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In-Store Hair Analysis Tools

A company is seeking tools and devices that can be used instore to quickly classify hair types based on measured hair properties like hair thickness and/or damage level. Technologies include hair diagnostic devices/tools that can evaluate at least one of the following parameters: structure information; physical properties such as amount of curl, tensile strength, and stiffness; and cosmetic properties such as smoothness, friction, and resistance to frizz. Tools must be easy to use in-store, and results must be sensitive enough to differentiate between ranges of hair types. Respond to this TechNeed at: Email: nasatech@yet2.com Phone: 781-972-0600

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Alternative Approaches to Basis Weight Reduction in Paper

A company seeks technology to replace wood fiber in paper with a bulk filler material having less mass. The company seeks to make small, micron-scale, low-density particles. The filler material would have no negative impact on today’s lightweight paper specifications, including bulk (caliper), strength, stiffness, printability (ex. formation, porosity, showthrough), or brightness. Respond to this TechNeed at: Email: nasatech@yet2.com Phone: 781-972-0600

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Masking of Bitter Ingredients

A company seeks technology to mask ingredient bitterness in its oral delivery system. Specifically, it seeks materials and/or methods to increase the ability of their oral delivery mechanism to carry a given ingredient, while removing any associated bitterness. Possible solution areas include masking bitter components with sweet/sour/salty; coating bitter components to prevent tasting; temporary sensory blockers; and perception manipulation. Respond to this TechNeed at: Email: nasatech@yet2.com Phone: 781-972-0600

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Anti-Reflective Coating for Films

Able to withstand abrasion even with steel wool, these antireflective coating formulations for display applications offer high durability and reflectivity that ranges from 1.2% down to 0.5%. Reducing ambient light reflectance significantly improves image clarity on LCD and PDP displays and rearprojection televisions, especially in daylight or outdoor conditions. Lenses and other optical equipment may be additional applications. This DuPont technology is a single-pass roll-toroll (microgravure) coating process. Because of its refractive index and thickness, light reflected by the underlying substrate is out of phase with light reflected from the front surface. The two phases cancel each other out, dramatically reducing reflectance and improving image clarity. All the formulations offer exceptional adhesion to the substrate, a neutral color, and exceptional durability. The single applied coating spontaneously forms two layers to improve scratch resistance, adhesion, and improved optical benefits. Get the complete report on this technology at: Email: nasatech@yet2.com Phone: 781-972-0600

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Page-Rendering Software for eBooks and Manufacturers

Rapidly evolving eBook technology promises to deliver books, catalogs, newspapers, or magazines anywhere electronically on compact, easy-to-carry readers. eBooks face challenges that physical books do not: file security during transmission, speed of transmission, and the risk of piracy. The ReadAllOver™ system is a proprietary dual solution of compressed file format and rendering software engineered for the next generation of eBooks. ReadAllOver is based on proprietary halftone algorithms, printing to the screen in much the same way as presently is done with ink and paper. The algorithms offer improved edge detail allowing the entire page, images, and typography to be processed at once. The result is a more print-like look and feel.

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Large Aperture Inflatable/Deployable Antennas and Their Role in NASA’s Vision for Space Exploration and Earth Science

As NASA evolves its vision for space exploration and Earth science, greater demands are placed on advanced communications and sensing systems to allow for higher data-rate communications from the Moon, Mars, and beyond, as well as for more precise Earth and planetary remote sensing activities. Taking into consideration the cost of launching hardware into space (about $20K per kg), as well as the fairings’ volume limitations, there is need for novel antenna technology concepts to circumvent these limitations, without jeopardizing the desired capabilities. To address this scenario, NASA is investigating the development of large aperture, inflatable/deployable antenna (IDA) technologies as a viable option to fulfill the aforementioned requirements. Attainment of these requirements demands overcoming a series of critical challenges as discussed below.

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Converting High-Molecular-Weight Polymer Emulsions Into Dry Form

A company that supplies chemicals, including inverse emulsions that consist of a very high- molecular-weight, water-soluble polymer dispersed in a continuous oil phase, is seeking technologies that can convert these emulsions to powdered form without losing any of the polymer properties. Known technologies include spray-drying and precipitation. Precipitation processes are based upon the water and oil being soluble in some polar solvents, while the high-molecular- weight polymer is insoluble in these solvents. Respond to this TechNeed at: Email: nasatech@yet2.com Phone: 781-972-0600

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