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NASA Goddard Enters the World of Online Gaming

Researchers at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD, are on the verge of heading into a new virtual world for the good of education. The initiative is the result of an anticipated new Space Act Agreement (SAA) administered by Goddard’s Innovative Partnerships Program (IPP) Office. The Massively Multi-Player Online (MMO) Learning Game platform is a NASA-wide initiative managed at Goddard and administered by the Learning Technologies Project Office (LTPO). The project is designed to increase interest in, and pursuit of, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) for middle school through higher education students.

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Flexible Silicon Circuits Conform to Complex Shapes

Scientists at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana have developed a new form of stretchable silicon integrated circuit that can wrap around complex shapes such as spheres, body parts, and aircraft wings. The circuits can operate during stretching, compressing, folding, and other types of extreme mechanical deformations, without a reduction in electrical performance.

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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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