Week in Review: 7/10/16 – 7/16/16

July 14, 2016

ASU researcher controls multiple drones with his mind

An ASU researcher has developed a system to control multiple robots — potentially hundreds — with the human brain. “This is something nobody has done before.”
http://www.cbs5az.com/clip/12591533/asu-researcher-controls-multiple-drones-with-his-mind

‘Rivet graphene’ proves its mettle

Nanoscale “rivets” give graphene qualities that may speed the wonder material’s adoption in products like flexible, transparent electronics, according to researchers at Rice University. The Rice lab of chemist James Tour reported the creation of “rivet graphene,” two-dimensional carbon that incorporates carbon nanotubes for strength and carbon spheres that encase iron nanoparticles, which enhance both the material’s portability and its electronic properties. http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-07/ru-gp071416.php

July 13, 2016

Professor Receives Grant from the Air Force Young Investigator Research Program

Gnanamanickam is the first Embry-Riddle professor to receive an Air Force Young Investigator research grant. His proposal to study the fluid dynamics of turbulence was one of 56 projects funded out of over 265 that were submitted by university researchers across the country for fiscal year 2017. http://news.erau.edu/headlines/professor-receives-360000-grant-from-the-air-force-young-investigator-research-program/

July 13, 2016

Smart material getting smarter at WSU

WSU researchers have developed a new multifunctional smart material which combines several qualities of other materials, allowing it to change shape under heat or light and self-heal. http://www.dailyevergreen.com/news/article_32c82134-4866-11e6-9fe1-8f50fa020812.html

July 12, 2016

DNA Origami Lights Up a Microscopic Glowing Van Gogh

Using folded DNA to precisely place glowing molecules within microscopic light resonators, researchers at Caltech have created one of the world’s smallest reproductions of Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night. The reproduction and the technique used to create it are described in a paper published in the advance online edition of the journal Nature on July 11.
https://www.caltech.edu/news/dna-origami-lights-microscopic-glowing-van-gogh-51280

July 11, 2016

Supercomputers fire lasers to shoot gamma ray beam

Supercomputer simulations have shown scientists a new way to generate controlled beam of gamma rays from lasers. Nearly one million CPU hours on Stampede and Lonestar HPC systems were needed for the particle-in-cell simulation. The Texas Petawatt Laser will use the simulations to guide experimental verification later in 2016. Gamma ray production would make possible basic science research and benefit society through brain imaging, cancer therapy, and anti-terrorist cargo scanning. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160711151317.htm