A Week in Review: 2/23/14 – 3/1/14

February 24, 2014

Dr. McGuffey awarded Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Program Grant
Dr. McGuffey’s project, titled Dynamics of high-intensity laser-driven proton beam transport in solid density materials was among 42 nationwide selected for funding by the program. Dr. McGuffey is a member of High Energy Density Physics Group led by Professor Farhat Beg in the Jacobs School of Engineering. The project will investigate transport of proton beams produced by high intensity lasers. Such beams have exceptionally high beam density, among the highest that can be produced, making them a unique tool to develop basic understandings of energy transport in warm dense plasma, and material survivability in extreme environments.
http://maeweb.ucsd.edu/node/296

February 25, 2014

Rein Ulijn To Head ASRC Nanoscience Initiative
Rein Ulijn, a renowned nanochemist who has been one of Europe’s rising young research stars over the past decade, has been appointed the founding director of the nanoscience initiative of CUNY’s new Advanced Science Research Center.
http://www1.cuny.edu/mu/asrc-news/2014/02/25/rein-ulijn-to-head-asrc-nanoscience-initiative/

February 28, 2014

Virginia Tech hosting debut student competition to design 3-D printed aircraft, ground vehicles
Virginia Tech will play host to a first-time university-wide competition for students to deign on-demand, remote-controlled 3-D printed aircraft and ground vehicles.
http://www.eng.vt.edu/news/virginia-tech-hosting-debut-student-competition-design-3-d-printed-aircraft-ground-vehicles

A Week in Review: 2/16/14 – 2/22/14

February 18, 2014

Sloan Research Fellowship latest award for CU-Boulder Professor Gordana Dukovic
Today the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation announced that Dukovic was one of 126 people in the U.S. and Canada selected for one of the prestigious Sloan Research Fellowships in 2014. Awarded annually since 1955, the fellowships are given to early career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them both as rising stars and the next generation of scientific leaders.
http://www.colorado.edu/news/releases/2014/02/18/sloan-research-fellowship-latest-award-cu-boulder-professor-gordana-dukovic

Hyperspectral sensor lets drones see through camouflage, spot explosives
The Air Force is planning to test a high-powered spectral sensor for unmanned aerial vehicles capable of spotting such things on the ground as improvised explosives or camouflaged targets by identifying what those objects are made of.
http://defensesystems.com/articles/2014/02/25/air-force-aces-hy-hyperspectral.aspx?admgarea=DS

February 21, 2014

Researchers Create Powerful Muscles From Fishing Line, Thread
In a paper published Feb. 21 in the journal Science, the researchers explain that the powerful muscles are produced by twisting and coiling high-strength polymer fishing line and sewing thread. Scientists at UT Dallas’ Alan G. MacDiarmid NanoTech Institute teamed with scientists from universities in Australia, South Korea, Canada, Turkey and China to accomplish the advances.
http://www.utdallas.edu/news/2014/2/21-28701_Researchers-Create-Powerful-Muscles-From-Fishing-L_story-wide.html

 

 

A Week in Review: 2/9/14 – 2/15/14

February 12, 2014

Tunnel 9 engineers conduct boundary layer transition experiments at Mach 10
The Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC) Hypervelocity Wind Tunnel 9 is performing experiments on a large 7-degree cone test article at Mach 10 to improve the understanding of hypersonic boundary layer transition in testing and evaluation (T&E) facilities. The testing is made possible under the Test Resource Management Center (TRMC) and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) funded Hypersonic Center of Testing Excellence (CoTE).
http://www.arnold.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123400059

A Week in Review: 2/2/14 – 2/8/14

February 3, 2014

UC Researchers at Ground Control in Launching the Fastest Plane of the Future
Randy Allemang, a UC professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Structural Dynamics Research Lab in the UC College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS), will present a validation metric that involves principal component analysis (PCA) decomposition of simulation and test data to measure the uncertainty in how well the models match with measured data, which will ultimately determine the success in approaching how such a plane could be built. That 25-year exploratory project is led by the U.S. Air Force.
http://www.uc.edu/news/NR.aspx?id=19166

Diamond film possible without the pressure
Now researchers at Rice University and in Russia have calculated a “phase diagram” for the creation of diamane. The diagram is a road map. It lays out the conditions – temperature, pressure and other factors – that would be necessary to turn stacked sheets of graphene into a flawless diamond lattice.
http://news.rice.edu/2014/02/03/no-pressure-needed-for-diamond-film/

February 4, 2014

Fruit flies – fermented-fruit connoisseurs – are relentless party crashers
That fruit fly joining you just moments after you poured that first glass of cabernet, has just used its poppy-seed-sized brain to conduct a finely-choreographed search, one that’s been described for the first time by researchers at the University of Washington.
http://www.washington.edu/news/2014/02/04/fruit-flies-fermented-fruit-connoisseurs-are-relentless-party-crashers/

February 5, 2014

Ballistic Transport in Graphene Suggests New Type of Electronic Device
 “This work shows that we can control graphene electrons in very different ways because the properties are really exceptional,” said Walt de Heer, a Regent’s professor in the School of Physics at the Georgia Institute of Technology. “This could result in a new class of coherent electronic devices based on room temperature ballistic transport in graphene. Such devices would be very different from what we make today in silicon.”
http://www.news.gatech.edu/2014/02/05/ballistic-transport-graphene-suggests-new-type-electronic-device

A Week in Review: 1/19/14 – 1/25/14

January 24, 2014

AFOSR awards $15.5 million in research grants
The Air Force Office of Scientific Research today announced that it will award approximately $15.5 million in grants to 42 scientists and engineers from 32 research institutions who submitted winning research proposals through the Air Force’s Young Investigator Research Program (YIP).
http://www.wpafb.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123377864