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Video Showcases NIST-hosted robotics competitions in China.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
July 13, 2011 Video highlights from 2 NIST-hosted robotics challenges in China let viewers observe robots designed to prove viability of advanced robotics and microrobotics technologies. In Mobile Microrobotics Challenge (MMC), microscopic automatons navigate maze about size of sesame seed and perform miniature manufacturing tasks. In Virtual Manufacturing Automation Competition (VMAC), virtual robots pick up pallets, navigate around each other, and load trucks in simulated warehouse environment.
EPA Proposes Review of uses for chemicals classified as glymes.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
July 13, 2011 Based in part on concerns that uses of glymes could lead to harmful reproductive and developmental health effects, U.S. EPA is proposing to protect consumers by requiring companies to report new uses of 14 specific chemicals in consumer products. Proposed regulatory procedure would ensure that, prior to manufacture, import, or processing of these chemicals for significant new use, EPA will have 90 days to evaluate potential risks and prohibit or limit activity if warranted.
Solar Lab Collaborative Showcase scheduled for August 4.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory    Washington, DC 20024-2157
July 13, 2011 One-of-a-kind platforms that have the ability to bridge the gap between PV module and cell efficiencies can be seen by stakeholders during the Collaborative Showcase at NREL's Process Development Integration Laboratory. PDIL is a fully operational facility for testing, measuring, and processing solar cells to maximize research benefits and minimize development risks. NREL wants stakeholders to see the new lab and discuss ways to work together to use its capabilities.
NCC launches hands-on composites training programs.
National Composite Center    Kettering, OH 45420
July 12, 2011 "Understanding Composites" will provide basic understanding of composites, combining classroom theory with instruction in hand lay-up and vacuum assisted resin transfer molding. "Composites Production Processing" introduces participants to resin fiber processing with sheet molding compound, long fiber thermoplastics, tape line, rapid fiber preforming, filament winding as well as hand lay-up and physical testing. "High-End Processing" will address VARTM, autoclave, and out-of-autoclave processing.
Materials Scientists study nanocomposite fire retardants.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
July 12, 2011 In studying experimental nanocomposite fire retardants, materials scientists from NIST and University of Maryland demonstrated that the more widely and uniformly dispersed nanoscale plates of clay are in a polymer, the more fire protection that nanocomposite material provides. Team reported that in tests of 5 specimens, each with same amount of nanoscale filler (5% by weight), sample with wide dispersions was more resistant to igniting and burning than specimen with crowded plate clusters.
NEMA Meeting to focus on EV supply equipment harmonization.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
July 12, 2011 On July 20, NEMA will host meeting at Underwriters Laboratory's (UL) Research Triangle Park North Carolina facility. Canadian, Mexican, and U.S. stakeholders will discuss standards harmonization requirements for testing and certifying electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) used in North America. While issues remain which EV technologies must overcome, NEMA believes safety and basic performance of supply equipment associated with EVs are covered by existing documents.
NIST Experiments with vibration dampening below a single quantum.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
July 12, 2011 Described in a Nature paper posted online July 6, NIST experiments nearly stop the beating motion of a microscopic aluminum drum made of 1 trillion atoms, damping its motion below single quantum, or unit of energy, and so placing drum in realm governed by quantum mechanics. Cooling technique and drum device together promise new machinery for quantum computing and tests of quantum theory, and could help advance field of quantum acoustics exploring quantum nature of mechanical vibrations.
AIM Inc. announces major sponsors for 2011 AIM Expo.
AIM, Inc.    Cranberry Township, PA 16066
July 12, 2011 The Association for Automatic Identification and Mobility has announced that BlueStar, Datalogic, and Motorola have committed to major sponsorships for the 2011 AIM Expo, which will be held Sept 26-28, in conjunction with PACK EXPO Las Vegas. In addition to prominent support of the overall event, and committed involvement on many levels, each of the major sponsors will host functions of the AIM Expo to deliver unique networking and participate in key educational opportunities.
AEM Urges Congress to approve multi-year highway bill.
Association of Equipment Manufacturers    Milwaukee, WI 53214
July 12, 2011 AEM President Dennis Slater commented upon events in which House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman John Mica and Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chair Barbara Boxer announced plans to meet September 30 deadline to reauthorize surface transportation programs. Noting existing fiscal concerns, Slater strongly urged approval of multi-year surface transportation reauthorization bill that increases or maintains funding levels for sake of stability that drives productivity.
AIA marks end of an era with last shuttle launch.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
July 12, 2011 AIA congratulated NASA on its record of achievement marked by final space shuttle flight. Over 30 year span, space shuttle successes included sending 350+ astronauts from 20 nations into space, servicing Hubble Space Telescope, linking up with Mir Space Station, and building International Space Station. AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey, who called space shuttle "an amazing American success story," said "We need to honor the shuttle's legacy by continuing to invest in our future."
Material Change boosts ultrafast single-photon detector.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
July 11, 2011 By swapping one superconducting material for another, NIST researchers found practical way to boost efficiency of world's fastest single-photon detector while also extending light sensitivity to longer wavelengths. Detector, made of superconducting nanowires, is used to register individual photons (particles of light). Tungsten-silicon alloy version has efficiency of 19%-40% over 1,280-1,650 nm range, including bands used in telecommunications.
PTDA Membership Directory provides key contact information.
Power Transmission Distributors Association    Chicago, IL 60606-4703
July 11, 2011 PTDA's 2011 Membership Directory provides resource for any company seeking key contacts for distributors and manufacturers of power transmission/motion control products. Print directory offers nearly 500 C-suite level industry contacts. In addition to detailed power transmission/motion control distributors and manufacturers sections, directory provides associate member listing with contact info and company description, overview of available products and services, and advertiser index.
NFPA Education and Technology Foundation to award Challenge Grants.
National Fluid Power Association    Milwaukee, WI 53222-3219
July 11, 2011 With eventual goal of entering teams in NFPA Fluid Power Challenge events, Challenge Grant Program provides incentives to schools and educational institutions to help teachers introduce and teach fluid power in their classrooms. Fluid Power Challenge invites middle school students to solve engineering problem using hydraulics and pneumatics. Grants types will be awarded for: Challenge classroom exercise kits or component parts, and Challenge event kits for use in Challenge events.
NIST Seeks Director for Technology Innovation Program.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
July 11, 2011 Qualified candidates are being sought by NIST to lead Technology Innovation Program (TIP), which supports, promotes, and accelerates innovation in USA by making targeted investments in high-risk, high-reward research in areas of critical national need. TIP director is responsible for managing and leading this program, which is headquartered at NIST's Gaithersburg, MD campus. Applications will not be accepted after August 15, 2011.
Smokestack Pollution Reduction Rule promotes health of citizens.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
July 11, 2011 Cross-State Air Pollution Rule supplements Clean Air Act protections, reducing hundreds of thousands of tons of smokestack emissions that travel through air and lead to soot and smog that threaten health of those living downwind. In eastern USA, 27 states will work with power plants to cut air pollution under this rule, which leverages widely available, proven, and cost-effective control technologies. EPA will work with states to help develop most appropriate path forward.
NREL supports industry to develop CAE tools for EDV batteries.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory    Washington, DC 20024-2157
July 11, 2011 NREL awarded 3 industry teams with total of $7 million for development of computer-aided engineering software design tools to help produce next generation of electric drive vehicle batteries. Project goals for selected teams include developing battery engineering tools to design cells and battery packs; shortening battery prototyping and manufacturing processes; improving overall battery performance, safety, and battery life; and reducing battery costs.
FAA Administrator Announces chief of Air Traffic Organization.
Federal Aviation Administration    Washington, DC 20591
July 11, 2011 FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt announced David Grizzle will be chief operating officer of FAA's Air Traffic Organization. Grizzle, who became FAA's chief counsel in 2009, has been filling role of chief operating officer since mid-April. Before joining FAA, he worked with Continental Airlines and its affiliates for 22 years. According to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Grizzle "has a unique ability to manage complex situations."
TIA announces educational sessions.
Tire Industry Association    Bowie, MD 20716-1883
July 11, 2011 TIA announced the educational sessions for 2011 Global Tire Expo - Powered by TIA, which is part of the SEMA Show, taking place Nov 1-4, 2011 in Las Vegas, NV. Event will feature the 4 educational session tracks, including "TPMS at 10," "Truck Tires at 10," "Tires at 2," and "Management at 4". In addition, expo will include a new session track titled "Green @ Noon," which will address sustainability and environmental best practices.
AASHTO Calls for Timely Action on Surface Transportation Bill.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials    Washington, DC 20001
July 11, 2011 In his statement regarding Surface Transportation Bill briefing, AASHTO Executive Director John Horsley called Chairman Mica's bill "the first step" towards passing new, long-term surface transportation bill that is "desperately needed" to maintain national transportation system. Horsley went on to comment on included reforms supported by state departments of transportation and also expressed concerns about proposed funding levels included in bill.
AIA to hold Team America Rocketry Challenge 2012.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
July 11, 2011 AIA's Team America Rocketry Challenge will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2012. Thanks to participation of more than 50,000 and several dozen companies, an event that started out as a celebration of the centennial of flight has become world's largest rocket contest and one of the biggest Science Technology Engineering and Math student competitions. Sponsoring TARC is way for companies to gain exposure, network with other AIA members, and educate students about careers in aerospace.

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