Laser Institute of America

Revised ANSI Z136.6 Standard is now available.

After 10 years, 2015 revision of ANSI Z136.6 Safe Use of Lasers Outdoors is available. Revised document provides guidance for the safe use of potentially hazardous lasers and laser systems (180 nm to 1 mm), where the establishment of open beam paths is necessitated. Latest edition was created with the goal to update, clarify, and streamline an already established, recognized standard to better...

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Media's Top Science Stories of 2015 feature NIST.

Top science stories of 2015, as featured in news media lists, feature NIST.Â- Instances include coverage by Chemical and Engineering News' Chemistry Year In Review of NIST's Willie E. May becoming U.S. government’s top chemist on May 4 upon Senate confirmation as 15th NIST director. Other coverage related to NIST's confirmation of spooky action at a distance" and...

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American National Standards Institute

ANSI Seminar to address American National Standard process.

On March 2, 2016, from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm EST, ANSI will host one-day seminar titled, The American Way: The American National Standard Development Process. Participants will learn why U.S. voluntary consensus standards are important, discover ANSI’s role in the U.S. standardization system, and get an overview of different types of accreditation. Course is intended for staff from standards...

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American Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air Conditioning Engineers

House Disappoints ASHRAE with language passed in H.R. 8.

While expressing disappointmentÂ- with passage of North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2015 (H.R. 8) by U.S. House of Representatives, ASHRAE President David Underwood applauded Representative Peter Welch (D-VT-At Large) for seeking to amend H.R. 8's harmful building energy codes language with language from bipartisan H.R. 2177. He referred specifically to language...

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National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

NREL Study shows renewable energy yielded sizable benefits.

Study by researchers from NREL and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory estimates that $2.2 billion in benefits came from reduced greenhouse gas emissions and $5.2 billion from reductions in other air pollution, in mid-range estimates, for state renewable portfolio standard (RPS) policies operating in 2013. RPS policies require utilities or other electricity providers to meet a minimum portion...

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EPA Assessment finds insecticides may be harmful to bees.

Delivering on President Obama’s National Pollinator Strategy, U.S. EPA announced a preliminary pollinator risk assessment for the neonicotinoid insecticide, imidacloprid, which shows a threat to some pollinators. EPA’s assessment, prepared in collaboration with California’s Department of Pesticide Regulation, indicates that imidacloprid potentially poses risk to hives when the pesticide...

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AIM names committee chairs for 2016.

George Wright, IV, Vice President – Consulting & Business Development at Product Identification & Processing Systems, Inc. will lead the Technical Symbology Committee. William Hoffman of the Automotive Industry Action Group will assume Chair position for AIM’s RFID Experts Group. Elizabeth Sinclair, Vertical Marketing Manager at Seagull Scientific will chair the Track & Trace Committee,...

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Hydraulic Institute

HI Supports Pump Industry as U.S. DOE issues 2 final rules.

TwoÂ- final United States Department of Energy (DOE) rules – The Energy Conservation Standard and The Test Procedure for Commercial and Industrial Pumps  – were released by Hydraulic Institute (HI). These releases mark culmination of 5+ years of effort and negotiations between DOE and interested parties. HI is reviewing these final rules and will discuss rulings...

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American National Standards Institute

NIST Issues RFI on cybersecurity Framework use, management.

NIST issued Request for information (RFI)Â- on feedback regarding how its voluntary Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity" is being used, how best practices for Framework use are being shared, and relative value of different parts of Framework. Additional comments on possible changes to Framework and its future management are also welcome. ANSI encourages all...

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Portable NIST Kit can recover traces of chemical evidence.

A chemist at NIST has developed a portable version of his method for recovering trace chemicals such as environmental pollutants and forensic evidence including secret graves and arson fire debris. If successfully commercialized by industry, briefcase-sized kit could enable detectives, field inspectors, and others to carry with them a convenient version of NIST’s headspace analysis" technique,...

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