Suffocating cells for science In May 2009, El-Naggar made a discovery, from which all of the experiments in his lab have since sprung: A few years earlier, a pair of scientists discovered that microbes grow long, hairy filaments or fibers that are electrically conductive. El-Naggar had a hypothesis. These fibers, he suspected, serve as a conductive bridge between the cell and the rock that they’re breathing. In other words, the path the electrons take to move from the cell body to material outside the cell. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/suffocating-cells-science/
The Air Force Office of Scientific Research granted seven awards to various academic institutions to perform multidisciplinary basic research. The AFOSR awards, totaling $67.5 million, are the result of the Fiscal Year 2013 competition conducted by AFOSR, the Army Research Office, and the Office of Naval Research under the Department of Defense (DoD) Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) Program. http://www.wpafb.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123352368
Dr. Partick G. Carrick, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Acting Director and Director, Basic Science Office, Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) In March, Dr. Pat Carrick, SES, replaced Dr. Russell as (Acting) Director of AFOSR. In his new role, Dr. Carrick guides the management of the entire basic research investment for the United States Air Force. Dr. Carrick leads a staff of 200 scientists, engineers and administrators in Arlington, VA and foreign technology offices in London, Tokyo and Santiago, Chile. Each year, AFOSR selects sponsors and manages revolutionary basic research that impacts the future Air Force. http://www.af.mil/information/bios/bio.asp?bioID=9852
Cleaner fuel in the works for military jets Alternative fuel is playing an even bigger role in the U.S. government’s aviation plan. Within the next year the latest National Aeronautics Research and Development Plan will be released and a large portion of it focuses on alternative fuels. Wright Patterson Air Force Base is playing a leading role, in part because it can moderately scale up lab production for commercial companies. WVXU’s Ann Thompson took a tour to see how it’s made, where it’s tested and what unusual samples the Air Force is storing. She reports in “Focus on Technology.” http://www.wvxu.org/post/cleaner-fuel-works-military-jets
Small in Size, Big On Power: New Microbatteries the Most Powerful Yet Though they may be little, they are fierce. The most powerful batteries on the planet are only a few millimeters in size, yet they pack such a punch that a driver could use a cellphone powered by these batteries to jump-start a dead car battery — and then recharge the phone in the blink of an eye.
The National Science Foundation and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research supported this work. http://sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130416151929.htm