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Network Appliance Board (ESC Booth 2110)

VIA Technologies, Inc. (Taipei, Taiwan) has released the VIA NAB 7500 network appliance board for network security or gateway applications, including Firewall, VPN, UTM, Anti-Virus, and Intrusion Prevention System products.

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NASA-Inspired Shape-Sensing Fibers Enable Minimally Invasive Surgery

Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) is a new class of surgical procedures in which the operation is performed with surgical instruments inserted through small incisions in the body. In contrast to open surgery, in which the organ or tissue is exposed through large incisions in the body, MIS procedures generally allow for faster recovery time, less pain and trauma, reduced risk of infection, and shorter hospital stays.

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Avionics Subsystem and Components Developed for NASA’s Ares I Launch Vehicle

Ares I First Stage Avionics Subsystem Line-Replaceable Units L-3 Communications, Cincinnati Electronics Mason, OH 513-573-6505 www.L-3Com.com/ce L-3 Communications’ Cincinnati Electronics subsidiary has been selected by Alliant Techsystems to provide the avionics subsystem and components for NASA’s Ares I launch vehicle. Alliant Techsystems is the primary contractor for the first stage of the Ares I crew launch vehicle. This approximately $65 million effort will run through June 2014.

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NASA Deploys Supercomputer to Manage, Store, and Retrieve Data

SGI InfiniteStorage Data Migration Facility SGI Sunnyvale, CA 650-933-7777 www.sgi.com NASA researchers produce vast amounts of scientific and engineering data in spacecraft design, climate change studies, aeronautics analysis, and research into the Earth’s atmosphere. To manage, store, and retrieve this information, NASA is deploying a data management solution from SGI. The solution is based on the SGI InfiniteStorage Data Migration Facility (DMF) and is currently being used at the NASA Advanced Supercomputing facility at NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, CA.

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DASYLab 10

Measurement Computing, Norton, MA, has released DASYLab 10 graphical programming software for test and measurement that is compatible with Microsoft’s Vista® operating system. It is optimized for operation on multi-processor PCs. New features include a Diagram Module that can be configured as an enhanced Y/t chart, X/Y chart, or data chart recorder. It supports multiple y-axes, and lets users assign signals to each y-axis. A Benchmarking feature measures and records the execution times of individual modules in a test program, and a User-Defined Order of Action module lets users specify the execution order of the actions. An OPC driver supports multiple OPC servers, and FFT and related modules can process data using any block size. Other improvements include sequencer support for HTML file export, and the ability to import and export global variables and strings automatically at measurement start and stop. For Free Info .

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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. This Month in NASA History: On February 20, 1962, John H. Glenn became the first American to circle the Earth, making three orbits in his Friendship 7 Mercury spacecraft. The flight lasted a total of 4 hours, 55 minutes, and 23 seconds before the Friendship 7 spacecraft splashed down in the ocean.

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Correction of Retardation and Autism in Mice Points to Human Treatment

Mark Bear (right), director of thePicower Institute and PicowerProfessor of Neuroscience), andGu¨l Do¨ len, a graduate student atBrown University, report the correctionof fragile X syndrome inmice. (Donna Coveney)Researchers at MIT’s Picower Institute for Learning and Memory have corrected key symptoms of mental retardation and autism in mice. Their findings indicate that a certain class of drugs could have the same effect in humans.

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