Week in Review: 5/11/14 – 5/17/14

May 14, 2014

Poking cells, solving mysteries and other reasons scientists love basic research
Scientists and engineers frequently seek solutions to specific problems. But the goal — and challenge — of basic research is to tackle broad questions without an immediate application in mind. As part of our ongoing series on the subject, PBS NewsHour asked undergraduates, graduates and postdoctoral researchers why they do basic research.
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/reasons-scientists-love-basic-research/

May 13, 2014

Virginia Tech to host debut 3-D printed ground and air vehicle competition finale May 15
Fourteen student teams from across Virginia Tech will compete May 15 in the finale of a debut competition designed to encourage the creation of remote-controlled 3-D printed air and ground vehicles.

The teams – from across the university, and including students from engineering, geosciences, public relations, physics, biology, and more – are competing in the Spring 2014 Additive Manufacturing Grand Challenge, in part sponsored by the U.S. Air Force. Up for grabs: $15,000 in cash prizes, including $3,000 for first prize in each category, and $250 for each team that creates a functional vehicle. Seven teams in each category – air and ground – will compete.

Leading the competition is Christopher Williams, head of Virginia Tech’s Design, Research, and Education for Additive Manufacturing Systems – or DREAMS, for short – Lab.
http://www.vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2014/05/051314-engineering-3dprintvehiclemcompetition.html

A Week in Review: 8/25/13 – 8/31/13

August 26, 2013

Bionic Skin for a Cyborg You
Flexible electronics allow us to cover robots and humans with stretchy sensors
http://spectrum.ieee.org/biomedical/bionics/bionic-skin-for-a-cyborg-you

New School Year! And Space Robots!
http://approach.rpi.edu/2013/08/26/new-school-year-and-space-robots/

Promoting Small Business for Basic Research Tech Transfer
On 20 August 2013, the Basic Research Innovation and Collaboration Center (BRICC), a partnership between the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) and the Virginia Applied Research Corporation (VT-ARC), hosted a Basic Research Small Business Interchange in Arlington, Virginia to provide technology-based small business insight into Air Force basic research and government small business processes.
http://www.wpafb.af.mil/news/story_print.asp?id=123361155