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NASA Tests Shape-Changing Wing for Next-Generation Aviation

NASA researchers, working with the Air Force Research Laboratory and FlexSys of Ann Arbor, MI, successfully completed initial flight tests of a new morphing wing technology that has the potential to save millions of dollars annually in fuel costs, reduce airframe weight, and decrease aircraft noise during takeoffs and landings. The experimental Adaptive Compliant Trailing Edge (ACTE) flight control surfaces offer significant improvements over conventional flaps used on existing aircraft.

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3D Printing Meets Astrophysics: A New Way to Visualize and Communicate Science

3D printing has the potential to considerably improve the astronomical community's ability to visualize, understand, interpret, and communicate important scientific results.

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How to Define and Build a Risk Management Strategy for Quality and Compliance Management Systems

How can an organization ensure compliance and streamline the process while mitigating costs? The solution is Risk Management. Many organizations are beginning to use Risk to objectively and systematically streamline their compliance. This white paper uncovers the strategy behind risk in compliance, and the best practices in defining proactive and reactive factors of risk within each organization to reach the highest possible level of quality and compliance.

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Additive Manufacturing Initiatives at Sandia National Laboratories

Sandia National Laboratories has been pioneering development and commercialization of additive manufacturing (AM), commonly referred to as 3D printing, for more than 30 years. Sandia has a wealth of experience developing unique AM solutions for a variety of compelling national security applications. In this white paper, Sandia engineers provide a rare inside look at what the lab has learned about AM during the past 30 years. Sandia’s mission and core objectives take advantage of AM’s virtues and benefits. Some of Sandia’s current research projects, as well as direct write, energetics, and geometry optimization, are highlighted.

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Will NASA achieve “warp drive?”

This week’s Question: According to a NASASpaceflight.com forum, NASA has successfully tested its electromagnetic (EM) drive in a vacuum. The form of space flight could eventually enable trips at speeds approaching that of light. The drive works by propelling objects through space by using magnets to create microwaves, which are then sent through a device to create thrust. If the mission is successful, it could overcome the need to carry fuel for propulsion. The EM drive, however, is controversial in that it appears to violate conventional physics and the law of conservation of momentum. The technology will still require more verification tests. What do you think? Will NASA achieve “warp drive?”

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The Benefits of 3D Printing for Medical Implant and Prostheses Development

3D printing is one of the world’s fastest growing technologies, and is already revolutionizing the many areas of medical manufacturing in ways similar to how computers revolutionized communication. Using the right input, medical files such as 2D imaging (MRI or CT scans) can be used to create customized anatomical models, medical devices, and prosthetics. Manufacturing parts in this way reduces time and cost by as much as 80-90%. In this white paper from Stratasys, find out how medical professionals are actively exploring the vast possibilities that 3D printing offers.

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Sensor Beacons

EM Microelectronic (Marin, Switzerland) offers the EMBC02 sensor beacon, which integrates a 3- axis accelerometer. By attaching the device to objects or people, both proximity and motion can be monitored with a smartphone or tablet application. The EMBC02 can be programmed to transmit proximity, identification data, motion data (movements, vibrations, acceleration), as well as specific motion-based alarms based on accelerometer data originating from shock, free-fall, or taps. To maximize battery life, data is beaconed only when required, e.g. while in motion, or when an alarm condition occurs. The FCC/CE/IC-certified device is weatherproof and includes a multi-function input button and two LEDs for user feedback. For Free Info Visit http://info.hotims.com/55589-155

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