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Child's Play

Before you run out and buy the latest electronic games and devices for your kids this holiday season, Temple University and University of Delaware psychologists want you to think simple. They say the overarching principle is that children are creative problem-solvers and discoverers, and they are active. Children build their...

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Current Attractions

The MV1000 and MV2000 paperless portable recorders from Yokogawa Electric Corp. (Newnan, GA) have been named NASA Tech Briefs Product of the Month for December. The recorders have integrated display, recording, and communications functions. They record on-site changes in temperature, voltage, current, flow, and pressure.

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Technology Business Briefs

Low Cost Substrate Coating for High-Quality Ink-Based Printing

A novel approach of a coating method and composition of various substrates such as paper, canvas, polymeric films, etc. by utilizing a unique coating composition containing a dye-fixing compound.

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Assessing Crash Warnings

Engineers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed and tested a laser-based ranging system to assess the performance of automobile collision warning systems. Industry and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will use the technology to develop safety systems that alert drivers to...

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CO2 Storage

Storing carbon dioxide below the Earth's surface could be a safe, long-term solution to one of the planet's major contributors to climate change. University of Leeds research shows that porous sandstone, drained of oil, could provide a safe reservoir for carbon dioxide. The study found that sandstone reacts with injected fluids more...

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Tech Needs of the Week

RAID (Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks) is a storage architecture that offers data security in case of system failure. A company seeks patented technologies fundamental to the architecture of RAID levels 0, 1, 5, and 6, and also in patented technologies that relate to them, such as hot swap, hot spare, RAID level...

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Spacial Students

NASA has selected 18 middle and high school teams across 12 states to fly in the 2007-2008 Student Launch Initiative rocketeering challenge. The annual challenge is designed to inspire young people to pursue careers in science, engineering, math, and technology - fields vital to NASA's ongoing mission in space.

The...

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Carbon-Neutral Hydrogen

Hydrogen as an environmentally friendly fuel source may be closer than we think, according to Penn State researchers. The researchers are employing microbial fuel cells to convert cellulose and other biodegradable organic materials directly into hydrogen, using naturally occurring bacteria in a microbial electrolysis cell...

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Neutron Scatter Camera

To help solve the problem of identifying smuggled special nuclear material (SNM), researchers at Sandia National Laboratories in California say a neutron scatter camera under development may be able to detect radiation from much greater distances and through more shielding than current detection...

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Techs of the Week

A high-temperature ceramics-based composite exhibits superior heat and oxidation resistance and frictional properties. The material comprises a dense carbon-fiber-reinforced SiC-infiltrated composite or a dense SiC-infiltrated composite with granular carbon dispersed. It shows excellent machineability and frictional properties....

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Smog Chemical Detector

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory have developed a tool to quantitatively measure elusive atmospheric chemicals that play a key role in forming photochemical smog. The device measures atmospheric hydroperoxyl radicals - short-lived, highly reactive intermediates involved in...

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Data Conversion Shortcut

Mechdyne Corporation's VRCO Inc. subsidiary has demonstrated real-time interaction with professional 3D design tools in the 100 megapixel C6 Virtual Reality Room at Iowa State University's Virtual Reality Applications Center (VRAC) – the world's highest-resolution virtual environment. VRCO's Conduit software...

The NASA Ames Intelligent Robotics Group (IRG) is dedicated to enabling humans and robots to explore and learn about extreme environments, remote locations, and uncharted...

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NASA Briefs

The Web- based Real- Time Asset Monitoring (RAM) module enables emergency personnel to monitor and analyze data in the event of a natural disaster. The software can manage many disparate sources of data - including streaming data - within a facility, city, or county.

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Technology Business Needs

Fuel and Solar Cell Technologies

This search for fuel cell system technologies includes the following: (1) Membrane Electronic Assembly (MEA) design & manufacturing; (2) MEA Membrane manufacturer/ supplier; (3) Supplier or material vendor of SGL graphite for stack manufacturing; (4) Hydrogen storage alloy...

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Bug Exterminator

Finding and fixing design bugs in computer chips after they've been fabricated in silicon can be a tedious and costly process due to signals being buried inside the silicone. Engineering researchers at the University of Michigan have developed a new technology called FogClear to automate post-silicon debugging. FogClear uses...

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Techs of the Week

A light-emitting diode (LED) array, formed on a substrate using an etching method, is shaped to produce uniform light intensity and high production yield. A terrace formed under the light-emitting edge surface together with the grooves protects the LED from handling-induced damage during mounting because it is formed in a...

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Laser Diagnoses Decompression

Though not among the top 10 causes of death, decompression sickness can be fatal. A University of Houston professor is seeking to develop a laser-based system that can diagnose the sickness in seconds. Decompression sickness affects those who experience sudden, drastic changes in the air or water pressure...

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Imaging Neural Cells

Scientists have identified a means to detect neural progenitor cells, which can develop into neurons and other nervous system cells, in the human brain using an imaging method called

magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS). The discovery could pave the way for improved diagnosis and treatment for depression,...

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Secure Payments

Credit card transactions may be a little more secure due to the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) Version 2, which was recently adopted by the payment card industry. The system is co-authored by researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Carnegie Mellon University, in collaboration with...

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Tech Needs of the Week

A company seeks microwavable packaging that produces authentic grilled foods in a home microwave oven with typical microwave food preparation times and convenience (3-8 minutes). All materials must be generally recognized as safe for contact with human food and withstand temperatures from -40 degrees to 450 degrees F....

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NASA Briefs

NASA's Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center has developed a prototype of an advanced resistive exercise device (ARED) that can perform a number of different exercises on one machine. Conceived to help astronauts maintain strength and endurance in low-gravity environments, the ARED could also be advantageous in terrestrial settings.

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Tourette's Treatment

Researchers from the Neurological Institute at University Hospitals Case Medical Center (UHCMC) have found that Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) helps patients with Tourette Syndrome (TS) – the neurobehavioral disorder characterized by sudden, repetitive muscle movements and vocalizations. DBS involves the surgical...

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Optical Tweezers

MIT researchers have found a way to use the technology of optical tweezers to pick up, hold, and move around individual cells and other objects on the surface of a microchip. The development could become an important tool for both biological research and materials research, say MIT researchers Matthew J. Lang and David C....

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Brain Machine Interface

Neuroscientists have advanced brain- machine interface (BMI) technology to the point where severely handicapped people who cannot contract even one leg or arm muscle can now independently compose and send e-mails and operate a TV in their homes. They are using only their thoughts to execute these...

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Child Assisting Robot

The use of robots to help infants with special needs learn cognitive movements is the focus of research at the University of Delaware. Two university researchers - James Galloway, associate professor of physical therapy, and Sunil Agrawal, professor of mechanical engineering - have outfitted kid-size robots to provide...

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Spotting Alzheimer's

Duke University Medical Center researchers have pinpointed a new marker that may help identify those at greatest risk for cognitive decline and Alzheimer's disease. The Duke researchers used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) on people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) to track regions of the brain that become...

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Tech Needs of the Week

A company is seeking new analgesic actives. Speed of effectiveness, toleration, and shelf-life are of particular interest. Analgesics vary in dosage load, dosage form, molecular size, speed of effectiveness, and side effects or toxicity. The form of the new proposed analgesic active is open to discussion. A minimum of...

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Brain Wave Sensor

A tiny sensor that can detect magnetic field changes as small as 70 Femtoteslas — equivalent to the brain waves of a person daydreaming — has been demonstrated at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The sensor could operate on a single AA battery and reduce the costs of non-invasive...

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