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Cleaning and Restoration Magazine wins two Apex awards.

July 17, 2012

"Bringing Back the Music: The Schermerhorn Symphony Center Restoration," a feature story in March 2011 issue recounting efforts of Royal Plus DKI to clean and restore the center following floods in 2010, won feature writing award. November/December 2011 issue, featuring special tribute to RIA's technical director and founder of the Certified Restorer® program, Martin L. King, CR, ASA, won 2012 Apex Award for Publication Excellence in the Special Purpose Writing category. Read More

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Consortium aims to improve process for making soft materials.

July 17, 2012

NIST is launching consortium that will take measure of growing and increasingly important class of materials. "Soft materials" range from products as commonplace as detergents, paints, and chocolate bars to some as sophisticated as flexible electronic displays and solar cells, therapeutic drugs, and plastics with tailor-made properties. Two key objectives of effort are optimizing properties of selected soft materials and maximizing production yields. Read More

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Nanostructures Modeled After Moth Eyes may enhance X-rays.

July 16, 2012

Using compound eyes of the moth as their inspiration, international team of physicists has developed nanoscale materials that could reduce radiation received by patients getting X-rayed, while improving resolution of resulting images. Work is led by Yasha Yi-a, professor of the City University of New York, who is also affiliated with Massachusetts Institute of Technology and New York University, and was published in Optical Society's journal, Optics Letters. Read More

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NTSB makes recommendations to FAA on amateur-built aircraft.

July 16, 2012

NTSB recommendations A-12-28 through -39 for FAA include changes to fuel system and flight test procedures for powered experimental, operating amateur-built aircraft. Also requested is means to document aircraft's performance data and operating envelope. Board also recommends changes to Amateur-Built Aircraft and Ultralight Flight Testing Handbook, guidance for issuance of Letter of Deviation Authority, and revision of Civil Aircraft Registry database. Read More

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Biofuel Trade Organizations petition to intervene in AFPM v. EPA.

July 16, 2012

Six biofuel industry organizations jointly petitioned U.S. Court of Appeals for District of Columbia to intervene in lawsuit filed by American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers and Western States Petroleum Association against U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Organizations are asking to join AFPM et al. v. EPA suit to support EPA's denial of waiver of 2011 Cellulosic Renewable Volume Obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard. Read More

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Data Exchange Standard addresses pack and packing materials.

July 16, 2012

Standard IPC-1758, Declaration Requirements for Shipping, Pack, and Packing Materials, establishes requirements for exchange of information on materials used to protect products during shipment between supply chain partners. In addition to describing essential information exchange content with respect to packing, standard includes references to regulations impacting materials, marking, recycling information, and recycled content that could be desirable in completing data package. Read More

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NTSB issues safety monitoring recommendations to FMCSA.

July 16, 2012

Safety recommendations H-12-13 through -19, issued by NTSB to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), include guidance for motor carriers on using onboard monitoring systems, and determining they reduce accidents or injuries. Board also suggests states retain records from Commercial Driver's License Information System for 10 yr. In addition, it suggests rating scores to determine carrier's fitness and process for identifying causes of safety risks found during compliance reviews. Read More

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Free Webinar looks at tools for robotic systems simulations.

July 16, 2012

Visual Components, provider of 3D factory simulation software, will host webinar in conjunction with RIA on September 6, 2012 at 10:00 am EDT. Webinar will demonstrate how Visual Components offerings facilitate simulations of complete robotic systems, Beyond the Robot, in applications that encompass complete Robotic Workcell or Manufacturing Process. Demonstration will also show there is no need for individual skill sets or intense application training to develop simulation to completion. Read More