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Nurturing Trust

By Ron Taylor   In my father’s generation, leaders were expected to give orders and workers were expected to take them. You did what you were told to do or you were fired.

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The Big Dig during construction.
The Big Dig: Learning from a Mega Project

Boston’s Central Artery/Tunnel Project, commonly known as the Big Dig, was the largest, most complex, and most technically challenging highway project in American history.

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EWB-JSC volunteer Evan Thomas working in Muramba, Rwanda, to assess a surface-water pipeline.
Engineers Without Borders

By Kerry Ellis   According to the World Bank, more than 1.1 billion people do not have access to clean, safe water, and 1.6 million children die each year as a result of illness related to inadequate water supply and sanitation.

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Interview with Robert Braun

By Don Cohen   NASA’s Chief Technologist talks about fostering innovation.

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The Knowledge Notebook by Laurence Prusak
The Knowledge Notebook: Believing in Science and Progress

By Laurence Prusak One of the great questions in history is why the Industrial Revolution that started in the eighteenth century and went on to radically change almost every aspect of the way people live developed in the West, and especially the northwest corner of Europe.

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From the APPEL Director: Lessons from Torino

By Ed Hoffman   Last spring I had the opportunity to visit three project-based organizations in the Piedmont region of Italy.

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In This Issue by Don Cohen
In This Issue (ASK 39)

Don Cohen, Managing Editor   This issue of ASK features two apparently divergent themes. One is the importance of far-reaching innovation.

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Remote ultrasound procedures help provide for medical diagnoses on the International Space Station.
Featured Invention: NASA Helps Extend Medicine’s Reach

  By Bo Schwerin   Medical technology developed for the space station improves remote diagnostics on Earth.

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Masten Space Systems' "Xombie" vehicle ascending during its first flight.
ASK Interactive (ASK 39)

NASA in the News   NASA is seeking private and corporate sponsors for the Centennial Challenges, a program of incentive prizes designed for the “citizen inventor” that generates creative solutions to problems of interest to NASA and the nation.

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