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  • Celebrating DICOM

    Last April, during a banquet in Chengdu, China, members of the DICOM Standards Committee paused for a toast to celebrate the DICOM Standard's 25 th anniversary. Or was it the 15 th ? No one really cared. All agreed that the establishment, in 1983, of the ACR/NEMA Committee (which developed the first...
  • Is Secret Ballot in the Workplace a Thing of the Past?

    Secret ballots in elections are an underlying principle of democracy. That's why you just have to scratch your head when you see a bill to eliminate private ballots in union elections titled, "Employee Free Choice Act." The AFL-CIO gave it that name on the claim that it will "restore...
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  • Who’s Next?

    If you are losing track of the number of times the U.S. Government has offered to be the lender of last resort to a sinking enterprise recently, you will appreciate a great editorial from today's Wall Street Journal that highlights an alarming feature of the current economic scene: the profusion...
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  • Alexander Graham Bell: IPR Crook?

    Say it ain’t so, not that iconic name. But this is indeed what Seth Shulman convincingly argues in The Telephone Gambit , his essential foray into exactly how Bell (whose multitudinous papers only became publicly available in 1999) came to be the acknowledged inventor of the telephone. How was it that...
  • Atoms and Emissions on the Peninsula

    While earlier this month tanks were effectively demolishing Russia's recent "123 Agreement" on civilian nuclear trade with the United States, the U.S.' newest free-trade agreement partner, South Korea, announced a new long-term energy plan that calls for a substantial shift to nuclear...
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  • On Second Thought…

    With today's release of revised GDP data for the second quarter, we now see this measure of aggregate economic growth increased 3.3 percent. Exports were much stronger than initially thought and companies apparently didn't liquidate inventories to the same extent that they had during the first...
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  • Wave That Light Bulb Flag

    I had to look twice upon seeing a picture of a Turkish woman carrying a light bulb flag in this week’s “ Economist ”. It turns out that this is the logo of Ankara’s ruling “Justice and Development” party – which is the English translation of what’s known in Turkish as the “AK Parti” (as seen in the photo...
  • VAP on Parade

    Once again, as is done every two years, hundreds of hours of valuable time have been expended to solicit, respond, collate, and distribute a report on the status of the adoption of IEC standards by the 21 member economies of APEC, the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation. Everyone in the private sector...
  • NEMA Member "Lights Up" Michael Phelps...

    The buildings and architecture in this year's Olympics has been innovative and beautiful. Everything from the "Birds Nest" to the "Water Cube", each building has a gorgeous component to them. Even more impressive is the lighting on the "water cube", the same building...
  • Gas Prices Down....But for How Long?

    Anyone who fills up their gas tank on a regular basis has undoubtedly noticed that gas prices have dropped over the past few weeks. Even with this lull, don't let this drop in price ease your mind that they will stay that way. According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), under the Department...
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