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GRIP-LEARNING ROBOT

Engineers at Stanford University (Stanford, CA) have devised an algorithm that allows a robot to recognize unfamiliar objects and determine the best way to pick them up. The robot was first trained in a computer-generated environment to pick up five items: a cup, pencil, brick, book, and martini glass. The algorithm locates...

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TECHNOLOGIES OF THE WEEK

This filtration device removes gas phase contaminants from an air stream in a non-mechanical, non-cyclic, continuous manner. Odor removal is accomplished by directing an air stream through a filter element consisting of partially hollow wicking fibers. View this technology here.

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AERATED SHOWER

Scientists at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO, Clayton, Australia) have designed a showerhead that saves 30% more water than conventional heads by adding air into the water stream. The resulting shower feels just as "wet" as one with a conventional head.

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TECHNOLOGIES OF THE WEEK

This technology is based on an ice model for structural integrity with regard to load and impact. Understanding how structures perform against ice-loads is vital to ensure that structures continue to operate safely. View this technology here.

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WHITE PAPER

Automated 3D Surface Contact for Nastran FEA NEiNastran V9 adds a powerful new feature that allows automatic surface contact generation (ASCG) between discontinuous bodies. This paper discusses different applications of ASCG as well as some of the more advanced features. Click here for more.

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TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS NEEDS
Heat-Resistant, High Dielectric Constant Materials

A global electronic components manufacturer is seeking proposals for highly heat-resistant, high dielectric constant materials for capacitors used in power devices.

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EVENT ALERT

Free Webinar: Validate Avionics Performance with Realistic Simulation If you design, analyze, or test Avionics equipment, attend this webinar. In 60 minutes, learn how to accelerate the evaluation and validation of reliable performance of your Avionics designs and manufacturing processes. Click here.

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LAST CHANCE! DESIGN & WIN TODAY

There is only one day left to submit your original design idea to the fifth annual Emhart Teknologies "Create the Future" Design Contest. Enter your unique idea in one of four categories -- Everyday Products, Safety, Transportation, and Medical -- and you could win a 2007 hybrid car, $20,000 in cash, a 42" plasma...

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TECH NEEDS OF THE WEEK

An organization is seeking to purchase or to exclusively license US patents that improve the performance of LCOS (liquid crystal on silicon) panels. They are especially interested in patents leading to higher resolution (such as light-blocking), and high-speed control (the gap control of the LCD layer).

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CURRENT ATTRACTIONS

The Embedded Technology supplement to the Air Force Research Laboratory's Technology Horizons magazine features board-level electronics and COTS solutions for design engineers, as well as a variety of product offerings.

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IMAGING DETECTORS

Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Rochester recently won $847,000 from NASA's Astronomy Physics Research and Analysis program to build and test a detector that will capture sharper images and consume less power than technology currently in use. This new detector could transform imaging applications on NASA...

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ROCK-AND-ROLL FANTASY

You're a master of the air guitar, playing along with your favorite rock band. But what if your air guitar actually made real music? A team of engineers at the Australian government's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) has created the wearable instrument shirt (WIS), a T-shirt that lets...

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SENSOR NETWORKS

Computer science engineers at Washington University in St. Louis have developed wireless sensor networks with software agents that have been able to navigate a robot safely through a simulated fire, and spot a fire by seeking out heat. The sensor networks also can be used to protect containers in a manufacturing environment.

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HUMAN AREA NETWORK

Engineers at Nippon Telephone & Telegraph (NTT, Tokyo, Japan) have developed three separate prototype devices that use a new electric field/photonics method allowing the surface of the body to be used as a safe, high-speed network transmission path. Called "RedTacton," a transmission path is formed at the moment a part of...

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WIRELESS POWER EMITTER

At Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a team led by assistant professor Marin Soljacic is developing a method to broadcast power to devices to charge them, rather than depending on cords and cables. Instead of irradiating the environment with electromagnetic waves, a power transmitter would fill the space around...

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PHANTOM PAIN TREATMENT

Researchers at the University of Manchester (Manchester, UK) have devised an experimental method of virtual reality for the treatment of phantom limb pain (PLP) experienced by some amputees. Using headsets, data gloves, and other sensors, amputees used their remaining physical limbs to control the movements of a...

Searching for defects amid several thousand lines of code in mission critical software, NASA’s Independent Verification and Validating...

Before becoming NASA Ames Research Center Director, Dr. Worden was a Research Professor of Astronomy, Optical Sciences, and Planetary Sciences at the...

Who's Who: Propulsion
Anthony Kelley, Lead Flow Research Engineer, Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL

As petroleum prices spiral higher, new technologies are being developed to help keep prices down. The balanced flow meter, technology originally developed by NASA for the space shuttle, promises to ease pain at the pump by being more precise and consuming...

Visible light is only one narrow band of the electromagnetic spectrum, and doesn't always tell scientists what they need to know. Infrared, which is...

At remote sites, the International Space Station, or missions to the Moon or Mars, illness and injury can be extremely serious. Far from hospitals, scientists and astronauts may find...

The Intercontinental Chemical Transport Experiment (INTEX-B) is the second phase of a two-part, multinational monitoring project designed to track...

Using high-tech remote sensing methods, a collection of artifacts has been unearthed at Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, MS. The objects uncovered during...

Who's Who: Photonics/Optics
Kim Ballard, Computer Engineer, Electrical Design Branch

Engineers at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) developed the Laser Scaling and Measurement Device for Photographic Images – a camera attachment that uses laser technology – to assist scientists in determining the exact scale of any damages to the Space Shuttle's external tank when...

Weather forecasters in the middle of the United States are making better local predictions for pilots thanks to an airborne sensor being tested by NASA's...

As part of the Forward Technology Solar Cell Experiment (FTSCE), a team of engineers from NASA Glenn, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Ohio State...

Dr. Walter Merrill is involved in a variety of programs aimed at forming partnerships with private and public entities. For the past five...

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Will Self-Erasing Chips Catch On?

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