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Dec. 13, 2002

RELEASE: 02-135AR

NASA Television to Air Video About New Method That May Lead to Smaller Electronics:

NASA Television today will broadcast a video that describes how scientists at NASA Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley have invented a breakthrough biological method to make ultra-small structures that may be used to produce electronics 10 to 100 times smaller than today’s components. As part of their new method, researchers used modified proteins from ‘extremophile’ microbes that live in near-boiling, acidic hot springs to grow mesh-like structures so small that an electron microscope is needed to see them.

For more information about the video, contact Victoria Steiner, 650/604-0176 or by e-mail at: Victoria.L.Steiner@nasa.gov. NASA Television is broadcast on GE-2, transponder 9C, C-Band, located at 85 degrees West longitude. The frequency is 3880.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical and audio is monaural at 6.8 MHz. The video file normally airs weekdays at noon (EST), with replays at 3 p.m., 6 p.m., 9 p.m., midnight, 3 a.m. and 9 a.m., but the schedule is subject to change. Please click on “NTV video file” at http://www.nasa.gov/ntv/ for schedule changes. For more information about the new method, contact John Bluck, 650/604-5026, e-mail: John.G.Bluck@nasa.gov or visit:

http://amesnews.arc.nasa.gov/releases/2002/02_122AR.html


NASA Ames to Host Student Competitors:

On Dec. 17, NASA Ames Research Center, located in California's Silicon Valley, will host student competitors from the Minority University Research and Education Program (MUREP) to investigate design possibilities for a vertical lift aerial vehicle to explore Saturn's largest moon, Titan. The meeting will begin at 8:00 a.m. PST in the second floor conference room of Building 215 and will end at 4:00 p.m. PST. During the one-day meeting, NASA Ames engineers and scientists will brief the students on the status of the competition, the future of rotor-powered vehicles, planetary science research at NASA Ames and various vehicle design considerations such as autonomous operations and looking at nature for design inspiration. The competition is being held in anticipation of the arrival of the Cassini/Huygens probe to Saturn and Titan in 2004. Design proposals for the Titan vertical lift aerial vehicle design competition are due March 14, 2003. Winners will be announced on May 3, 2003. To attend, contact Jonas Dino at Jonas.G.Dino@nasa.gov or 650/604-5612. For more information about the competition, see:

http://www.integratedspacetechnologies.com/titan

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