Image shows how new technology could work, relying on the non-specific absorption of chemicals on the surface of nanoparticles for envioronmental cleanup. (Image courtesy of Nicolas Bertrand, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Spotlight: Easily Retrievable, Biodegradable Nanoparticles for Environmental Cleanup

News reports continue to raise awareness of potential health threats associated with exposure to hazardous materials. The Elk River chemical spill in January 2014 caused deprivation of tap water to 300,000 people for weeks. Elsewhere, disturbing...

A new technique for growing graphene, called nanoCVD involves growing graphene in an industrial cold wall Chemical Vapor Deposition system. This breakthrough in graphene technology could have many applications for warfighter technologies.

Spotlight: Breakthrough with New Technique for Graphene Production

Graphene is the thinnest substance capable of conducting electricity, but is also flexible and one of the strongest known materials. Because of these characteristics, scientists and engineers have dedicated years to adapting graphene to...

Scanning electron micrograph of Plasmodium gallinaceum invading mosquito midgut. (Photo courtesy of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)

Spotlight: Researchers Use Luminol to Treat Malaria

Malaria is a devastating infectious mosquito-borne disease caused by single-celled parasites called Plasmodium that can live inside red blood cells. In 2013, 500,000 people died after being infected with malaria. As the malaria parasite mutates, it...

Figure 1. Global spread of MERS-CoV. Dark blue shaded countries indicate ongoing/autochthonous transmission. Light blue shaded countries indicate imported cases from travels originating in the Middle East.

Spotlight: MERS-CoV: A Persistent Threat to International and U.S. Force Public Health

As new biological threats emerge around the world, deployed personnel risk encountering these agents both on the battlefield and during peacetime. The current outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) continues to cause...

Spotlight: Japan’s “Privacy Visor” Thwarts Facial Recognition Technology

Japan has worked for years to create a pair of glasses that will shield the wearer from discovery on facial recognition software. The first iteration of the “privacy visor” used near-infrared lights, which are visible to cameras but not humans. The new...

Spotlight: The Offshore Floating Nuclear Power Plant Concept

If the nuclear industry is to live up to its immense potential and thrive in a post-Fukushima, post 9/11 world in which public concerns about safety and security are high and the cost of alternative energies is either low (natural gas) or rapidly decreasing...

Spotlight: Manufacturing Miniature Primary Batteries

When soldiers depart on long patrols, the gear they carry weighs up to 100lbs. Deployable communication devices such as radios, GPS and night-vision goggles require the use of batteries in order to function. Batteries, along with water, contribute to...

Spotlight: Shielding Radiation Using Composite Metal Foam

The Advanced Materials Research Lab (AMRL) at North Carolina State University is creating a new class of metallic foam, known as composite metal foam (CMF), to combine the benefits of metal matrix composites and metallic foams. In the past decade...