NASA has recently announced the beneficiaries of its Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program. This program determines small research projects from outside of NASA that are relevant to its own interests. The 19 projects that have been chosen will...
Plasma thrusters and ion thrusters have been a prominent area of research in recent times due to their potential for acceleration and fuel efficiency. Among the chief restrictions for using plasma thrusters has always been finding an effective means...
Producing tools and structures in space has been a challenge for decades. We have now found ways of bringing 3D printing to space, integrating extraterrestrial materials into 3D printing, and even printing functions into materials. These advances seem to...
Image courtesy of Virginia TechExosuits have been floating around in our imagination for decades. Powered exosuits represent superhuman strength while unpowered exosuits assist with endurance and reduced likelihood of injury from physical activities.Companies such as Lockheed Martin and...
Satellites are often thought of as being behemoths made of steel and solar panels, but an 18 year old Indian student named Rifath Shaarook has 3D printed a satellite that fits in the palm of your hand. The ultra-light...
Space travel requires us to be able to make use of materials which are present on extraterrestrial surfaces. Until now, much of the research into 3D printing objects from extraterrestrial materials has been done with hard materials. According to...
American global defense and aerospace company, Lockheed Martin, recently announced plans to invest $1,000,000 in establishing an additive manufacturing facility at Denver's Metropolitan State University. This lab would be the first of its kind in Colorado, dedicated to developing...
Whizzing around the Earth at speeds up to 17,500 MPH are half a million pieces of space junk, according to NASA--and that was in 2013. Although we don’t like to litter up our streets, our orbit is chock full...
Image credit Nano3D BiosciencesAccording to the American Cancer Society, an estimate of nearly 1.7 million cancer cases will be diagnosed in the US alone in 2017. With many of us having family or friends battling this vicious ailment, new...
The many uses of graphene and other carbon-based structures such as carbon nanotubes have been making rounds in the news for the last decade. Usually, it’s alongside the terms lightest, darkest, strongest, and other -est’s, because carbon is one...

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