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Editor’s Choice: June 2016

A small, metallic thermometer is hermetically sealed, has an essentially unlimited shelf-life, is insensitive to radiation, has no electronics or mechanisms, can operate in any orientation or gravity, and provides good thermal conductivity. It features an off-the-shelf ultra-high vacuum flange and permanently records temperatures in extreme environments. The low-cost device is read by visual inspection after opening the seal. Find out more HERE.

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NASA Public Domain Patents Benefit U.S. Industry

NASA has released 56 of its formerly patented technologies into the public domain, making them freely available for unrestricted commercial use. In addition, a searchable database is now available that catalogs thousands of expired NASA patents already in the public domain.

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NASA and FAA Demonstrate Wireless Communication with Aircraft

For the first time ever, engineers at NASA’s Glenn Research Center conveyed aviation data — including route options and weather information — to an airplane over a wireless communication system for aircraft on the ground. The demonstration, conducted in collaboration with the Federal Aviation Administration and Hitachi, demonstrated two technologies that could change airport operations worldwide.

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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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