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Mission Brief: Balloon Mishap Investigation

November 30, 2010 Vol. 3, Issue 11   Reliance on past success was one of six root causes of a mishap during the balloon launch of the Nuclear Compton Telescope, according to a Mishap Investigation Board.

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Research Brief: Tracking the Spread of Ideas

November 30, 2010 Vol. 3, Issue 11   Princeton computer scientists have developed a new way to pinpoint the origins of new ideas and how they spread.

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Government Brief: Introducing the SilvaCarbon Program

November 30, 2010 Vol. 3, Issue 11   NASA is supporting an intergovernmental group dedicated to understanding forests and their role in the global carbon equation.

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Academy Archive: IDEA

November 30, 2010 Vol. 3, Issue 11   Innovative Design for Engineering Applications (IDEA), a course offered by the Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership, introduces a variety of tools that engineers can use to help conceive, develop, and test new design concepts.

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Frank “Bill” Burcham’s napkin sketch for the Propulsion Controlled Aircraft (PCA) system. (Click image for close-up) Photo Credit: NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (Dennis Taylor)
This Month in NASA History: First Thrust-Only Airliner Landings at Dryden

November 30, 2010 Vol. 3, Issue 11   This month marks the 15th anniversary of modified thrust-only airliner landing tests at Drydena good idea that started on a napkin.

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Academy Bookshelf: Where Good Ideas Come From

November 30, 2010 Vol. 3, Issue 11   By understanding the patterns of good ideas, we’ll be better at tapping into our capacity for innovative thinking, according to Steven Johnson.

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Message from the Academy Director: The Good Idea Paradox

November 30, 2010 Vol. 3, Issue 11   Organizational support for good ideas can be a mixed blessing.

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Young Professional Brief: Kat Coderre

November 30, 2010 Vol. 3, Issue 11   Kat Coderre’s career started with a phone call from out of the blue. “Can you be in Houston tomorrow night?”

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