What We Learned Today

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Scientists and engineers discuss how to shape the Army of the future

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Learning from Failed Experiments
22:29

Sometimes experiments don’t go as planned, but researchers end up learning from failure. In this week’s episode, U.S. Army CCDC Army Research Laboratory Director Dr. Phil Perconti talks with research chemist Dr. Jesse Sabatini about why a possible contender to replace TNT didn’t pass muster.

Aug 19, 2019
Stirling Engines for the Future
26:49

Imagine a future where a vehicle would convert any form of heat into electricity for ground propulsion. What will that mean for the Army of tomorrow? Let’s find out as Dr. Phil Perconti, director of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory talks with computer scientist Justin Shumaker.

Aug 12, 2019
67 Years of Service
14:27

Robert B. Reams Jr., started his research career for the federal government in 1952. Sixty-seven years later, he will retire after a distinguished career with the U.S. Army CCDC Army Research Laboratory. Listen to the conversation as Director Dr. Phil Perconti has “Bob” tell his story and why his work was important for American Soldiers.

Aug 05, 2019
Pioneering Army researcher earns Presidential Early Career award
22:31

A pioneering Army researcher has earned the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. Listen to U.S. Army CCDC Army Research Laboratory Director Dr. Phil Perconti interview Dr. Nathan Lazarus.

 

Read more:

Pioneering Army researcher earns Presidential Early Career award: https://www.army.mil/article/224221/

Recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/president-donald-j-trump-announces-recipients-presidential-early-career-award-scientists-engineers/

Jul 29, 2019
Augmented Reality
27:36

Army researchers are looking at augmented reality from a psychological perspective. Listen to the conversation with U.S. Army CCDC Army Research Laboratory Director Dr. Phil Perconti and research psychologist Dr. Jennifer Cowley.

Jul 22, 2019
Keeping it Cool
18:55

When you touch an electronic device, you notice how much heat it gives off. In the military, keeping electrical components cool and functioning optimally is a goal for researchers. U.S. Army CCDC Army Research Laboratory Director Dr. Phil Perconti talks with thermal/packaging engineer Dr. Lauren Boteler about "keeping it cool!"

Jul 15, 2019
Power On Demand from Aluminum and Water
16:13

Imagine a squad of future Soldiers on a long range patrol far from base with dead batteries and a desperate need to fire up their radio. One of the Soldiers reaches for a metal tablet and drops it into a container and adds water. Immediately the tablet starts to dissolve and hydrogen is released into a fuel cell. And just like that, the radio has power. This is not science fiction. This is something scientists at the U.S. Army CCDC Army Research Laboratory have figured out how to do. It’s a disruptive discovery that could change everything! Listen in on a conversion with Dr. Kris Darling and Dr. Anit Giri, both materials scientists at the lab's Weapons and Materials Research Directorate at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.

Jul 08, 2019
Supercomputing and Sensors
19:29

Imagine having a complete understanding of what's inside a building without having to step inside. That's the kind of thing that scientists and engineers at the U.S. Army CCDC Research Laboratory are working on using research into low-frequency imaging sensors and supercomputers. Listen to the conversation between lab director Dr. Phil Perconti and computer scientist Ross Adelman about the future of supercomputing and sensors!

Jul 01, 2019
Fueling the Army of the Future
16:41

Army researchers are exploring the development of versatile fuels for the future. U.S. Army CCDC Army Research Laboratory Director Dr. Philip Perconti talks with mechanical engineer Dr. Constandinos Mitsingas. Will we someday have transportation that runs off anything -- like Mr. Fusion from Back to the Future?

Jun 24, 2019
Exploring Potential Navigation with Electromagnetic Fields
15:20

In the future, Soldiers and autonomous vehicles will use tricorder-like sensors to measure electromagnetic fields. That might be valuable information for navigation in a GPS-denied environment. That's the kind of cutting edge research the Army is pursuing. U.S. Army CCDC Army Research Laboratory Director Dr. Philip Perconti talks with research physicist Dr. Kevin Claytor about this intriguing potential technology!

Jun 17, 2019
Robot Evolution and the Future Army
28:58

Robotics has the potential to move Soldiers out of harm's way. How will the future Army use robots to accomplish complex missions and ensure dominant strategic land power? CCDC Army Research Laboratory Director Dr. Phil Perconti talks with roboticist Phil Osteen about the current state of research.

Jun 10, 2019
Army Research Laboratory and Synthetic Biology
21:49

Will futuristic materials self-heal using synthetic biology? The American Army of the future will leverage science and technology advances to make its Soldiers stronger and safer. At the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command's Army Research Laboratory, ARL Director Dr. Phil Perconti discusses the challenges and applications of Army research into synthetic biology with ARL research chemist Dr. Meagan Small.

May 31, 2019
Army pushes for higher speeds in future tiltrotor aircraft
14:26

The U.S. Army is developing a new wind-tunnel testbed that will help future tiltrotor aircraft attain higher speeds, improved stability and enhanced safety. We talk to the researchers on the project and learn about how the Army hopes to attain its goals!

May 08, 2019
Researchers make significant findings related to traumatic brain injury
10:18

A team from the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory, the Illinois Institute of Technology and Argonne National Laboratory released a Traumatic brain injury study. ARL's Joyce Conant talks with TBI researcher Ashley Eidsmore. Read more!

Mar 27, 2019
Researchers 3-D print ultra-strong steel parts from powder
09:48

Soldiers needing replacement parts may turn to 3-D printers in the future to rapidly deliver reliable and ultra-strong metal parts. Army researchers are looking at new technologies to create steel alloy parts from powder using a laser. At the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command's Army Research Laboratory, materials manufacturing scientists say this technology may change everything. Read more... https://www.army.mil/article/217861

Mar 25, 2019
Martian meteorites land at Army lab
26:44

NASA officials say that some rare and distinct meteorites found on Earth were actually blasted off Mars by a large impact event. One such rock from the red planet made its way to an Army laboratory recently for a special X-ray look inside. Researchers from the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory have powerful tools to look deep inside metal and rock using X-ray scanning technology. 

Mar 25, 2019