A Week in Review: 3/4/12 to 3/10/12

A quick recap of AFRL and AFOSR news mentions over the past week.

March 5, 2012

Nanofiber Breakthrough Holds Promise for Medicine and Microprocessors
A new method for creating nanofibers made of proteins, developed by researchers at Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly), promises to greatly improve drug delivery methods for the treatment of cancers, heart disorders and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as aid in the regeneration of human tissue, bone and cartilage.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/02/120229105139.htm

US Tests World’s First Military Fuel Cell Vehicle Fleet
The U.S. Army, Pacific is testing a fleet of 16 hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to research efficient, clean and renewable energy sources and reduce the military’s dependence on petroleum products. The military fleet of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles is funded by the Army Tank Automotive Research Development Engineering Center, Office of Naval Research and Air Force Research Laboratories.
http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/mar2012/2012-03-01-091.html

March 7, 2012

Influencing Stem Cell Fate: New Screening Method Helps Scientists Identify Key Information Rapidly
Northwestern University scientists have developed a powerful analytical method that they have used to direct stem cell differentiation. Out of millions of possibilities, they rapidly identified the chemical and physical structures that can cue stem cells to become osteocytes, cells found in mature bone.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/03/120306131650.htm

USA Science & Engineering Festival Announces Nifty Fifty Program
The Nifty Fifty, sponsored by AT&T, are a group of science and engineering professionals who will fan out across the Washington, DC area in March/April to inspire students to seek careers in STEM.
http://eon.businesswire.com/news/eon/20120306006176/en/Education/Careers/STEM

Air Camp Returns for Third Year
In just its third year of operations, Air Camp is expanding in summer 2012 to offer three camp sessions in Dayton, Ohio, the birthplace of aviation. Since Air Camp’s inception in 2010, middle school students have traveled from across the U.S. to experience the wonders of flight and the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) of aviation and aeronautics. The University of Dayton campus serves as the host facility for housing and meeting space. From the UD campus, students will explore behind the scenes at the area’s major aviation and history sites, including the Air Force Research Laboratory, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, Dayton History, and the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery.
http://www.udayton.edu/news/articles/2012/03/air_camp_three_session_expansion.php

March 8, 2012

Exotic materials boosts electromagnetism safely
By using exotic man-made materials scientists from Duke University and Boston College believe they can greatly enhance the forces of electromagnetism (EM), one of the four fundamental forces of nature, without harming living beings or damaging electrical equipment.
http://www.domain-b.com/technology/materials/20120307_safely.html

Hypersonic expert receives international accolade
The University of Queensland’s (UQ) Professor in Hypersonic Propulsion, Michael Smart, is part of an international research team, which will be honoured at the International Congress on Aeronautics in Brisbane, Australia, on September 23-28. The Australian-US team will receive the prestigious 2012 International Council on Aeronautics (ICAS) von Karman Award for international Co-operation in Aeronautics. They will present a paper at the conference on the Hypersonics International Flight Research Experimentation (HIFiRE) Program.
http://www.uq.edu.au/news/?article=24488

NASA Introduces the X-56A MUTT
MUTT is one of the Air Force’s newest X-planes, designated X-56A. The 7.5-foot-long aircraft has a 28-foot wingspan and will be powered by two 52-pound thrust JetCat P200-SX turbine engines. It is being built in California under contract to Lockheed Martin Corp., which will conduct the flight experiments for the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).
http://www.clarksvilleonline.com/2012/03/07/nasa-introduces-the-x-56a-mutt/

A Week in Review: 2/26/12 to 3/3/12

A quick recap of AFRL and AFOSR news mentions over the past week.

February 29, 2012

X-56A Designation Assigned To AFRL Flight Research Vehicle
The Air Force Research Laboratory was recently awarded an X-Plane designation for a vehicle that will be used to explore active control of lightweight, aerodynamically-efficient aircraft configurations. The X-56A is an innovative, modular, unmanned fight research vehicle that will allow investigation of active flutter suppression and gust load alleviation technology.
http://www.avionics-intelligence.com/news/2012/02/28/x-56a-designation-assigned-to-afrl-flight-research-vehicle.html

March 2, 2012

Air Force Office of Scientific Research hosts annual program Spring Review
The Air Force Office of Scientific Research will soon host its annual Spring Review from 5 through 9 March, 2012. This program review, to be held at 950 Glebe Road, Suite 210, in Arlington, Virginia, will be the 55th formally designated annual assessment of AFOSR’s research portfolio.
http://www.physorg.com/wire-news/91969568/air-force-office-of-scientific-research-hosts-annual-program-spr.html

Exotic material boosts electromagnetism safely
Using exotic man-made materials, scientists from Duke University and Boston College believe they can greatly enhance the forces of electromagnetism (EM), one of the four fundamental forces of nature, without harming living beings or damaging electrical equipment.
http://www.sciencecodex.com/exotic_material_boosts_electromagnetism_safely-86940

Nanofiber Breakthrough Holds Promise for Medicine and Microprocessors
A new method for creating nanofibers made of proteins, developed by researchers at Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly), promises to greatly improve drug delivery methods for the treatment of cancers, heart disorders and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as aid in the regeneration of human tissue, bone and cartilage.
http://earthsky.org/breaking-news/nanofiber-breakthrough-holds-promise-for-medicine-and-microprocessors

USAF Looks To Work Hand In Hand With Silicon Valley
In 1947, following World War 2, the United States Army Air Forces became the United States Air Force. They also became one the preeminent research and development teams in the United States. But in the last 20 years that title has gone to the private sector. The USAF plans to meet with companies such as Apple, Google, and Facebook to talk about topics such as innovation, security, and technology. “We really are looking at what are the best practices to keep innovation and technology access in the Air Force alive and healthy.” Said Jennifer Ricklin, chief technologist for the Air Force Research Laboratory.
http://www.webpronews.com/usaf-looks-to-work-hand-in-hand-with-silicon-valley-2012-02