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Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
NASA Investment in Small Businesses Helps Both Thrive

In the 1990s, Langley Research Center was looking for polymers to make building and operating supersonic airliners more viable. Now, a derivation from that materials research called...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Hot Water on Demand

The worst part of any shower, outside of getting soap in your eyes, is probably getting unexpectedly blasted with cold water. Traditional home water heaters mean you have to wait for the right temperature to come...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
NASA Helps Optimize Air Purifiers with Modeling Expertise

Whether trapping microscopic germs or an abundance of pet hair, air filters help homes and offices alike maintain a clean environment. With any technology, research and...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Taking Out the Trash, NASA-Style

The space station doesn’t have curb-side trash pickup. Nor does it have a local landfill or recycling plant. What it does have is access to a naturally efficient incinerator – Earth’s...

The first photo of Earth rising over the horizon of another celestial body was captured on December 24, 1968, by astronauts on Apollo 8, the first crewed mission to...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
NASA Brain Training Tech Makes Smart Glasses

A new pair of smart glasses uses a technique invented at NASA to measure users' brainwaves and tell them how well they’re paying attention. Others have used the NASA formula to help...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
The Rewards of Perseverance

A laser-light sensor that can identify bacteria in a wound may sound far-fetched, but it’s already becoming a reality, thanks in part to NASA’s Mars Exploration Program. The technology is going to Mars...

In a time of quarantines and online learning, guided strolls along the surface of Mars are especially appealing.

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For Work or Play, Comfort All Day

A new line of gaming chairs combines two NASA technologies to keep users comfortable during even the longest video game marathons.

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
How the Moon Landing Led to Safer Food for Everyone

HAACP, which stemmed from requirements for the Apollo program, now underlies food safety programs and regulations for virtually all meats, poultry, fish, and processed foods,...

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NASA Microphone Detects Turbulence Hundreds of Miles Away

Whether it’s in the wake vortex of airplanes taking off or in seemingly calm air, there are few issues more meddlesome to flight than turbulence. Not only can these...

This is the story of a space-age insert for shoes that got its start when a graduate student with smelly feet took off her shoes and another tapped into his...

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Astronaut Scott Parazynski has flown airplanes, climbed Mount Everest, and scuba-dived deep in a volcanic lake—but he says floating in space...

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Freeze-Dried Foods Nourish Adventurers and the Imagination

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Freeze-dried food, today, is commonplace. It’s in the baby food aisle and next to the dried apricots. Hikers carry it on backwoods treks and doomsday...

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Batteries have come a long way in recent years. Lithium-ion batteries in particular are more powerful, longer-lasting, and...

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Nanotechnology Repairs Engine Damage in Cars

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That spot of oil on the garage floor dripping from your engine indicates a problem. It’s so small that you put off going to the mechanic, until you hear a new noise...

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Most people don’t think about how easy it is to sit behind a desk or go through a door—for them, it’s automatic. But sitting horizontally at a...

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Spacesuit Insulation Protects Personal Devices

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Protecting astronauts from the extreme temperatures of space while they explore the Moon or repair the exterior of the International Space Station requires a suit...

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Bowflex System Spurs Revolution in Home Fitness

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The commercials were once ubiquitous, and the machines soon appeared in spare rooms and garages across the country. The Bowflex Revolution was a phenomenon of the...

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Spacesuit Air Filters Eliminate Household Pet Odors

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In a surprising turn, NASA-backed research on new spacesuit technology could improve air quality in the homes of pet owners, as well as keep cars smelling fresh...

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NASA Research Sends Video Game Players on a Journey to Mars

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What would it be like to venture to another planet? To kick up red dirt on Mars and crawl through the lava tubes that wind beneath the surface? To build...

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When we talk about operating “on autopilot,” we usually mean acting with little thought or effort, often resulting in error. It turns out actual...

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Memory Foam Supports and Shapes in Women’s Apparel

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If there’s one NASA spinoff that is almost guaranteed to have touched your life, it is memory foam. Even traditional spring mattresses typically have a layer...

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Rocket Design Leads to Turbo-Charged Air Purifier

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The founders of Wynd, a start-up that makes personal air purifiers, didn’t particularly have space exploration on the brain when they built their prototype. But...

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NASA Plant Research Offers a Breath of Fresh Air

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Try to name sources of air pollution. Most likely your first thoughts would be things like exhaust from burning coal or driving a car. But, perhaps...

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Light Research Aids Slumber

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In the age of smartphones and e-readers, with touchscreens and LED displays seemingly on every appliance and everywhere else, it has also become quite commonplace to talk about the...

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Space Blanket-Inspired Cases Protect Expensive Devices

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Nick Blanton spends a lot of time outdoors, skiing in the winter months and hiking when the weather’s warm. All of this takes a toll on his electronic...

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Imagine yourself in the cramped cockpit of the Apollo spacecraft heading to the moon. Look around to see Earth out one window and stars lighting...

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Light-Induced Oxidation Cleans Air, Surfaces, Clothes

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In late 2015 and early 2016, while Southern California Gas workers struggled for months to stop a natural gas leak from a well at Aliso Canyon in Los Angeles,...

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The Martian Garden Recreates Red Planet’s Surface

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After the Phoenix lander settled into the northern polar region of Mars in 2008, its operators discovered that icy soil scraped from the planet’s surface was...