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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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Merit Prize Winners, “Create the Future” 2006 Design Contest

Winners of Black & Decker power tools

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Second Prize Winners, “Create the Future” 2006 Design Contest

Winners of DeWalt Power Tool Combination Kits

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First Prize Winner, “Create the Future” 2006 Design Contest

Grip Handle Buck AlbrittonWinner of a Panasonic 42" plasma TV Designed by: Buck Albritton GearMax Ashland, VA

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Lightning Often Strikes Twice

Contrary to popular misconception, lightning often strikes the same place twice. Certain conditions are just ripe for a bolt of electricity to come zapping down; and a lightning strike is powerful enough to do a lot of damage wherever it hits. NASA created the Accurate Location of Lightning Strikes technology to determine the ground strike point of lightning and prevent electrical damage in the immediate vicinity of the Space Shuttle launch pads at Kennedy Space Center.

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