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Tighter Home Weatherizing Standards Can Save $33 Billion

(A. Kotok)

Weatherizing U.S. homes to tighter international standards can save up to $33 billion in energy bills each year, according to calculations by engineers at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab in California, part of the U.S. Department of Energy. The team led by environmental engineer Jennifer Logue published its findings in this month’s issue . . . → Read More: Tighter Home Weatherizing Standards Can Save $33 Billion

Protocols Linking Underwater Devices to Internet Proposed

Tommaso Melodia (University at Buffalo)

Engineers from University at Buffalo in New York are proposing a common set of wireless protocols for connecting underwater sensors, like those detecting tsunamis, to the land-based Internet. Electrical engineering professor Tommaso Melodia and graduate student Yifan Sun will present their proposal next month at ACM’s International Conference on . . . → Read More: Protocols Linking Underwater Devices to Internet Proposed

Research Aims to Standardize, Improve Medication Labels

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A study by Northwestern University’s medical school in Chicago will test new methods for physicians to write prescriptions and pharmacists to interpret those instructions for labels on drug containers. The pharmaceutical company Merck is funding the project, with participation from the drug store chain Walgreens and Alliance of Chicago community health centers.

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NIST Funding $7.4M for Additive Manufacturing Standards

Additive processes test measurements (NIST.gov)

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), an agency of U.S. Department of Commerce, is awarding two grants totaling $7.4 million to improve measurement and standards for additive manufacturing, industrial applications of three-dimensional printing. Most of the money — $5 million — is going to a consortium of 27 . . . → Read More: NIST Funding $7.4M for Additive Manufacturing Standards

Food Industry Establishes Traceability Research Center

Fungi samples (Agricultural Research Service/USDA)

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) in Chicago unveiled its Global Food Traceability Center to conduct research and develop best practices to identify sources of health problems related to food products. The organization says there currently is no single group that brings together all industry stakeholders to collaborate on . . . → Read More: Food Industry Establishes Traceability Research Center

Health Organizations Form Genetics Data Standards Alliance

(Genome.gov)

Some 70 health care organizations worldwide are forming an alliance to develop common standards for collecting and sharing genetic data. The organizations — representing health care providers, government agencies, academic and research institutes, foundations, and advocacy groups — seeks to create a common interoperable framework, with associated regulatory and practical guidelines, for the . . . → Read More: Health Organizations Form Genetics Data Standards Alliance

Tests Show Many Laser Pointers Giving Off Excessive Power

In tests by researchers at National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland, many laser pointers on the market, including most pointers with a green beam, emitted more power than allowed by federal regulations. The team led by Joshua Hadler, NIST’s laser safety officer, reported on the tests today at the International Laser . . . → Read More: Tests Show Many Laser Pointers Giving Off Excessive Power

Universal Prescription Drug Label Standards Issued

(FDA.gov)

The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP), a scientific standards-setting organization, released new standards that the group says for the first time provide a universal labeling format for medicines in containers dispensed by pharmacists. The standards are expected to be published next month.

The standards (free registration required) — known formally as General Chapter <17> . . . → Read More: Universal Prescription Drug Label Standards Issued

Consortium Launched for Industrial Robotic Operating System

Shaun Edwards with industrial robot arm (Southwest Research Institute)

Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio unveiled a research consortium to speed development of an operating system for robots meeting the needs of industrial users. The ROS-Industrial Consortium aims to build an extension of the Robot Operating System (ROS), an open-source common framework of software . . . → Read More: Consortium Launched for Industrial Robotic Operating System

UN Body Releases New Food Safety Standards

(Agricultural Research Service/USDA)

The UN’s Codex Alimentarius Commission issued new safety standards for infant formula, fruit, and seafood, as well as recommendations for nutritional labeling. The commission, a joint standards body of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO), released the standards at its 2-7 July meeting in . . . → Read More: UN Body Releases New Food Safety Standards