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/

A Week in Review: 4/15/12 to 4/21/12

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

April 16, 2012

MetaStable Instruments awarded patent on optical thin-film metrology
Optical components and coatings maker MetaStable Instruments has received a US patent covering a technique for measuring http://www.optoiq.com/articles/2012/04/metastable-instruments-awarded-patent-on-optical-thin-film-metrology.html

April 17, 2012

Oil-spill clean-up may be made easier by carbon-nanotube technology
For the first time, researchers at Penn State University and Rice University have created solid, spongy blocks of carbon nanotubes that have an astounding ability to clean up oil spills in water.
http://live.psu.edu/story/59158

April 19, 2012

UAV test flights this fall will be crucial
Efforts to demonstrate that unmanned aircraft can be flown safely in airspace used by manned airplanes could get an important boost with test flights scheduled this fall, a conference of unmanned aircraft industry officials was told Tuesday.
http://www.springfieldnewssun.com/news/springfield-news/uav-test-flights-this-fall-will-be-crucial-1361638.html

Industry Seeking to Better Align Research Investments With DoD Needs
A communication disconnect between the Pentagon and industry on where to focus independent research and development (IRAD) efforts has threatened to hinder the advancement of technologies and has kept companies from seeing returns on their investments, government and industry officials said.
http://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/blog/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=754

April 21, 2012

New technique efficiently creates single photons for quantum information processing.
Using lasers to excite just one atom from a cloud of ultra-cold rubidium gas, physicists have developed a new way to rapidly and efficiently create single photons for potential use in optical quantum information processing – and in the study of dynamics and disorder in certain physical systems.
http://phys.org/print254064866.html

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/