25 Everyday Items That NASA Invented

Despite weather delays, NASA is making itself a hot topic with the groundbreaking launch of a SpaceX Crew Dragon — the first American foray into space since the space shuttle’s final flight nine years ago. The launch is all part of a Boeing-NASA project that will end U.S. reliance on Russian spacecraft, and hopefully add new crew members to the International Space Station.

But NASA has been influencing Americans’ lives over the past nine years; even in the absence of space missions. There are numerous products, technologies and other things NASA invented that we use every day, from baby formula to tires.

Check out the everyday products invented by rocket scientists.

Last updated: May 28, 2020

Memory Foam Mattresses

Temper foam, also known as memory foam, was originally created as padding to improve crash protection for airline passengers, according to the NASA Technology Transfer Program. Now it’s used in

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Computer formula ‘could speed up finding people lost at sea and save thousands of lives’

A new computer algorithm could speed up the process of finding people lost at sea, potentially saving thousands of lives, researchers have said.

Every year, thousands of people die at sea in ship and plane accidents, and finding them rapidly is crucial as survival chances plummet after six hours.

The algorithm combines movement patterns with data about ocean currents, making it far faster to track down objects or people lost in the sea.

Read more: Man lost at sea survives because of his jeans

Professor George Haller, of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich (ETH), said: “Our hope is this method will become a standard part of the toolkit of coast guards everywhere.”

The researchers identified paths along which objects on the surface of the sea tend to float – and checked their theories using U.S. Coast Guard data.

They found that buoys and manikins thrown into the

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Computer modelling of epidemics must meet ‘professional standards’, says industry group

Computer code used to model the spread of diseases including coronavirus “must meet professional standards”, an industry lobby group has said, after criticism of some of the systems used by ministers who ordered the UK lockdown.

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, said that a lack of widely-accepted software development standards in scientific research, risks undermining confidence in computer modelling, including high-profile models which were used to inform Covid-19 policy.

Dr Bill Mitchell, the group’s director of policy, said better modelling could help determine which lockdown measures were likely to have the greatest public health benefits.

He warned that currently “the quality of the software implementations of scientific models appear to rely too much on the individual coding practices of the scientists who develop them”.

The British Computer Society (BCS) is a professional body which represents people working in information technology and computer science.

The group’s comments come 

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the worrying links between Huawei, our universities and China

Some of the Chinese universities in question are ultimately controlled by Beijing or its military - AP
Some of the Chinese universities in question are ultimately controlled by Beijing or its military – AP

With its cast iron replica of Budapest’s Liberty Bridge and its pale-stoned version of Versailles, visitors to Huawei’s research centre in Dongguan could be forgiven for thinking they were in Europe.  

It is a benign – if eccentric – tribute. But other attempts to forge close ties to the Western culture have much more serious implications.

The Telegraph can disclose today that the controversial Chinese telecoms giant backed 17 scientific papers with UK universities, about cutting-edge “dual use” technologies – which can have civilian applications but can also be used in military technology.

At least 15 of the papers focused on technology that experts claim could be used to communicate with swarms of drones or on highly advanced image recognition software that experts claim could be used for extreme levels of surveillance.


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This high-tech Embraer private jet design seamlessly blends sustainability and technology. Take a look at Praeterra.

An Embraer Praetor 600 with the Praeterra design rendering.
An Embraer Praetor 600 with the Praeterra design rendering.


  • Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer’s Praeterra design concept for its Praetor 600 business jet merges high-tech with sustainability.  

  • The aircraft interior features computer circuit board-like designs complemented by fiber-optic ceiling lighting and sidewalls lined with informational screens. 

  • Cabin materials are also sourced sustainably and developed in a way that allows them to have a second life once they’re no longer required inside the aircraft. 

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Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer has a new interior design concept for its Praetor 600 private jet, one that seamlessly blends two seemingly opposite themes.

Called the Praeterra, a portmanteau between Praetor and terra – Portuguese for Earth, the concept seeks to incorporate the idea of a digital future with sustainability. The high-tech design on the interior is complemented by environmentally friendly measures that include using materials that are sourced

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