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The 14th annual Create the Future Design Contest (www.createthefuturecontest.com), sponsored by COMSOL and Mouser Electronics, and produced by Tech Briefs Media Group, is open for entries. The contest recognizes outstanding innovations in product design worldwide, awarding a Grand Prize of $20,000. There is no cost to enter. Posted in: UpFront, Aerospace Read More >> # Editor's Choice: March 2016 Algae can produce valuable products such as biofuels. A new method using forward osmosis incorporates photobioreactor tubes filled with wastewater that float in seawater. The forward osmosis removes the wastewater and concentrates the algae for harvesting, and also cleans the water released back into the seawater, creating a beneficial environmental impact. Find out more HERE. Posted in: UpFront, Aerospace Read More >> # Readers Select 2015 Products of the Year In December, we asked NASA Tech Briefs readers to select the one product from our 12 Products of the Month that you thought was the most significant new introduction to the design engineering community in 2015. Thanks to all of our readers who voted, and here are your winners for the 2015 NASA Tech Briefs’ Readers’ Choice Product of the Year: Posted in: UpFront, Aerospace Read More >> # It’s Time to Create the Future The 14th annual Create the Future Design Contest (www.createthefuturecontest.com), sponsored by COMSOL and Mouser Electronics, and produced by Tech Briefs Media Group, is now open for entries. The contest recognizes outstanding innovations in product design worldwide, awarding a Grand Prize of$20,000 USD. There is no cost to enter.

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# Editor's Choice: February 2016

A new wire bonding technique has been developed that provides the ability to mount and wire-bond electronic chips on tilted surfaces. This technique will allow designers to create smaller and lighter instruments for space missions, and similar procedures can be applied to the general assembly of electronic components. This approach to interconnecting sub-assemblies would allow novel configurations and space-saving solutions in industries where devices need to be smaller and lighter, such as medical, aerospace, automotive, and the military. Click HERE to find out more.

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# Get Ready for Integrated Industry

Initially posed by the German government to that country’s manufacturing industry leaders, one question has evolved into a global movement known as Industry 4.0: What’s the next stage of evolution for manufacturing? The goal of posing that question was to make production more efficient, cost-effective, and flexible.

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# The Human Factor in Space

Next month, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly will return to Earth after a record-setting year onboard the International Space Station. During the year, Kelly’s identical twin brother, former NASA astronaut Mark Kelly, participated on Earth with him in The Twins Study. The test conducted will provide insight into the subtle effects and changes that occur in spaceflight as compared to Earth by studying two individuals who have the same genetics, but are in different environments for a year. The study will track any degeneration or evolution that occurs in the human body from extended exposure to a microgravity environment.

Visit www.nasa.gov/twins-study

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# Editor's Choice: January 2016

A miniature, low-mass vehicle is driven by a piezoelectric stack that generates ultrasonic vibrations that are transmitted through the vehicle walls. This eliminates the need to use gears or bearings, and avoids shafts or cabling through the vehicle wall. The transferred power can be used to activate sensors, and the motors are also selfbraking. The vehicle wheels or legs can be driven through the vehicle wall without perforating the structure, which is critical in harsh environments. Find out more HERE.

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# NASA Tech Briefs Turns 40!

Join the party as we celebrate our 40th birthday this year with a special contest!

How have you benefited from reading NASA Tech Briefs? Has the magazine helped you with a product design, a product introduction, a technology advancement, saved you time or money, or even advanced your career? Here’s a chance for you to tell us your story.

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