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A system of electronic hardware and software that noninvasively tracks the direction of a person's gaze in real time has been developed by researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. The system illuminates the eye with a low-power infrared LED; acquires video images of the pupil, iris, and cornea in the reflected...

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Battling Bacteria

Doctors rely on a dwindling arsenal of drugs to fight bacterial infections as the bugs keep finding ways to survive. These "superbugs" may be brought to their knees with the discovery by Boston University biomedical engineers of a previously unknown chain of events occurring in bacteria when they are fed antibiotics.

The...

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Tech Needs of the Week

A company seeks technology for casting ophthalmic lenses with a refractive index of at least 1.67, and Abbe of at least 37. Operating parameters would be to cast lenses at ambient conditions with low odor. Thermal or radiation cure is acceptable for polymerization of lens material, with radiation cure preferred. Click here...

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Protein Pairing

Scientists have identified two proteins that pair up at the precise location in the ear where sound vibrations are turned into electrical signals. The finding may eventually help researchers develop more precise treatments for hearing loss, a condition that affects more than 32 million people in the United States.

When a...

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National Nano Engineering Conference

NASA Tech Briefs' 2007 National Nano Engineering Conference (NNEC), November 14-15 at the Marriott Boston Copley Place, is the premier event focused on current and future developments in engineering innovations at the nanoscale, as well as the commercialization of nanotechnology. The event also includes the...

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Create the Future & Win Big!

The 2007 Create the Future Design Contest, presented by SolidWorks Corp. and NASA Tech Briefs, is open for entries in these categories: Machinery, Equipment, and Component Technology; Consumer Products; Medical; Safety and Security; Transportation; and Sustainable Technologies. The contest is co-sponsored by COMSOL...

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Software Tech Briefs

This year's Software Tech Briefs supplement to NASA Tech Briefs is now available for downloading from the NTB Web site.

Sponsored by COMSOL, Software Tech Briefs includes 58 new software programs, developed by NASA and industry, for applications in all areas of design, simulation, and analysis.

COMSOL is the...

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Current Attractions

NASA's Innovative Partnerships Program (IPP) provides technology for NASA's mission directorates, programs, and projects through investment and technology partnerships with industry, academia, government agencies, and national labs.

NASA Tech Briefs spoke with Doug Comstock, Director of NASA's Innovative Partnerships...

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Techs of the Week

PharmaDur™ is a polymer-based technology that provides benefits over conventional forms of transdermal drug delivery. Also used for transmucosal and ophthalmic applications, it is a topical application that yields an invisible and imperceptible hydrogel film that creates a monolithic reservoir from which drug substances are...

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New CPR

A biomedical engineer at Purdue University has developed a new method to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) that promises to be more effective than standard CPR. The new method increases bloodflow through the heart by 25 percent over the current method, which has a success rate of only 5 to 10 percent.

Leslie Geddes of...

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National Nano Engineering Conference

NASA Tech Briefs' 2007 National Nano Engineering Conference (NNEC), November 14-15 at the Marriott Boston Copley Place, is the premier event focused on current and future developments in engineering innovations at the nanoscale, as well as the commercialization of nanotechnology. The event also includes the...

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Create the Future & Win Big!

The 2007 Create the Future Design Contest, presented by SolidWorks Corp. and NASA Tech Briefs, is open for entries in these categories: Machinery, Equipment, and Component Technology; Consumer Products; Medical; Safety and Security; Transportation; and Sustainable Technologies.

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Current Attractions

The Phantom® V7.3 digital high-speed camera from Vision Research (Wayne, NJ) has been named NASA Tech Briefs' Product of the Month for September. The upgraded version of the camera captures 500,000 pictures per second and features two operating modes: In standard mode, users can capture images between 6,700 and 190,000...

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Tech Needs of the Week

A company seeks a range of environmentally and economically driven technologies in high-volume metal packaging with an emphasis on the reduction of packaging materials (including those that are recycled from the waste stream). Technologies should enhance the physical performance characteristics such as tensile strength and...

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"Star Trek" Medicine

Engineers at the University of Washington are working with doctors at the Harborview Medical Center to create a Star Trek-like "tricorder" device using high-intensity focused ultrasound rays to seal punctured lungs. A lung is essentially a collection of air sacs, and air blocks transmission of ultrasound. But experiments...

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Innovate and Win!

Your unique invention could win you $20,000 or other great prizes. Enter your design idea in the 2007 Create the Future Design Contest, presented by SolidWorks Corp. and NASA Tech Briefs. Entries are being accepted in six categories: Machinery, Equipment, and Component Technology; Consumer Products; Medical; Safety and...

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New ET Advertisers

This monthly review lets you "meet" the new advertisers appearing in Embedded Technology. Here's a sneak peek at the products, services, and offers available from September's first-time advertiser:

Quadros Systems (Houston, TX) offers a suite of RTOS-agnostic stacks, class drivers, and device drivers for USB development...

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Current Attractions

Embedded Technology (ET) magazine features board-level electronics and COTS solutions for design engineers, as well as a variety of product offerings.

In medical imaging, data samples are taken from devices such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computer tomography (CT) scanners and translated into 2D, 3D, or 4D...

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Techs of the Week

This innersole/liner increases foot stability and comfort, and decreases certain sport-specific injuries including plantar fasciitis, calcaneal apophysitis, and inversion - lateral/ankle - sprains. It decreases pronation and is designed to be included with and enhance an athletic shoe.

Click here to respond to this Tech...

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Energy-Saving Roof

A new roof and attic system being developed by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) could reduce homeowners' utility bills by eight percent or more. Active thermal mass components, reflective pigments and coatings, subventing, radiant barriers, and other techniques are all being tested by ORNL's...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Low Power 65nm FPGA

Altera Corporation (San Jose, CA) announced the shipment of the EP3C120, the largest member of its new low-cost 65nm Cyclone® III FPGA family. Leveraging Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's (TSMC's) 65-nm...

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Phantom® V7.3

Vision Research, Wayne, NJ, has introduced an upgraded version of the Phantom® V7.3 digital high-speed camera that allows users to capture 500,000 pictures per second. The camera has two operating modes. In standard mode,...

NASA's IPP provides leveraged technology for NASA's mission directorates, programs, and projects through investments and technology partnerships with industry,...

Techs for License
Diagnostic Pattern Recognition Using Mid-IR Spectroscopy

By applying mid-infrared spectroscopy to bodily fluids, this suite of technologies offers the potential for quick, accurate, and inexpensive diagnostic support for a variety of diseases in humans or animals. Every disease or condition results in quantitative imbalances in the “normally...

Techs for License
Precision Feedback-Controlled Laser Drilling for Fluid Flow Apertures

This technology provides a method of laserdrilling any component under the control of real-time feedback to provide for predictable, calibrated fluid flow through one or an array of holes formed in the component. The technique can improve flow control through a machined part...

Tech Needs
Solar-Based Hydrogen Generation Technology

A company seeks to increase the efficiency of solar-based hydrogen generation systems by device technologies that can help to develop a new module with at least 16% solar energy utilization efficiency. Examples include the Z-scheme method and tandem type, which has achieved a Solar Energy Utilization...

Tech Needs
Making Metal Packaging Lighter

Because of increasing cost pressures on high-volume metal packaging, a manufacturer needs to make each unit weight of metal (steel and aluminum) go further. Technologies are sought that make metal packaging lighter and enhance the physical performance (like tensile strength, stiffness, etc). This could include, for...

Application Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
New Testing Equipment Helps NASA Prepare for Telescope Launch
LabVIEW FPGA
National Instruments
Austin, TX
888-280-7645
www.ni.com

NASA’s next-generation successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, the James Webb...

NIRSpec STM Focal Plane Detector
ITT Corp.
White Plains, NY
914-641-2000
www.itt.com

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is scheduled for...

Software techniques for use in the global positioning system (GPS)1,2 have recently captured the growing interest of communication and navigation...

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