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BSA publishes brief on linear motors.

April 9, 2010

BSA's latest Bearing Brief, "A Guide to Linear Motors," distinguishes between voice coil, force tube, stepper, hybrid, brush dc, induction, and synchronous linear motors. Publication includes Quick Selection guide and chart on properties of each motor type. Like all BSA Bearing Briefs, "A Guide to Linear Motors" is available for free download from Tools You Can Use on BSA website www.bsahome.org. Read More

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Department of Energy releases Open Government Plan.

April 9, 2010

Open Government Plan highlights DOE initiatives to maintain and increase transparency; increase participation between Department, its program offices, sites, and American public; and increase collaborative efforts between Department and stakeholders. One initiative, OpenEI.org open-source web platform, opens DOE resources and data to public. Free, editable, and evolving wiki-platform will help to deploy clean energy technologies across the country and the world. Read More

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Grants Awarded to HBCUs for science and technical research.

April 9, 2010

US Department of Energy Assistant Secretary, Inés Triay, joined by US House Majority Whip, Congressman James E. Clyburn, awarded nearly 9 million dollars to 9 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) in SC and Northeast GA. Funding will foster academic programs that promote minority involvement in science and technical research fields. Participating HBCU institutions committed to developing programs for 2010 that promote training, education, and hands-on activities. Read More

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ASHRAE Annual Conference to focus on energy conservation.

April 9, 2010

Scheduled for June 26-30, ASHRAE 2010 Annual Conference will provide guidance on how to improve building systems, from moisture issues to ventilation. Technical program addresses existing technology, systems, and equipment, giving attendees hands-on knowledge that they can use daily. It is divided into 7 tracks, including High Efficiency HVAC/R Systems, Energy Facts vs. Simulation, Living with HVAC/R Systems, Energy Conservation vs. New Generation, and Ventilation Systems. Read More

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SIIA and OpSource to host forum on cloud computing solutions.

April 9, 2010

"All About the Cloud," to be held May 10-12 in San Francisco, will combine SIIA and OpSource annual conferences. It will allow 750 executives, analysts, and venture capitalists to gather to explore, debate, and discuss development and future of cloud computing. All aspects of the cloud will be covered, highlighting trends and strategic opportunities for SaaS ISVs, developers, C-level executives, and government agencies. Event will also provide networking opportunities for attendees. Read More

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MHEDA Edge Article explains US/China wire deck industry fight.

April 9, 2010

MHEDA Edge's April issue article titled "All Hands On Deck" focuses on legal battle between US and Chinese wire decking industries. Tension has risen over ways Chinese government has offered tax breaks and subsides to its manufacturers, enabling them to sell exported products at low prices, leading to influx of Chinese-manufactureed products into U.S. market. Details of legal battle and how it turned out can be found in current issue of online journal found on MHEDA website. Read More

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IPC announces updates to IPC-6012 and IPC-A-600.

April 9, 2010

IPC-A-600H, Acceptability of Printed Boards, features 95 new and updated photos and illustrations, which help inspectors understand anomalies that can impact performance and those that are cosmetic. Standard offers expanded coverage on topics such as solder mask coverage, etchback, via fill, and flexible circuits. Determining how many boards and/or test coupons to check is addressed by IPC-A-600's companion document, IPC-6012C, Qualification and Performance Specification for Rigid Printed Boards. Read More

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October Date Announced for IREC's annual meeting.

April 8, 2010

Offering information on pressing renewable energy issues as well as opportunity to reconnect with colleagues, IREC's 2010 Annual Meeting is scheduled for October 11, 2010 in Los Angeles, CA. It will highlight work in key program areas of connecting to grid and regulatory activities, green workforce education, ISPQ credentialing, and small wind certification. Also, colleagues from DSIRE database will provide information on latest trends in incentive and rebate policies across U.S. Read More

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WMO celebrates 60 yr of service to human safety.

April 8, 2010

On World Meteorological Day, March 23, 2010, World Meteorological Organization (WMO) celebrated theme, WMO - 60 Years of Service for Your Safety and Well-Being. Event was celebrated by National Meteorological and Hydrological Services in 189 member states/territories. Achievements of WMO include alerts on thinning ozone layer/climate change and work on early weather warning systems. Organization held ceremony at Geneva headquarters which included presentation by Dr. Osvaldo F. Canziani. Read More

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EPA proposes adding 16 chemicals to TRI list.

April 8, 2010

Established as part of Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act, Toxics Release Inventory list of reportable chemicals is a publicly available EPA database that contains information on toxic chemical releases and waste management activities reported annually by certain industries as well as federal facilities. EPA is proposing to add 16 chemicals to list and has concluded, based on review of available studies, that these chemicals could cause cancer in people. Read More

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EPA accepting applications for environmental training program.

April 8, 2010

U.S. EPA is accepting grant applications to help manage National Environmental Education Training Program over next 5 years. EPA will award one cooperative agreement, worth approximately $10 million over 5 years, which will provide teachers and other education professionals with resources and support to enable them to teach about environmental issues more effectively. Institutions of higher education and non-profit organizations in United States are eligible to apply. Read More

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EPA announces restrictions on pesticide phosphide fumigants.

April 8, 2010

U.S. EPA is requiring new restrictions on aluminum and magnesium phosphide products to better protect people, especially children, from dangerous exposures. Phosphide fumigants are used primarily to control insects in stored grain and other agricultural commodities. New restrictions prohibit all uses of products around residential areas, increase buffer zones for treatment around non-residential buildings that could be occupied by people or animals, and create more protective product labeling. Read More

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UNFCCC receives climate change pledges following Copenhagen talks.

April 8, 2010

Fifty-five countries that account for 78% of global emissions from energy use have submitted national pledges to UNFCCC to cut and limit greenhouse gases by 2020. Pledges were received following conclusion of climate change talks in Copenhagen. "They are clear signals of willingness to move negotiations towards successful conclusion," said Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of UNFCCC. Next round of formal negotiations is scheduled for end of May, 2010, in Bonn, Germany. Read More

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El Niño is in Decline but impacts may continue until Mid-2010.

April 8, 2010

El Niño event, which started in June 2009, continues to have widespread impacts. Effects have been seen in basin-wide Pacific Ocean conditions as well as climate patterns around world. Most likely outcome by mid-year 2010 is for El Niño to have decayed and near-neutral conditions to be re-established across tropical Pacific. Even during its decay over next few months, conditions associated with El Niño will continue to influence climate patterns at least through second quarter of year. Read More

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ICAC helps evaluate bids for activated carbon injection systems.

April 8, 2010

ICAC has released guidance on selecting and evaluating bids for activated carbon injection systems for coal fired power plants. Developed by ICAC's Mercury Control Technology Division, Bid Specification and Information Requirements and Bid Evaluation Form document will help purchasers compile information necessary to procure meaningful bids from suppliers of activated carbon injection systems. Read More

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Technological Collaboration formed to build artificial trees.

April 8, 2010

Columbia University and Global Research Technologies (GRT) have entered collaboration and licensing agreement for technology that extracts CO2 from atmosphere. Expectations are that, within 2 years, units would capture up to 1 ton of CO2 per day. Deemed synthetic trees, technology uses proprietary resins and processes to absorb CO2 from air at rates exceeding that of natural trees. With predicted lifespan of 15 years, products will consume minimal energy during carbon capture process. Read More

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UNEP launches IEA training materials at GEO-5 event.

April 8, 2010

UNEP launched Integrated Environmental Assessment (IEA) Training Package alongside First Global Intergovernmental and Multi-stakeholder Consultation on the Fifth Global Environment Outlook Report (GEO-5), in Nairobi, Kenya. Package includes training manual; community platform; e-learning modules, with interactive online training; and trainers database, which provides access to international network of experts. Manual is available in 6 official UN languages. Read More

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Hydrothermal Vents have been located off Antarctica.

April 8, 2010

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory has found evidence of hydrothermal vents on seafloor near Antarctica. By analyzing thousands of oceanographic measurements, geochemist Gisela Winckler and her Lamont colleagues pinpointed 6 spots on remote Pacific Antarctic Ridge - approximately 2,000 miles from New Zealand and 1,000 miles from west coast of Antarctica - where vents are likely to be found. Those sites are described in published paper in Geophysical Research Letters journal. Read More

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CITES Conference ends without agreement on marine species.

April 8, 2010

Intense 2-week meeting of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora closed without agreeing on new trade measures to protect marine species. However, over 150 governments adopted decisions to strengthen wildlife management for several reptiles, combat illegal trafficking in tigers and rhinos, and update trade rules for wide range of plant and animal species. During meeting, 24 proposals were accepted, 10 were rejected, and 7 were withdrawn. Read More

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IREC issues ISPQ Accreditation and Certification awards.

April 8, 2010

IREC announced that 17 awards of Institute for Sustainable Power Quality accreditation/certification have been presented in first quarter. Candidates include Electric Education Center, Solar Living Institute, Infinite Solar Inc., David Compaan of AltE University, MREA, Clay Sterling, Matt Parks, Mark Morgan, Andy DeRocher, Christopher LaForge, Christine Hulet, Edward Zinthefer, Kurt Nelson, and Chris Folk. To achieve award, each candidate has gone through comprehensive application/audit process. Read More