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10 examples of unexpected consequences of NASA research.
Space programs have brought to humanity not only suits, artificial satellites, the possibility to use the service Google Maps, but also a lot of small and not so well-known discoveries. Before you - the ten most unexpected of them.
The clear water-based lubricant Astroglide invented by engineer Dan Rae while working on the cooling systems for the space shuttle in 1977. The NASA inventions list presented on the agency website, this point, by the way, is not specified.
A game for the iPad
The app for iPad, developed by Swedish startup 13th Lab, based on NASA developed. SLAM (simultaneous localization technology and mapping) was created to simplify the navigation of robots. Game Ball Invasion uses it to three-dimensional image on the imaging plate surrounding space.
Treatment and reuse of wastewater for decades been one of the main problems of space programs. Scientist Bill Wolverton of NASA, researching the problem, found that the water hyacinth (or Eichhorn) "picks up" from the waste water, including heavy metals and organic compounds. Now the water hyacinth is used in most cities southern United States for treatment of wastewater.
NASA in conjunction with Martin Marietta Corp. We investigated the potential of microalgae as a food product and a source of oxygen for the astronauts, and came to the conclusion that microalgae can be useful to the food industry and in the world. They naturally and in high concentrations produce a chemical called DHA. At the same time, it was found that the strain releases arachidonic acid necessary for the child's health. Both of these components included in the baby food (they contain 90% of baby food species) and some for adult products.
The perfume company International Flavors & Fragrances conducted a study changes in the scent of roses in low gravity. Specially bred flower variety was placed on the Space Shuttle Discovery and within 10 days of the flight, astronauts collected data. Based on the data obtained information about changes in production of essential oils in space, Shiseido created the perfume Zen.
A golf ball
NASA has developed a technology which prevents oscillations of the liquid within the vessel to avoid spillage of liquid oxygen and hydrogen tanks in the outer space shuttles. The core of the golf ball, generally consist of liquid, so that the invention NASA engineers proved useful and sports industry. Through the use of space technologies were created by the balls, the trajectory of which is direct and precise.
The design of runways
NASA engineers found that the grooves across the runways reduce the risk of landing. The fruits of this discovery is used by hundreds of airports. A similar technology is used also in the construction of the highway, which reduces the likelihood of traffic accidents.
The remedy for acne
The founder of the production of medical equipment companies Tyrell Inc. Robert Conrad for years could not get rid of blackheads. Finally, he created a device that destroys the bacteria that cause acne without harming the skin. He invented a mechanism was too heavy and expensive for mass production, while the development has not joined one of NASA engineers. Together, they managed to create Zeno - easy and cheap device for the fight against acne.
Tongs for straightening hair
One of the members of the scientific NASA division, Dennis Morrison has dedicated his life to the study nanoceramics - ceramic particles, 10,000 less than the diameter of a human hair. One of his inventions was the cermet, which is ideal for use in curling hair straightening.
diapers for children and the elderly Patterns NASA and hygienic means of the same material: the polymer with a high absorption capacity. He also used in horticulture - to retain moisture in the soil.