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

A Week in Review: 3/9/14 – 3/15/14

March 10, 2014

Professor Receives Funding to Design Materials Inspired by Bone
Dr. Majid Minary, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at UT Dallas, has received funding to design high-performance materials inspired by bone.
http://www.utdallas.edu/news/2014/3/6-28931_Professor-Receives-Funding-to-Design-Materials-Ins_story-wide.html

March 14, 2014

Department of Defense Supports Kottos’ Symmetric Optics Research
The award will support Kottos’ study on “PT-Summetric Optical Materials” through April 2017. During this time, Kottos will develop a theoretical framework for Parity-Time (PT) Symmetric Optics using mainly polymetric platforms. Additionally, efforts will be made towards identifying other platforms/areas where PT-Symmetric ideas can be applied. Kottos will be coordinating his research with faculty at the University of Central Florida, Rice University, Georgia Institute of Technology and University of Utah.
http://newsletter.blogs.wesleyan.edu/2014/03/14/kottosmurigrant/