Standards Help Protect Technology and Life in Orbit or on Earth

5A recent conversation with engineers at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston revealed that there’s often “a world of difference” between the standards for circuit protection components for a typical Earthbound electronics engineering application, and those intended for use in spacecraft. However, for both environments, engineers have essentially the same goals: safeguarding life and protecting technology. Carlton Faller, a NASA electrical, electronic, and electromechanical (EEE) parts engineer, and Paul Delaune, Deputy Branch Chief – Command and Data Handling, shared some insights on the differing requirements associated with creating circuit designs for use in low-Earth orbit (LEO) and beyond.

Faller was a NASA contractor for Lockheed Martin prior to joining NASA as an employee in 2004. “We have a wide variety of specifications that govern the selection of micro-circuits, resistors, fuses, switches, relays, capacitors, wiring — all the component parts that go into the design of a circuit board or piece of electronics,” he said. “The requirements for each component are dependent upon the criticality of the application, the specific environment in which it will operate, and other factors relating to ensuring parts are appropriate for the application.”

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Do Texting and Facebook Belong in the Classroom?

6In this information age, we can now talk to each other in ways we never imagined.

Teachers and administrators face a new challenge, however, as they try to find a way to safely incorporate this technology in the classroom.

“Schools are scared about this stuff,” said Elliot Soloway, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor at the University of Michigan. “Whatever they do, [schools fear that] parents will be upset, money will be inappropriately spent, they will draw the ire of the public. They’re scared of all of this, so there is an extra layer of conservatism to protect the kids. But we can’t let it paralyze us from taking steps into the new.”

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U.S. Views of Technology and the Future

4The American public anticipates that the coming half-century will be a period of profound scientific change, as inventions that were once confined to the realm of science fiction come into common usage. This is among the main findings of a new national survey by the Pew Research Center and Smithsonian magazine, which asked Americans about a wide range of potential scientific developments—from near-term advances like robotics and bioengineering, to more “futuristic” possibilities like teleportation or space colonization. In addition to asking them for their predictions about the long-term future of scientific advancement, we also asked them to share their own feelings and attitudes toward some new developments that might become common features of American life in the relatively near future.

Overall, most Americans anticipate that the technological developments of the coming half-century will have a net positive impact on society. Some 59% are optimistic that coming technological and scientific changes will make life in the future better, while 30% think these changes will lead to a future in which people are worse off than they are today.

Many Americans pair their long-term optimism with high expectations for the inventions of the next half century. Fully eight in ten (81%) expect that within the next 50 years people needing new organs will have them custom grown in a lab, and half (51%) expect that computers will be able to create art that is indistinguishable from that produced by humans. On the other hand, the public does see limits to what science can attain in the next 50 years. Fewer than half of Americans—39%—expect that scientists will have developed the technology to teleport objects, and one in three (33%) expect that humans will have colonized planets other than Earth. Certain terrestrial challenges are viewed as even more daunting, as just 19% of Americans expect that humans will be able to control the weather in the foreseeable future.

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Tech, Life Sciences Companies Eye Big Data, Internet of Things

3Healthcare big data analytics and the Internet of Things are top strategic priorities for more than ninety percent of technology and life sciences developers, according to a new industry survey by law firm White & Case, as remote monitoring, mHealth, and analytics present massive revenue opportunities across the sector.

Ninety-three percent of technology and life science companies participating in the poll said that digital healthcare is central to their growth as they anticipate a spike in demand for Internet of Things (IoT) technologies such as wearables and smart home monitoring devices among the post-Baby Boomer generation.

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Why is Technology So Important Today?

2Have you asked yourself why technology is so important today? Just look around and you’ll know why. Literally, at every instant of time, you are surrounded by technology. Whether you are working or resting, you are always using technology. It is used everywhere and all the time. Its use has made life easy. We need technology. It’s important. You ask why? Well then.
Places far away have come closer, thanks to technology. The pace of life has increased, thanks to technology. Communication is rapid, travel is fast, movement is easy, action is quick, interaction has sped up and so has life. Things that once took hours to complete, can be done in seconds today. The world is smaller and life is fast. Courtesy – technology.
Why is Technology Important?
Owing to the application of technology, our standard of living has increased. Our needs are met with greater ease. Technology has brought advancements in agriculture, due to which food produce has increased. Owing to the developments in engineering and architecture, building robust civil structures has been possible. Technology has boosted every industry. Businesses have grown, creating more employment opportunities. Advancements in technology have led to the evolution of newer and faster modes of transport and communication. The application of technology has boosted research in fields ranging from genetics to extraterrestrial space. The computer and Internet technologies are ubiquitous. They have changed every sector; be it medicine, tourism, education, entertainment or any other. Technology has touched every aspect of life, making it easier, better and different. Technology has changed living.
World lit up due to technology

If not for the use of technology, we wouldn’t have been able to produce electric power or harness it. Today, it can be generated through various means because of technology. Heat energy (from combustion in fossil-fuel power plants, from steam in thermal power plants and from chemical reactions in nuclear power plants) is converted into mechanical energy that drives turbines connected to an electrical generator that produces electricity. Using overhead and underground cables, the electricity can then be distributed to the smallest of households in the farthest of world’s corners, thanks to technology. What made it possible to use the various energy sources to generate electricity? Application of technology. How could electricity be channeled to places far away? With the use of technology, again.
Technology made life easy

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