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Research May Unlock Secret of Alzheimer’s

Some of the core beliefs about what causes Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases may be wrong, and flying an experiment on the International Space Station (ISS) could provide the best way to show it. Scientists at Kennedy Space Center, working with the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT), want to send a set of proteins to the ISS where the material would be free to collect together into large, complex structures without gravity tearing them apart.

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Trees Used to Create Recyclable Solar Cells

Georgia Institute of Technology and Purdue University researchers have developed efficient solar cells using natural substrates derived from plants such as trees. By fabricating them on cellulose nanocrystal (CNC) substrates, the solar cells can be quickly recycled in water at the end of their lifecycle.

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Curiosity Update

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has seen evidence of water-bearing minerals in rocks near where it had already found clay minerals inside a drilled rock. The rover’s science team announced that analysis of powder from a drilled mudstone rock on Mars indicates past environmental conditions that were favorable for microbial life. Watch Tech Briefs TV for the latest videos of the mission at www.techbriefs.com/tv/mars. Keep up with Curiosity at http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl.

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App of the Month: NASA Lunar Electric Rover Simulator

Buckle up as the Lunar Electric Rover Simulator gives you a glimpse of what it might be like to support the activities of a functioning Lunar Outpost. Get busy — you never know if your skills will become a major part of the NASA astronaut application process in the future. Download the free app for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad at https://itunes.apple.com/app/nasa-lunarelectric-rover/id355542143?mt=8.

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Create the Future and Win

The 11th annual “Create the Future” Design Contest (www.createthefuturecontest.com) sponsored by COMSOL, SAE International, and Tech Briefs Media Group, is open for entries. The contest will recognize outstanding innovations in product design worldwide, awarding a Grand Prize of $20,000 USD. There is no cost to enter.

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NASA’s “Blue-Collar” Mining Robot

NASA’s new robot features a sturdy pair of diggers, and the reliability and strength to work all day, every day, for years. Think of it as a blue-collar robot. The Regolith Advanced Surface Systems Operations Robot (RASSOR) is an autonomous machine designed for lunar soil excavation.

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Curiosity Update

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has successfully obtained the first sample ever collected from the interior of a rock on another planet. The rock was selected for the first sample drilling because it may hold evidence of wet environmental conditions long ago. Watch Tech Briefs TV for the latest videos of the mission at www.techbriefs.com/tv/mars. Keep up with Curiosity at http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl.

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