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NASA Gets a GRIP on Hurricanes

NASA is leading an aircraft campaign to provide a sustained and unprecedented look at the inner workings of hurricane formation and intensification. The Genesis and Rapid Intensification Processes (GRIP) experiment, taking place from August 15 to September 30, employs three NASA aircraft flying over the Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic Ocean, and Caribbean Sea to answer questions about how and why hurricanes form and strengthen. Scientists are flying an unmanned drone, outfitted with 3D radar, a microwave radiometer, and other instruments over tropical systems for up to 20 consecutive hours.

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NASA Issues Request for Intellectual Property MarketingNASA Issues Request for Intellectual Property Marketing

NASA is issuing a Request for Information (RFI) on FedBizOpps (www.fbo.gov/) for no-cost intelectual property marketing. NASA requests information from U.S.-owned organizations interested in providing intellectual property (IP) management services (such as patent valuation, marketing, assessment, and brokerage) to NASA under a no-cost arrangement that could allow for revenue sharing upon license execution. Services may be provided to one or more NASA Centers.

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NASA Sensor Technology in Development to Measure Vital Signs

When undergoing medical treatment, monitoring things like blood pressure and heart rate usually means a variety of wires and sensors will be attached to a patient’s body. But thanks to technology developed at NASA, there might be a better way. A new biomedical sensor incorporating technology pioneered at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, OH, is being developed by a company called Endotronix for measuring blood pressure and heart rate.

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NASA Sensor Technology Helps Boaters

Just in time for summer, NASA-developed wireless sensor technology is giving recreational boaters safer and more accurate readings of how much fuel is in their tanks. The magnetic measuring system also has potential uses in planes, trains, and automobiles.

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NASA Engineers Improve GPS Signal Reception

GPS (Global Positioning System) navigational devices are as ubiquitous as cell phones, freely used by commercial and government users to determine location, time, and velocity. These tools, however, are only as good as the signals they receive. NASA engineers from Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD, have found a way to improve the reception of those signals.

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NASA Tests Devices to Increase Truck Fuel Efficiency

Saving the nation $10 billion annually in diesel fuel costs may be possible in a few years, thanks to new devices developed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and now being tested at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California.

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Metallic Foam Reduces Airplane Noise

For people who live around airports, noise created by planes can cause a disturbance. Researchers at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, OH have been working with metallic foam that is installed around an engine to reduce noise. The firm foam, crafted from stainless steel, looks like a tightly compacted honeycomb made of silver metal, and feels uniform on the surface — gently abrasive, like a fine-grained pumice stone. “This is an open cell foam, which is mostly air. The foam is formed by ligaments — like a sponge that you use in your kitchen, except the ligaments are metal,” according to Glenn engineer, Cheryl Bowman.

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