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A recent experiment conducted aboard NASA’s rover, Curiosity, involved drilling holes into the red surface of Mars for mineral analysis. The results of the mineral tests showed that more than three billion years ago, Mars was a significantly warmer and wetter world. Having a warmer and wetter climate would have made Mars more habitable earlier in its life.

The Common Ground Alliance (CGA), the organization dedicated to protecting underground utility lines and the safety of people who dig near them, has announced results from a recent survey that found 48 percent of American homeowners who plan to dig this year for projects that include landscaping, installing a fence or mailbox or building a deck, pond or patio, will put themselves and communities at risk by not calling 811 to learn the approximate location of underground utilities.

Oliver C. Klinger III, publisher of Underground Construction and Pipeline & Gas Journal, has announced the addition of two new editors. and the promotion of a third.

Boston-based construction management firm BOND (Bond Brothers) has promoted two associates to the firm’s Civil and Utility Connecticut Division. Anthony Bond has been promoted to director and Sean McAuliffe to director of Operations.

Straight 8 Logistics, a leading brokerage company, specializes in transporting pipeline equipment seamlessly. Headquarted in Watford City, ND, Straight 8 Logistics offers fast and efficient equipment mobilization.

Delbert Leroy “Pete” Barnes, 73, of Tahlequah, OK, passed away on Feb. 18.

Texas A&M University aims to more than double its current engineering student enrollment to 25,000 by 2025.

The Pipe Line Contractors Association (PLCA) Scholarship Foundation has announced the following recipients of the scholarship award for 2013:

Exports of U.S.-made construction equipment topped 13 percent in 2012 compared to the previous year for a total $26.7 billion, with South America and Asia reporting the weakest gains, according to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), citing U.S. Commerce Department data it uses in global markets reports for members.

The Texas Water Development Board has approved financial assistance for water and wastewater system improvements totaling $109,094,303.

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