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This Month in NASA History

This year, as NASA celebrates its 50th anniversary, we’ll be highlighting technology innovations and important moments in NASA history, leading to our special 50th Anniversary Issue in October.

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This Month in NASA History

This year, as NASA celebrates its 50th anniversary, we’ll be highlighting technology innovations and important moments in NASA history, leading to our special 50th Anniversary Issue in October.

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2007 Product of the Year Winners

The 13th annual NASA Tech Briefs Readers’ Choice Product of the Year Awards will be presented on April 22 in New York City. See the June issue for photos and highlights from the awards presentation. Here are the winners, chosen by you, the readers of NTB:

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This Month in NASA History

As NASA celebrates its 50th anniversary, we continue our highlights of technology innovations and important moments in NASA history, leading to our special 50th Anniversary Issue in October.

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Energy-Efficient Microchip for Long-Lasting Cell Phones and Medical Devices

Researchers at MIT and Texas Instruments have developed a new chip for portable electronics that can be up to 10 times more energy-efficient than present microchips. The chip could lead to cell phones, implantable medical devices, and sensors that last much longer when running from a battery.

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Correction of Retardation and Autism in Mice Points to Human Treatment

Mark Bear (right), director of thePicower Institute and PicowerProfessor of Neuroscience), andGu¨l Do¨ len, a graduate student atBrown University, report the correctionof fragile X syndrome inmice. (Donna Coveney)Researchers at MIT’s Picower Institute for Learning and Memory have corrected key symptoms of mental retardation and autism in mice. Their findings indicate that a certain class of drugs could have the same effect in humans.

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This Month in NASA History

This year, as NASA celebrates its 50th anniversary, we’ll be highlighting technology innovations and important moments in NASA history, leading to our special 50th Anniversary Issue in October. This Month in NASA History: On February 20, 1962, John H. Glenn became the first American to circle the Earth, making three orbits in his Friendship 7 Mercury spacecraft. The flight lasted a total of 4 hours, 55 minutes, and 23 seconds before the Friendship 7 spacecraft splashed down in the ocean.

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