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

A Week in Review: 2/5/12 to 2/11/12

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

February 7, 2012

Spry robot built to zip like a butterfly
High-speed video of butterflies’ agility in flight may help researchers build tiny robots that mimic the insects’ maneuvers.
http://www.futurity.org/science-technology/spry-robot-built-to-zip-like-the-butterfly/

JILA scientists confirm first ‘frequency comb’ to probe ultraviolet wavelengths
Physicists at JILA have created the first “frequency comb” in the extreme ultraviolet band of the spectrum, high-energy light less than 100 nanometers (nm) in wavelength. Laser-generated frequency combs are the most accurate method available for precisely measuring frequencies, or colors, of light.
http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/JILA_scientists_confirm_first_frequency_comb_to_probe_ultraviolet_wavelengths_999.html

February 9, 2012

AFRL announces X-56A
The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has unveiled a new unmanned test aircraft, the Lockheed Martin X-56A, designed to study active flutter suppression. Two examples of the aircraft will be built, along with four sets of wings – one rigid, to test initial aircraft handling, and three sets with increasing flexibility for flutter tests.
http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/afrl-announces-x-56a-367914/

February 10, 2012

Electronics – the future is flexible
Flexible, printed electronics will usher in the “Organic Age” predicted Dr. Jennifer Ricklin, chief technologist at the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory and the opening speaker of the 2012 FlexTech Alliance Flexible Electronics & Displays Conference & Exhibition.
http://www.nanowerk.com/news/newsid=24220.php