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Safety & Security Category Winner, "Create the Future" 2007 Design Contest

(Winner of an HP Workstation) Personnel Beacon/Locator for Mine Workers Joseph Hollmann Spectral Biopsy Kansas City, MO When trapped, miners are instructed to create noise by tapping on surrounding metal pipes and stone. However, rescuers cannot be sure these signals originated from the trapped miners or was another noise source underground. Many miners may still be alive today if technology was employed to signal that they were alive and provide their location to searchers.

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Medical Category Winner, "Create the Future" 2007 Design Contest

(Winner of an HP Workstation) 3D Ultrasonic Neuronavigation System for Image-Guided Brain Surgery Ajay Mahajan Southern Illinois University Carbondale Murphysboro, IL This GPS-like system could help surgeons navigate through the brain to find and remove everything from tumors to bullet fragments easily, cheaply, and with hardly any cutting. The ultrasonic-based locational system was designed with neurosurgeon Sumeer Lal.

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This Month in NASA History

This year, as NASA celebrates its 50th anniversary, we’ll be highlighting technology innovations and important moments in NASA history, leading to our special 50th Anniversary Issue in October.

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Grand Prize Winner, "Create the Future" 2007 Design Contest

Winner of $20,000Litroenergy™, a New Light Source MaterialFrom left: Steve Stark; Michael P. Kohnen, II, inventor of Litroenergy and President/CEO of MPK Co.; and Michael P.Kohnen, Vice President.Steve StarkMPK Co.Champlin, MN A patent-pending light source material, Litroenergy™ contains self-luminous micro particles about the size of grains of salt called Litrospheres that emit light continuously for more than 12 years (half-life point) without any exposure to a light or other energy such as sunlight.

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Simscape™

The MathWorks, Natick, MA, has released Simscape™ software for modeling and simulating multidomain physical systems. Employing a physical network approach to model building, Simscape allows engineers to describe the physical structure of a system, rather than the underlying mathematics. From the model, the software automatically constructs equations that characterize the behavior of the system, and integrates them with the rest of the model. It provides libraries of fundamental elements from electrical, hydraulic, and mechanical domains that can be combined in a single environment. Engineers can convert models into C code using Real-Time Workshop® to run models in real time and perform hardware-in-the-loop testing. For Free Info

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Machinery & Equipment Category Winner, "Create the Future" 2007 Design Contest

(Winner of an HP Workstation) Cargo Management System Jeremy Connell Blacksburg, VA Standard truck beds lack the ability to secure loose items easily. The Cargo Management System design employs various methods in order to increase functionality while maintaining normal truck bed usage. The platform has a maximum height of 2", allowing for an ultra-low profile while the rails are not in use. Four lateral adjustments mate with the sidewalls of the truck bed. This feature allows for application in trucks with different bed sizes. The rail gutters are slightly raised off the platform surface to mimic the standard truck bed and simultaneously limit lateral motions of items placed within the rails.

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2007 Product of the Year Winners

The 13th annual NASA Tech Briefs Readers’ Choice Product of the Year Awards will be presented on April 22 in New York City. See the June issue for photos and highlights from the awards presentation. Here are the winners, chosen by you, the readers of NTB:

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