Studying the use of magnetic fields to change viscosity of special fluids. Could improve brake systems, seat suspensions, robotics, clutches, engine mounts & more. The experiment is called InSPACE (Investigating the Structure of Paramagnetic Aggregates from Colloidal Emulsions). KN from space
NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg preparing another colloidal fluid experiment aboard the International Space Station. This one examines colloidals classified as smart materials, transitioning to a solid-like state in the presence of a magnetic field. New manufacturing models based on these nanoparticles acting as self-assembling building blocks could improve or help develop brake systems, seat suspensions, stress transducers, robotics, rovers, airplane landing gears and vibration damping…
"Growing morning glory to learn how to better grow plants in space - next we will be growing rice" --Astronaut Terry Virts from the International Space Station. http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/experiments/1273.html
Fluid physics! Working w/ Capillary Flow Experiment to improve future spacecraft fluid systems. More information here: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/experiments/459.html KN from space.