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Tech Today: NASA’s Ion Thruster Knowhow Keeps Satellites Flying

2 min read Preparations for Next Moonwalk Simulations Underway (and Underwater) This Hall-effect thruster, shown being tested at Glenn Research Center, turns electricity and inert gas into force that could propel a spacecraft. Orbion Space Technology was founded to bring the high efficiency of these thrusters to small commercial satellites, and the company sought the […]

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Tech Today: Folding NASA Experience into an Origami Toolkit 

3 min read Preparations for Next Moonwalk Simulations Underway (and Underwater) Though the art of origami is centuries old, until the late 20th century it was considered virtually impossible to make insects or other figures with many long, complex protrusions. That changed with the introduction of math-based origami design, which Lang helped pioneer. Today, he’s […]

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Tech Today: Synthetic DNA Diagnoses COVID, Cancer

2 min read Preparations for Next Moonwalk Simulations Underway (and Underwater) Princeton University undergraduate Kate Sheldon, doing summer work at Firebird Diagnostics, holds a prototype of the Agnostic Life Finder, or ALF, which was developed to seek life on Mars without making Earth-specific assumptions about molecular biology. Credit: Firebird Diagnostics LLC At first glance, the […]

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Tech Today: Cutting the Knee Surgery Cord

2 min read Preparations for Next Moonwalk Simulations Underway (and Underwater) Lazurite’s ArthroFree Wireless Camera System incorporated aerospace-grade lithium-ion batteries after developers consulted with NASA engineers. Credit: Lazurite Holdings LLC 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 […]

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Tech Today: Semiconductor Research Leads to Revolution in Dental Care 

2 min read Preparations for Next Moonwalk Simulations Underway (and Underwater) Sangi’s Apagard line, launched in 1985, is billed as restorative whitening toothpaste. Credit: Sangi Co. Ltd. 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 […]