Metamaterials--materials whose function is determined by structure instead of composition--are designed to do a number of amazing things; the problem is these materials are only good for specific tasks.
Researchers are building polarization cameras inspired by the incredible eyesight of the heavy-hitting mantis shrimp. By detecting the polarization signature of diseased cancer tissue, these cameras could mean a huge leap in early cancer detection.
Visualizations that may reduce the false alarm rate for tornado prediction - how? Amy McGovern at the University of Oklahoma is trying to make high resolution simulations of supercell storms to see why some storms generate tornadoes and others don't.