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EPA Updates seek to reduce harmful pollution from new landfills.

July 8, 2014

As part of President Obama's Climate Action Plan, Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions, U.S. EPA is proposing updates to its air standards for new municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills. This proposal would require certain landfills to capture 2/3 of their methane and air toxics emissions by 2023 – 13% more than required currently. Also, EPA issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) seeking public feedback on how and whether to update guidelines for existing landfills. Read More

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NREL Supercomputer offers power to tackle grid challenges.

July 7, 2014

Energy Department's Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF), located on NREL's campus and imagined by NREL leaders who foresaw possibilities for high performance computing (HPC), handles large and complex datasets that exceed traditional database processes. As part of energy-efficient HPC data center, ESIF's Peregrine supercomputer, dedicated by Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz in September 2013, can perform more than one quadrillion calculations per second. Read More

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At 2014 BIO Convention record number of meetings were held.

July 7, 2014

Hosted by BIO, 2014 BIO International Convention drew 15,667 industry leaders, including nearly 2,500 CEOs, from 50 states and 70 countries. In addition to hosting 29,000+ scheduled, one-on-one partnering meetings, event featured dynamic keynotes from Sir Richard Branson and Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, 800+ speakers and 160 sessions in 8 educational tracks, and 9 specialty forums. In 2015, BIO International Convention will take place June 15–18 in Philadelphia, PA. Read More

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Paper in OSA's Optics Letters describes record-breaking sensor.

July 7, 2014

By fusing together concepts of active fiber sensors and high-temperature fiber sensors, researchers at University of Pittsburgh created all-optical, high-temperature sensor for gas flow measurements that operates at temperatures exceeding 800°C. All-optical approach is described in paper, "Fiber-optic flow sensors for high-temperature-environment operation up to 800°C," which was published in The Optical Society’s (OSA) journal Optics Letters. Read More

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Energy Efficiency Roadmap establishes framework for action.

July 7, 2014

With release of Standardization Roadmap: Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment, IREC joins U.S. industry, government, other standards developing organizations (SDOs), and other energy efficiency stakeholders who have national framework for action and coordination on future energy efficiency standardization. Developed by ANSI Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative (EESCC), roadmap charts 125 recommendations to advance energy efficiency within built environment. Read More

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BIO Tool researches and manages contract service providers.

July 7, 2014

Powered by OnDeckBiotech, BIO BizLink connects biotech and pharma with service providers, including pre-clinical and clinical Contract Research Organizations, Contract Manufacturing Organizations, and regulatory consultants. Vendors maintain no-cost company profile with overview of services, reviews, key personnel, and background documents. Service helps avoid weeks of searching and evaluating vendors, and facilitates exchange of data confidentially to expedite development process. Read More

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SME recognizes industry and academic achievers.

July 3, 2014

During its 2014 International Awards Gala, SME honored 7 individuals. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Fritz Klocke was recognized with Eli Whitney Productivity Award; Sheldon Marsh received Joseph A. Siegel Service Award; and Don A. Lucca, PhD, received SME Frederick W. Taylor Research Medal. SME also presented The M. Eugene Merchant Manufacturing Medal of ASME/SME to SME VP Dean L. Bartles, PhD. Other award winners included: Prof. Dr. Ir. Jean-Pierre Kruth; Marilyn Barger, PhD; and Andrew Y C Nee, PhD. Read More

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Newly Elected Board Members have been announced by PMA.

July 3, 2014

Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) announced 10 new members elected to PMA Board of Directors. These include Troy Roberts, Troy Turnbull, and Mark Ullstrup as associate member directors; Douglas Johnson as at-large director; Ian Quinn as divisional director; as well as 5 district directors: Jessica Abrahamse, William Carper, Keith O’Brien, Tony Pascariello, and Mark Sutton. PMA Board Chairman Jody Fledderman said he looks forward to serving with them and to their contributions. Read More

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NEMA supports proactive approach toward grid resilience.

July 3, 2014

NEMA commends NIST and its proactive approach toward improving grid resilience through its Community Disaster Resilience Program and series of workshops that will develop community-scale disaster resilience framework. According to NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis, one way to ensure continued operation of critical facilities when power interruptions occur is to employ microgrids, energy storage, and decentralized generation. NIST’s next Disaster Resilience Workshop will be held July 30. Read More

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FAA announces aviation safety rating for Republic of Serbia.

July 3, 2014

FAA announced that the Republic of Serbia complies with International Civil Aviation Organization safety standards and has been granted Category 1 rating. With International Aviation Safety Assessment Category 1 rating, Republic of Serbia's air carriers, which are able to secure requisite FAA and DOT authority, can establish service to the United States and carry code of U.S. carriers. The Republic of Serbia currently has no carriers providing service to the United States. Read More

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EPA proposes approval of new climate-friendly refrigerants.

July 3, 2014

In support of President Obama's Climate Action Plan, EPA is proposing to increase options for refrigerants in the United States that offer better climate protection without harming the ozone layer. Proposed action would expand list of substitutes approved by EPA's Significant New Alternatives Policy to include more low-global warming potential alternatives that can replace both ozone-depleting substances and high-GWP hydrofluorocarbons. Read More

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Governor Patrick supports interchangeable biologic medicine bill.

July 3, 2014

BIO and the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council commend Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick for signing legislation designed to create pathway for substitution of interchangeable biologic medicines. House Bill 3734 seeks to properly preserve patient access to accurate prescription information, maintains incentives for innovation, and promotes competitive market for biologic therapies. BIO will continue to advocate for full transparency in the substitution process. Read More

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BIO elects new board members and officers.

July 2, 2014

BIO has announced re-election of Rachel King, President and CEO, GlycoMimetics, Inc., as Chair of its Board of Directors for the 2014-2015 term. BIO also elected Dan Junius, President and CEO, ImmunoGen, as its new Board Treasurer, and re-elected David Pyott, Chairman, President and CEO, Allergan, Inc., as Board Secretary. In addition, BIO elected 10 new members to its Board of Directors, and the Board elected 19 of its Directors to serve on BIO's Board Executive Committee for new term. Read More

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EPA releases final risk assessment on Trichloroethylene.

July 2, 2014

Developed as part of Toxic Substances Control Act Work Plan, EPA's final assessment identifies health risks from TCE exposures to consumers using spray aerosol degreasers and spray fixatives. It also identifies health risks to workers when TCE is used as degreaser in small commercial shops and as stain removing agent in dry cleaning. EPA developed draft based on best available information and finalized assessment after consideration of comments from public and experts during peer review. Read More

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National Bioscience Report shows robust industry.

July 2, 2014

Analyzing U.S. bioscience industry growth over last 11 years, Battelle/BIO State Bioscience Jobs, Investments and Innovation 2014 report reveals positive trends. Industry demonstrated strong record of growth from 2001–2012, has navigated deep economic recession better than most industries, and is once again growing. State-by-state industry assessment finds U.S. bioscience firms directly employ 1.62 million people, a figure that includes nearly 111,000 new, high-paying jobs created since 2001. Read More

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AED Chairman Watters Reprimands Congress for neglecting highways.

July 2, 2014

At press conference on Capitol Hill, AED 2014 Chairman Tim Watters said that federal highway program crisis threatens to take human and economic toll on construction equipment industry. Watters specifically cited looming collapse as threatening 4,000 jobs at construction equipment dealerships tied to road and bridge work and 700,000 jobs in broader construction industry. "Give us a highway bill. And give us the infrastructure the U.S. economy needs to function," Watters concluded. Read More

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FAA offers guidance to model aircraft operators.

July 1, 2014

FAA published Federal Register notice on its interpretation of statutory special rules for model aircraft in FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. In the notice, FAA restates law’s definition of "model aircraft," including requirements that they not interfere with manned aircraft, be flown within sight of operator, and be operated only for hobby or recreational purposes. In addition, FAA restates that it has the authority to take enforcement action against hazardous operations. Read More

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ATA Opens Registration for 2014 MC&E in San Diego, CA.

July 1, 2014

American Trucking Associations opened registration for 2014 ATA Management Conference & Exhibition (MC&E), which will be held October 4–7 in San Diego, CA. According to ATA President and CEO Bill Graves, this year's meeting "will examine such important issues as energy production, safety, drivers, congestion, and new opportunities for motor carriers due to the resurgence in American manufacturing." Graves called this event "the most important meeting for trucking executives this year." Read More

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ASC Web Services Senior Manager speaks at marketing event.

July 1, 2014

Jessica Taglieri spoke at ASAE's annual Marketing, Membership, and Communications Conference and Expo. Taglieri co-presented Social’s Secret Menu, a Catalyst for Content Strategy, with Kunal Johar, Operations Director of OpenWater, and ASC’s technology partner. They discussed digital media and content strategy using adhesives.org and sealants.org websites as case study to demonstrate how critical it is for organizations to have websites that serve as central point for digital media channels. Read More

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NAMRI/SME Paper addresses advanced manufacturing initiatives.

June 30, 2014

North American Manufacturing Research Institution of SME has announced position paper titled, "Advanced Manufacturing Initiatives: A National Imperative," that addresses current state of manufacturing in the U.S., makes several recommendations to drive economy, and offers support to various initiatives. Some recommendations include: establishing national advanced manufacturing strategy, tapping talent pool of returning veterans, and launching national manufacturing fellowships and internships. Read More