U.S. falling behind in clean energy race
China could beat the U.S. in a race to deploy clean energy technology that can reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. More...
Surgical scalpel helps uncover cancer
In the hope of helping oncologists remove every piece of tumor tissue during surgery, researchers are developing new imaging tools that work in real time in the operating room. More...
Sewage the new 'black gold'
A Massachusetts-based Ethanol company and a recycling company out of Israel formed a partnership to use sewage as a feedstock for making ethanol. More...
Almonds, grapes new sources for biodiesel in Calif.
San Diego contractor Menon & Associates, which has developed various methods of producing biofuel from organic waste, recently won an $800,000 grant from the California Energy Commission to convert California almond husks and grape pulp into feed stock for biodiesel. More...
Eni awarded license for Zubair giant field in Iraq
Eni was awarded the license for the development of the Zubair giant field in Iraq this week, following a successful first-round bid. Zubair, one of the largest Iraqi oil fields, currently produces 195,000 barrels of oil per day. More...
Emerson improves water treatment with Ovation, SCADA
Emerson Process Management completed the design and construction (Phase One) of a multi-year initiative to modernize the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department's (DWSD) vast water and wastewater treatment complexes with its Ovation control and SCADA solution. More...
Cisco to buy Starent for $2.9 billion
Cisco Systems Inc., the largest maker of networking equipment, agreed to buy Starent Networks Corp. in a deal valued at $2.9 billion, its second multibillion-dollar acquisition in less than two weeks. More...
NASA to study Antarctic ice changes
NASA plans to launch this week the first of 17 planned flights to study changes in Antarctic ice and collect data that may help scientists better predict the consequences of those changes, officials said. More...
Pinto's Points: RIFs, layoffs, cutbacks: Do's and don'ts
Just recently, I saw the HBO documentary: "The Last Truck – Closing of a GM plant." GM employees who had been with the company for 20 to 30 years sadly followed the last truck as it rolled down the assembly line. Reactions ranged from philosophical to sentimental; many could not speak as they became overwhelmed by tears. More...
Calendar of Events
Control System Cyber Security Conference, Bethesda, Md. http://www.realtimeacs.com.
11-12 NOVEMBER Additional Calendar Events
Automation Fair, Anaheim, Calif. http://www.rockwellautomation.com/events/automationfair/.
ISA Quick Links
The InTech/ISA salary survey found pressure to reduce costs is on the rise and salary levels remain steady. For newcomers, safety knowledge is the top skill beginning automation professionals are lacking. More...
If the future of your business is international, developing international standards will give you a better return on your investment than domestic or regional efforts. Standardization should support your business strategy, otherwise, why bother? More...
Industrial robots perform repetitive, heavy, dirty, and dangerous tasks. Within the oil and gas industry, robots have been in very specific niche applications where the main driver has been safety, but this trend is now changing. More...