New class of laser beam doesn’t follow normal laws of refraction

University of Central Florida researchers have developed a new type of laser beam that doesn’t follow long-held principles about how light refracts and travels. The findings, which were published recently in Nature Photonics, could have huge implications for optical communication and laser technologies. “This new class of laser beams has unique properties that are not

Unknown submarine landslides discovered in Gulf of Mexico

A Florida State University researcher has used new detection methods to identify 85 previously unknown submarine landslides that occurred in the Gulf of Mexico between 2008 and 2015, leading to questions about the stability of oil rigs and other structures, such as pipelines built in the region. Assistant Professor Wenyuan Fan in the Department of

Pushing the limits of 2D supramolecules

Scientists at the University of South Florida have reached a new milestone in the development of two-dimensional supramolecules — the building blocks that make areas of nanotechnology and nanomaterial advancement possible. Since the 2004 discovery of graphene, the world’s thinnest (one-atom-thick) and strongest (200 times stronger than steel) material, researchers have been working to further

What do soap bubbles and butterflies have in common?

Edith Smith bred a bluer and shinier Common Buckeye at her butterfly farm in Florida, but it took University of California, Berkeley, graduate student Rachel Thayer to explain the physical and genetic changes underlying the butterfly’s newly acquired iridescence. In the process, Thayer discovered how relatively easy it is for butterflies to change their wing

New technology developed to improve forecasting of Earthquakes, Tsunamis

University of South Florida geoscientists have successfully developed and tested a new high-tech shallow water buoy that can detect the small movements and changes in the Earth’s seafloor that are often a precursor to deadly natural hazards, like earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis. The buoy, created with the assistance of an $822,000 grant from the National

Method to change fundamental architecture of polymers

A Florida State University research team has developed methods to manipulate polymers in a way that changes their fundamental structure, paving the way for potential applications in cargo delivery and release, recyclable materials, shape-shifting soft robots, antimicrobials and more. “We are making a polymer completely change its architecture through a chemical response,” said FSU Assistant

WATCH: Astro the robot dog brought to life using 3D printing

Scientists at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) have used 3D printing, deep learning, artificial intelligence and robotics to create Astro, an intelligent robot dog that can see, hear, train and learn.  A product of FAU’s Machine Perception and Cognitive Robotics Laboratory (MPCR) in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, Astro uses the quadruped robotic system developed

Additive Orthopedics supplies first 3D printed finger implant in the U.S.

Robert Smith, an iron worker from St. Petersburg, Florida, has become the first person to receive a 3D printed finger bone implant in the U.S. Dr. Daniel Penello from Alexander Orthopedic Associates and a team from Additive Orthopedics, a New Jersey-based medical technology company, worked to create the custom 3D printed bone replacement. The alternative for Smith’s