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NAM CEO Lauds Congressional Action as historic victory for USA.

Calling legislation passed by Congress an historic victory...for American workers and middle-class families, NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons- praised action taken on manufacturers' top priorities. Timmons spoke to provisions regarding R&D credit and further lauded suspension of medical device and health insurance taxes- as well as delay of employee benefits tax, lifting- crude oil export...

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NEMA Publishes Guide dealing with electrical power drive systems.

Available in hard copy and for download, NEMA ICS 61800-6 TR-2015-  Adjustable Speed Electrical Power Drive Systems, Part 6: Guide for Determination of Types of Load Duty and Corresponding Current Ratings explains how to determine types of load duty and related current ratings for adjustable speed drive. This guide also- provides clarification to users for application of NEMA member products...

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NREL Research advances hydrogen production efforts.

Researchers at NREL have made advances toward affordable photoelectrochemical (PEC) production of hydrogen.- Researchers decided to examine molecular catalysts outside of liquid solution they are normally studied in to see if they could attach catalyst directly onto surface of semiconductor. They were able to put layer of titanium dioxide on surface of semiconductor and bond molecular catalyst...

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ISM Seeks Nominees for J. Shipman Gold Medal Award.

Institute for Supply Management-® (ISM-®)- seeks nominations for J. Shipman Gold Medal Award, which is presented annually to one individual- for distinguished service of supply management profession and advancing its cause. Those chosen have also mentored and guided members- in this profession to excel in their own endeavors. Deadline is January 31, 2016, and nominees do not have to...

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AIA welcomes Omnibus passage.

According to statement by AIA President and CEO David F. Melcher, AIA is pleased Congress has passed the 2016 Omnibus Appropriations Bill, which avoids a year-long continuing resolution. FAA is to receive- $16.3 billion, including increases for Next Gen air transportation modernization initiatives and unmanned aircraft system integration. NASA funding is increased to $19.3 billion, NOAA will...

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ITU-T invites comments on standardization work.

International Telecommunication Union Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T) recently established a new Study Group 20 (ITU-T SG20) on Internet of Things and its applications including smart cities and communities. Central part of this study is the standardization of end-to-end architectures for IoT, and mechanisms for interoperability of IoT applications and datasets employed by...

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Plastics Industry Applauds Senate for passing key legislation.

In his statement on U.S. Senate's passage of key tax measures, SPI's William R. Carteaux praised permanent extension of R&D Tax Credit, extended Bonus Depreciation, permanently extended Section 179 Small Business Expensing, and 2-year moratorium on Medical Device Excise Tax. Carteaux said that- these provisions help ensure businesses throughout plastics industry value chain can invest with...

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IPC President Carteaux praises TSCA reform (S. 697).

In his statement made after U.S. Senate unanimously approved S. 697, Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, SPI president and CEO William R. Carteaux said S. 697 has the power to truly protect consumers while giving plastics companies reliable ground rules that are based on science. Cartaux- specifically lauded meaningful preemption of state chemical restrictions and...

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NIST Experiment adds to quantum computing capabilities.

Experiment performed by physicists at NIST, as described in Multi-element logic gates for trapped ion qubits in December 17, 2015 issue of Nature, involved manipulation of- one magnesium and one beryllium ion (charged atom) confined in- custom trap.- Using 2 sets of laser beams to entangle- 2 ions, scientists also performed 2 types of logic operations: a controlled NOT (CNOT) gate and- SWAP...

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Number of NREL Inventions surpassed previous years.

Last fiscal year, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)- came up with 169 inventions. ROI process represents first step in protecting and eventually transferring federally funded research to private sector, and investment of patent protection is undertaken on about half of ROIs submitted according to NREL TTO director Kristin Gray. Last year's ROI submissions, which also include...

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