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AMCA International forms Asia-AMCA joint venture.

At its annual meeting in Poipu, Hawaii, AMCA International announced formation of a new Asian joint venture. Partnership will be majority owned by AMCA International with minority interest held by AFMA, which previously operated licensed AMCA independent laboratory in Singapore and acted as AMCA's agent serving Southeast Asia. Asia AMCA will expand its staff to better serve the region and will...

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Process Expo 2011 sees record-breaking attendance.

FPSA announced 12,732 registered attendees for PROCESS EXPO 2011, which took place Nov 1-4, 2011. International attendees totaled just over 14% of visitors with largest delegations coming from Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, and Germany. This year's show featured expanded educational program built with input from food processor community. Culinary and industry council pavilions highlighted...

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NIST to Help Speed Technology Transfer from federal labs.

As part of October 28, 2011 Presidential Memorandum, NIST will help accelerate transfer of federal research and development from laboratory to marketplace to help U.S. businesses create jobs and strengthen competitiveness in global economy. NIST will help lead agencies with federal laboratories to develop plans that establish performance goals to increase number and pace of effective technology...

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NIST signs agreement to enhance cybersecurity education.

NIST has agreed to work with Department of Education and National Cybersecurity Education Council to develop strategic public-private partnership to promote formal cybersecurity education for K-12, higher education, and vocational programs. The plan, outlined in Memorandum of Understanding, is designed to help National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education meet one of its top priorities, which...

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NTSB announces preliminary agenda for Public Aircraft Forum.

Scheduled for November 30 through December 1, Public Aircraft Oversight Forum: Ensuring Safety for Critical Missions will address importance of effective oversight in ensuring safety of public aircraft operations. Event will identify where responsibility lies for oversight of aircraft operations, and facilitate sharing of best practices and lessons learned across parties involved in oversight....

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Home Builders Commit to new 2012 Energy Star guidelines.

More than 400 builders, including 6 of country's largest (Ashton Woods Homes, Beazer Homes, KB Home, Meritage Homes, M/I Homes, and NVR, Inc), have agreed to develop Energy Star-qualified homes in 2012. All have made corporate commitments to meeting new requirements that mandate Energy Star homes be at least 15% more efficient than homes built to 2009 IECC and feature additional measures that...

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NASA signs agreement to reuse Kennedy Space Center facilities.

In agreement that will create jobs, NASA announced partnership with Space Florida to exclusively occupy, use, and modify Kennedy Space Center's Orbiter Processing Facility-3, the Space Shuttle Main Engine Processing Facility and Processing Control Center. Space Florida is leasing Orbiter Processing Facility-3 to the Boeing Company to manufacture and test the company's Crew Space Transportation...

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Geosynthetic Practice standardizes leak detection method.

ASTM D7703, Practice for Electrical Leak Location on Exposed Geomembranes Using the Water Lance System, standardizes geoelectric method used to detect potential leaks in exposed electrically isolating membranes in field in containment applications. Using this practice to geoelectrically test geomembranes prior to placing containment system in operation will minimize leakage. Expected users...

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Concrete Standard provides septic system installation test.

ASTM C1719, Test Method for Installed Precast Concrete Tanks and Accessories by the Negative Air Pressure Test Prior to Backfill, was developed by Subcommittee C27.30 on Water and Wastewater Containers, part of ASTM International Committee C27 on Precast Concrete Products. According to Michael R. Miller, quality manager, Press-Seal Gasket Corp., and C27 member, ASTM C1719 will be used primarily...

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Apps for the Environment Challenge Winners announced by EPA.

U.S. EPA announced winners of Apps for the Environment challenge, which encouraged new and innovative uses of EPA data to create apps that address environmental and public health issues. According to Malcolm Jackson, EPA Chief Information Officer, the winners demonstrate that it's possible to transform data from EPA and elsewhere into applications that people can use. Winning apps were Light Bulb...

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