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Lightweight, High-Performance Propeller/Rotor/Wind Turbine Blade The turbine blade features a much lighter, more efficient, less expensive, and entirely new structural design. Other advantages offered by this technology include increased performance, lower noise, decreased maintenance time and expense, and optimized electronic pitch control. View this brief here. The Technology Business Briefs portray licensing or selling opportunities intermediated by NextTechs. NextTechs Technologies, LLC is a Global Technology Investment Bank engaged in technology offers and needs intermediation in over 41 industries and 141 research disciplines. Search NextTechs' Technology Portfolio here.

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NASA News

NASA's new Science Mission Directorate Associate Administrator Alan Stern has appointed NASA scientist and 2006 Nobel Prize recipient John Mather to lead the Office of the Chief Scientist at Headquarters in Washington, DC. Mather and his staff will be chief advisors to Stern. Office responsibilities will include assisting the associate administrator in setting flight mission and research budget priorities for all NASA science programs. The office will help develop and enhance discussions with the national and international science community. In 2006, Mather and George Smoot of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley, CA) received the Nobel Prize for Physics for their collaborative work in understanding the Big Bang. “John Mather is a scientist of legendary reputation, technical ability, and space science mission experience. His office will provide independent scientific advice to me to guide decision-making regarding all aspects of the NASA science program,” Stern said. For more information, click here.

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Dental Device

A recently completed pilot study conducted with the University of Michigan has shown that a Sandia National Laboratories handheld device determined in minutes -- from a tiny sample of saliva -- not only if a patient has gum disease, but how advanced the disease is. Using a disposable lab-on-a-chip cartridge, the device makes use of a molecularsieve made out of a polyacrylamide gel. A low electrical current is passed through the gel and a process called electro- phoresis moves charged proteins through it, thereby separating the proteins contained in the saliva. Prior to this separation, the proteins are brought into contact with specific antibodies chosen for their ability to bind to the biomarkers. The antibodies are pre-labeled with fluorescent molecules. Interrogation by laser of these combined molecules determines the amount of biomarker present. Because the amount of sample fluid needed for testing is so small, further applications exist in other disease areas including potentially improved diagnosis of prostate and breast cancer. For more information, click here.

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Current Attractions

The Desktop 3D Scanner from NextEngine (Santa Monica, CA) was named NTB's Product of the Month for April. A full-color multi-laser scanner that scans complex shapes for CAD and 3D design applications on the desktop, the scanner is about the size of a cereal box and connects directly to a PC via USB 2.0. It operates with proprietary MultiStripe Laser Triangulation (MLT) technology that features twin arrays of four Class 1M 10-mW solid-state lasers with custom optics at a 650-nm wavelength. The scanner also features twin 3-megapixel CMOS RGB image sensors, optically synchronous RGB color texture capture, and built-in spatially diverse white-light texture illuminators. For more information, see page 8 of the April issue of NTB, or click here.

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Awards

NASA has selected 18 Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) research proposals for Phase 2 contract negotiations. The selected STTR projects have a total value of approximately $11 million, and the contracts will be awarded to 17 small, high-technology firms in 10 states. The goals of the program are to stimulate technological innovation, increase the use of small businesses in meeting federal research and development needs, and increase private sector commercialization of innovations derived from federally funded research. Phase 2 continues development of the most promising Phase 1 projects. Selection criteria include technical merit and innovation, Phase 1 results, value to NASA, commercial potential, and company capabilities. For more information on NASA's STTR program, click here.

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Tech Needs of the Week

An advanced materials company is seeking new coating technologies that display excellent weathering and durability performance. The coatings will be applied in wet format to glass substrates and need to be optically transparent, have a hardness of at least 2H, and have excellent outdoor durability. To respond to this Tech Need, click here. A coating is needed for application on top of an optical layer, which consists of a scratch-sensitive material. The coating should provide protection against mechanical damage and will be applied either by spray coating, doctor blade coating, or dip coating. To respond to this Tech Need click here. The Technology Needs of the Week are anonymous requests for technology, distributed through the yet2.com marketplace, that you and your organization may be able to fulfill. Responding to a Tech Need is the first step to gaining an introduction with a prospective "buyer" for your technology solution.

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White Papers

Three Levels of Data-Logging Software from National Instruments This paper introduces the three levels of data-logging software for use with National Instruments’ DAQ devices -- NI LabVIEW SignalExpress, NI LabVIEW SignalExpress LE, and NI LabVIEW. Unique Method for Orifice Production This white paper from Bird Precision explains that in producing accurate, repeatable orifices, all the variables that might influence the Cd Value (Coefficient of Discharge) must be controlled during production.

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