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Nanostructures Modeled After Moth Eyes may enhance X-rays.
The Optical Society (OSA)    Washington, DC 20036
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.
EPA GHG Permitting Requirements maintain focus on large emitters.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
July 16, 2012 U.S. EPA will not revise greenhouse gas (GHG) permitting thresholds under Clean Air Act (CAA). Final rule - part of EPA's common-sense, phased-in approach to GHG permitting under CAA, announced in 2010 and upheld by U.S. Court of Appeals for D.C. Circuit - maintains focus on nation's largest emitters that account for nearly 70% of total GHG pollution from stationary sources. EPA is also finalizing provision that lets companies set plant-wide emissions limits for GHGs.
NREL Researcher selected for DOE Early Career Research Program.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)    Golden, CO 80401
July 16, 2012 Kirstin Alberi, researcher at U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) NREL, has been selected by DOE's Office of Basic Energy Sciences as one of 68 scientists to participate in DOE's Early Career Research Program. Based on her work on "Light-Stimulated Epitaxy of Novel Semiconductor Alloys and Heterostructures," Alberi is eligible to receive up to $2.5 million in research grants over 5 years. Her project explores use of energy from light to aid semiconductor film growth.
SAE offers third edition of Vehicle Brake Design and Safety.
Society Of Automotive Engineers, Inc. (SAE)    Warrendale, PA 15096
July 16, 2012 "Brake Design and Safety" provides basic theoretical fundamentals and analytical tools necessary to design braking systems for passenger vehicles and trucks. Book's goal is to help develop brakes that comply with safety standards, minimize consumer complaints, and perform safely and efficiently before and while electronic brake controls become active. Expanded chapters cover thermal analysis of automotive brakes, analysis of hydraulic brake systems, and single vehicle braking dynamics.
NREL Staff donates more than 1,000 lb of food for the needy.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory    Washington, DC 20024-2157
July 16, 2012 During recent drive, employees at NREL donated enough food to feed 50 adults and 100 children for a week. Food was donated to the Action Center in Lakewood, which has as its mission "to provide an immediate response to basic human needs and promote pathways to self-sufficiency for Jefferson County residents and the homeless." When food was brought to Action Center and placed on the scale, it totaled 1,198 pounds.
Registration is Open for 2013 International CES.
Consumer Electronics Association    Arlington, VA 22201
July 16, 2012 Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® opened registration, free to consumer technology professionals through August 31, for 2013 International CES®. Taking place in Las Vegas, NV on January 8-11, consumer technology tradeshow attracts executives, retail buyers, content providers, venture capitalists, engineers, government officials, and media. CEA's Karen Chupka said that this event "is sure to feature the standout products and trends of 2013 across all major product categories."
SME works with US Army to help solve manufacturing skills gap.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
July 16, 2012 Through partnership with SME, US Army will expand certification opportunities for service members in specialized and technical engineering fields. Army's Engineer school will conduct 1-year pilot program to assess potential for Engineer Officers and Warrant Officers to meet SME's Certified Manufacturing Technologist or Lean Bronze Certification credentials. These credentials will help service members qualify/pursue jobs as manufacturing technicians, technologists, and engineers in private sector.
Construction Industry Unemployment Rate drops to 12.8%.
Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc.    East Syracuse, NY 13057
July 16, 2012 With addition of 2,000 jobs last month, nation's construction industry unemployment rate fell to 12.8% in June, down from 14.2% in May, according to July 6 employment report by U.S. Labor Department. One year ago, construction unemployment rate was 15.6%. However, much of this improvement is attributable to decline in size of construction workforce, which now totals 8.12 million people, down from more than 8.44 million people 1 year ago.
EEMBC Benchmarks see growing popularity and expanded mission.
Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium    El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
July 16, 2012 As it celebrates its 15th anniversary, EEMBC is enjoying gains in popularity among embedded system designers, as well as expansion in breadth of industry-standard benchmarks it is developing for diverse world of embedded processors and systems. EEMBC has broadened scope of its mission to include benchmarking of highly integrated SoCs capable of tackling specific and general-purpose tasks, as well as performance of smartphones and tablet PCs and next-generation firewall appliances performing DPI.
Test Framework focuses on upgrading smart electrical meters.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
July 16, 2012 On July 10, 2012, NIST published Advanced Metering Infrastructure Smart Meter Upgradeability Test Framework (NISTIR 7823) to help utility companies test their procedures for upgrading meters securely from remote location. This draft publication offers generic set of testing criteria to help any utility determine whether its method of upgrading meters conforms with security and functionality requirements in NEMA Standard for Smart Grid Upgradeability.
NIST Seeks Comment on federal ID credential security standard.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
July 16, 2012 NIST released second-round draft version of updated security standard for identity credentials in Personal Identity Verification (PIV) cards used by federal employees and contractors. Comments are sought by August 10, 2012 from public on this document, Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 201, which will be last draft before final version is published. Requirements include that all PIV cards contain IC chip for storing electronic information, PIN, and protected biometric data.
HID Lamp Shipment Indexes show growth for first quarter.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
July 16, 2012 NEMA's HID lamp shipment indexes returned to positive growth territory during first quarter of 2012, with each type showing year-over-year gains. Sodium vapor lamps increased 2.9%, while shipments of mercury vapor and metal halide lamps increased 5.0% and 0.1%, respectively. Market shares for sodium and mercury vapor lamps increased by 0.5 and 0.1 percentage points to 32.8 and 4.6%, respectively. Metal halide lamps posted share of 62.5%, a decline of 0.7 percentage points on year-over-year basis.
Free Webinar looks at tools for robotic systems simulations.
Robotic Industries Association    Ann Arbor, MI 48108
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.
Data Exchange Standard addresses pack and packing materials.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
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.
Biofuel Trade Organizations petition to intervene in AFPM v. EPA.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
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.
NTSB makes recommendations to FAA on amateur-built aircraft.
National Transportation Safety Board    Washington, DC 20594
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.
NEMA Commends Senate on energy-efficiency tax legislation.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
July 16, 2012 NEMA commends introduction of Expanding Industrial Energy and Water Efficiency Incentives Act of 2012 by Senators Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Olympia Snowe (R-ME), and Diane Feinstein (D-CA). Legislation includes measures that help business make long term energy and financial saving investments, such as tax credit of $120/horsepower for advanced motor systems. Kyle Pitsor, NEMA VP of Government Relations, believes tax credit provides incentive for businesses to use energy more efficiently.
AEC announces tools for designers and engineers.
Aluminum Extruders Council    Wauconda, IL 60084
July 16, 2012 In June, AEC unveiled redesigned website and 2012 edition of AEC Buyers' Guide. Council's website at www.AEC.org includes information from previous site, with significant enhancements related to applications, sustainability, and fabrication. Offering comprehensive directory of AEC Extruder Members, Buyers' Guide includes such information as company headquarters, plant locations, contact names, press sizes, maximum circle size, forms produced, and types of services offered.
Pension Fix benefits both manufacturers and workers.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
July 13, 2012 In her statement following announcement of highway transportation conference agreement (H.R. 4348), NAM Vice President for Tax and Domestic Economic Policy Dorothy Coleman said that flaws in pension funding formula need to be corrected in order to provide predictable financial obligation for employers year to year. By doing so, according to Coleman, manufacturers can continue on as "leaders in providing generous retirement benefits to their employees."
ACerS-NIST Database adds approximately 1,400 new diagrams.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
July 13, 2012 Under new agreement with its partner, American Ceramic Society, NIST is offering single-user licenses to ACerS-NIST Phase Equilibria Diagrams database for $950, down from $2,995. Developed from masses of data and models, diagrams tell engineer what compounds and crystal structures will result from mixing set of starting materials in given ratios at given temperature. Version 3.4 has approximately 24,800 diagrams, including 892 entries with approximately 1,400 new diagrams.

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