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BIO Calls for Policies to support biorefinery commercialization.

March 10, 2010

BIO called for sustained, consistent, and diverse federal support to encourage commercial development of biobased technologies. Among benefits of building biorefineries to apply biotechnology applications for advanced biofuels and biobased products, BIO's Brent Erickson cited contributions to economic growth in near term as well as establishment of unique base for sustainable long term economic growth. This technology can also improve economic competitiveness and create green jobs. Read More

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SME begins funding high school education initiatives.

March 9, 2010

SME Education Foundation has begun $175,000 in funding to introduce Computer Integrated Manufacturing Centers at 400 Project Lead The Way schools in 25 states. Rewritten by Foundation's industry partner, course will enhance student's computer modeling skills by applying robotics and automation principles to creation of 3D design models. It will also feature Designing for Manufacturability section, which emphasizes manufacturer's ethical and legal responsibilities. Read More

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NASA invites media to Robert H. Goddard Memorial symposium.

March 9, 2010

Sponsored by American Astronautical Society with support from Goddard Space Flight Center, 48th Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium is themed "Earth and Beyond: The Next Decades" and is scheduled for March 10-11. Invited guests include Dr. John Holdren, Science Advisor to the President; Lori Garver, NASA Deputy Administrator; Rob Strain, Director, NASA Goddard; and Dr. John Grunsfeld, Deputy Director, Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, Md. Read More

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Laboratory Methods for Testing Actuators Standard is approved.

March 9, 2010

AMCA International announced that Board of Standards Review of ANSI approved ANSI/AMCA Standard 520-09, which establishes industry standard for minimum rating and testing of actuators used on fire/smoke dampers. Testing requirements for ANSI/AMCA Standard 520-09 will cover torque or force rating, long term holding, operational life, elevated temperature performance, periodic maintenance, production, and sound testing for both pneumatic and electric operators. Read More

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ASHRAE proposes changes to green building standard.

March 9, 2010

ASHRAE has proposed 2 addenda for ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings. Addendum a makes daylighting definitions/criteria consistent with proposals to Standard 90.1, which sets requirements for energy efficient buildings. Also open for public comment, addendum b proposes requiring daylighting in spaces larger than 250 sq-ft. Members are being sought for committee developing this standard. Read More

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ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1. has 21 proposed addenda.

March 9, 2010

Public input to help shape technical requirements in ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2007, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings is being sought through 21 proposed addenda, which could become part of 2010 standard. Proposed addenda cover range of topic areas, including daylighting, air leakage, EER and IEER values, and requirements for VRF air conditioners and heat pumps. Read More

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ASTM-Sponsored Seminar to help laboratories fully utilize SRMs.

March 9, 2010

Helping Fossil Fuel Laboratories Fully Utilize their Standard Reference Materials (SRMs), sponsored by ASTM Committee D05 on Coal and Coke, will be held May 18 in St. Louis, MO. Key points of discussion will cover definitions of SRM/CRM blending, NIST traceability, and why blending is important in calibration and QC checks. Other topics will address blend uncertainty, how to implement blending coal and coke SRMs, as well as minimum sample mass requirements and pooled replicates. Read More

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Industrial Controls Indices rise for second consecutive quarter.

March 8, 2010

NEMA's Primary Industrial Controls Index registered 2.3% quarter-to-quarter increase during fourth quarter of 2009. After it plunged over 34% from its peak within 4 quarters, this index has managed to post gains in each of last 2 quarters. Primary Industrial Controls and Adjustable Speed Drives Index, which serves as broader measure of demand for industrial controls market, also recorded second consecutive quarter-to-quarter increase, with 4.1% gain during fourth quarter of 2009. Read More

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Lamp Indices gain ground during fourth quarter of 2009.

March 8, 2010

NEMA's lamp indices for incandescent and compact fluorescent lamps increased 6.7% and 15.5%, respectively, during fourth quarter of 2009. Sales of incandescent lamps during the quarter were sufficient in tempering rate of erosion in year-over-year growth for this index component, declining by 2.2% compared to 12.0% average over previous 3 quarters. Similarly, decline in CFL sales slowed to 4.3% on year-over-year basis versus decline of 17.5% for previous quarter. Read More

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Aerodynamics, Fuel Cells, and Eco-Design look to motivate kids.

March 8, 2010

This summer, 6-8th grade students in Eagle River, WI will be introduced to basics of engineering concepts at the Gateway Academy, a summer youth program offered by SME Education Foundation and Project Lead The Way. At Gateway Academy, students brainstorm ideas, solve problems, and learn basics of engineering concepts involving alternative energy, eco-design, robotics, aerodynamics, and manufacturing in hands-on, project-based environment. Read More

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Glass Cockpit Safety in small light airplanes to be examined by NTSB.

March 8, 2010

NTSB will hold public Board meeting to consider study on what effect introduction of digital flight display avionic systems (glass cockpits) into small light general aviation airplanes is having on their safety record. Since glass cockpit functionality and information capabilities represent significant change in how pilots monitor information, NTSB-initiated study is aimed at determining if this transition would improve safety record of those planes. Read More

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AWWA announces Call for Papers for 2011 conference.

March 8, 2010

AWWA has announced that 2011 Utility Management Conference Call for Papers is now open, with deadline for abstract submissions on May 17, 2010. Water professionals worldwide are encouraged to submit abstracts. Conference, to be held February 8-11, 2011, in Denver, CO, is sponsored by AWWA and WEF. It will enable water/wastewater managers and professionals to hear latest approaches, practices, processes, techniques, case studies, and research related to utility management. Read More

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NYC Soiree being held to benefit Asia Pacific marine life.

March 8, 2010

Nature Conservancy's Young Professionals Group announced that its fifth annual cocktail benefit, South Sea Soirée, will be held at Prince George Ballroom in Manhattan, NYC on March 18, 2010. Funds raised will support efforts to protect Coral Triangle, area of Pacific Ocean rich in plant and animal diversity that harbors over 75% of all known coral species. Soirée events and offerings will include open bar, live music by Ancient Tongue, and silent auction. Read More

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IEEE Xplore® eBooks Collection spans range of research areas.

March 8, 2010

Available online as part of IEEE Xplore® digital library, IEEE-Wiley eBooks collection is comprised of over 400 volumes that span content areas such as bioengineering, power and energy, and communication technologies as well as other growing areas of research. This collection, available as add-on to existing IEEE Xplore subscriptions or as stand-alone subscription, includes practical handbooks, introductory and advanced texts, reference works, and professional books. Read More

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Free Educational Forums add value to IPC APEX EXPO experience.

March 5, 2010

With double-digit increases in pre-registrations, IPC APEX EXPO(TM) will have more attendees, more than 300 exhibitors, and 6 free educational forums taking place on show floor. Panels of experts on topics from test and inspection to new opportunities in photovoltaics will share their insights into successfully navigating some of industry's challenges as well as burgeoning markets. IPC Free Forums will be held April 6-8 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. Read More

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BIO asks Congress to address algae-based biofuels.

March 5, 2010

Commercialization of algae-based biofuels can create jobs, increase energy security, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Unfortunately, algae-based biofuel developers do not qualify for tax incentives for advanced biofuel development, making it challenging for start-up companies to attract capital required for facility construction. BIO urged Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus and Ranking Member Charles Grassley to extend tax code parity to algae-based biofuels as soon as possible. Read More

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John Horsley makes statement on use of federal highway funds.

March 5, 2010

According to John Horsley, AASHTO Executive Director, state transportation officials have achieved goal of obligating every dime of federal-aid highway funds that were made available last year under American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The more than 12,000 highway recovery projects are evidence that transportation investment pays off by providing good-paying jobs and long-lasting improvements. States can repeat this effort if Congress provides additional resources for highways and transit. Read More

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RIA/IESO Standard addresses soot and char in HVAC systems.

March 5, 2010

RIA and Indoor Environmental Standards Organization have completed development of procedural standard, 'Evaluation of HVAC interior surfaces to determine impact from fire-related particulate.' Purpose of standard is to evaluate whether fire-related residue has been deposited on HVAC interior surfaces. Char and soot were selected as indicators since both are byproducts of almost all fires. Standard provides specific inspection and sampling protocols and uses science to confirm their presence. Read More

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NEMA's February EBCI climbs to highest level in 4 years.

March 5, 2010

NEMA's Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) rose 7.4 points to 64.6 in February, following rise of 9 points in January. EBCI for future North American conditions slipped 7.7 points in February to 70.8, but is ahead of 50-point mark indicative of improved business environment. Based on index for future conditions, six-month outlook remains optimistic. Read More

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Motors Shipments Gain in Fourth Quarter closes out 2009.

March 5, 2010

NEMA's Motors Shipments Index (MSI) increased 6.1% during fourth quarter of 2009, marking its second consecutive gain. Demand for motors, however, remains weak; MSI is still 5.7% below posted level from 2008 Q4. Inflation- and seasonally-adjusted shipments of fractional horsepower motors rose for third consecutive quarter, and integral horsepower motors saw their second increase in past 7 quarters. Surging exports and recent turn in inventory cycle primarily support rebound. Read More