A Week in Review: 8/3/14 – 8/9/14

Aug. 8, 2014

Low-cost printable photonic integrated devices
By directly printing devices onto a functional resist with a high refractive index, optical components can be created without the use of any etching steps. This new low-cost fabrication technique can produce printable integrated circuits, as reported by researchers at aBeam Technologies, the Molecular Foundry and NanoOptic Devices. Presenting in Nanotechnology, several optical components are demonstrated, including ridge waveguides, light splitters and digital planar holograms that operate in the visible wavelength range. The approach could revolutionize the development of integrated photonic devices.
http://nanotechweb.org/cws/article/lab/58162

Aug. 7, 2014

Origami Robot Can Self-Assemble and Walk Without Human Help
A research team at Harvard and MIT announced today that they’ve created a self-assembling robot. The machine, which begins as a flat sheet of material, exploits principles of origami to fold itself into a 3-D robot capable of walking without any human assistance.
http://www.newsweek.com/origami-robot-can-self-assemble-and-walk-without-human-help-263381

A Week in Review: 4/21/13 – 4/27/13

April 22, 2013

Physicists Find Right (and Left) Solution for On-Chip Optics: Nanoscale Router Converts and Directs Optical Signals Efficiently
A Harvard-led team of researchers has created a new type of nanoscale device that converts an optical signal into waves that travel along a metal surface. Significantly, the device can recognize specific kinds of polarized light and accordingly send the signal in one direction or another.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130422143313.htm

April 24, 2013

Supertough, Strong Nanofibers Developed
University of Nebraska-Lincoln materials engineers have developed a structural nanofiber that is both strong and tough, a discovery that could transform everything from airplanes and bridges to body armor and bicycles. Their findings are featured on the cover of this week’s April issue of the American Chemical Society’s journal, ACS Nano. This research was funded by the National Science Foundation, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) and a U.S. Army Research Office Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative grant.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130424112307.htm

April 24, 2013

U.S.-Australia agreement promotes space situational awareness
A new agreement made between the United States and Australia represents the first in what U.S. Strategic Command’s commander hopes will be many that promote transparency in the space domain.
http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?storyID=123345762

 

 

A Week in Review: 05/13/12 to 5/19/12

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

May 14, 2012

SmallSat Lab nurtures spaceport opportunities for NMSU students
New Mexico State University has received $99,999 from the Air Force Research Laboratory to re-establish the SmallSat Laboratory in the Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
http://www.lcsun-news.com/las_cruces-news/ci_20615615/smallsat-lab-nurtures-spaceport-opportunities-nmsu-students

New type of retinal prosthesis could better restore sight to blind
Using tiny solar-panel-like cells surgically placed underneath the retina, scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine have devised a system that may someday restore sight to people who have lost vision because of certain types of degenerative eye diseases.
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-05/sumc-nt050912.php

May 15, 2012

Air Force, EPA may collaborate
The Air Force Research Laboratory and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are in talks about a research collaboration that could improve water decontamination detection and cleanup procedures, with applications for military and homeland security programs.
http://www.springfieldnewssun.com/news/air-force-epa-may-collaborate-1375082.html

Adapter Could Help Air Force Get More Out of Its Launches
The Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Secondary Payload Adapter, also known as an ESPA ring, can give up to six 400-pound secondary satellites a ride into space, or be converted into one free-flying spacecraft….
http://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/archive/2012/June/Pages/AdapterCouldHelpAirForceGetMoreOutofItsLaunches.aspx

May 16, 2012

Researchers Turn Algae Into Fuel at Tyndall’s Air Force Research Laboratory
Algae, it grows fast and it grows just about anywhere. That’s just one of the reasons the Air Force is trying to figure out how to use it as a fuel source. Researchers at Tyndall Air Force Base began exploring the possibilities of algae-based biofuel three years ago, and it looks promising.
http://www.wjhg.com/news/headlines/Researchers_Turn_Algae_Into_Fuel_at_Tyndalls_Air_Force_Research_Laboratory_151517405.html?ref=405

May 17, 2012

New ‘metamaterial’ practical for optical advances
Researchers have taken a step toward overcoming a key obstacle in commercialising “hyperbolic metamaterials,” structures that could bring optical advances including ultrapowerful microscopes, computers and solar cells.
http://www.domain-b.com/technology/materials/20120515_metamaterial.html

May 18, 2012

US Department of Defense Awards $155 Million in Research Funding
The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) announced May 16 that it will issue 23 awards to academic institutions across the country to perform multidisciplinary basic research. The program expects to award $155 million over the next five years.
http://www.defpro.com/news/details/35529/?SID=2261715f13e937c9a0fa11d81aca8762

Purdue researchers use AZO for optical metamaterials
Researchers at Purdue University have shown how to create metamaterials without the traditional silver or gold previously required for creating optical metamaterials.
http://eetimes.com/electronics-news/4373297/Purdue-researchers-use-AZO-for-optical-metamaterials