A Week in Review: 4/8/12 to 4/14/12

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

April 10, 2012

Nimbis Demos WorkFlow-as-a-Service for Semiconductor Design
Nimbis Services Inc. conducted a live demonstration at GOMACTech ’12 of a semiconductor design-to-release-manufacturing cloud computing WorkFlow-as-a-Service (WFaaS) portal, the Trusted Silicon Stratus Demonstration Cloud (TSS-DC). Nimbis Services under contract with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) implemented the TSS-DC as the first virtualized computing cloud for chip design using the open source OpenStack cloud computing middleware and Cisco Systems’ Unified Computing System (UCS).
http://www.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/2012-04-09/nimbis_demos_workflow-as-a-service_for_semiconductor_design.html

April 11, 2012

$24.9 Million Funding Available for Sensor Innovative Research
The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory has announced that it expects to award a maximum of 25 cooperative agreement grants for research in areas of antenna technology, opto-electronic technology, electromagnetic scattering and infrared sensor technology.
http://www.laserfocusworld.com/news/2012/04/09/24-9-million-funding-available-for-sensor-innovative-research.html

White House touts ‘challenge’ prizes
…if the government dangles prize money in front of inventors to come up with technology solutions to common problems, it can get results just as in the private sector, suggests a White House report out Tuesday that documents its successes in offering “challenge” prizes.
http://www.federaltimes.com/article/20120410/AGENCY04/204100301/

April 12, 2012

The weapon may not make the man, but it certainly makes him loom larger.
The paper, funded by the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research, is part of a larger project to understand human decision-making in potentially violent situations.
http://www.latimes.com/news/science/la-sci-weapons-height-20120412,0,809520.story

MetaStable Instruments Awarded Thin-Film Metrology Patent
MetaStable Instruments Inc. has received a US Patent for a technique that measures very low absorption in certain thin-film optical coatings that are deposited in a vacuum chamber.
http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=50586

April 13, 2012

Bats Fold Wings for Ultra-Efficient Flight
Despite their relatively cumbersome wings, bats are champions of nocturnal aviation, a feat accomplished through an ingenious bit of aeronautical engineering.
http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/04/bat-wings-flight/