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Proposed Textile Standard covers elastic/stretch properties.

May 3, 2010

Proposed standard ASTM WK27572, Test Method for Elastic/Stretch Properties of Textile Materials, is being developed by Subcommittee D13.59 on Fabric Test Methods, General. Nike Inc. materials test engineer Kham Viengkham said that knowing yield point of material will enable designers to avoid garment failures such as sagging, bagging, and other fabric deformations. Proposed test method will also help determine how tight or compressive garment will feel. Read More

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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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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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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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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

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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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ANSI Certificate Issuers' Accreditation Workshop is open for registration.

April 29, 2010

, held in Washington, DC on April 29-30, will introduce ANS ASTM E2659-09, Standard Practice for Certificate Programs, as well as ANSI's Certificate Accreditation Program. Attendees will learn about requirements for developing quality education/training courses that have assessment at end to determine if learning outcomes have been achieved. Workshop also covers areas such as terminology, standards significance/use, and requirements. Read More

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ISA and ANSI to introduce financial risk document to Congress.

April 29, 2010

On May 7, Internet Security Alliance and ANSI will brief members of Congress and their staff on new publication, "The Financial Management of Cyber Risk: An Implementation Framework for CFOs." Briefing will begin with video presentation and role play depicting dynamics of typical executive reaction to cybersecurity attack. Presentation will then demonstrate how publication offers framework for preventing such attacks by developing enterprise-wide system of risk management. Read More

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BIO-Hosted Media Luncheon addresses need for increased food security.

April 29, 2010

Taking place in Chicago, IL on May 5, BIO's media luncheon will address need for increased food security as well as roles for biotechnology to help combat world hunger. "When Politics Impedes Progress to Combat Hunger" will explore political and regulatory hurdles that prevent acceptance of agricultural technologies as well as access to biotechnology by certain populations. Specifically, speakers will examine role of science and technology in helping producers grow food more sustainably. Read More

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ANSI Leadership and Service Awards are open for nominations.

April 29, 2010

Presented in conjunction with World Standards Week, ANSI's 2010 Leadership and Service Awards recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to voluntary consensus standardization and conformity assessment programs as well as those who have consistently demonstrated commitment to their industry, their nation, and enhancement of global standards system. There are 11 categories of individual awards, and nominations are due by July 16, 2010. 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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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