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NASA Brings in Small Business for Further Development of Hypervelocity Vehicles

NASA has awarded the Entry Systems Technology Research and Development (ESTRAD) contract to Analytical Mechanics Associates, Inc., a small business in Hampton, Virginia.

Lightweight membrane can significantly reduce in-flight aircraft noise

Riding in a helicopter or airplane can be a noisy experience for passengers. But researchers from North Carolina State University and MIT have developed a membrane that can be incorporated into aircraft to drastically reduce the low-frequency noise that penetrates the cabin.

NASA Awards Grants for Research, Technology Development

NASA has awarded 26 grants totaling $9.9 million to help bolster the capacity and competitiveness of 28 states and territories (jurisdictions) in the area of technology research and development.

NASA Awards Grants for Research, Technology Development

NASA has awarded 26 grants totaling $9.9 million to help bolster the capacity and competitiveness of 28 states and territories (jurisdictions) in the area of technology research and development.

Media Invited to Interview NASA Johnson Space Center Experts at Houston Community College Houston Rockets Science Launch Day

Experts from NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) will join the Houston Rockets, Houston Community College (HCC), Space Center Houston and Houston-area middle school students and educators for a “Rockets Science” Launch Day starting at 10 a.m. April 28 at the HCC Northeast Campus.

NASA, Boeing ecoDemonstrator Jet Comes to Shreveport for Anti-Bug Research

NASA will test non-stick wing coatings designed to minimize insect residue and help reduce aircraft fuel consumption during flights in Shreveport, Louisiana during the next two weeks.

Thinner capsules yield faster implosions

In National Ignition Facility (NIF) inertial confinement fusion (ICF) experiments, the fusion fuel implodes at a high speed in reaction to the rapid ablation, or blow-off, of the outer layers of the target capsule. To reach the conditions needed for ignition, the fuel must implode symmetrically at a peak velocity of about 350 kilometers per second— without producing hydrodynamic instabilities that can dampen the fusion reactions.

2-D semiconductor comes clean: Performance dramatically improved

Scientists have dramatically improved the performance of graphene by encapsulating it in boron nitride. They’ve now shown they can similarly improve the performance of another 2D material, molybdenum disulfide (MoS2. Their findings provide a demonstration of how to study all 2D materials and hold great promise for a broad range of applications including high-performance electronics, detection and emission of light, and chemical/bio-sensing.

Is the universe a hologram?

The 'holographic principle,' the idea that a universe with gravity can be described by a quantum field theory in fewer dimensions, has been used for years as a mathematical tool in strange curved spaces. New results suggest that the holographic principle also holds in flat spaces. Our own universe could in fact be two dimensional and only appear three dimensional -- just like a hologram.

Artificial spin ice: A new playground to better understand magnetism

For the first time, nanomagnet islands or arrays were arranged into an exotic structure (called “shakti”) that does not directly relate to any known natural material. The “shakti” artificial spin ice configuration was fabricated and reproduced experimentally. The arrays are theoretical predictions of multiple ground states that are characteristic of frustrated magnetic materials. The results open the door to experiments on other artificial spin-ice lattices, predicted to host interesting phenomena.

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