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Fire Safety Study reinforces use of alarm, sprinkler, and doors to prevent casualties.

April 2, 2010

Experimenting on university dormitory, researchers from NIST demonstrated that the correct combination of automatic fire sprinkler systems, smoke alarms, and closed doors provided enough time and safe conditions for safe evacuation of residents as well as conditions that let firefighters perform their job without undue hazard. Study's goal was to compare hazard levels created by room fires in dormitory buildings with and without sprinklers in room where fire starts. Read More

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Health Information Security Conference to run May 11-12 in DC.

April 2, 2010

Presented in collaboration with Department of Health and Human Services, "Safeguarding Health Information: Building Assurance through HIPAA Security," will provide forum to discuss state of health information security, and practical strategies, tips, and techniques for implementing security requirements of HIPAA. Some plenary session topics will include risk assessments and contingency planning, logging and auditing in healthcare context, and encryption requirements in healthcare environment. Read More

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NIST Scientists address transparent film development issues.

April 2, 2010

Research conducted at the NIST and North Dakota State University have uncovered problems concerning nanotube coating that might one day improve solar cells. Scientists have found coatings made of single-walled carbon nanotubes are not quite as deformable as hoped. Issues that need to be addressed before full potential of these coatings is realized include minimizing development of irreversible changes in nanotube arrangement that reduce their conductivity when put under modest strains. Read More

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Plastics Exposition to take place in Orlando, FL.

April 1, 2010

Accommodating industry professionals in Latin America and Caribbean, NPE2012 international plastics exposition will take place April 1-5 of 2012 at Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. Location reflects, according to SPI senior VP of trade shows and conferences Gene Sanders, interest in broadening event scope and represented technologies. Location also seeks to maximize ROI for all attendees and make NPE strategically essential for Latin American plastics companies. Read More

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Scholarship Offered by NACME and SME Education Foundation.

April 1, 2010

SME Education Foundation and National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME) announced NACME/SME-EF Scholarship Program, which awards one student $5,000 each year for 2 years toward cost of engineering education. Created to reward academic excellence, scholarship aims to promote achievement in engineering/technical discipline. Eligibility requires applicants be Junior or Senior-level African American, Latino/a, or American Indian and have 3.4/4.0 GPA. Read More

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Carbon Black Subcommittee addresses environment, health, safety.

April 1, 2010

ASTM Subcommittee D24.66 on Environment, Health and Safety, part of ASTM International Committee D24 on Carbon Black, will take on standards related to environmental issues from other subcommittees. It will also work with International Carbon Black Association to develop proposed standard for Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon (PAH) content. Currently, D24.66 is working on draft method based Soxhlet extraction and gas chromatography with mass spectrometry. Read More

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ASTM Committee approves tomographic gamma scanner standard.

April 1, 2010

ASTM Subcommittee C26.10 on Nondestructive Assay has developed ASTM C1718, Test Method for Nondestructive Assay of Radioactive Material by Tomographic Gamma Scanning. It will be used by facilities that generate radioactive waste and want to identify/quantify radionuclides in waste. Applicable to assay of waste streams with plutonium and uranium, as well as activation/fission products generated by nuclear power plants, standard will also be used by U.S. Department of Energy laboratories. Read More

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NHTSA Administrator to speak at SAE Intl. World Congress.

April 1, 2010

On April 15, NHTSA Administrator, David Strickland will provide keynote address at SAE International 2010 World Congress. Event will showcase leading-edge technologies and illustrate how those technologies can support sustainability. New for 2010, Innovators Only exhibition will feature more than 80 companies who accepted and met SAE 2010 World Congress innovation challenge. Event will also include technology lounges for information exchange and "Chat with the Experts" discussion groups. Read More

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NIST develops racetrack ion trap for quantum computing.

April 1, 2010

Physicists at NIST have built and tested device for trapping ions that potentially could process dozens of ions simultaneously. Made of quartz wafer coated with gold in 2 x 4 mm oval shape, NIST's "racetrack" ion trap features 150 work zones where qubits could be stored and transported using electric fields and manipulated with laser beams for information processing. Preliminary testing is described in paper, Toward Scalable Ion Traps for Quantum Information Processing. Read More

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BIO Convention to feature health and medical program.

April 1, 2010

Scheduled for May 3-6, 2010 BIO International Convention will highlight latest scientific breakthroughs as well as policy and business development issues that impact drug discovery and development. Program includes historically popular tracks like Biomarkers and Drug Discovery and Development as well as new tracks for 2010 such as Delivery and Manufacturing of Biologics and Drugs, Global Drug Development and Marketing, and Innovations in Vaccines. Read More

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ASTM proposes pesticides standard for spray drift reduction.

April 1, 2010

ASTM WK27419, Test Method for Characterization of Performance of Spray Drift Reduction Adjuvants, is currently being developed by Subcommittee E35.22 on Pesticide Formulations and Delivery Systems. Standard would provide guideline on how to measure change in volume of fines produced using any drift reduction technology tank mix additive. Additive manufacturers, raw material suppliers, pesticide producers and distributors, and government agencies will be primary users. Read More

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NIST studies spray-on manufacturing of transistors.

April 1, 2010

Multi-disciplinary research team at NIST has found that an organic semiconductor may be a viable candidate for creating large-area electronics, such as solar cells and displays that can be sprayed onto surface as easily as paint. Team says material they studied could overcome one of the main cost hurdles blocking large-scale manufacture of organic thin-film transistors, the development of which also could lead to host of devices inexpensive enough to be disposable. Read More

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ASABE Standard to cover anhydrous ammonia application machinery.

April 1, 2010

ASABE has initiated project to develop new standard, Agricultural Machinery: Safety for Anhydrous Ammonia Application Equipment. Standard will address issues specific to anhydrous ammonia applicator, applicator distribution systems, electronic and mechanical metering and control systems, and implement-to-nurse tank hitching. Also included will be aspects of nurse tank-to-applicator coupling and delivery system that are not covered by other industry standards. Read More

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NIST builds instrument that tugs on chains of atoms.

April 1, 2010

Inspired by scanning tunneling microscope, NIST instrument can maneuver and hold position of atomic probe to within 5 picometers. Instrument uses fine, pure gold wire drawn out to sharp tip as probe, which is touched to flat gold surface, causing tip and surface atoms to bond, and gradually pulled away until single-atom chain is formed and then breaks. In addition to nanoscale mechanics, system can aid in studying movement of electrons in one-dimensional systems and single-molecule spectroscopy. Read More

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ANSI Member Meetings to be held April 12-16 in DC.

April 1, 2010

ANSI would like to remind members of its upcoming week of meetings, which are being co-located for members interested in attending multiple events. Lineup includes several ANSI Member Forums as well as meeting of International Policy Committee, Intellectual Property Rights Policy Committee, Regional Standing Committee - Asia Pacific, and U.S. Technical Advisory Group. Week's largest event, Joint Member Forum, will be held as Workshop on Anti-Counterfeiting Standards and Conformance Measures. Read More

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Sponsorship Packages available for ANSI-HSSP.

April 1, 2010

ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel is offering several sponsorship packages for Panel's 2010 events. Sponsorship offers stakeholders opportunity to publicize their organization's commitment in homeland security standards efforts through promotional materials, signage, and banner ads, while supporting initiatives of HSSP. Three packages are available with range of contributions, offering organizations benefits such as free attendance at annual HSSP plenary and discounts on ANSI membership. Read More

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AWWA will host Increasing Need for Water Loss Control webcast.

April 1, 2010

On April 21, AWWA will host Increasing Need for Water Loss Control webcast, which will give overview of current status of water control loss in North America, provide updates on regulatory agency issues, describe accounting procedures, and introduce industry manuals for evaluating and controlling problem. Attendees will learn about new terminology, resources available for starting water loss control program, and lessons learned from water utility that uses water audit methodology. Read More

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NHA posts April 3 deadline to book Expo space.

April 1, 2010

NHA Hydrogen Conference & Expo on May 3-6, 2010, in Long Beach, CA, is expected to draw over 1,500 people. Fuel cell vehicles will be on display for members of press and adopters of technology, with the option to ride and drive vehicles. Companies offering fuel cells and fuel cell powered products and components will also be on display. Deadline to have company included with listing or advertisement in printed conference program is April 3, 2010. Read More

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AASHTO Executive appointed to prestigious ACTS panel.

April 1, 2010

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood appointed Leanna Depeau, Missouri DoT highway safety director, and Anthony Kane, AASHTO director of engineering and technical services, to 10-member Advisory Council on Transportation Statistics (ACTS). Panel will advise U.S. DoT's Bureau of Transportation Statistics, part of Research and Innovative Technology Administration. Depeau and Kane add to what Secretary LaHood calls "a knowledgeable group from diverse parts of the transportation community." Read More

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Implant Package Labeling Standard to benefit surgeons, patients.

March 31, 2010

Proposed standard ASTM WK27458, Guide for Presentation of End-User Information on Implant Package Labeling, is intended to create uniform labeling system for implant manufacturers. Addressing highly variable labeling within orthopedic implant industry, standard will provide instructions for uniform subset of implant label that, consistently and with easy readability, presents necessary information to device end-users. This information will also ensure proper implant/patient matchup. Read More