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10 NASA Inventions You Might Use Every Day

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Ear Thermometers

In their quest to find an easier way to take body temperature, Diatek Corp of California collaborated with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

The laboratory had extensive experience of using infrared sensors to deduce the temperature of celestial bodies.

Based on a similar principle, ear thermometers were invented that could give a body temperature reading in less than 2 seconds. Now, who wants to wait for the mercury to rise?

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Memory Foam

Did you know NASA is also responsible for your good night’s sleep?

Memory foam pillows are widely used today to induce good sleep, but did you know that memory foam was first used for padding aircraft seats.

Memory foam is actually open cell polyurethane-silicon plastic which has great shock absorbing property. Memory foam can bounce back to its original size even after being compressed to 10% of its size.

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