NIST, University of Maryland, and US FDA developed method to combine 2 substances - phospholipid membrane bubble (liposome) and particles of hydrogel, a water-filled network of polymer chains, for possible biomedical applications. Both components offer individual advantages and disadvantages for drug delivery, and combination hopes to utilize strengths of each material while compensating for any weaknesses. Read More

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NIST Research explores flaws of magnetic nanoscale wires.

June 11, 2010

After series of computer simulations, researchers found flaws in structure of magnetic nanoscale wires play important role in determining operating speed of devices that use nanowires to store and process information. Simulations showed disorder, which causes friction within nanowires, can increase rate at which current can move domain walls. According to NIST physicist Mark Stiles, friction can cause domain walls to move faster because they need to lose energy to move down wire. Read More