A Week in Review: 4/22/12 to 4/28/12

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

April 23, 2012

Controlling heat flow with atomic-level precision
Through atomic-scale manipulation, researchers at the University of Illinois have demonstrated that a single layer of atoms can disrupt or enhance heat flow across an interface.
http://phys.org/news/2012-04-atomic-level-precision.html

April 24, 2012

Advanced Thin Film Material Has Graphene-Like Properties
Experts at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), in Cambridge, announce the development of a new material that could be used to create new generations of semiconductor chips and thermoelectric devices.
http://news.softpedia.com/news/Advanced-Thin-Film-Material-Has-Graphene-like-Properties-266080.shtml

April 25, 2012

Air Force Designs Unmanned Lightweight Aircraft for NASA
The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is developing a new unmanned airplane that the military and NASA will use to test the effect of air flow on flexible wings to promote innovations in lightweight aircraft design.
http://www.designnews.com/document.asp?doc_id=242553&f_src=designnews_gnews&dfpPParams=ind_183,industry_aero,industry_gov,aid_242553&dfpLayout=article

Engineering students at BYU create Batman grappling hook gun
Batman has all kinds of cool toys and gadgets that he uses to fight crime. One of the most commonly used is his grappling hook gun that he can shoot at the top of the building or other structure, and then the gun will pull him to the top.
http://www.slashgear.com/engineering-students-at-byu-create-batman-grappling-hook-gun-24224355/