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PostPosted: November 6th, 2014, 7:12 pm 
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There are a lot of sports played in the greater Baton Rouge area--especially at LSU, SU and BREC. During its investigations to mitigate the ill effects of g-forces on astronauts, NASA developed shock-absorbent foams that take the shape of objects that press into them, then slowly return to their original shape. This material is now found in hospital beds, footwear, furniture and sports helmets. It can also be found in fighter jets.


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PostPosted: November 18th, 2014, 9:06 pm 
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Tomorrow at 12pm CST NASA-TV will broadcast live a presentation from the National Air and Space Museum entitled "STEM in 360: Vacuum-Packed Space Food". The presentation hopefully will include the history of the development of space food.


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PostPosted: December 21st, 2014, 6:57 pm 
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One cannot always predict how technology created for pure science will be used in the homes of the future. When we created NASA, the standard thermometer used by nurses and mothers was the glass thermometer. Now, a medical thermometer utilizes the technology created to measure the temperatures of distant stars. This new thermometer measures energy emitted from a patient's eardrum.

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http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/blog/2013/5/infrared-ear-thermometer


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PostPosted: April 13th, 2015, 5:42 pm 
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Not all spinoff materials find a permanent place in Earthlings' homes. Edible toothpaste was developed to avoid the problem of having to spit out toothpaste in a cramped, zero-g area with limited storage. Edible toothpaste for pets was around--at least for a while.

Take a look at this Apollo 8 log, at 056:42:57...
http://www.history.nasa.gov/ap08fj/10day3_maroon.htm


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PostPosted: June 5th, 2015, 1:45 pm 
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Tonight at the Highland Road Park Observatory, Center Supervisor Tom Northrop will give a presentation of NASA spinoffs. He gives this talk periodically, updating it every time. The talk begins at 7:30pm, is aimed at a general adult audience and is free admission. Weather permitting, there will be evening sky viewing after.


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PostPosted: August 25th, 2015, 5:19 pm 
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On 29 August, 5 September and 12 September the Highland Road Park Observatory's Education Curator Amy Brouillette will present the three-part "Power in the House" series for eight- to twelve-year olds as part of the Science Academy program. The sessions will utilize a beautiful and effective Thames & Kosmos house model. Not all technological and energy-saving aspects of your home come from NASA spinoffs, but one would be surprised...

This is only the second time this "Power in the House" series cycles through the SA program. The fee is $5 per in-parish Cadet and $6 per out-of-parish Cadet for each Saturday morning session. Each session is stand-alone and enrollment in one is not dependent upon enrollment in either of the others. Anyone who wants their child in should not hesitate. One can enroll up to a week ahead of each session.

Additionally, ballots will be available for all Cadets during all three sessions. These ballots will determine the topic covered for the 19 September SA session entitled "Cadet's Choice".

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http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/academy.html


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PostPosted: April 4th, 2016, 5:17 pm 
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When the Highland Road Park Observatory's Friday Night Lecture Series returns from its hiatus on 15 April, Center Supervisor Tom Northrop will give a presentation of NASA spinoffs. He gives this talk periodically, updating it every time. The talk begins at 7:30pm, is aimed at a general adult audience and is free admission. Weather permitting, there will be evening sky viewing after.

Before and after this lecture, members of the public will be able to purchase if desired a raffle ticket for the International Astronomy Day drawing on 14 May. First prize is an Orion 40th Anniversary Skyquest XT8 Dobsonian Telescope (retail value $499.99). The tickets are five dollars each and the purchaser must be over eighteen. The purchaser need not be present on 14 May to win a prize.

The Inventions and Contributions Board, run by the NASA Office of General Counsel, gives out annual awards for goverment invention and software development.

Inventions and Contributions Board archive:
http://icb.nasa.gov/history


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PostPosted: April 10th, 2016, 3:55 pm 
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Today at 4pm CDT there will be a rebroadcast on NASA-TV1 and NASA-TV2 of the latest "What's New in Aerospace", entitled From Cowboy Boots to Space Boots. Former NASA astronaut Danny Olivas is the host.


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PostPosted: February 27th, 2017, 4:48 pm 
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Tom's spinoff talk returns on 31 March at 7:30pm. Once again it is at HRPO and once again it targets a general adult audience. NASA's Spinoff 2017 volume has been released...
https://spinoff.nasa.gov/Spinoff2017/index.html


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