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    • A new piezoelectric material, suitable for applications in fields including scientific instrumentation, has been launched by Morgan Technical Ceramics. The new material, PZT5K1, is one of a range of lead zirconate titanate materials supplied by the company. It offers high density and low porosity and can be used for machining 1-3 composite structures in sensitive sonar and medical ultrasonic transducers and specialist sensors, among other items.
    • The University of Arizona (UA) reports that images taken by the HiRISE camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter may show hardware from a Soviet spacecraft that went silent only 14.5 seconds after making the first successful soft landing on Mars in 1971. Russian citizen enthusiasts following NASA's Curiosity rover identified what may be the Mars 3 lander hardware while studying high-resolution photos taken with the HiRISE camera, which is operated by the UA Lunar and Planetary Lab.
    • IKONICS Corporation, a Duluth, Minnesota-based imaging technology company, has announced that it is working with Lockheed Martin to develop a new method of machining ceramic matrix composite (CMC) materials using IKONICS proprietary particle beam technology.
    • "The time has come," says Deborah Wince-Smith, president and CEO of the Council on Competitiveness, "to elevate to national consciousness the power of engineering to solve the greatest challenges facing our nation... And the National Engineering Forum is the platform for engaging in this conversation. Over the coming year, NEF will host across America a range of dialogues at some of our nation's 'crown jewel' research institutions." The first of these events will take place at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
    • Measurement Specialties, Inc., a Hampton, Virginia-based designer and manufacturer of sensors and sensor-based systems, has announced completion of the acquisition of the capital stock of Spectrum Sensors and Controls, Inc., a manufacturer of custom temperature probes, high-reliability encoders, and inertial sensors, from API Technologies Corp.
    • Data Physics Corporation, San Jose, California, recently installed a SignalStar Matrix multi-shaker vibration controller for use in testing missiles at a U.S. west coast Navy test and evaluation facility.
    • Aero Nav Laboratories, a Bohemia, New York environmental test lab, has established a new line of business, offering its experience and facilities for such contract work as component assembly, prototype and small-lot fabrication, developmental testing, functional testing, test witnessing and verification, field inspections, and engineering services such as analyses, CAD, forensics.
    • Agilent Technologies Inc., Santa Clara, California, has donated $300,000 worth of benchtop electronic measurement equipment to the Texas Instruments Electronics Design Laboratory, which opened at the University of California, Berkeley, in April. The new lab will provide more than 1000 Berkeley students each year with hands-on experience applying the principles they learn in gateway electrical engineeringing courses.
    • The LXI Consortium, Niwot, Colorado, has announced that the number of certified LXI-compliant instruments has reached 2172, in 231 different product families.
 
    • Dytran Instruments, a Chatsworth, California, manufacturer of piezoelectric and DC MEMS accelerometers, force and pressure transducers, and associated electronics, has named Michael R. Change as president. Formerly the company's general manager, Change has been with Dytran since its inception in 1980.
    • The Wayne W. Stinchcomb Memorial Award from ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, has been awarded to Dr. Ozden Ochoa by ASTM's Committee D30 on Composite Materials. Dr. Ochoa is associate director for science and technology at the Army Research Laboratory Headquarters, Adelphi, Maryland, and a professor of mechanical engineering at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. She was presented with the award for her "outstanding contributions in research, engineering, or teaching the technology of composite materials."
    • The ASTM International Committee E07 on Nondestructive Testing has presented the Charles W. Briggs Award to Dr.-Ing. Klaus Bavendiek for his contributions to nondestructive testing standards development. Dr.-Ing. Bavendiek is director of development imaging at YXLON International GmbH, Hamburg, Germany.
    • Climate data from 13 geospatial monitoring stations across the Great Basin are being made available to researchers, educators, and the public by a group of researchers from the Nevada System of Higher Education, University of Nevada, Reno. They have developed a long-term climate monitoring network specifically designed to measure variations in climate change.