Week in Review: 12/28/14 – 1/3/15

December 30, 2014

First 3D Metamaterials will enable higher resolution ultrasound, stealth submarines and other applications
Researchers have developed the first three dimensional metamaterials by combining physico-chemical formulation and microfluidics technology. This is a new generation of soft metamaterials that are easier to shape. In their experiment, the researchers got ultrasonic oscillations to move backwards while the energy carried by the wave moved forwards. Their work opens up new prospects, especially for high-resolution imaging (ultrasonography).
http://nextbigfuture.com/2014/12/first-3d-metamaterials-will-enable.html

Top Breakthroughs Stories Of 2014
Artificial Muscle Spun From Fishing Line And Thread: Ordinary sewing thread can have superhuman power. That’s according to researchers at UT Dallas who discovered fishing line and sewing thread can be cheaply converted to powerful artificial muscles — no Rumpelstiltskin required.
http://breakthroughs.kera.org/top-breakthroughs-stories-of-2014/

December 29, 2014

Innovation, invention, and just plain cool
Granted, it is unlikely that the laser turret being developed by Lockheed Martin, the U.S. Air Force, and the University of Notre Dame will ever be an option on a general aviation aircraft, but you have to admit it’s pretty cool that the developers used a Falcon 10 to test a laser turret.
http://www.aopa.org/News-and-Video/All-News/2014/December/29/Top-Tech-of-2014