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Specialty Lubrication in New Product Design Wednesday, September 19, 2007, 2:00 PM EST

Lubricants are often the forgotten components in the design of moving elements. Last-minute redesign and changes can be avoided by considering lubricant performance needs during the design phase. High-performance equipment...

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Innovate and Win!

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

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Coming Attractions

This monthly review lets you "meet" the new advertisers appearing in NTB and its supplements. Here's a sneak peek at the products, services, and offers available from August's first-time advertisers.

Light Machinery (Ottawa, ON, Canada) produces wafers, etalons, prisms, beam splitters, windows, and other flat optic...

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Tech Needs of the Week

A manufacturer is looking for a detector array for the infrared region to detect two-dimensional radiation patterns. The sensor should have 1000 x 1000 pixels (or at least 512 x 512 pixels), which are individually addressable. The detector array is comparable to a high-speed CCD chip, but must have high sensitivity in the...

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Smart Medical Devices

The qualities that we expect in our cell phones and PDAs -- anytime connection and low-cost, widely available devices -- soon may become common in health-care devices at home and in doctors' offices. The University of Florida (UF) and IBM have developed a new technology that creates a roadmap for widespread commercial...

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Innovate and Win!

If you have a unique design idea or invention, you could win $20,000 in the 2007 Create the Future Design Contest, presented by SolidWorks Corp. and NASA Tech Briefs. The contest is open for entries in these categories: Machinery, Equipment, and Component Technology; Consumer Products; Medical; Safety and Security;...

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NASA News

Molly Brown of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD has created a new method to anticipate food shortages brought on by drought. The model uses data from satellite remote sensing of crop growth and food prices, and could improve the ability for government and humanitarian aid officials to plan and respond to...

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Techs of the Week

An eye-movement- tracking system displays a wide-view-angle image while simultaneously displaying a high-resolution image in the vicinity of the viewpoint of the viewer's eye. It is compact enough to be easily mounted on the viewer's head. The wearer can be presented with a highly realistic image even without using monitors...

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Transforming Ultrasound

University of Virginia Engineering School researchers have developed an advanced imaging algorithm that provides clearer ultrasound images. The teamís method of signal processing can be used with a range of imaging and sensing systems such as ultrasound, radar, sonar, telecommunications, and some optical imaging...

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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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Nanoscale, Robotic Actuators

This technology achieves high work output per unit volume in micro-robotic actuators; in particular, TiNi actuators for powering nano-robotic movement and manipulation of structures at near molecular scale.

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Formation of Fear

Researchers from MIT's Picower Institute for Learning and Memory have uncovered a molecular mechanism that governs the formation of fears stemming from traumatic events. The work could lead to the first drug to treat the millions of adults who suffer from debilitating fears, including hundreds of soldiers with post-traumatic...

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Innovate and Win!

The 2007 Create the Future Design Contest, presented by SolidWorks Corp. and NASA Tech Briefs, is now 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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A Fantasy Job

Two University of Wisconsin-Madison assistant professors, Erica and Rich Halverson, are studying fantasy sports leagues to understand how expert and novice players approach the game, and what it can teach us about how we learn. Fantasy baseball is the model for a game that Erica calls "competitive fandom," a growing area of...

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Tech Needs of the Week

Technologies for highly effective personal care products are sought. The products should address niche applications, where the efficacy can be clearly demonstrated. Product areas of interest include skin care, foot care, ear care, sleep disorder remedies, and hair care. Products should ideally be topically applied and...

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Fashionable Space Travel

Bulky, gas-pressurized spacesuits currently give astronauts a lot of protection, but they weigh about 300 pounds, exerting both mass and pressure that limit mobility. Dava Newman, MIT professor of aeronautics and astronautics, has designed a sleek, form-fitting suit that will allow superior mobility. The spandex and...

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Innovate and Win!

The 2007 Create the Future Design Contest, presented by SolidWorks Corp. and NASA Tech Briefs, is now 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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Color By Phone

Hewlett-Packard's HP Labs has developed a color-matching technology that could change the way people shop for products that require color coordination, such as clothing and cosmetics. Consumers use their mobile phones to take pictures of themselves or objects, and then send the pictures to HP servers. Within seconds, the consumer...

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Techs of the Week

Powerful atomizers are made using high-output rotary discs with output of 20,000 to 24,000 droplets per second, without altering the droplet size and disc parameters. Assembly of several discs in a row on a rotary shaft produces powerful aviation- and ground-based atomizers. The atomizers can be used in agriculture as an...

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Bomb-Sniffing Yeast

Researchers at Temple University's School of Medicine have developed a new biosensor that "sniffs out" explosives and could one day be used to detect landmines and deadly agents such as sarin gas. The sensor is made of a genetically engineered yeast strain with mammalian (rat) olfactory-signaling machinery that was...

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Innovate and Win!

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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Technology Business Briefs
New Method of Agile Reduction of Radar Cross-Section Using Electromagnetic Channelization

This technology will become a more versatile and cost-effective supplement to the existing stealth technology currently deployed. It might turn into the most effective radar defensive technology available for all branches of the...

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Supercomputing On-Demand

At the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California San Diego, Caltech computational seismologist Jeroen Tromp can give the public movies that tell the story about earthquakes in a language that's easy to understand, revealing waves of ground motion spreading out from the earthquake. He can...

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NASA Tech Briefs Free Webinar
Specialty Lubrication in New Product Design Wednesday, September 19, 2007, 2:00 PM EST

Lubricants are often the forgotten components in the design of moving elements. Last-minute redesign and changes can be avoided by considering lubricant performance needs during the design phase. High-performance equipment...

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Innovate and Win!

The 2007 Create the Future Design Contest, presented by SolidWorks Corp. and NASA Tech Briefs, is now 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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Engineered Blood Vessels

Blood vessels that have been tissue-engineered from bone marrow adult stem cells may serve as a patient's source of new blood vessels following a coronary bypass or other procedures that require vessel replacement. A team of researchers from the University at Buffalo Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering have...

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Tech Needs of the Week

A small-scale enterprise is in need of mechanized processes and technologies designed for biological pre-processing (pre-conditioning) of basic wastes prior to composting with worms. The methods and equipment should be efficient, environmentally acceptable, ensure high performance, and be previously tested in practice....

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New Cancer Treatment

Biomedical engineers at Virginia Tech and the University of California Berkeley have developed a new minimally invasive method of treating cancer, and they anticipate clinical trials on individuals with prostate cancer will begin soon. The process is called irreversible electroporation (IRE). Electroporation is a phenomenon...

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Smart Suits

In the near future, you may get up in the morning, put on a "smart" T-shirt, and automatically have your health monitored. When it's dirty, the shirt gets washed or dry-cleaned. Researchers from the University of South Australia have developed smart garments with tiny embedded electronics that can monitor your heart or respiratory...

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