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Growth in Meat Consumption for Developing and Emerging Economies Surpasses That for the Developed World

Per Capita meat consumption in developing economies has grown faster than in the developed world.

California’s Irrigation Varies by Crop

Farmers in California grow a wide variety of crops using off-farm surface water, groundwater, and to a limited extent, on-farm surface water. Differences in the source of irrigation water play a major role in how vulnerable different crops are to shortfalls in surface water supplies due to drought. Farmers of different crops also have differing levels of investment in irrigation technologies.

Accounting for Direct and Embedded Imports in the U.S. Food and Beverage Dollar

Of the $1.48 trillion that U.S. consumers spent on food and beverages in 2013, 13 percent was spent on direct imports. Domestically-produced food and beverages included another $76.6 billion of embedded imports—imported food ingredients and non-food inputs used throughout the U.S. food system.

Editor's Choice: July 2015

NASA has developed a food bar for astronauts that replaces breakfast or lunch, and is nutritionally balanced, has a shelf life of at least two years, and can be rehydrated before eating, if necessary. The bars replace multiple food items that are usually combined to form a meal. Emergency relief organizations, food banks, and the military could all use the bars. Find out more HERE.

IonoSTAGE Ensures Accuracy of Pilots’ GPS

FAA software relies on NASA-developed programs to help pilots avoid ionospheric storms.
To permit safe and reliable aircraft navigation over North America using the Global Positioning System (GPS), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has developed the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS), which improves the accuracy, availability, continuity, and integrity of GPS positioning enough to ensure its safe use by pilots to determine their locations. Read more »

Products of Tomorrow: July 2015

The technologies NASA develops don’t just blast off into space. They also improve our lives here on Earth. Life-saving search-and-rescue tools, implantable medical devices, advances in commercial aircraft safety, increased accuracy in weather forecasting, and the miniature cameras in our cellphones are just some of the examples of NASA-developed technology used in products today.

NASA Releases Global Climate Change Projections

NASA has released data showing how temperature and rainfall patterns worldwide may change through the year 2100 because of growing concentrations of greenhouse gases in Earth’s atmosphere. The data shows projected changes worldwide on a regional level in response to different scenarios of increasing carbon dioxide simulated by 21 climate models.

RoboSimian Drives, Walks, and Drills

The ape-like RoboSimian robot, developed at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, took fifth place in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) Finals. RoboSimian squared off against 22 other robots in the international robotics competition, which promoted the development of robots that could respond to disaster scenarios too dangerous for humans.

Aerodynamics Model for a Solid Rocket Booster

Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia
NASA required an aerodynamics model of a spent solid rocket booster (SRB) to predict trajectory and impact location of the Ares I first stage after separation. The software needed to be integrated into new simulations written in C. Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) had previously developed a solid rocket booster re-entry simulation for the Space Transportation System (the Space Shuttle). The simulation was written in Fortran, and the aerodynamics model was embedded in a single function with other parts of the flight dynamics model. Read more »

Selective Access and Editing in a Database

Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California
A complex organization with many tasks and sub-tasks, many phases, and many workers often will have an associated database with many users and groups, each of whom has a limited “need to know” (e.g. fine-grained security access controls) that does not extend to all information in the database. A group of users having access to information in a particular portion of the database may need to edit one or more documents to restate the original information more conveniently or accurately.

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