A Week in Review: 06/03/12 to 6/09/12

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

June 4, 2012

Physicists store short movies in an atomic vapor
The storage of light-encoded messages on film and compact disks and as holograms is ubiquitous—grocery scanners, Netflix disks, credit-card images are just a few examples. And now light signals can be stored as patterns in a room-temperature vapor of atoms.

Ascending Aggies win design competition with superhero device
A team of engineering students at Utah State University designed what could be the next high-tech device for military special forces.

June 5, 2012

Energy-dense Biofuel from Cellulose Close to Being Economical
A new Purdue University-developed process for creating biofuels has shown potential to be cost-effective for production scale, opening the door for moving beyond the laboratory setting.

June 7, 2012

Emerging Optics Technology to Fly on Microsatellite: Photon Sieve Demonstrated for First Time in Ground Experiment
A kitchen gadget used to sift flour and other ingredients is the inspiration behind the name of an emerging technology that could resolve some of the more intriguing components of the sun’s chromosphere — the irregular layer above the photosphere that contributes to the formation of solar flares and coronal mass ejections.

AFRL seeks computer network that morph under attack
The Air Force Research Laboratory wants to build a “rapidly-shifting” computer network infrastructure that morphs when under attack and confuses those trying to target it, government documents show.

Save Rome Lab: As cyberwarfare escalates, so must cybersecurity
The “next Pearl Harbor we confront could very well be a cyberattack that cripples our power systems, our grid, our security systems, our financial systems,” Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned last year.

June 8, 2012

Armored caterpillar could inspire new body armor
Military body armor and vehicle and aircraft frames could be transformed by incorporating the unique structure of the club-like arm of a crustacean that looks like an armored caterpillar, according to findings by a team of researchers at the University of California.