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NASA Shines Lasers on Future Aircraft Concept

Boeing engineer Stephen Provost checks out a blended wing body model before a wind tunnel test at NASA Langley. (NASA/David C. Bowman) As NASA aeronautics engineers prepare to develop a series of greener, quieter, faster X-planes, they are already testing concepts that could be candidates. One of those is a Boeing blended wing body (BWB). A blended wing body doesn't look like a conventional airplane. Instead of the usual tube and wing design – it's shaped more like a triangle where the wings are merged into the body. Another difference is that it does not have a tail.

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Avoid Product Launch Failure: Best Practices for Aligning Your Engineering and Quality Teams

Creating quality products in our fast-paced world isn’t easy. Today’s leading companies face greater challenges with shorter development cycles, distributed supply chains, and greater product complexity. Mechanical, electrical, software, and other design teams must work together to support agile, lean, and hybrid development processes. What can your product team do during the development phases to improve product launch success rates?

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Prizes Awarded in Sample Return Robot Challenge

Erica Tiberia is the sole member of a team that was one of five to qualify for the next level of competition. (NASA) Five teams took home prize money after completing Level 1 of NASA’s Sample Return Robot Challenge at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts. Part of the agency’s Centennial Challenges prize program, the contest featured 18 teams of citizen inventors. Each winning team was awarded $5,000 for their success, and has earned a shot at Level 2 of the competition, which will take place Sept. 2-5. The challenge has a total prize purse of $1.5 million.

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Modeling Acoustics Applications with COMSOL Multiphysics®

If you are interested in modeling industrial acoustics applications such as mobile devices, loudspeakers, car cabins, rooms, sound proofing, and exhaust and muffler systems, tune into this webinar. You will get an introduction to using COMSOL Multiphysics® software for modeling aeroacoustics, vibroacoustics, thermoviscous acoustics, porous materials, Biot models, pressure acoustics, and ray tracing. During the live software demo, you will see firsthand how to set up an ultrasound flow meter model, which combines acoustics and fluid flow. After the presentation, you can ask questions during the Q&A session.

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New Polyurethane Pourable Flooring and Sealing Technology for Commercial Vehicles

In Conjunction with SAE The wear and tear experienced by school buses, city buses, and other commercial vehicles requires advanced solutions to improve durability and safety. This free 30-minute Webinar covers the manufacturing and service requirements of commercial vehicle flooring systems and introduces a new, easy-to-apply flooring and sealing technology. The technology can eliminate side wall moldings and sealers as well as center aisle aluminum extrusions. Quick cure times allow for rapid manufacturing cycles.

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Lightweight, Wearable Device Converts Body Heat to Electricity

TEG-embedded T-shirt (left) and TEG armband (right). Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a new design for harvesting body heat and converting it into electricity for use in wearable electronics.

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Light Tames Lethal Heart Disorders

Graphic by Patrick M. Boyle/Johns Hopkins University Using high-tech human heart models and mouse experiments, scientists at Johns Hopkins and Germany’s University of Bonn have shown that beams of light could replace electric shocks in patients reeling from a deadly heart rhythm disorder.

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