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A New Spin on Antifreeze

Harvard researchers have invented a way to keep any metal surface free of ice and frost. The treated surfaces quickly shed even tiny, incipient condensation droplets or frost simply through gravity. The discovery has direct implications for a wide variety of metal surfaces such as those used in refrigeration systems, wind turbines, aircraft, marine vessels, and the construction industry.

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Open For Business: NASA Launches Tech Transfer Portal

In an effort to accelerate technology transfer from NASA into the hands of American businesses, industry, and the public, the agency’s new Technology Trans fer Portal is open for business. The portal provides an Internet-based, onestop front door to the agency’s unique intellectual property assets available for technology transfer.

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App of the Month: Spacecraft 3D

Spacecraft 3D uses animation to show how spacecraft can maneuver and manipulate their outside components. Presently, the app features two NASA missions: the Curiosity Mars rover and the twin GRAIL spacecraft Ebb and Flow currently orbiting the Moon. Spacecraft 3D is among the first augmented-reality apps for Apple devices. Augmentedreality provides users a view of a real-world environment where elements are improved by additional input. Spacecraft 3D uses the iPhone or iPad camera to overlay information on the device's main screen. The app instructs users to print an augmented reality target on a standard sheet of paper. When the device's camera is pointed at the target, the spacecraft chosen by the user materializes on screen.

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NASA’s “Game-Changing” Technologies

When you think of what types of technologies are developed within NASA, the term “game-changing” often comes to mind. Now, NASA has created a new office that focuses on these technologies. The Game Changing Development (GCD) Program Office at Langley Research Center (Hampton, VA) seeks to identify and rapidly mature innovative/ high-impact capabilities and technologies. The GCD Program Office is headed by Steve Gaddis, program executive at the Office of the Chief Technologist. Find out more about the GCD Program in this month’s Who’s Who at NASA interview with Steve on page 10. Watch a video about the new program on Tech Briefs TV at www.techbriefs.com/tv/gcdprogram.

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NASA Begins an Era of Curiosity

NASA’s most advanced Mars rover, Curiosity, touched down on the Red Planet at 1:32 am EDT on August 6, ending a 36-week flight and beginning a two-year investigation. The one-ton rover landed in Gale Crater at the foot of Mount Sharp, a mountain three miles tall and 96 miles in diameter. During its mission, Curiosity will investigate whether the region ever offered conditions favorable for microbial life.

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App of the Month: Rocket Science 101

With NASA’s Rocket Science 101, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to launch a spacecraft. NASA’s Launch Services Program (LSP) is turning over the virtual selection, construction, and launch of a mission to players who will decide the best rocket to assemble to launch a spacecraft. Rocket Science 101 is available for iPad users via iTunes at http://bit.ly/Mn1xLr.

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Curiosity Update

After driving more than a football field’s length since landing, NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity spent several days preparing for full use of the tools on its arm. Curiosity extended its robotic arm on September 5 in the first of 6-10 consecutive days of planned activities to test the 7-foot arm and the tools it manipulates.

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