The Department of Defense and other government agencies are establishing public-private institutes focused on innovation in manufacturing. They’re particularly interested in advancing research and techniques for 3D printing.
By adding humpback whale flipper-inspired tubercles (bumps) to the leading edge of each turbine blade, Naval Academy researchers found that they were able to extract more energy from low-speed waves--without hurting performance when waves rushed in at high speeds."
George Washington University researchers developed a prototype for making cement using concentrated solar energy. Their device uses lower temperatures than conventional methods and emits oxygen and either carbon or carbon monoxide as byproducts, rather than carbon dioxide.
Peregrine Falcons Inspire New Thermal Soaring Strategy for UAVs
Researchers have found that unmanned aerial vehicles can use less power and fly longer if they copy peregrine falcons' flying patterns; and, in their quest for developing insect-sized vehicles, the Air Force is learning how fruit flies navigate
A new study shows that individuals with paralysis can control the movement of a robotic prosthetic using their thoughts. With continued development, this technology could also expand how we interface with technology, possibly allowing us to do more with less and less physical equipment.