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Expo and Conference focuses on future of additive manufacturing.

May 3, 2010

During RAPID 2010 and 3D IMAGING Conference and Exposition, top executives from companies pioneering use of additive manufacturing and 3D imaging in aerospace and defense, automotive, entertainment, games, medical, and sports and recreation industries will demonstrate innovations and vision for future of manufacturing. Attendees interested in discovering how these technologies can help cut costs and get products to market faster can hear from more than 50 speakers and visit more than 75 exhibitors. Read More

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EPA Urban Community Funding to protect watersheds.

May 3, 2010

As part of Urban Waters Initiative, US EPA has made up to $600,000 in grants available for eligible entity to establish and manage national competitive urban watershed small grants program and provide technical services. Successful applicant would support capacity building projects in urban communities that will lead to environmental, public health, and economic benefits. Initiative is designed to help communities access, restore, and benefit from their waters and surrounding land. Read More

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EPA Web Tools inform public about clean water enforcement.

May 3, 2010

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is launching set of web tools, data, and interactive maps to inform public about serious Clean Water Act violations in their communities. Web page provides interactive information from EPA's 2008 Annual Noncompliance Report, which pertains to about 40,000 permitted Clean Water Act dischargers across the country. Report lists state-by-state summary data of violations and enforcement responses taken by states for smaller facilities. Read More

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IPC Apex Expo 2010 honors best industry posters.

May 3, 2010

During IPC APEX EXPO, IPC announced 2010 Best Industry Posters. Tied for first place honors were Christopher Hunt, Ph.D., National Physical Laboratory, and David Lee, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University. In addition, EXPO held academic poster competition with 10 posters highlighting research being conducted at college level. Attendees voted on top 3 posters, with first-place honors going to Pylin Sarobol, Aaron Pedigo, P. Su, J.E. Blendell, and C.A. Handwerker, Sc.D., from Purdue University. Read More

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IPC APEX EXPO 2010 Attendance points to end of recession.

May 3, 2010

Verified attendance figures from IPC APEX EXPO(TM) 2010 indicated 10% increase over last year, with 3,702 attendees. In total, 6,683 attendees and exhibitors participated. Increased participation was also seen in technical conference, professional development courses, and executive management meetings. According to Aqueous Technologies Corp. President Michael Konrad, "This year's show hailed a visible end to the recession with crowded aisles and buying customers." Read More

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ELFA appoints William G. Sutton and Ralph Petta.

April 30, 2010

Appointed President of ELFA, Mr. Sutton served as interim President and CEO of the Association, Education and Business Institute, Inc. A former U.S. Navy Rear Admiral, Mr. Sutton previously served as Commerce Assistant Secretary of Manufacturing and Services after serving for 5 years as president of Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute. Ralph Petta will serve in newly created position of COO. Petta served as interim president since September 2009 and has been with association since 1987. Read More

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NIST develops dimmer switch for superconducting circuit.

April 30, 2010

Scientists at NIST have developed first dimmer switch for a superconducting circuit linking quantum bit and quantum bus technologies. As described in forthcoming paper in Physical Review Letters, switch can reliably tune interaction strength or rate between qubit and quantum bus circuits from 100 MHz to nearly 0. This advance could enable researchers to flexibly control interactions between circuit elements in an intricate network as would be needed in a practical size quantum computer. Read More

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SME Education Foundation opens web portal.

April 30, 2010

SME Education Foundation announces Web portal that serves as career navigation service. Information on colleges and universities, and business and industries, is presented, along with access to technical experts, presentations and videos, and companies that offer mentoring, onsite visits, tours, and interaction with engineers. Social media component allows peers, educators, and business/industry users to set up accounts and connect with classrooms nationwide. Read More

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U.S. EPA opens access to chemical information.

April 30, 2010

Released by EPA, ToxRefDB database allows scientists and interested public to search and download thousands of toxicity testing results on hundreds of chemicals. ToxRefDB captures 30 years and $2 billion of testing results. Those interested in chemical toxicity can query specific chemical and find all available public hazard, exposure, and risk-assessment data, as well as previously unpublished studies related to cancer, reproductive, and developmental toxicity. Read More

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U.S. and UAE cooperate to promote clean/sustainable energy.

April 30, 2010

U.S. DoE signed Memorandum of Understanding with Masdar, Abu Dhabi's renewable energy initiative, to promote collaboration on clean and sustainable energy technologies. Agreement was signed by U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman and Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, CEO of Masdar. Opening door for scientific/technical exchanges and joint research/development of clean energy technologies, it aims for cooperation in carbon capture/sequestration, water and biofuels, and building technology. Read More

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ANSI Standards/Activities contribute to Earth Day all year long.

April 30, 2010

ANSI has been involved in various initiatives that support health of this planet and its inhabitants. First published in 1996, ISO 14000 family of standards on environmental management has since been implemented in 155 countries world-wide. As coordinator of US standards and conformity assessment system, ANSI offers interested stakeholders diverse ways to get engaged and demonstrate their commitment to these standards. Read More

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BIO Convention highlights key policy issues for biotechnology.

April 29, 2010

Scheduled for May 3-6, 2010 BIO International Convention will feature high-level industry leaders discussing public policy issues of critical importance to all segments of biotechnology industry, including health and medicine, food and agriculture, industry and environment, and emerging companies. During breakout sessions, industry experts will share their insights on 111th Congress, next steps in health care reform, patent reform, and sustainability. Read More

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GREEN JOBS Act Biofuels Incentives strongly supported by BIO.

April 29, 2010

BIO thanked Representatives Allyson Schwartz (D-PA), Mark Schauer (D-MI), and Brian Bilbray (R-CA) for introducing the Grow a Renewable Energy Economy Now - Jumpstart Other Biofuels (GREEN JOBS) Act of 2010, H.R. 5142. As executive VP for BIO's Industrial and Environmental Section, Brent Erickson said, "If enacted, this legislation would provide the consistent, sustained and diverse federal support necessary to enable rapid growth of a sustainable advanced biofuel industry." Read More

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Green Building Webinar addresses deep energy retrofits.

April 29, 2010

Scheduled for May 4, webinar presented by Betsy Pettit, FAIA, will examine enclosure design and construction details that achieve greater energy efficiency. Session will provide practicing architects with knowledge and tools about energy retrofit techniques for residential work and explain how design services can add value to any energy retrofit project. Insulating sheathings and new windows that increase comfort while reducing energy use will also be highlighted. Read More

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March 2010 PCB Industry Results show positive signs of growth.

April 29, 2010

March findings from IPC's monthly North American PCB Statistical Program showed rigid PCB shipments and bookings up 19.6% and 38.4%, respectively, in March 2010 from March 2009. Year to date, rigid PCB shipments were also up 9.2%, and bookings grew 31.9%. Flexible circuit shipments in March 2010 were down 1.3%, but bookings were up 18.9% compared to March 2009. Year to date, flexible circuit shipments were down 2.4% and bookings were up 7.1%. Read More

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AASHTO Reports address U.S. transportation capacity needs.

April 29, 2010

AASHTO has released series of new reports, "Transportation Reboot: Restarting America's Most Essential Operating System," that state the case for increasing nation's transportation capacity. "Unlocking Gridlock" shows that U.S. is experiencing system overload, according to John Horsley, and capacity increases are needed in transit, rail, and highways. Urgent projects cited include Houston's U.S. 290 Corridor, I-509 freeway in southern California, and commuter rail links in Michigan. Read More

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ESFI Applauds Legislation recently introduced to House.

April 29, 2010

ESFI applauds introduction of Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act of 2010 (HR 5112) in the House by Representatives Russ Carnahan and Judy Biggert. According to ESFI President Brett Brenner, it demonstrates federal government's commitment to monetary investment in energy-efficient technologies as well as creating environment that prioritizes building personnel safety. When legislation passes, ESFI will be ready to work with GSA on electrical safety awareness initiatives. Read More

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EPA issues report on U.S. climate change indicators.

April 29, 2010

Titled "Climate Change Indicators in the United States," EPA report looks at 24 key indicators that show how climate change impacts health and environment of nation's citizens. Between 1990-2008, there has been a 14% increase in greenhouse gas emissions in U.S. Seven of top 10 warmest years on record for continental U.S. have occurred since 1990, and 6 of 10 most active hurricane seasons have occurred since mid-1990s. From 1993-2008, sea level rose twice as fast as long-term trend. Read More

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Biodiesel Board motions to intervene with API/NPRA RFS2 lawsuits.

April 29, 2010

In response to API and NPRA lawsuits regarding Renewable Fuels Standard, NBB CEO Joe Jobe said biodiesel industry will intervene on behalf of EPA in defense of renewable goals required by law. Jobe says that API and NPRA lawsuits lack merit and undermine renewable goals established by Congress. "NBB will vigorously defend both interests of U.S. biodiesel industry and common-sense premise that displacing petroleum with Advanced Biofuels like biodiesel is in nation's best interests," he said. Read More

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AIA names Assistant VP for Acquisition Policy.

April 29, 2010

AIA has appointed Susan K. Tonner as Assistant VP for Acquisition Policy. Previously senior director for Federal Public Policy at TechAmerica, Tonner brings more than 30 years of experience in government acquisition policy to AIA. She will present positions of AIA member companies on range of regulatory andlegislative issues, rules, policies, and procedures that affect federal acquisition and financial management of Defense Department, military services, and other government agencies. Read More