To support the purchase of research instrumentation, the Defense Department is awarding $42.2 million to 97 academic institutions. The agency plans to give 233 grants, averaging $181,000. The awards are being made under the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP). The program enables Pentagon-supported university re-searchers to purchase scientific equipment that costs $50,000 or more. Under their contracts and grants, the researchers often have difficulty buying instruments that cost that much. Four military research offices picked the award winners from more than 700 proposals from universities. Among the DURIP selections are funds for state-of-the-art instruments for research in: vibration and noise monitoring of large observation platforms at the University of Maryland; micro-heat engines at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and ad-vanced mechanical testing systems at Florida International University.
The engineers and inventors of the post WWII period turned their attention to advancements in electronics, communication, and entertainment. Breakthrough inventions range from LEGOs and computer gaming to the integrated circuit and Ethernet -- a range of advancements that have little in common except they changed our lives.
Neil Fromer is the executive director of the Resnick Institute, a program for energy and sustainability at the California Institute of Technology, working to develop new ideas and research technologies related to providing a sustainable future. He spoke to us about the severity of the current drought in California and how solar energy can help prevent such situations in the future.
From home enthusiasts to workers on the manufacturing floor, everyone's imagination is captured by the potential of 3D printing. Prototyping, spare parts creation, art delivery, human organ creation, and even mass product production are all being targeted as current and potential uses for the technology.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.