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  • Anticipatory standards for essential for nanotechnology

    Electrical and electronic manufacturers in the U.S. need to pay serious attention to an activity that will affect their businesses in the near future. If U.S. industry doesn't get involved now, others will be in control of this emerging technology and maybe our products! Today's nanotechnology...
  • ISO TC 145 Standard Sets the Stage for NYC Building Code Revisions that Came out of 9/11

    In the aftermath of 9/11 as organizations worked to review precautionary measures and emergency response plans, NYC worked to revise its Building Code to address markings and signage to facilitate occupant egress guidance in the case of fire or other emergencies. Committee developed consensus Standards...
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  • It’s Bernanke’s Story and…

    Another week has brought more fedspeak from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. This time, Mr. Bernanke testified to the Senate Banking Committee, commenting on the economic outlook, credit conditions and the central bank's options on monetary policy. The Chairman noted that conditions have deteriorated...
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  • A Monster Move

    Recently, an article was published in the Wall Street Journal about the changes and advancements for both getting a job and hiring the right person. The nation’s largest job board, Monster.com , has experienced a 9% decrease in unique viewers since last year. According to Peter Weddle , the CEO of Weddle...
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  • Wanted: U.S. Stakeholders for Nanomaterial Standards Development

    Standards work for nanotechnology for "electrotechnical" products and systems is now underway within Technical Committee 113 ( TC 113 ) of the International Electrotechnical Commission ( IEC ). Material suppliers, researchers and academia in the U.S. need to be involved to ensure strong U.S...
  • Washington to the Rescue?

    Since many economists are operating under the assumption (subscription required) that a recession is now a foregone conclusion, both chambers of Congress have agreed to an economic stimulus package that they hope will keep the economy above water. The $168 billion deal, which was agreed to last night...
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  • The Economy and Presidential Politics

    The economy continues to be the top priority of voters, according to the Washington Post . But it shouldn't guide who you cast your presidential vote for, says Newsweek / WaPo columnist Bob Samuelson . In his most recent column, Samuelson shows once again why he's the best economic journalist...
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  • Super Tuesday and the Challenges Ahead

    It's wonderful coincidence that Super Tuesday should arrive just as President Bush is unveiling his FY09 budget . After all, one of the candidates up for election in the 24 state primaries/caucuses will start the struggle with these complex and challenging issues in about a year's time. Naturally...
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  • Ho-hum, Another Fed Rate Cut

    The Federal Reserve Open Market Committee (FOMC) did its best to steer the economy out of trouble by “help[ing] to promote moderate growth over time and to mitigate the risks to economic activity” by shaving another 50 basis points off the federal funds rate. The FOMC agreed , by a 9-1 margin, to the...
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  • Twisted Logic

    As noted before on this page, many on Capitol Hill are reluctant to vote on the U.S.-Colombia free trade agreement, although the arguments in favor of approval far outweigh excuses for inaction or refusal. President Bush made the case in his State of the Union address and Cabinet secretaries are leading...
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