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Food Safety Program for Space Has Taken Over on Earth
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System created for Apollo astronaut food has become the global standard for hazard prevention

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New Energy Source Powers Subsea Robots Indefinitely
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Power modules driven by ocean temperatures save money, reduce pollution

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Tech Today: Measuring the Buzz, Hum, and Rattle
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NASA-supported wireless microphone array quickly, cheaply, and accurately maps noise from aircraft, animals, and more.

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Tech Today: From Spacesuits to Racing Suits
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For spacewalks to even be possible, spacesuits need insulation and temperature controls to withstand temperature swings between 250 and minus 250 degrees Fahrenheit. This extreme environment made NASA innovators look beyond everyday materials to find something unique to keep explorers…

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Tech Today: A NASA-Inspired Bike Helmet with Aerodynamics of a Jet  
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Before the U.S. Cycling Federation adopted a requirement for all bike racers to wear helmets in 1986, most people rode without one. The only helmet options at the time drew rider complaints for being too hot and heavy. But, with…

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Tech Today: NASA’s Ion Thruster Knowhow Keeps Satellites Flying
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In low Earth orbit, satellites face a constant challenge – a tiny amount of atmospheric drag that, over time, causes them to slow down and decay their orbit. To combat this, spacecraft rely on in-space thrusters to adjust positioning and…

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Tech Today: Stay Safe with Battery Testing for Space
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NASA battery safety exams influence commercial product testing

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NASA Data Helps Beavers Build Back Streams
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Humans aren’t the only mammals working to mitigate the effects of climate change in the Western United States. People there are also enlisting the aid of nature’s most prolific engineers – beavers. Using NASA-provided grants, two open-source programs from Boise…

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Tech Today: Taking Earth’s Pulse with NASA Satellites
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Natural disasters like volcanic eruptions, floods, and tornados can dramatically change the surface of Earth to the point where alterations are visible in space. Changes driven by human actions and interventions, such as mining and deforestation, are also visible in…

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Tech Today: Folding NASA Experience into an Origami Toolkit 
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Math for designing lasers becomes artist’s key to creating complex crease patterns

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Tech Today: Synthetic DNA Diagnoses COVID, Cancer
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NASA-funded molecular research enables better disease detection

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Tech Today: Cutting the Knee Surgery Cord
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After Eugene Malinskiy saw a physician assistant trip over arthroscopic camera cords during a medical procedure, he and his brother, Ilya, set out to develop a wireless arthroscopic camera. Early in the development process, the Malinskiys got a boost from…

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Tech Today: NASA Helps Find Where the Wildfires Are
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Globally, nearly all wildfires start with a human ignition source – not lightning strikes or wildlife encountering power equipment. Knowing humans can be a primary cause is an example of the sort of knowledge that helps predict and prevent wildfires,…

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Tech Today: Suspended Solar Panels See the Light
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In the 80 years since the shocking collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington, engineers have designed suspended structures to minimize their universal weakness: resonance. If not designed to deal with oscillations caused by forces like wind, the frequency…

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Tech Today: Semiconductor Research Leads to Revolution in Dental Care 
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Toothpaste based on the mineral hydroxyapatite, popular across Asia and much of Europe today, is finding its first foothold in the U.S. But the idea behind this alternative to fluoride-based toothpaste was conceived here in a short-lived NASA field center…

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