A Week in Review: 11/24/13 – 11/30/13

November 26, 2013

Nanotech Innovation Keeps Surfaces Clean and Transparent
A spin-off company from Penn has found a way to solve the problem of keeping surfaces clean, while also keeping them transparent.

Nelum Sciences, created under an UPstart program in Penn’s Center for Technology Transfer, has developed a superhydrophobic coating that can be sprayed onto any surface. The water-based solution contains nanoscopic particles that add a nearly invisible layer of roughness to a surface. This increases the contact angle of the material to which these particles are applied.

November 27, 2013

BYU engineers turn to origami to solve astronomical space problem
Partnership with NASA could send origami to final frontier

BYU engineers have teamed up with a world-renowned origami expert to solve one of space exploration’s greatest (and most ironic) problems: lack of space.
Working with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a team of mechanical engineering students and faculty have designed a solar array that can be tightly compacted for launch and then deployed in space to generate power for space stations or satellites.

A Week in Review: 1/15/12 to 1/21/12

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

January 17, 2012
Ex-spy satellite chief, in Dayton, touts their spying benefits
U.S. spy satellites face threats including possible collisions with orbiting space junk or potentially being shot down by China or other adversaries, but they still give the United States a unique capability to watch unfriendly countries, a former overseer of the satellites said Tuesday.


Red-Green & Blue-Yellow: The Stunning Colors You Can’t See
Try to imagine reddish green — not the dull brown you get when you mix the two pigments together, but rather a color that is somewhat like red and somewhat like green. Or, instead, try to picture yellowish blue — not green, but a hue similar to both yellow and blue.


January 18, 2012
University of Oxford funded research on insect flight leads to better fertility
Research by zoologists at the University of Oxford into how hoverflies achieve exquisite flight control has led to a means of improving in vitro fertilisation (IVF) techniques.