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Lightweight, High-Performance Propeller/Rotor/Wind Turbine Blade The turbine blade features a much lighter, more efficient, less expensive, and entirely new structural design. Other advantages offered by this technology include increased performance, lower noise, decreased maintenance time and expense, and optimized electronic pitch control. View this brief here.

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NASA News

NASA's new Science Mission Directorate Associate Administrator Alan Stern has appointed NASA scientist and 2006 Nobel Prize recipient John Mather to lead the Office of the Chief Scientist at Headquarters in Washington, DC. Mather and his staff will be chief advisors to Stern. Office responsibilities will include assisting the associate administrator in setting flight mission and research budget priorities for all NASA science programs. The office will help develop and enhance discussions with the national and international science community. In 2006, Mather and George Smoot of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley, CA) received the Nobel Prize for Physics for their collaborative work in understanding the Big Bang.

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Hydrogen Sensors Boost Hybrids; Today's Models Losing Gas?

Advanced chemical sensors are used in aeronautic and space applications to provide safety monitoring, emission monitoring, and fire detection. In order to fully do their jobs, these sensors must be able to operate in a range of environments. NASA has developed sensor technologies addressing these needs with the intent of improving safety, optimizing combustion efficiencies, and controlling emissions.

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Secure Networks for First Responders and Special Forces

When NASA needed help better securing its communications with orbiting satellites, the Agency called on Western DataCom Co., Inc., to help develop a prototype Internet Protocol (IP) router.

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Technology That's Ready and Able to Inspect Those Cables

Attempting to locate a malfunctioning wire in a complex bundle of wires or in a cable that is concealed behind a wall is as difficult as trying to find a needle in a haystack. The result of such an effort can also be costly, time-consuming, and frustrating, whether it is the tedious process of examining cable connections for the Space Shuttle or troubleshooting a cable television hookup. Furthermore, other maintenance restrictions can compound the effort required to locate and repair a particular wiring problem. For example, on the Space Shuttle, once a repair is completed, all systems that have a wire passing through any of the connectors that were disconnected during troubleshooting are affected and, therefore, must undergo retesting­—an arduous task that is completely unrelated to the original problem.

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Sponsors,“Create the Future” 2006 Design Contest

The Emhart Innovation Center: Tomorrow’s Fastening Design Technology Today In today’s competitive marketplace, manufacturers need suppliers who not only deliver the parts required to build a product, but those who deliver support and consultation on how best to use those parts. Emhart Teknologies is in the business of delivering that support. The company offers their customers access to a global network of what it calls “Innovation Centers.” These engineering facilities provide the latest in R&D for fastening design and automated fastening systems, delivering value analysis to a large cross-section of industrial manufacturers.

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Meet the Judges, “Create the Future” 2006 Design Contest

Emhart Teknologies and NASA Tech Briefs thank the following judges for their participation:

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