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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

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Manufacturers Urge Senate to pass Murkowski resolution.

June 10, 2010

NAM Executive VP Jay Timmons issued statement on Senator Lisa Murkowski's "resolution of disapproval" to prohibit EPA from regulating greenhouse gases under Clean Air Act. Specifically, Timmons encouraged senators "to vote in favor of the 'resolution of disapproval' and to stop the EPA from moving forward with its overreaching and economically destructive agenda." Timmons cited burdens that would create uncertainty, stifle job creation, and harm global competition. Read More

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EPA Grants inspire communities to combat climate change.

June 10, 2010

U.S. EPA is making up to $10 million in grants available through its Climate Showcase Communities program to local governments in order to help establish and carry out initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. EPA expects to award approximately 25 cooperative agreements ranging from 100,000-500,000 USD (U.S. Dollars), with approximately 5% of funds (500,000 USD) available specifically for tribal governments. Read More

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IPC SPVC States Position on trade of conflict metals.

June 10, 2010

IPC Solder Products Value Council (SPVC) issued its position on conflict metals during May 20, 2010 Supply Chain Workshop. As read, statement says that IPC SPVC supports efforts to eliminate trade of conflict metals, especially mined tin from Democratic Republic of Congo. IPC SPVC further believes that smelters and mines are in best position to develop and implement system to ensure mineral traceability and develop chain of custody data as well as ITRI's efforts to achieve said goal. Read More

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Training Course teaches rotorcraft accident investigation.

June 9, 2010

NTSB's 5-day course in rotorcraft accident investigation is intended for investigators from regulatory authorities, investigative agencies, private industry, and potential parties to NTSB investigation. Course offers overview of procedures, methods, and skills required to perform rotorcraft accident investigation. Training will be offered August 16-20, 2010 at NTSB Training Center in Ashburn, VA. Read More

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Energy Management Systems Standard up for voting and comment.

June 9, 2010

ANSI would like to inform all stakeholders that ISO 50001 has been recently approved as Draft International Standard. Developed by Project Committee 242, Energy management, ISO 50001 will provide energy management systems guidelines for industrial plants, commercial facilities, and entire organizations. Now that ISO 50001 has advanced to this draft stage, national member bodies of ISO have been invited to vote and comment on text of standard during 5-month balloting period. Read More

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Manufacturing Engineering Website uses pop culture to attract young people.

June 9, 2010

SME Education Foundation enhanced its Manufacturing is Cool website with pop culture and respected resources to introduce curious and creative young people to modern manufacturing and high-paying careers it offers. Each item on website drills down and expands information on various required engineering disciplines, challenging students to become more involved in basic requirements of engineering programs, STEM education in math, science, engineering, and technology. Read More

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ASTM Standard covers climate change assessment.

June 9, 2010

According to Gayle Koch, member of E50.05 task group that developed standard, ASTM E2718, Guide for Financial Disclosures Attributed to Climate Change, provides process for identifying potential financial risks/opportunities associated with climate change; quantifying financial impact of risks; and determining appropriate content of disclosure for risks. Task group will also develop climate change assessment and risk management standards that address management, mitigation, and adaptation. Read More

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IMTS 2010 Shows-Off Lockheed Martin's joint strike fighter.

June 9, 2010

Lockheed Martin will exhibit full-scale model of its F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter during IMTS 2010, which is being held at Chicago's McCormick Place from September 13-18. According to IMTS Director John Krisko, "Everyone at the show will have the opportunity to learn about the plane's construction and the manufacturing technology behind it." This exhibit also provides attendees with chance to see end result from manufacturing machines. Read More

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ANSI Seeks Nominations for 2011 Board of Directors.

June 9, 2010

Nominations for qualified candidates for 2011 ANSI Board of Directors are due by June 14, 2010. To facilitate nomination process, compiled set of guidelines outline sectors currently underrepresented in ANSI's Board of Directors. Board is responsible for management and control of activities, property, and affairs of ANSI, including strategic direction of Institute, annual budget, and scope of responsibilities of Board and Institute Committees, Councils, and Boards. Read More

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State DOTs compete for best transportation project.

June 9, 2010

Sponsored by AASHTO, AAA, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 2010 America's Transportation Award competition includes 43 highway projects nominated by DOTs of 28 states and District of Columbia. Award categories include projects delivered under American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Under Budget, On Time, and using Innovative Management. Ten highest-scoring projects from regional competitions will go on to compete for Grand Prize and People's Choice Award, which each carry $10,000 cash prizes. Read More

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ANSI-HSSP Workshops explore issues related to disabled persons.

June 9, 2010

ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel (HSSP) is addressing barriers related to emergency preparedness for persons with disabilities through workshop series. As final workshop, Emergency Evacuation Operations workshop will address standards development for emergency planning and contingencies for evacuation needs and concerns of persons with disabilities. Scheduled to take place in New Orleans, LA on June 17, workshop attendance is free but requires registration by June 9, 2010. Read More

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National Aerospace Week is planned for Sept. 12-18.

June 9, 2010

Following success of first-ever National Aerospace Day last year, AIA is expanding activities this year during National Aerospace Week. Series of events in Washington, D.C. and across country are being planned. New research reports, contests for youth, and other events hosted by businesses and communities across country will showcase industry's role in future high-tech workforce of America and in creating and sustaining high-paying jobs across the country. Read More

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MCA reports 22% jump in new orders in first quarter.

June 9, 2010

According to figures from MCA, new orders for motion control products jumped 22% in first quarter of 2010 compared to same period in 2009. Compared to fourth quarter of 2009, first quarter numbers were up by 27%, an indication that recovery in motion control market is accelerating, according to Jeff Burnstein, MCA's President. However, Burnstein cautioned that forecasts of industrial production suggest that rate of growth could moderate in subsequent quarters. Read More