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August 17, 2012     

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The Beauty of Dust
One of the many, many, many things I love about the Internet is the sheer variety of astounding pieces of information it makes available. For instance, what do the Amazon, a bunch of dead Londoners from 1258, and a beach all have in common? Dust, as it happens. Different types of dust, I grant you, but dust all the same. continued

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MEAS to Repurchase Shares of Company Stock
The company's board of directors has adopted a program to repurchase from time to time as much as $7,000,000 of the shares of its common stock in the open market or in private transactions. continued

Kaman To Acquire Zeller
The acquisition expands Kaman's automation and motion control product segment to include electrical controls and power distribution. continued

GE Signs Agreement to Acquire Naxys
The acquisition of the Norway-based supplier of leak detection and condition monitoring sensors expands GE's sensing and condition monitoring offerings and extends its reach in the subsea space for energy customers. continued


Difference Capital Funding Invests in Gotham Analytics
The investment will enable Gotham to accelerate customer acquisition and product development efforts. continued

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ISA Charters New Standards Committee
ISA108, Intelligent Device Management, will define templates of best practices and work processes for design, development, installation, and use of diagnostic and other information provided by intelligent field devices in the process industries. continued

CSR Debuts SiRFstarV 5t Tracker
Optimized for mobile consumer electronics, the device delivers accurate, continuous location awareness; advanced power savings for extended battery life; and unique LTE interference immunity. continued

CBA Japan to Aid Apple Competitors
Because rivals cannot obtain Apple-controlled authentication technology, access to CBA Japan's optical fingerprint sensors and algorithms provides makers of Android and Microsoft products with alternative security hardware and software. continued

The Telltale Sounds of Dangerous Chemicals
Using a laser and sensitive microphones, a new system based on the photoacoustic effect can simultaneously identify a potentially limitless numbers of chemical agents in real time. continued

Trimble Expands RFID Reader Functionality
The company announced the availability of new capabilities through firmware upgrades for its ThingMagic Mercury6e embedded UHF RFID module and Mercury6 finished UHF RFID reader. continued

ST Extends MEMS Sensor Portfolio
The company is unveiling the L3GD20H, a tiny 3-axis gyroscope for advanced motion sensing, delivering power, speed, and design advantages. continued


SwRI Launches ROS-Industrial Consortium
The organization will focus on accelerating the development of ROS-Industrial, an open-source extension of ROS, focused on the needs of industrial users. continued

Freescale and NUAA Collaborate
The organizations have jointly developed a space vector modulated-direct torque control system for industrial motor control. continued

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