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Editor’s Choice: May 2016

A non-explosive rock splitter uses high-temperature shape memory alloys (SMAs) as the driving member. The SMAs, in the form of cylindrical pellets, generate extremely large forces to fracture rock-like materials and minerals when used with DC voltage heaters placed in boreholes. The devices can be used for breaking rocks where the fracture of large samples is required, or where explosive or impact techniques can’t be used because of the damage they could cause to the underlying sample. Find out more HERE.

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NASA’s New Rocket Will Feel the Force

At NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama, construction is underway in Building 4619, a multipurpose, high-bay test facility that has been a hotbed for all types of testing, including loads, acoustics, vibration, extreme temperatures, high and low pressures, and environments that simulate the cold, black conditions of outer space.

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Winners Named in Rover Challenge

NASA has announced the winners of the 2016 Human Exploration Rover Challenge, held last month at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. Rafaelina E. Lebron Flores of Patillas, Puerto Rico, won first place in the high school division, while Purdue University Calumet-Team 1 of Hammond, IN won the college division.

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Editor’s Choice: April 2016

Saliva is an easily accessible body fluid that contains important biological markers that can be used to monitor the health of an individual. A saliva collection device called the Saliva Procurement and Integrated Testing (SPIT) booklet was developed for use in remote locations, and doesn’t require any special storage conditions. The booklets contain filter paper pages that are used to collect saliva samples over a specified time. The samples are dried at room temperature, and are stable for up to six months. Find out more HERE.

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The State of Earth

U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson created Earth Day in 1970. Over the years, Earth Day grew in popularity and in 2009, the United Nations officially named April 22 as International Mother Earth Day. Earth Day (www.earthday.org) is now celebrated by over one billion people in nearly 200 countries.

Posted in: UpFront, Greenhouse Gases

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It’s Time to Create the Future

The 14th annual Create the Future Design Contest (www.createthefuturecontest.com), sponsored by COMSOL and Mouser Electronics, and produced by Tech Briefs Media Group, is open for entries. The contest recognizes outstanding innovations in product design worldwide, awarding a Grand Prize of $20,000. There is no cost to enter.

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Editor's Choice: March 2016

Algae can produce valuable products such as biofuels. A new method using forward osmosis incorporates photobioreactor tubes filled with wastewater that float in seawater. The forward osmosis removes the wastewater and concentrates the algae for harvesting, and also cleans the water released back into the seawater, creating a beneficial environmental impact. Find out more HERE.

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