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February 15, 2013     

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Sensors Insights By Melanie Martella

Sensors, Smartphones, Swindles, and Security
The brain is a thing of wonder, allowing us to do and create incredible things, but we also have a number of built-in glitches that can be used by the unscrupulous to get us to hand over goods or information that we shouldn't. And, as we incorporate technology more deeply into our lives, sometimes those technologies come with their own unintentional tells. continued

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Laird Acquires Nextreme
The purchase expands Laird's thermal management product portfolio and provides the company with wider market access to application areas such as sensors, solar power, and LEDs. continued

InVisage Secures Series D Venture Funding
The funding will move breakthrough QuantumFilm imaging products from R&D to manufacturing. continued

Sensata Shareholders to Sell Ordinary Shares
The sale involves 15,000,000 shares to be made available in an underwritten public offering, which is expected to close on February 19, 2013. continued

Air Force Awards Exelis $13 Million Contract
The technology company will study design modifications and develop a final concept for an affordable, low-risk weather imaging sensor. continued

CCCCC Awards Contract to Xylem
The $617,000 agreement covers the deployment of five solar-powered marine monitoring buoys that will collect meteorological and water quality data for researchers studying climate change in the Caribbean Sea and its impact on coral reefs. continued

Freescale Announces Proposed Loan Allocations
The term loan facility reduces indebtedness currently due in 2016 and extends to 2020 the maturities of the company's indebtedness currently due in 2019 and a portion of its indebtedness currently due in 2016. continued

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QMC Announces Tetrapod Quantum Dots
The company has developed cadmium-free NHM-TPQD to meet concerns regarding nanoparticle biocompatibility and sustainability while spurring the creation of next-generation displays, sensors, biomedical diagnostic devices, and photovoltaic solar cells. continued

PSW Introduces Energy Management Device
The Wi-Fi version of Point Pulse Counter detects power outages and allows users to track energy usage, offering over-the-air configuration and compatibility with existing building automation systems. continued

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Ball Aerospace OLI Launched on Landsat Mission
The Operational Land Imager represents a significant advancement in Landsat sensor technology, providing 49 ft. panchromatic and 98 ft. multi-spectral spatial resolutions along a 115 mile wide swath, allowing for the 16-day imaging operation. continued

UMD Researchers Develop Nanoprecision Imaging
The scientists have created a microfluidic device that manipulates and positions quantum dots, using precision flow control, to collect measurements with nanoscale accuracy at lower cost than conventional near-field scanning optical microscopy. continued


IEEE Forms Ethernet Study Group
The 802.3 standard development project will examine latency requirements and Ethernet-convergence opportunities in market segments such as industrial automation and automotive. continued

USU Creates Advanced Weather Systems Lab
The facility will advance the research, development, and deployment of critical space-based weather sensor technologies. continued

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