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NASA’s Spinoff Publication to feature examples of NASA Technology that make Life better on Earth

 

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – As NASA pushes the frontiers of science and human exploration, the agency also advances technology to modernize life on Earth, including drones, self-driving cars and other innovations.

NASA’s diverse missions spur the creation and improvement of thousands of new products that make life better for people around the world. Dozens of the latest examples are featured in the newest edition of NASA’s Spinoff publication, including several from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California, and many illustrating how NASA is working to shape the coming revolution of autonomous vehicles on the roads and in the air.

The technology behind the Mars Helicopter's 4-foot-wide (1.2-meter-wide) rotor blades is also used in the construction of a rugged drone that helps farmers survey their land. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

The technology behind the Mars Helicopter’s 4-foot-wide (1.2-meter-wide) rotor blades is also used in the construction of a rugged drone that helps farmers survey their land. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

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Austin Peay State University sends Dolls to Stratosphere to celebrate Women in STEM

 

Austin Peay State University (APSU) 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University and the APSU College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) recently celebrated women in STEM by launching a high-altitude balloon carrying two dolls adorned in American Girl NASA space suits.

The dolls reached 93,914 feet at 11:13am January 24th, 2019.

Megan McCracken prepares the doll payload for the launch at Austin Peay State University

Megan McCracken prepares the doll payload for the launch at Austin Peay State University

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AAA reports New Vehicle Infotainment Systems Create Increased Distractions Behind the Wheel

 

AAAWashington, D.C. – New vehicle infotainment systems take drivers’ eyes and attention off the road and hands off the wheel for potentially dangerous periods of time, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

Drivers using in-vehicle technologies like voice-based and touch screen features were visually and mentally distracted for more than 40 seconds when completing tasks like programming navigation or sending a text message.

AAA Foundation study reveals in-vehicle technology takes one step forward, two steps back.

AAA Foundation study reveals in-vehicle technology takes one step forward, two steps back.

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Dodging the Roadkill: My Harley-Davidson Ultra-Limited

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – I’ve been riding since January 2016.  My first bike was a 2016 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special.  

I LOVED that bike.  I put 32,000 miles on it.  

I took it to Texas, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky and all throughout Tennessee.  I had a Stage 1 kit on it and kept it serviced.  It was a magnificent bike.

In 2017, with all the traveling I do, I traded for the 2017 Ultra-Limited.  It offered the new Milwaukee Eight engine, had more storage, heated grips and updated technology.  I’ve put 24,000 miles on it so far.  

Hank at Cumberland Furnace Railroad Depot

Hank at Cumberland Furnace Railroad Depot

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Cursive Writing: Thing of the Past or Necessity?

 

EducationClarksville, TN – In 2014, the Tennessee Legislature passed a law that cursive writing had to be taught in public schools. The sequence of events leading up to this and the political influences that had caused cursive writing to be almost a lost art reveal the trends not only in education but in society itself.

Cursive writing is also called longhand, script, handwriting, looped writing, joined-up writing, joint writing, or running writing. This style of penmanship handwriting where letters or symbols are conjoined in a flowing manner. The original purpose of this type of writing was to make the process faster.

Cursive Writing is at a crossroads, with many schools dropping it from their core curriculum.

Cursive Writing is at a crossroads, with many schools dropping it from their core curriculum.

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NASA’s Mars Mission Spinoffs Part 1: Stayin’ Alive With Life Support Spinoffs

 

Written by Joshua Buck
Public Affairs Officer, NASA Headquarters

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationWashington, D.C. – Imagine a world with extreme temperatures that can wreak havoc on unprotected spacecraft and habitat components; a world where water is so scarce that plants are outfitted with sensors so farmers can avoid overwatering them; a world where precious water supplies are found in underground oases by satellites in orbit; a world where systems filter, recycle and purify air for the survival of inhabitants huddled in shelters.

Although images of human habitation on Mars may have filled your mind, the world just described is actually Earth, and the technologies cited are spinoffs, or technologies developed by the American space program that have gone on to benefit the public.

GFT LLC’s highly flexible polyimide foam—seen here during testing at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida—provides an ideal insulation for pipes in cryogenic and other industrial and marine applications. (GFT LLC)

GFT LLC’s highly flexible polyimide foam—seen here during testing at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida—provides an ideal insulation for pipes in cryogenic and other industrial and marine applications. (GFT LLC)

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Austin Peay State University student spending summer as intern at Vanderbilt University Medical Center

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – While most college students spend their summers pool- or beachside, Austin Peay State University chemistry major Shelia Johnson will be taking advantage of a unique opportunity by learning alongside some of the region’s brightest medical minds.

A chemistry major planning to pursue PharmD/PhD degrees upon graduation, Johnson is in her second summer as an Aspirnaut summer research intern at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, TN.

The campus of Austin Peay State University. (APSU)

The campus of Austin Peay State University. (APSU)

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Girl Scouts Prepare for Another Year of Fun

 

Girl Scouts of Middle TennesseeNashville, TN – For more than a century, Girl Scouts has been filling a vital community need by providing a place where girls can truly be girls.

Through Girl Scouts, girls (grades K-12) can’t wait for the fun, adventure and new experiences that will come.

In Girl Scouts, girls participate in innovative programming in an all-girl environment. They help their communities, enjoy the outdoors and participate in programs that focus on financial literacy, healthy living, leadership, science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM). «Read the rest of this article»

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NASA opens new Exhibit, Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N.

 

Written by Preston Dyches
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – A new exhibit steeped in the cinematic world of “The Avengers” provides a super-powered dose of science and technology from NASA. The unique, interactive educational display premiered at Discovery Times Square in New York City on May 30th, 2014, for a six-month engagement.

Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. — an acronym for Scientific Training and Tactical Intelligence Operative Network — is an immersive experience in which visitors can explore the fictional superhero universe.

Artist's design concept for an interactive exhibit featuring NASA's Eyes on Exoplanets as part of Marvel's Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. exhibit, opened in May 2014. (Victory Hill Entertainment Group)

Artist’s design concept for an interactive exhibit featuring NASA’s Eyes on Exoplanets as part of Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. exhibit, opened in May 2014. (Victory Hill Entertainment Group)

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Clarksville Montgomery County School System receives $2.5 million DoDEA Grant for STEM

 

The Clarksville-Montgomery County School SystemMontgomery County, TN – The Clarksville-Montgomery County School System will receive a $2.5 million award under the 2012 Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) grant for enhancement of its Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs.

The grant, to be administered over three years, comes through DoDEA’s Military-Connected Local Educational Agencies for Academic and Support Programs (MCASP) Projects. «Read the rest of this article»

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