NASA Technology

A couple of years ago, AJ Abdallat went online and bought a bracelet from a major department store as a gift for his wife. He wasn’t happy with...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Antimicrobial Agent Updates Ancient Industry of Prayer Mats

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Although it is one of the most abundant organic compounds on Earth, chitin is not among the best understood. For example, chitosan, a derivative of...

Spinoff: Environmental and Agricultural Resources
Cost-Saving Method Yields Solar Cells for Exploration, Gadgets

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It’s expensive to fly to low-Earth orbit, let alone Mars and beyond. Engines are still propelled primarily by burning liquid fuel, but future...

Spinoff: Environmental and Agricultural Resources
Tiny Capsules Enable a World of Possibilities

NASA Technology

Big opportunities sometimes come in the smallest packages.

NASA Technology

By 2002, Corning Applied Technologies had developed a new electro-optic ceramic material, one that promised efficient, effective, rugged, low-cost...

Spinoff: Health and Medicine
Pressure Garments Save New Mothers’ Lives

NASA Technology

In 1969 NASA Ames Research Center received an unusual call for help: a local woman who had given birth continued to experience abdominal bleeding weeks later despite...

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Modified Monitor Provides Glasses-Free 3D for Pilots, Gamers

NASA Technology

When flying the increasingly crowded skies, pilots need to have an arsenal of information at the ready: altitude, airspeed, fuel level, distance to...

NASA Technology

A young engineering and technical services company is betting that NASA teams at the Mission Control Center in Houston, aboard the International Space...

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When global food prices spiked dramatically in late 2007 and into 2008, with the costs of many basic dietary staples doubling or even...

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Every few seconds, NASA’s satellites transmit more than a gigabyte of data back to Earth. By 2030, it’s estimated the Agency will have amassed 350 petabytes...

Spinoff: Industrial Productivity & Manufacturing Technology
Space-Ready Durometers Measure Hardness on Earth

NASA Technology

There are no mechanic shops in space.

Spinoff: Industrial Productivity & Manufacturing Technology
Cryocoolers Fuel Exploration in Space and on Earth

NASA Technology

Studying solar flares and particle acceleration requires cool heads and lots of intricate planning. When NASA was preparing to launch the Reuven Ramaty High...

Spinoff: Industrial Productivity & Manufacturing Technology
Temperature-Resistant Materials Enable Space-Like Cold on Earth

NASA Technology

In spacecraft construction, even components like tape can require cutting-edge technology.

Spinoff: Environmental and Agricultural Resources
Flock of Nanosatellites Provides a Daily Picture of Earth

NASA Technology

Because of their expense, building and operating satellites has long been the purview of large companies and Government agencies. Having to manufacture...

NASA Technology

Taking topographic measurements with single photons in broad daylight means pushing the limits of precision, and this is what Sigma Space Corporation...

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There’s some wizardry involved in sending a rocket or other spacecraft beyond the oppressive reach of Earth’s gravity. Long before the first...

NASA Technology

Nearly 20 years ago, Pieter Buning was in the early stages of his career with NASA, working on an interactive graphics program called Plot3D. “Life...

Spinoff: Industrial Productivity & Manufacturing Technology
High-Temperature Superconductors Deliver Power without Heat

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It came to be known as the “Woodstock of Physics.” Thousands of scientists tried to squeeze into the Sutton Ballroom of the New York Hilton,...

Spinoff: Industrial Productivity & Manufacturing Technology
Lasers Enable Alternative Power Transmission

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Science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke, in his hugely successful 1979 work The Fountains of Paradise, crafted a story around the development of a technology that had...

NASA Technology

Astronauts know their bodies will be tested during time spent on the International Space Station (ISS), from the multiple sunrises and sunsets per day...

Spinoff: Industrial Productivity & Manufacturing Technology
Helium Recapture System Reclaims Hydrogen for Industry Use

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Rising helium prices might not put much of a dent in the average birthday party balloon budget, but they add up quickly for an organization like NASA,...

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When the White House calls, NASA answers.

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Residing inside the intestines of animals and in marshes, bogs, untreated sewage, ocean sediment, and other places devoid of oxygen are microbes called...

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B y the time the gas you fill your car with hits the engine, it’s been through quite a journey. Even apart from its transformation from organic...

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Since its founding in 1958, NASA has made profound contributions to aviation, including advancing our understanding of flight mechanics—the...

Spinoff: Industrial Productivity & Manufacturing Technology
Custom 3D Printers Revolutionize the Space Supply Chain

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Like a desert caravan, a space flight crew has to bring with it everything it will need over the course of its journey into an utterly barren environment....

NASA Technology

To permit safe and reliable aircraft navigation over North America using the Global Positioning System (GPS), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has developed the...

Spinoff: Industrial Productivity & Manufacturing Technology
Improved Calibration Shows Images’ True Colors

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In satellite images, the waters of the Pearl River, which winds around NASA’s Stennis Space Center, are about the same brownish green typical of waterways the...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Magnetic Fluids Deliver Better Speaker Sound Quality

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In the early 1960s NASA scientists were trying to work around a major problem for orbiting spacecraft: how to move fuel into an engine without the benefit of...

Spinoff: Industrial Productivity & Manufacturing Technology
Micromachined Parts Advance Medicine, Astrophysics, and More

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Anyone who remembers the Micro Machines line of toys might be surprised to learn that the tiny model vehicles are positively gargantuan compared with...