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Specialty Lubrication in New Product Design Wednesday, September 19, 2007, 2:00 PM EST Lubricants are often the forgotten components in the design of moving elements. Last-minute redesign and changes can be avoided by considering lubricant performance needs during the design phase. High-performance equipment generates more local heat because of the higher speeds and loads in smaller components. Traditional lubricants that may have worked in the past often fail in the next-generation component causing delays in product launch or significant customer dissatisfaction during use. By using premium, high-performance synthetic lubricants, improved performance and extended life can be achieved. Sponsored by DuPont, NASA Tech Briefs presents this FREE webinar, which will:

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Innovate and Win!

Your unique invention could win you $20,000 or other great prizes in the 2007 Create the Future Design Contest, presented by SolidWorks Corp. and NASA Tech Briefs. Innovative design ideas are being accepted in six categories: Machinery, Equipment, and Component Technology; Consumer Products; Medical; Safety and Security; Transportation; and Sustainable Technologies.

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Coming Attractions

This monthly review lets you "meet" the new advertisers appearing in NTB and its supplements. Here's a sneak peek at the products, services, and offers available from August's first-time advertisers. Light Machinery (Ottawa, ON, Canada) produces wafers, etalons, prisms, beam splitters, windows, and other flat optic products, as well as the FJP-1150 fluid jet polishing machine to make your own flat optics. For free sample processing, visit here.

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Tech Needs of the Week

A manufacturer is looking for a detector array for the infrared region to detect two-dimensional radiation patterns. The sensor should have 1000 x 1000 pixels (or at least 512 x 512 pixels), which are individually addressable. The detector array is comparable to a high-speed CCD chip, but must have high sensitivity in the infrared around 1,300 nm. The detector should have a spectral sensitivity of 800 to 2,000 nm, with best performance at 1,200 to 1,400 nm. Click here to respond to this Tech Need.

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Innovate and Win!

If you have a unique design idea or invention, you could win $20,000 in the 2007 Create the Future Design Contest, presented by SolidWorks Corp. and NASA Tech Briefs. The contest is open for entries in these categories: Machinery, Equipment, and Component Technology; Consumer Products; Medical; Safety and Security; Transportation; and Sustainable Technologies.

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NASA News

Molly Brown of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD has created a new method to anticipate food shortages brought on by drought. The model uses data from satellite remote sensing of crop growth and food prices, and could improve the ability for government and humanitarian aid officials to plan and respond to drought-induced food price increases.

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