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Basic research is the foundation of all scientific and engineering discovery and progress. It is what leads to new inventions and concepts—many of which are revolutionary. And the great thing about basic research is the mystery of it: while basic research investigators may start off trying to prove a particular theory, many times they end up going off in an entirely new direction, or their results are ultimately employed in a dramatically different way than they initially envisioned.

+The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy invites you to share your favorite examples of basic research that led to unexpected insights or game changing applications on social media using #BasicResearch .
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Secretary of Defense Ash Carter recently hosted a family night for +Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors families at the Pentagon as part of the Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp for Young Survivors. Representatives from AFRL were on hand to demonstrate various scientific principles. Here our own Erin Crawley uses modular magnetic blocks to explore complexity of systems and create robots that can sense, act and think. Read the full story at http://1.usa.gov/1dcICmo (+United States Air Force photo by Jim Varhegyi/Released)
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Congratulations to Dr. Jerome R. Busemeyer!

Dr. Jerome R. Busemeyer, a Provost Professor at +Indiana University, was recently awarded the Howard Crosby Warren Medal by the Society of Experimental Psychologists "for his longstanding contributions in dynamic decision making and his modern pioneering work in models of quantum cognition."  Dr. Busemeyer’s groundbreaking research, supported under AFOSR’s Mathematical and Computational Cognition program, extends quantum probability theory to explain several inconsistencies in human dynamic decision making.  His results are likely to enable new forms of autonomous decision making, a capability critical to future DoD information systems.  With this honor Dr. Busemeyer joins such luminaries in psychology as B. F. Skinner (1942) and Endel Tulving (1982) as an outstanding contributor to his field. AFOSR PO: Dr. James Lawton #AirForce   #BasicResearch  
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+United States Air Force Week in Photos | Members of the 437th Airlift Wing at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., conduct a multi-ship C-17 Globemaster III formation during Crescent Reach 15 on May 21, 2015. This exercise tested and evaluated Joint Base Charleston's ability to launch a large aircraft formation in addition to processing and deploying duty passengers and cargo in response to a simulated crisis abroad. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Corey Hook) View all of this week’s photos at http://1.usa.gov/1HZYWBz
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Dr. Ivett Leyva is Great Minds in STEM's Role Model of the Week! Dr. Leyva manages AFOSR’s Aerothermodynamics program. #Aerothermodynamics   #ThankYouSTEMWomen  
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Breaking Down the BAA | Research proposals are sought for the Turbulence and Transition program, managed by Dr. Rengasamy Ponnappan. The Turbulence and Transition portfolio supports basic research and development of the fundamental fluid flow-physics knowledge-base required for revolutionary advancements in a broad variety of future +United States Air Force capabilities. These include aerodynamically-efficient aerospace systems, rapid global and regional response, and management of hypersonic and high-temperature environments. Research supported by this portfolio seeks to characterize, model, exploit and control critical fluid dynamic phenomena associated with external/internal wall-bounded flows through integrated approaches comprised of experimental, numerical and theoretical efforts. In this video, Dr. Rengasamy Ponnappan, Program Officer, presents the Turbulence & Transition program at the 2014 AFOSR Spring Review.

Interested in AFOSR funding for your innovative research ideas? Visit http://1.usa.gov/1HwAzIZ to get started! Find our entire 2015 BAA at http://1.usa.gov/1QpOozB #BasicResearch   #ForceoftheFuture   #Turbulence  
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Congratulations to the 2015 MURI award recipients!

The +Department of Defense announced it will issue 22 awards totaling $149 million over the next five years to academic institutions to perform multidisciplinary basic research. The Army Research Office, AFOSR, and the Office of Naval Research solicited proposals in 19 topics important to DOD and the military services and received a total of 289 white papers, which were followed by 76 proposals. The list of projects selected for fiscal year 2015 funding may be found at http://1.usa.gov/1EVIBcy #DoD   #BasicResearch   #AFOSRMURI  
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Breaking Down the BAA | Research proposals are sought for the Remote Sensing and Imaging Physics program, managed by Dr. Julie Moses. This program investigates fundamental issues concerning remote sensing and the physics of imaging, including image formation processes, non-imaging sensing, propagation of electromagnetic radiation, the interaction of radiation with matter, remote target detection and identification, the effect of the atmosphere or space environment on imaging systems and sensors, and the detection and tracking of resident space objects. Proposals are sought in all areas of ground, air, and space-based remote sensing and imaging, but particularly in the detection, characterization, and identification of space objects.

Interested in AFOSR funding for your innovative research ideas? Visit http://1.usa.gov/1JhCAi0 to get started! Find our entire 2015 BAA at http://1.usa.gov/1QpOozB #BasicResearch   #Space   #ForceoftheFuture  
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Researchers at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and +Michigan State University have developed two new antenna prototypes using a special class of thin film material that allows them to alter their shape using temperature and radiate at varying frequencies within the GHz range. The research was supported, in part, by AFOSR PO Dr. Harold Weinstock. Read the full story at ‬http://bit.ly/1dHA4os #BasicResearch  
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A consortium led by the +University of Colorado Boulder has received permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to start flying drones over parts of Texas and Oklahoma to conduct weather research. The research is supported by AFOSR PO: Dr. Frederica Darema, Dynamic Data Driven Applications Systems (DDDAS) #BasicResearch  
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After the success of our first Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) meeting, it is our pleasure to announce the 2015 YIP meeting from 15-18 June in Arlington, VA. Our YIP community encompasses a collective group of highly innovative and creative research scientists, this forum provides opportunities for past, present, and interested future YIP recipients to interact with one another and with AFOSR Program Officers. Get the details at http://bit.ly/1PNmzUT #BasicResearch  
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+DVIDS Webcast - +U.S. Air Force Academy (Official) Graduation 2015

Today, May 28th, watch the U.S. Air Force Academy Class of 2015 graduate, live from Colorado Springs, Colorado. Scheduled from May 28 2015 11:20 AM EDT to May 28 2015 4:00 PM EDT #AirForce  
Watch the U.S. Air Force Academy Class of 2015 graduate, live from Colorado Springs, Colorado on May 28th.
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We discover, shape and champion basic science that profoundly impacts the future Air Force.
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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.