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News Article | April 22, 2017
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(AP) — The Latest on the March for Science, with events around the world intended to promote the understanding of science and defend science from attacks such as proposed U.S. government budget cuts (all times EDT): Scientists, students and research advocates from the Washington Monument to Germany's Brandenburg Gate and even to Greenland are rallying on Earth Day. They are conveying a global message about scientific freedom without political interference, the need for adequate spending for future breakthroughs, and the value of scientific pursuits. President Donald Trump issued an Earth Day statement, saying that "rigorous science depends not on ideology, but on a spirit of honest inquiry and robust debate." One of the organizers of the first Earth Day, Denis Hayes, says the crowd he saw on the National Mall in Washington appeared energized and "magical," almost like what he saw that first day 47 years ago. Kathryn Oakes Hall pinned a sign to the back of her T-shirt as she made her way to the march in Santa Fe, New Mexico: "Nine months pregnant, so mad I'm here." "I'd rather be sitting on the couch," she said. But she marched anyway because she worried about her baby's future in a world that seems to consider science disposable. Her husband is an engineer at Los Alamos National Laboratory, she studied anthropology, she even has a dog named rocket. So they joined thousands marching in Santa Fe, many of whom stopped her to remark on her pregnancy, with a mix of administration and concern. She wore a white T-shirt, with a drawing of the earth stretched over her belly, and carried a sign that read "evidence-based policy and not policy-based evidence." Ice photographer and filmmaker James Balog, who says he was watched trillions of tons of ice melt, told the Washington crowd that talking about the science of climate change in the face of the Trump administration and climate change deniers is "a battle between objective reality and ideological fiction." Pennsylvania State University's Michael Mann got a loud cheer just for his sentence "I am a climate scientist." Mann, who first created the hockey stick that showed a spike in recent global temperatures after thousands of years said, "there was no more noble pursuit than seeking to insure that policy is informed by the objective assessment of scientific evidence." Software engineer Bill Wood of Rockville, Maryland, had a plastic protected sign that read "things are so bad even the introverts had to come out." President Donald Trump says in an Earth Day statement that his administration is "committed to keeping our air and water clean, to preserving our forests, lakes and open spaces and to protecting endangered species." But that won't be done, he says, in a way that harms "working families" and says the government is "reducing unnecessary burdens on American workers and American companies, while being mindful that our actions must also protect the environment." His comments come as thousands of people around the world participate in science rallies. Hundreds turned out in light rain for a pro-science rally on the Vermont statehouse lawn in Montpelier. One of the speakers, Rose Paul, director of conservation science for The Nature Conservancy of Vermont, told the crowd that "Science is not a partisan issue." She said "climate change is happening" and scientists are needed to help understand how shifting weather patterns are affecting the world. Denis Hayes, who co-organized the first Earth Day 47 years ago, said the crowd he saw from the speaker's platform on the National Mall in Washington was energized in a rare way, similar to what he saw in the first Earth Day. That's unusual for an odd numbered anniversary, he said. "This magical thing that sometimes happens, sometimes doesn't happen," Hayes said. "The reason that it happens is that you've got a clear enemy. For this kind of weather this is an amazing crowd. You're not out there today unless you really care." Lara Stephens-Brown, a graduate student studying veterinary medicine at the University of Minnesota, joined thousands marching in St. Paul. They chanted "hey hey, ho ho, we won't let this planet go." There are cancer survivors and doctors with signs that say "science saves lives," she said, and estimated that 90 percent of the signs are not political. "Science is not a partisan issue," she said. "Science is for everyone, and should be supported by everyone in our government." Thousands of people stood outside the Washington Monument amid bouts of downpours, listening to a mix of speeches and music. Speakers noted that President Trump was in the White House nearby, having cancelled a weekend in New Jersey. This was the first protest for Jeannette Villabon and her son Nikko Chey of Stanhope, New Jersey. So Villabon went all out, donning a Tyrannosaurus rex costume and holding a sign that said: "Hey tiny hands fund EPA study. Quit being cretaceous." Trump's "archaic thinking is going to ruin us all," Villabon said. Other signs were only slightly less pointed, such as "edit genes not the truth," ''data not dogma" and "global warming is real. Trump is the hoax." More than a thousand people stretched for miles through the streets of Gainesville, Florida. It was a peaceful demonstration, said Pati Vitt, a plant scientist at the Chicago Botanic Garden in town for work at the university. "We're scientists, so we're orderly," she said with a laugh. "We let the signs do the talking." She said her favorite featured a drawing of DNA, with the note "checks itself before it wrecks itself." And she hopes the crowds at hundreds of cities across the country draw attention to the perils of ignoring science funding. Hundreds of people have braved pouring rain in Nashville, Tennessee, as they march through city streets and chant "science, not silence." It's just one of the locations across the United States and the world on Saturday's March for Science events. Lawyer Jatin Shah brought his young sons — a 5-year-old who wants to be a dentist when he grows up and a 6-year-old who plans to be a doctor. Marchers are waving signs that say "there is no planet B," ''make America think again" and "climate change is real, ask any polar bear." Shah worries about his sons' futures if science spending is cut. The March for Science has attracted several thousand people in Berlin, and those supporters of sciences have walked from one of the city's universities to the Brandenburg Gate. Meike Weltin is a doctorate student at an environmental institute near Berlin. She says she's participating because — in her words — "I think that politics need to listen to sciences." Germany's foreign minister, Sigmar Gabriel, has endorsed March for Science events across Germany. Gabriel says "free research and teaching are the supporting pillars of an open and modern society." Thousands of people are expected to attend March for Science events around the world to promote the understanding of science and defend it from various attacks, including U.S. government budget cuts. The March for Science was dreamed up at the Women's March on Washington, a day after President Donald Trump's inauguration in January. The march puts scientists — who generally shy away from advocacy and whose work depends on objective experimentation — into a more public position. Scientists involved in the march say they're anxious about political and public rejection of established science such as climate change and the safety of vaccines. This story corrects the location of an event described at 1:10 p.m. It was held in Vermont.


News Article | April 17, 2017
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As President Bronson Newburger, Clarke Veneers and Plywood, passed the gavel to Incoming President JoAnn Gillebaard Keller, Holland Southwest International, the International Wood Products Association (IWPA) celebrated the end of the 61st World of Wood Annual Convention at the Hotel Nikko in San Francisco, California. IWPA saw yet another year of 9% growth in attendance over last year's record-setting convention in Austin and welcomed a diverse group of attendees from more than two dozen countries involved in the global wood products trade: overseas suppliers, importers, trade facilitators, service providers, non-governmental organizations, and government partners. “I am honored to be the next President of IWPA and plan to continue our membership growth, build on our successful due diligence training program, provide resources to members as they tackle the political landscape, and reach out to organizations so that we can all ensure the sustainability and health of the forests worldwide. We have a lot ahead of us, and I am ready to get started,” Gillebaard Keller said of her upcoming presidency. World of Wood 2017 hosted presentations including social media business strategies from Keynote Speaker Peg Fitzpatrick and global currency trends from Marc Chandler, Senior Vice President of Investor Services for Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. Attendees also received the latest information about: Lacey Act compliance, the Chinese plywood dumping petition, complying with rosewood CITES requirements, formaldehyde regulations from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board, and many other topics. IWPA’s semi-annual Board Meeting and meetings of IWPA’s member-led committees were also conducted at the convention. IWPA has posted the speakers' presentations on our convention website for attendees and for those who were unable to travel to San Francisco. Mark your Calendars: IWPA now turns to planning World of Wood 2018, which will take place at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, Louisiana on March 14-16, 2018. Established in 1956, the International Wood Products Association’s (http://www.IWPAwood.org) mission is to build acceptance and demand in North America for globally sourced wood products from sustainably managed forests. IWPA is the leading international trade association for the North American imported wood products industry, representing 200 companies and trade associations engaged in the import of hardwoods and softwoods. Association members consist of three key groups involved in the import process: U.S. importers and consuming industries, offshore manufacturers and the service providers that facilitate trade.


News Article | April 20, 2017
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SAN ANTONIO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--NuStar Logistics, L.P., a wholly owned operating subsidiary of NuStar Energy L.P. (NYSE:NS) (“NuStar Energy”), today announced that it has priced $550 million aggregate principal amount of 5.625% senior notes due April 28, 2027. The senior notes were priced at 100% of par at a yield to maturity of 5.625%. The settlement date for the offering is expected to be April 28, 2017, subject to customary closing conditions. The notes will be fully and unconditionally guaranteed by NuStar Energy, as parent guarantor, and NuStar Pipeline Operating Partnership L.P., a wholly owned operating subsidiary of NuStar Energy, as affiliate guarantor. NuStar Energy currently intends to use the net proceeds from the offering to fund a portion of the purchase price for NuStar Energy’s previously announced acquisition of Navigator Energy Services, LLC and to pay related fees and expenses. Pending such use, NuStar Energy intends to repay outstanding indebtedness, including borrowings under its revolving credit facility. Mizuho Securities USA LLC, Barclays Capital Inc., J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, MUFG Securities Americas Inc., PNC Capital Markets LLC, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc. and U.S. Bancorp Investments, Inc. are acting as book-running managers for the offering. BBVA Securities Inc., BNP Paribas Securities Corp., Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Comerica Securities, Inc., Scotia Capital (USA) Inc. and SMBC Nikko Securities America, Inc. are acting as co-managers. A copy of the prospectus supplement and accompanying base prospectus relating to this offering may be obtained from Mizuho Securities USA LLC, 320 Park Avenue, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10022, Attention: Debt Capital Markets, Telephone: 1-866-271-7403, Barclays Capital Inc., c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, New York 11717, Telephone: 1-888-603-5847, Email: barclaysprospectus@broadridge.com, J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY 11717, Telephone: 1-866-803-9204, Email: prospectus-eq_fi@jpmchase.com and MUFG Securities Americas Inc., Attention: Capital Markets Group, 1221 Avenue of the Americas, 6th Floor, New York, New York 10020, Telephone: 1-877-649-6848, Email: prospectus@us.sc.mufg.jp. You may also obtain these documents for free when they are available by visiting the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy the securities described herein, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction. The offering may be made only by means of a prospectus and related prospectus supplement meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. NuStar Energy, a publicly traded master limited partnership based in San Antonio, is one of the largest independent liquids terminal and pipeline operators in the nation. NuStar Energy currently has approximately 8,700 miles of pipeline and 79 terminal and storage facilities that store and distribute crude oil, refined products and specialty liquids. NuStar Energy’s combined system has approximately 95 million barrels of storage capacity, and NuStar Energy has operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Netherlands, including St. Eustatius in the Caribbean, and the United Kingdom. This press release includes forward-looking statements regarding future events, including the size, timing and results of the offering and the consummation of the acquisition. All forward-looking statements are based on NuStar Energy’s beliefs as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to NuStar Energy. These statements reflect NuStar Energy’s current views with respect to future events and are subject to various risks, uncertainties and assumptions. These risks, uncertainties and assumptions are discussed in NuStar Energy’s 2016 annual report on Form 10-K and subsequent filings with the SEC. NuStar Energy undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement except as may be required by applicable law.


News Article | April 20, 2017
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SAN ANTONIO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--NuStar Logistics, L.P., a wholly owned operating subsidiary of NuStar Energy L.P. (NYSE:NS) (“NuStar Energy”), announced today that it plans to conduct an offering of senior notes pursuant to an effective shelf registration statement previously filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). The notes will be fully and unconditionally guaranteed by NuStar Energy, as parent guarantor, and NuStar Pipeline Operating Partnership L.P., a wholly owned operating subsidiary of NuStar Energy, as affiliate guarantor. NuStar Energy currently intends to use the net proceeds from the offering to fund a portion of the purchase price for NuStar Energy’s previously announced acquisition of Navigator Energy Services, LLC and to pay related fees and expenses. Pending such use, NuStar Energy intends to repay outstanding indebtedness, including borrowings under its revolving credit facility. Mizuho Securities USA LLC, Barclays Capital Inc., J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, MUFG Securities Americas Inc., PNC Capital Markets LLC, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc. and U.S. Bancorp Investments, Inc. are acting as book-running managers for the offering. BBVA Securities Inc., BNP Paribas Securities Corp., Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Comerica Securities, Inc., Scotia Capital (USA) Inc. and SMBC Nikko Securities America, Inc. are acting as co-managers. A copy of the prospectus supplement and accompanying base prospectus relating to this offering may be obtained from Mizuho Securities USA LLC, 320 Park Avenue, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10022, Attention: Debt Capital Markets, Telephone: 1-866-271-7403, Barclays Capital Inc., c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, New York 11717, Telephone: 1-888-603-5847, Email: barclaysprospectus@broadridge.com, J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY 11717, Telephone: 1-866-803-9204, Email: prospectus-eq_fi@jpmchase.com and MUFG Securities Americas Inc., Attention: Capital Markets Group, 1221 Avenue of the Americas, 6th Floor, New York, New York 10020, Telephone: 1-877-649-6848, Email: prospectus@us.sc.mufg.jp. You may also obtain these documents for free when they are available by visiting the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy the securities described herein, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction. The offering may be made only by means of a prospectus and related prospectus supplement meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. NuStar Energy, a publicly traded master limited partnership based in San Antonio, is one of the largest independent liquids terminal and pipeline operators in the nation. NuStar Energy currently has approximately 8,700 miles of pipeline and 79 terminal and storage facilities that store and distribute crude oil, refined products and specialty liquids. NuStar Energy’s combined system has approximately 95 million barrels of storage capacity, and NuStar Energy has operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Netherlands, including St. Eustatius in the Caribbean, and the United Kingdom. This press release includes forward-looking statements regarding future events, including the size, timing and results of the offering and the consummation of the acquisition. All forward-looking statements are based on NuStar Energy’s beliefs as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to NuStar Energy. These statements reflect NuStar Energy’s current views with respect to future events and are subject to various risks, uncertainties and assumptions. These risks, uncertainties and assumptions are discussed in NuStar Energy’s 2016 annual report on Form 10-K and subsequent filings with the SEC. NuStar Energy undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement except as may be required by applicable law.


Patent
Ishikawa Prefecture, Sigma Koki Co., Nikko Company and Tokyo Institute of Technology | Date: 2012-12-05

Electrodes (7, 8, 9), having curved sections in the shape of the outline thereof, are disposed in areas of a rectangular plate-shaped piezoelectric transducer element (1) in which the strain in the natural mode of vibration is large. The eletrodes (7, 8) which excite a bending vibration are disposed in areas in which the strain in the bending natural mode is at least a predetermined value, and the outline curved sections of the electrodes (7, 8) are shaped so as to follow along strain contours (3, 4), and the electrode (9) which excites a stretching vibration is disposed in an area in which the strain in the stretching natural mode is at least a predetermined value, thus providing a transducer for an ultrasonic motor which aims to reduce transducer loss (increasing vibration efficiency), and improve transducer durability and reliability.


Patent
Ishikawa Prefecture, Sigma Koki Co., Nikko Company and Tokyo Institute of Technology | Date: 2012-12-26

The present invention provides a piezoelectric actuator mechanism that is suited for automatic operation in the adjustment of a mirror holder in an optical system, or in the positioning of a movable table of a linear stage, that has a short entire length, and is capable of performing a compact and high-precision position/angle adjustment and positioning. The piezoelectric actuator mechanism comprises: a screw-driven feeding mechanism that is comprised of a feed screw 11 and a feed screw nut 14; a disc-shaped rotor 17 mounted on the rear-end face of the feed screw nut 14; an ultrasonic motor 18 having a piezoelectric vibrator 19 that comes in contact with the circumference face of the rotor 17; and a driven mounting portion that is pressed against the leading end of the feed screw 11 by spring force, and displaced and positioned by the feeding operation of the feed screw. The driven mounting portion can be made to be a mirror holder 1 to be used in an optical system, or a movable table 21 of a linear stage, for example.


Patent
Ishikawa Prefecture, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Nikko Company and Sigma Koki Co. | Date: 2011-01-26

A piezoelectric actuator mechanism including: a screw-driven feeding mechanism that has a feed screw (11) and a feed screw nut (14); a disc-shaped rotor (17) mounted on the rear-end face of the feed screw nut (14); an ultrasonic motor (18) having a piezoelectric vibrator (19) that comes in contact with the circumference face of the rotor (17); and a driven mounting portion that is pressed against the leading end of the feed screw 11 by spring force, and displaced and positioned by the feeding operation of the feed screw. The driven mounting portion can be made to be a mirror holder (1) for use in an optical system, or a movable table (21) of a linear stage.


Patent
Ishikawa Prefecture, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Nikko Company and Sigma Koki Co. | Date: 2011-01-26

Electrodes (7, 8, 9), having curved sections in the shape of the outline thereof, are disposed in areas of a rectangular plate-shaped piezoelectric transducer element (1) in which the strain in the natural mode of vibration is large. The eletrodes (7, 8) which excite a bending vibration are disposed in areas in which the strain in the bending natural mode is at least a predetermined value, and the outline curved sections of the electrodes (7, 8) are shaped so as to follow along strain contours (3, 4), and the electrode (9) which excites a stretching vibration is disposed in an area in which the strain in the stretching natural mode is at least a predetermined value, thus providing a transducer for an ultrasonic motor which aims to reduce transducer loss (increasing vibration efficiency), and improve transducer durability and reliability.


Patent
Ishikawa Prefectural Government, Nikko Company and Actree Corporation | Date: 2010-04-14

The present invention provides a thermoelectric conversion module, comprising plural first electrode films (11, 12, 13) formed apart from each other on the top surface of an insulating body (10), plural p- and n-type thermoelectric semiconductor element films (16, 19) and (17, 18) formed thereon, which are arranged apart from each other so that p- and n-type thermoelectric semiconductor element films alternate with each other, and second electrode films (20) connecting p-type thermoelectric semiconductor element film (19) and n-type thermoelectric semiconductor element film (18) over the gaps between the first electrode films; and a terminal electrode is connected to each of the p-and n-type thermoelectric semiconductor element film (16, 17) at the end; and a production method thereof. The thermoelectric conversion module of the present invention, which can be produced at a low cost using thermoelectric conversion elements having a thin-film structure, is excellent in thermal stability and chemical durability and enables to secure high thermoelectric conversion efficiency.


The present invention addresses the problem of increasing the lifetimes of an oscillatory wave motor and a sound generation device using the oscillatory wave motor as a drive source, and proposed the structure and mechanism for integrally increasing the lifetimes of the oscillatory wave motor and the sound generation device using the oscillatory wave motor as the drive source. To maintain the drive performance of a drive unit, the drive unit is provided with a core sheathing structure, with the result that the drive unit is prevented from breaking and being damaged, and even if the entire drive unit is worn down, an intrinsic drive unit member serving as a core portion keeps the same drive area, so an initial drive feature is maintained. The descending order of a wear resistance of the members is the drive unit core material, a moving unit, and a drive unit sheathing material. In the oscillatory wave motor including a second drive mechanism, when performing an original operation of the oscillatory wave motor, a driven area on the moving unit is relatively drifted at the same time.

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