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ASTM Workshop to address whole building air leakage testing.

August 20, 2012

Scheduled for Oct 21, Whole Building Air Leakage Testing workshop will include 2 sessions, each with 3 presentations and panel discussion. Morning session will focus on case studies that illustrate appropriate use and application of test standards governing whole-building air leakage testing. Afternoon session will explore limitations of whole-building air leakage testing in broader context of actual construction practice and need to obtain test data at milestone intervals during construction. Read More

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Four Honored with automotive engineering excellence award.

August 20, 2012

During SAE 2012 World Congress, SAE International presented Ching-Hung Chuang, Yan Fu, Guosong Li, and Ren-Jye Yang with Henry Ford II Distinguished Award for Excellence in Automotive Engineering. This award, established in 1988, recognizes SAE International members and teams who use engineering skills to achieve product or manufacturing process contributions that positively affect passenger car, truck, and bus industries. Read More

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OSA Webcast to discuss state of optics worldwide.

August 17, 2012

On Tuesday, August 21 at 10 a.m. PDT, The Optical Society is live webcasting roundtable discussion at Stanford University devoted to National Academy of Sciences' report, Optics and Photonics: Essential Technologies for Our Nation. Several members of the NAS Harnessing Light committee will discuss their findings, as well as current and future global innovations and technological opportunities enabled by optical science. Read More

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Registration Opens for Hydraulic Institute's 2012 Fall Meeting.

August 17, 2012

Annual Hydraulic Institute (HI) Fall Meeting will take place October 23-27, 2012 in Memphis, TN. Focus will be on pump system optimization, pump efficiency rule-making, pump testing and certification programs, international trade updates, standards development, and use of social media. Nearly 30 HI Technical Committees will meet to review and advance specific areas of knowledge and work that will ultimately result in development of new or updated ANSI/HI Pump Standards. Read More

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OSA Journal discusses chemical sensor developed by U.S. Army.

August 17, 2012

To warn of chemical attacks and help save lives, it is vital to quickly determine if even trace levels of potentially deadly chemicals-such as the nerve gas sarin and other odorless, colorless agents-are present. U.S. Army researchers have developed new chemical sensor that uses photoacoustic technique to simultaneously identify potentially limitless numbers of agents, in real-time. Paper describing system has been published in Optical Society's journal, Optics Letters. Read More

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IREC releases Solar Market Trends Report.

August 17, 2012

According to Larry Sherwood, author of 2012 Solar Market Trends Report, solar markets are booming in the U.S., despite some high-profile negative news stories. Falling photovoltaic prices, strong consumer demand, and financial incentives from federal government, states, and utilities meant that twice as much PV solar was installed in 2011, compared to 2010. In fact, growth of total installed capacity of utility and non-residential systems grew by 145% and 132%, respectively. Read More

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NEMA issues statement on CFLs and UV emissions.

August 17, 2012

Recent articles purport that CFLs emit enough UV radiation to cause skin damage. According to David Sliney, PhD, Chairman of the IESNA Photobiological Safety Committee, this is a complex issue that involves not only radiation levels, but distance from light source and exposure time. Based on current knowledge, levels of UV radiation emitted by CFLs are acceptably low and only under unusual conditions will one be exposed to levels above those set by ACGIH. Read More

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Welding and Gases Today addresses plasma cutting problems.

August 16, 2012

In article titled, "Solving Common Plasma Cutting Mistakes," Kevin Bonneau, president and general manager at Thermacut Inc., explains how looking at a few basic steps can help improve cut quality and life of replacement consumables. According to Bonneau, improving performance begins with simple step of reading owner's manual. Operators should also perform visual check to make sure consumables are not being over used, nozzle holes are not distorted, and there are no visual cracks or breaks. Read More