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NASA Spitzer Space Telescope finds sub-Earth sized exoplanet.

July 25, 2012

Using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have found evidence of planet two-thirds size of Earth, which leads experts to believe telescope can be used to help discover potentially habitable, terrestrial-sized worlds. Object is called UCF-1.01 and is 33 light years away. Finding is published in paper, "Identifying nearby small planets such as UCF-1.01 may one day lead to their characterization using future instruments," accepted for publication in The Astrophysical Journal. Read More

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Defense Industrial Base Task Force met with Secretary Panetta.

July 25, 2012

Leaders of defense industrial base task force, organized by AIA, NDIA, and PSC, met with Secretary Panetta and senior members of his acquisition and budget team to discuss negative consequences of sequestration on industrial base and national security. Panetta said his continued focus is on preventing sequestration by urging Congress to achieve responsible deficit reduction, and industry leaders were encouraged by his priority of maintaining strong, innovative defense industrial base. Read More

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Capstan Atlantic wins grand prize for power take-off clutch hub.

July 25, 2012

During 2012 Powder Metallurgy Design Excellence Awards Competition, Capstan Atlantic of Wrentham, MA, won grand prize in industrial motors/controls and hydraulics category for PM steel alloy power take-off clutch hub. Formed to density of 7.05 g/cm³, complex multi-level part replaced a machined design. Typical properties include ultimate tensile strength of 80,000 psi, yield strength 90,000 psi, and 92 HRB apparent hardness. Read More

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Capstan Atlantic wins award for 7-level rack.

July 25, 2012

During 2012 Powder Metallurgy Design Excellence Awards Competition, Capstan Atlantic of Wrentham, MA, won appliance category award of distinction for 7-level rack used in an industrial washing machine. Made to density of 6.8 g/cm³, part has sectional density that is kept equal within 0.08 g/cm³. Part has minimum yield strength of 43,000 psi and typical 55,000 psi tensile strength. PM replaced a die-cast part that needed extensive machining. Read More

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Asabe Adopts 5 ISO Documents on agricultural equipment safety.

July 25, 2012

ASABE has nationally adopted 5 international standards - ASABE/ISO 3776-1:2006 MAY2012, ANSI/ASABE AD3776-3:2009 MAY2012, ASABE/ISO 4252:2007 MAY2012, ANSI/ASABE AD26322-1:2008 JUN2012, and ANSI/ASABE AD26322-2:2010 JUN2012 - pertaining to agricultural equipment safety. This increases visibility and use of standards; benefits international trade while further harmonizing national and international standards; and facilitates manufacturing, safety advancements, and product marketing. Read More

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SAE announces debut of Innovation Start-up Marketplace.

July 25, 2012

Part of SAE Convergence® Conference and Exhibition, slated for Oct 16-17, Innovation Start-up Marketplace offers opportunity for entrepreneurs and startups to show their wares and technology to automotive industry professionals from around the world. Companies will enjoy table-top exhibit and have access to OEM's, Tier 1 suppliers, top-level executives, and media. Companies scheduled to participate include AutoHarvest and Automation Alley. Read More

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Standard for Silicon Content in Gasoline has been approved.

July 25, 2012

ASTM D7757, Test Method for Silicon in Gasoline and Related Products by Monochromatic Wavelength Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometry, has been approved by ASTM International Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants. This standard covers determination of total silicon by monochromatic, wavelength-dispersive X-ray fluorescence spectrometry in naphthas, gasoline, RFG, ethanol and ethanol fuel blends, and toluene at concentrations of 3-100 mg/kg. Read More

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NREL helps cut building energy use in half.

July 24, 2012

U.S. Department of Energy's Commercial Buildings Program and DOE's NREL are working with ASHRAE and the buildings industry to find ways to reduce energy intensity of large hospitals, schools, and retail buildings by 50%. Written for owners, design teams, and contractors, Advanced Energy Design Guidelines represent best practices in industry for energy efficiency in buildings. NREL created modeling and optimization software used to determine that what is going into guides achieves 50% savings goal. Read More