Tech Watch is a show about how NASA applies its space-based research to help solve Earth-bound problems. In the segment we've pasted after the jump, we learn about technology originally developed for space lasers that's now being used to make a new kind of catalytic converter. Unlike regular cars, which must warm up before they can clean a car's exhaust gases, NASA's catalytic converter works at low temperatures and could cut a vehicle's pollution by thirty percent.
NASA's industry partner is Airflow Catalyst Systems, Inc, and the converter has met initial EPA requirements, as well as California's strict emission standards. So, NASA space technology could be in your car's tail pipe very soon via the aftermarket. And here we thought the best thing to come from NASA was space ice cream!