I got my free copy of Spinoff Magazine in the mail today in a big orange envelope with the NASA logo on it. I told my wife it was my astronaut recruitment letter. She didn't believe me, but was interested as I pulled out the shiny thick glossy book/magazine that detailed the highlights of the spinoff related activities, products, and services that NASA has engaged in for 2007. About two weeks ago I requested it from NASA's Website.
Some of the more interesting items in my view include:
- acne killing machine (with a "herpetic lesions" killing variation in the wings)
- advanced thermal imaging to catch terrorists and see through smoke better
- non-invasive heart disease monitor (easier to use... more used... more detections... more lives saved)
- Steel and concrete sealant
- device that makes electric motor startups gradually build up and not make as much wear and tear on the machine. (this kind of thing really adds up to billions of dollars of benefit when you think of all the machines that use electric motors lasting longer.)
- Paper thin flexible heaters that come in any size and shape
- super hard steel (I could think of a few uses for that...)
- Insulating house paint (think heating bills and carbon emissions across the globe)
- Environmentally friendly lubricants for everything from car hydraulic fluid to fishing reel lubricant
In any case, Tang, satellites, Velcro, and cordless tools don't impress people anymore. Get your copy of Spinoff today and really have something to say the next time someone says "Why would we spend all that money in space when we have problems here on earth?" You tell them why.