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NIST Director to co-chair White House standards committee.

April 5, 2010

NIST Director Patrick Gallagher and Philip Weiser will co-chair Subcommittee on Standards that has been established at White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Group will reinforce ability of government to work in partnership with private sector to address standards needed to solve national problems. Subcommittee will also provide direction/guidance to ICSP and will rely on ICSP to coordinate policy implementation, assess progress, and develop policy options or guidance. Read More

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NIST Advisory Committee issues 2009 annual report.

April 5, 2010

Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology has sent its 2009 annual report to Congress. Report highlights NIST's unique and significant role in coordination of federal development and use of documentary standards in 3 areas of critical national importance: Smart Grid interoperability, healthcare information technology, and cybersecurity. Report expresses Committee's strong support for NIST to strengthen its leadership role in documentary standards affecting nation's priorities. Read More

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ABC's Receding CBI shows recession-mired construction industry.

April 2, 2010

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) reported its Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) - used as forward-looking indicator that measures amount of construction work under contract to be completed in future - declined 9% between November 2009 and January 2010. It slipped 16.3% during past year and currently stands at 5.5 months. ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu says this indicates nonresidential construction industry is still stuck in its own recession. Read More

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Stringent Appliance Standards apply to home water heaters.

April 2, 2010

U.S. DoE Secretary Steven Chu announced that Department has finalized higher energy efficiency standards for heating appliances that will save consumers up to $10 billion and prevent up to 164 million MT of carbon dioxide emissions over 30 years. These standards - for residential water heaters, pool heaters, and direct heating equipment - will reduce air pollution, prevent release of nitrogen oxides and mercury, and avoid emissions equivalent to taking 46 million cars off the road for 1 year. Read More

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Sen Feinstein highlights ASHRAE in Congressional record remarks.

April 2, 2010

U.S. Senate passed legislation that could make air travel healthier by calling for FAA to conduct study of air quality in cabins of U.S. airliners. Measure to protect flying public from harmful toxins was put forth by Senator Dianne Feinstein's (D-CA). In her address to Senate, Feinstein supported her argument with 2009 letter from ASHRAE Presidential Member William Harrison, in which he called on FAA to investigate and determine requirements for bleed air contaminant monitoring. Read More

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Offshore Development Expansion is urged by manufacturers.

April 2, 2010

Jay Timmons, NAM Executive VP, commented on President Obama's announcement to partially expand oil and natural gas exploration and development on Outer Continental Shelf. Commending Obama's leadership, Timmons said the decision is "a positive step toward a lower cost domestic energy supply and ensuring U.S. energy security and independence." Another applauded benefit was job creation potential, which was supported by independent Milken Institute's Jobs for America report. Read More

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BIO Convention to cover global environmental and energy issues.

April 2, 2010

Scheduled for May 3-6, 2010 BIO International Convention will feature series of high level panels examining latest biotechnology advancements designed to address pressing global industrial and environment issues, from development of advanced biofuels to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. During breakout sessions, speakers will address biofuels, algae, synthetic biology, dedicated energy crops, climate change, nanotechnology, and renewable chemicals. Read More

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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