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The Brilliance of Basic Research | MIT Spectrum  #BasicResearch  
“I wasn’t dreaming of developing the GPS,” says Professor Emeritus Dan Kleppner, who in 1960 helped invent the hydrogen maser, an atomic clock that’s now at the heart of satellite-based global positioning systems. “With basic research, you don’t begin to recognize the applications until the discoveries are in hand,” he says. “In my view, basic [...]
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Origami Artists Don't Fold Under Pressure | More than 600 people from a dozen countries came to the +Fashion Institute of Technology in New York to attend the OrigamiUSA convention. The National Science Foundation (NSF)'s Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation office awarded grants to 13 origami-engineering projects. Some of the projects are co-funded by AFRL/AFOSR. Learn more: http://on.wsj.com/1rSw8oQ #origami   #engineering   #artofscience  
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Breaking Down the BAA | Research proposals are sought for the Flow Interactions and Control program, managed by Dr. Douglas Smith. The Flow Interactions and Control portfolio supports basic research into the motion and control of aerodynamic shear flows, including the interactions of these flows with rigid and flexible surfaces. Discover the basic research objectives of this program at http://go.usa.gov/XXWJ #AirForce   #BasicResearch  
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According to researchers, providing proteins with the ability to be very bright can help biosensor technology advance because of better signal-to-noise ratio. The U.S. Air Force uses a large variety of biosensors in applications from biomedicine and bioengineering to materials science.
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With AFOSR support, the DOD provides funds to HBCU/MI schools through Thurgood Marshall College Fund to determine what factors lead to student retention and completion in #STEAM  fields.
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While a new report finds the DoD needs a better strategy for monitoring and leveraging global science and technology, AFOSR has already started making great strides toward that goal for the Air Force. In FY2013, our organization realigned four international offices into a single International Basic Science Office, realizing significant efficiencies in both business operations and technical strategy. The mission of this consolidated office is: Provide the U.S. Air Force a strategy, awareness, and access to overseas basic research.
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Breaking Down the BAA: Latin America Space Science and Space Situational Awareness | A key research area in the SOARD portfolio is Space Science. This is due in part to the unique resources and the geophysical space environment found in the southern hemisphere.
For example, the magnetic equator passes through the northern regions of South America with a network of scintillation stations located in Brazil and Peru to monitor and study ionosphere perturbations that effect GPS and communications. Similarly, the SAMBA magnetometers network, runs north and south down the length of Chile and into Antarctica, is used to study the earth's magnetic fluxes and monitor magnetic storm effects. These stations are supported by NSF, +NASA, and the AFRL Space Vehicle Directorate. And lastly, some of the world's largest and most advanced astronomical observatories are located in the dry regions in the Andes of Argentina, Chile and Peru taking advantages of what is considered by many as the darkest skies on the globe. Taking advantage of these unique resources, SOARD has formed research collaborations with several institutions in Latin America for the purpose of forecasting the geospace environment of Earth. This research is necessary for predicting satellite drag and radiation belt perturbations used in maintaining space situational awareness and for protecting AF space assets used in communications, navigation, and surveillance. #AirForce   #BasicResearch   #space  
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#ThrowbackThursday  1980s | New Flow Control Techniques for C-17 Based on AFOSR Research (1988-1995) In 1996, McDonnell Douglas Aerospace (MDA) conducted a technology development program on active flow control concepts for future improvements to the C-17's propulsion system. New technologies included active mixing enhancement for plume IR and jet noise reduction and pulsed fluidic thrust vectoring for enhanced maneuverability. These improvements enhanced C-17 affordability, survivability, environmental compliance beyond current specifications and regulations.

This innovative technology program sponsored researchers at +Georgia Tech led by Professor Ari Glezer, working in collaboration with Drs. Valdis Kibens, David Parekh and Mr. David Smith of McDonnell Douglas. Learn more on page 43: http://bit.ly/1e5WVTr #tbt   #AirForce   #BasicResearch  
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AFOSR Funding Opportunity | The NRC/RRA Program offers postdoctoral and senior scientists and engineers opportunities to perform research at sponsoring Air Force laboratory sites. #AirForce  
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#AirForce   #Innovation  | Richard Rast, a senior engineer at the Air Force Research Laboratory, created an innovative way to track space debris to help reduce the risk of potential collisions. The system could become a cost-effective supplement to the current processes used by the +United States Air Force and +NASA that rely on expensive telescopes, radar systems and considerable manpower for analysis. #AFRL   #Space   
Richard Rast, a senior engineer at the Air Force Research Laboratory, created an innovative way to track this space debris to help reduce the risk of potential collisions.
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Another MURI success story:   What happens to a carbon nanotube when the end of it strikes a target directly at ~15,000 mph? Researchers from +Rice University found out...
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Ms. Katty Maldonado, from AFOSR's Southern Office of Aerospace Research and Development, receives the State Department's Eagle Award from U.S. Ambassador to Chile, Michael A. Hammer for enhancing U.S.-Chilean science cooperation. Ms. Maldonado was instrumental in bringing about the installation and operation of the USAF Falcon Telescope Network (FTN) at the Mamulluca Observatory in Chile.
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Welcome to the official Google+ page of AFOSR. We discover, shape and champion basic science that profoundly impacts the future Air Force.
 
For sixty years, AFOSR has forged the foundations of science in every mission critical area for today’s Air Force, from integrated circuits, lasers, and stealth to anti-missile defense systems, hypersonics, and space travel. AFOSR personnel do not dream about what is possible—we accomplish what many believe is impossible. We focus on the science of the future today; enabling a future Air Force that will be far more technologically advanced than any peer.