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From Skylab to Times Square

While only tangential to our mission here, this article from The Huffington Post (actually, Huffpost New York) on a means of keeping flood waters, smoke and even terrorists’ gasses from the masses greatly appealed to the ex-NYC’er in me.

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In the wake of 2012’s Hurricane Sandy flooding the subway tunnels, municipal minds have been prototyping and testing huge (internal capacity of 35,000 gallons) inflatable plugs which could be deployed remotely throughout the subway system like so many air bags.

Originally conceived as part of a Homeland Security project, they’re made of a fabric similar to that used in space suits.

Seems NASA’s long line of tech spinoffs continues.

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