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Heating Different Zones of Food in a Microwave Oven

An organization seeks technology to enable foods to become crispy when heated in a home microwave oven. The outer surface should heat and become (or remain) crispy, while the interior body of the food should heat only as appropriate. The organization seeks materials, ingredients, or other technologies that enable the zones, while physically part of the same food, to respond differently to the same radiant microwave energy environment. Respond to this TechNeed at: Email: nasatech@yet2.com Phone: 781-972-0600

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Topical Delivery for Analgesic Medications

A company seeks new non-oral delivery mechanisms for analgesics. Non-oral methods avoid the stomach and the intestine. These new mechanisms might be topical; that is, in contact with the outer layer of the skin. However, other nonoral mechanisms are open for consideration. Non-oral administration bypasses both the stomach and the liver and can deliver more active to the bloodstream more quickly per dose. Respond to this TechNeed at: Email: nasatech@yet2.com Phone: 781-972-0600

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High-Production Suction Head for Mud, Sludge, and Sewerage Dredging

This technology features a uniquely designed suction head that eliminates problems typically experienced in alluvial diamond mining, mud, sewerage pumping, or dredging operations. This patented system offers a proven solution where no divers are required, and which can be operated from the deck of the ship in the shallow, mid-water, and deep-water operations for 24 hours a day — even on foul weather days.

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Detecting Your Level of Hydration

HydroSmart is a new way to determine if you are adequately hydrated at any given time. It is a handheld, portable, simple- to-use device that requires a stream of urine, and the results are given almost instantaneously via a color-changing reagent. A color change corresponds to the specific gravity of the urine specimen. Urine specific is a measure of a person’s level of hydration. The device avoids the need to urinate into a plastic cup, which is normally delivered to another person for lab analysis; a situation that is somewhat embarrassing and most importantly, time-consuming. The reagent is bromthymol blue, poly(methylvinyl ether/maleic anhydride) and an alkaline compound such as sodium hydroxide. It is absorbed on a porous membrane, such as a woven matrix of cellulosic fibers or other substrate material, which can retain the reagent. There is a cap that contains a color chart for comparison with the color resulting from the reaction of the urine and the chemical reagent. Get the complete report on this technology at: Email: nasatech@yet2.com Phone: 781-972-0600

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Edward Austin, SOFIA Science Systems Project Manager

Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) is a joint venture between NASA and the German space agency, DLR, involving the use of a modified Boeing 747SP aircraft as an airborne astronomical observatory. Edward Austin is the SOFIA Science and Mission Operation Project Manager.

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This Month in NASA History

As NASA celebrates its 50th anniversary, we continue our highlights of technology innovations and important moments in NASA history, leading to our special 50th Anniversary Issue in October.

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Energy-Efficient Microchip for Long-Lasting Cell Phones and Medical Devices

Researchers at MIT and Texas Instruments have developed a new chip for portable electronics that can be up to 10 times more energy-efficient than present microchips. The chip could lead to cell phones, implantable medical devices, and sensors that last much longer when running from a battery.

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