Page 9 - Technology Facts

Some people think NASA is useless. This is why they're wrong.

Each year, since it's existence, NASA has published a list of every commercialized technology and product linked to it's research.

Here's some of the products that NASA has made possible:

  • Invisible braces came as a result of research done by NASA and hit the market in 1987.
  • Memory foam
  • Scratch resistant lenses.
  • Ear thermometers were developed to save time for nurses and were a result of NASA's technology used to measure the temperature of stars.
  • Adjustable smoke detectors hit the market due to technology created by NASA.

Safety grooving was first tested by NASA in the 60s to improve safety for aircrafts taking off on wet runways. When it was realized how well they worked, engineers began applying the technique to highways, too.

The safety grooves have reduced highway accidents by 85 percent according to NASA. The safety grooves are long shallow canals dug into the concrete on roads and runways.

They divert excess water from the road and help prevent hydroplaning. They also are put before stop signs to alert people of the upcoming intersection.


A man invented a robot that could write anything he wanted. The most amazing part is how old this invention is.

Robots may seem like a modern day invention. Not if you ask Pierre Jaquet-Droz though. You can't ask him because he lived 240 years ago, but you can check out the robot or "automaton" that he built.

Jaquet-Droz was a famous Swiss watchmaker, and he used his skills to make a writing robot. The machine looks like a life-size boy doll.

hAnd he writes with ink and quill. Inside the robot, is a series of gears and mechanical parts that can be interchanged depending on what you want the robot to write.

Decide which letters need to be written, fix those inside the robot and he puts quill to paper and writes whatever you choose.


EA released a video of Tiger Woods walking on water as a response to a bug in a video game!

The Tiger Woods PGA Tour '08 game is a video game that allows players to drive, chip and putt like Tiger. However, after it was released, users found that the game version of Tiger could walk out onto virtual lakes and hit balls from the water.

They complained to the game makers that this "jesus feature" was unrealistic and a glitch in the system.

The game makes responded by making a video. The beginning shows the video game Tiger Woods hitting a ball from a virtual lake. The text on the screen addresses the user who complained and says "Levinator 25, you seem to think your Jesus Shot video was a glitch in the game."

It then shows real Tiger Woods on a real golf course surveying a ball that sits on a lily pad in the middle of a lake. He takes a moment to assess the situation, then removes his shoes and seemingly walks on water to the ball.

He then hits the ball into the hole on a nearby green and walks on the water back to the bank of the lake. The text on the screen says, "it's nota glitch. He's just that good."


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The US Government has a super powerful simulation that can predict global reactions to geopolitical events!

The U.S. Department of Defense is building a digital world with billions of nodes representing every human being on the planet.

Called the Sentient World Simulation (SWS), it will be a synthetic mirror of the real world with automated continuous calibration with respect to current real-world information.

The SWS replicates financial institutions, utilities, media outlets, and street corner shops. By applying theories of economics and human psychology, it's developers believe they can predict how individuals and mobs will respond to various stressors.

This way the U.S Government will be able to exercise their plans in the simulator and get an idea of it how it would affect the real World if they were put into effect.

This news brings to mind the intriguing question: Are we already living in a simulation?


Google is trying to find a way to help people prevent traffic jams by giving different directions to its users!

Google Maps is a web mapping service application and technology provided by Google, that powers many map-based services, including the Google Maps website, Google Ride Finder, Google Transit, and maps embedded on third-party websites via the Google Maps API.

It offers street maps and a route planner for traveling by foot, car, bike (beta), or with public transportation.

It also includes a locator for urban businesses in numerous countries around the world. Google Maps satellite images are not updated in real time; rather they are several months or years old.

Good Guy Google gets it's traffic data from Android users on the roads and is considering ways to prevent traffic jams by giving different directions to different users.

In other words, Google will soon be able to help you to get to school and/or work in time! Thanks Google!



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