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ASHRAE 2012 Winter Conference to include O/M mini-conference.

Scheduled for Jan 21-25, ASHRAE 2012 Winter Conference will include Operations and Maintenance mini-conference, which will take place Jan 22-23, and will be held in conjunction with Technical Program. Mini-conference will kick off with debate on building operations and several sessions addressing current practices and tools. It will also discuss lessons learned, improvement of process and team...

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Task Force to reverse deterioration of Gulf ecosystem.

Following feedback from citizens throughout region, Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force released its final strategy for long term ecosystem restoration. With release, Task Force marks the beginning of the implementation phase by announcing new initiatives, including $50 million in assistance from USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service to help agricultural producers in 7 Gulf Coast...

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FHWA frees state DOTs to deploy innovative solutions.

Innovations that minimize impact of vehicle crashes and increase visibility of road signs are among hundreds of cutting-edge products that will now be more easily available to states due to new guidance released by the FHWA. The new guidance, which involves FHWA's regulations (23 CFR 635.411) covering use of patented and proprietary products, clarifies process whereby states may certify that no...

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Clean Air Act Revisions will affect boilers, incinerators.

Based on analysis, review, and consideration of data and input from states, environmental groups, industry, lawmakers and public, U.S. EPA is proposing changes to Clean Air Act standards for boilers and certain incinerators. Proposed reconsideration would promote public health protections via reductions in toxic air pollutants, including mercury and soot, while increasing rule's flexibility and...

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ASABE to Revise V-belt and V-ribbed belt drive standard.

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) has initiated project to revise its standard - ASAE S211.5, V-Belt And V-Ribbed Belt Drives for Agricultural Machines - for agricultural machine belt drives. Updates are intended to reflect latest industry technology as well as harmonize content with Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) and ISO standards.

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AIP Partners with Publishing Technology on custom web publishing platform.

AIP Publishing, division of the American Institute of Physics (AIP), and Publishing Technology plc have announced partnership to build next generation of AIP's Scitation, which is scheduled for launch in 4Q 2012. Resulting custom platform, developed using Publishing Technology's pub2web hosting solution, will let AIP and its Member Societies house portfolio of journals and conference proceedings...

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NIST's Free Online Tool aids in hardening software against hackers.

Enlarged by computer scientists at NIST, SAMATE Reference Dataset (SRD) v4.0 improves static analyzers that help programmers find hacker-exploitable weaknesses in software. SAMATE (Software Assurance Metrics And Tool Evaluation) is a NIST project that has goal of minimizing errors in commercial software. Version 4.0 of this freely available online tool contains 175 broad categories of weakness...

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NIST posts comments on public safety communications network.

According to public comments garnered by NIST, commercial standards, created in open forum and publically available, should be a key feature of a broadband communications network for nation's emergency services. Other recurring subjects in comments include need for open and collaborative process for prioritizing R/D initiatives; value of open application platform such as API; benefits of network...

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Magnetic-Field-Sensitive Alloy exhibits giant magnetostriction.

Led by group at University of Maryland, multi-institution team of researchers has combined modern materials research and age-old metallurgy technique to produce alloy that could be the basis for new class of sensors and micromechanical devices controlled by magnetism. The alloy, a combination of cobalt and iron, is notable for not using rare-earth elements to achieve its properties. NIST...

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NIST and Partners Seek Input on safer ambulance designs.

To meet challenge of balancing EMT injury prevention and mobility while riding in back of ambulances, NIST and partners are developing design guidelines for ambulance patient compartments that maximize safety without compromising effectiveness. Input is being sought from paramedics, emergency medical technicians (EMTs), and other interested parties on development of said guidelines via anonymous...

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