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A cup of coffee that's out of this world

The Space Cup, a zero-gravity coffee cup designed in Portland for NASA, has won the 2016 Beazley Product Design of the Year prize from the Design Museum in London, according to Portland State University.

PSU mechanical engineering professor Mark Weislogel and his colleagues designed the cup with experiments on the International Space Station, and in the university's 90-foot drop tower, which mimics the effect of weightlessness.

"A coffee cup for astronauts says it all," said judge and broadcaster Loyd Grossman in a news release. "The perfect collaboration of design and tech to make anything possible no matter where you are, or even what gravitational field you're in. It may be a lot of work for such a small product, but it will make the world of difference for those who are so far from home."

The cup's ingenious design lets surface tension replace the role of gravity so astronauts can drink from an open container.

Lincoln teens win prestigious scholarship

Two students connected to Lincoln High School are among 15 nationwide to win a four-year free ride to a university of their choice. The merit-based tuition scholarship is in its first year.

Alisha Zhao and Sophia Mautz were selected to receive 2017 Bryan Cameron Education Foundation Impact Scholarships, announced recently on its website.

Zhao founded the Kids First Project, a Portland nonprofit that aims to help homeless youth break the cycle of poverty. Mautz, a nationally recognized poet, also is listed as a volunteer there.

"The Cameron Impact Scholar is unique among their high-achieving peers in their desire to make an impact on their communities and in the world at large," according to the foundation's website. The foundation is accepting applications for its 2018 round of scholarships.

Bank of America awards $200,000 to homeless youth program

Bank of America presented New Avenues for Youth with the Neighborhood Builder award Jan. 25. The grant gives the homeless youth service organization a $200,000 grant and leadership training to help support New Avenues' 2020 Campaign — an expansion into East Multnomah County, according to a news release.

Bank of America has run its Neighborhood Builders program since 2004 to give money and strategic planning help to nonprofits.

The bank says it has donated more than $180 million to 900 nonprofits across the country as well as provided leadership resources to nearly 2,000 executives.

School safety hotline goes online

A new tip line set up by the Oregon State Police is available for Oregon's K-12 schools.

Called SafeOregon, schools need to sign up to enable their students to use it. So far, a few Portland schools are in the process of signing up, so check with your school.

The tip line was created in response to House Bill 4075 as a way for students to share and respond to anything that threatens their safety or the safety of others, such as threats, violence, fights, drugs, alcohol, weapons, bullying, self-harm, cyberbullying, harassment or intimidation.

Tips can be submitted online at, emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., through the SafeOregon mobile app, or by calling or texting 844-472-3364. The service is free and anonymous. Users are cautioned that it is against the law to use it for jokes or false reports.

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