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Apps of the Month

This month, there are multiple Apps of the Month – the winners of the International Space Apps Challenge, which joined more than 2,000 people from around the world to create solutions of global importance related to spaceflight. The best apps are:

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Last Chance to “Create the Future”

The tenth annual “Create the Future” Design Contest, sponsored by COMSOL, Nordson EFD, and Tech Briefs Media Group, an SAE International Company, closes for entries on June 30, 2012. If you haven’t submitted your entry, go to www.createthe future2012.com today for your opportunity to receive global recognition and a Grand Prize of $20,000 in cash for an innovative new product idea.

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NASA’s New Mission on Earth — Sustainability Base

NASA has repurposed its aerospace technologies in innovative ways to create a smart building unlike any other government building. Designed in harmony with its environment, Sustainability Base is located at NASA Ames Research Center in California.

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App of the Month: Sector 33

NASA’s Sector 33 requires players to keep imaginary pilots and their airliners a safe distance in the sky from each other using math and problem-solving skills. In the game, the player acts as an air traffic controller by guiding airplanes through a sector of airspace spanning Nevada and California.

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And the Winner Is ...

Congratulations to Eric Smith, winner of the Stratasys 3D Pro fessional Printer Sweep stakes. Eric, a senior development engineer at Ethicon Endo Surgery in Cincinnati, OH, will receive a uPrint SE 3D Print Pack, pictured below. The sweepstakes, sponsored by Stratasys and presented by Tech Briefs Media Group, an SAE International Company, attracted over 4,000 entries.

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Robonaut Lends More Than Just a Helping Hand

In the March 2010 issue of NASA Tech Briefs, we introduced you to Robonaut 2, or R2 (read the original article at www.techbriefs.com/ component/content/article/7635). Last year, R2 became the first humanoid robot in space, and has been busy testing its technology in microgravity aboard the International Space Station.

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SAE International and Tech Briefs Join Forces

SAE International, the global association of engineers in the aerospace, automotive, and commercial vehicle industries, has acquired Tech Briefs Media Group (TBMG), publishers of NASA Tech Briefs. As an independent subsidiary of SAE International, TBMG will continue to provide readers with exclusive information on new NASA technologies that you look forward to each month in NASA Tech Briefs, its sister publications, and supplements. For more information on SAE, visit www.sae.org.

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New Web Site Shares Space Station Benefits for Humanity

When the International Space Station (ISS) was first imagined, the idea was to create a research platform for the benefit of humankind. That goal is now a reality, and we can already see some amazing breakthroughs, including the Robo-Glove described above. So what else has the space station yielded to humankind? The International Space Station Benefits for Humanity Web site (www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/benefits/index.html) shows you the global progress resulting from the technologies of the ISS.

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App of the Month: Earth-Now

A free iPhone app from NASA literally puts the whole world in the palm of your hands. Earth-Now im merses cyber explorers in dazzling visualizations of near-real-time global climate data from NASA’s fleet of Earth science satellites. It displays data on many of the key vital signs of our planet that NASA satellites track. It is available at the iTunes Store or by visiting www.jpl.nasa.gov/apps.

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Wireless, Self-Propelled Device Swims Through the Bloodstream

Stanford University assistant professor of electrical engineering Ada Poon has demonstrated a tiny, wirelessly powered, self-propelled medical device capable of controlled motion through a fluid — blood, to be exact. The era of swallow-the-surgeon medical care may no longer be the stuff of science fiction. Poon’s medical devices can be implanted or injected into the human body and powered wirelessly using electromagnetic radio waves.

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