American National Standards Institute

Biotechnology Workshop will be held October 25-26 in Geneva.

ISO-hosted international workshop on biotechnology will promote dialog among organizations actively involved in biotechnology standardization, enhance coordination among key players, and identify recommendations and priority action items for consideration by existing ISO technical and governance bodies. One goal will be to provide framework for analyzing and proposing mechanisms for improved...

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MHEDA Journal Online examines effects of changing SBA standards.

What Is Small," featured in The MHEDA Journal Online's "On the Edge" section examines what constitutes a small business. In examination of size standards, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is revising North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes that ascribe maximum limit, by number of employees or average annual receipts, for qualifying small businesses. Recent proposed...

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MAVEN Mission completes major milestone.

Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission reached milestone when it successfully completed its Mission Critical Design Review (CDR). Scheduled for launch in late 2013, MAVEN will be first mission devoted to understanding Martian upper atmosphere. Its goal is to determine history of loss of atmospheric gases to space through time, providing answers about Mars climate evolution. From...

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NIST Seeks Comments on structure for proposed AMTech program.

As published in Federal Register, NIST requests opinions from public about best ways to structure proposed new Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortia (AMTech) Program. Request for Information (RFI) asks interested parties to answer 26 questions about eligibility for consortia membership, selection criteria for research funds, best practices for maximizing small business participation or...

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ELFA releases June's survey of economic activity.

According to ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index, economic activity showed overall new business volume for June was $7.3 billion, up 33% from $5.5 billion in 2010. Compared with May volume, June volume increased by 30%. Receivables over 30 days decreased 14% to 2.5% in June from 2.9% in May, and declined by 24% compared to same period in 2010. Charge-offs increased 38% in June from previous...

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BPA Toxicity Testing, Environmental Sampling considered by EPA.

Following BPA Action Plan announced in March 2010, US EPA is requesting public comment on possible toxicity testing and environmental sampling in order to study BPA's potential environmental impacts. This action is part of effort to strengthen EPA chemical management program and ensure safety of chemicals encountered daily by Americans. When research concludes, EPA will determine if additional...

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NREL and Verizon to explore energy-saving technologies.

NREL and Verizon signed memorandum of understanding that could lead to development of new ways to reduce energy use in the information and communications technology industry. Under MOU, NREL and Verizon will share expertise and resources in areas such as energy efficiency and energy management at Verizon's buildings, facilities, and data centers, as well as advancement of Smart Grid technologies...

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ASTM International

Proposed Standard covers temperature/viscosity relationship.

ASTM WK33642, Test Method for Measurement of Viscosity of Paints, Inks or Related Liquid Materials as a Function of Temperature, is being developed by Subcommittee D01.24 on Physical Properties of Liquid Paints and Paint Materials. Proposed standard will give instruction on how to prepare viscosity-temperature table or curve, and will be useful when ambient conditions do not allow measurement at...

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BIO Applauds USDA Announcement of biomass projects areas.

BIO applauded Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack's announcement of 4 new Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) project areas in 6 states that are expected to generate as many as 3,400 jobs in rural areas. According to Brent Erickson, executive VP of BIO's Industrial and Environmental Section, rules for Farm Bill Energy Title programs, such as BCAP, have only recently been finalized, and we...

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Tronox Limited

FMC Corporation's Board Declares Quarterly Dividend

PHILADELPHIA, July 22, 2011 - FMC Corporation (NYSE: FMC) announced today that its Board of Directors declared a regular quarterly dividend of 15 cents per share, payable on October 20, 2011, to shareholders of record at the close of business on September 30, 2011. FMC Corporation is a diversified chemical company serving agricultural, industrial and consumer markets globally for more than a...

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