We are explorers

As a specialized laboratory for the U.S. Navy, we are driven to discover. Our research takes us from the depths of the ocean to the edges of the galaxy, producing powerful results that benefit both military and civilians alike. Learn More »

We are protectors

With a mission of ensuring the safety of our armed forces, we've made advancements that impact all humankind. Our work in storm prediction, hazardous chemical detection, and protection against oil spills, for example, is creating a safer world. Learn More »

We are futurists

In an era of constant, often dramatic change, our research in emerging areas like virtual reality, superconductivity, automated systems, and nanotechnology gives the U.S. Navy the strategic and tactical edge needed for success in today's environment. Learn More »

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About NRL

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory provides the advanced scientific capabilities required to bolster our country’s position of global naval leadership. Here, in an environment where the nation’s best scientists and engineers are inspired to pursue their passion, everyone is focused on research that yields immediate and long-range applications in the defense of the United States.

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June 22, 2016
Recent theoretical models have predicted that black holes may grow through so-called cold, chaotic accretion, but unambiguous observational evidence of this form of accretion has been, until now, elusive.
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June 14, 2016
Located 35 miles south of Washington, D.C., the Blossom Point Research Facility went into operation July 1956, becoming the first satellite tracking station in the United States.
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June 8, 2016
The Electrolytic Cation Exchange Module (E-CEM), developed at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), provides the Navy the capability to produce the raw materials necessary to develop synthetic fuel stock at sea or in remote locations.
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June 6, 2016
Scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory demonstrate hyperthermal ion implantation (HyTII) as an effective means of substitutionally doping graphene, resulting in a low-defect film with a tunable bandstructure amenable to a variety of device platforms and applications.
May 10, 2016
Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) communities around the world are exploring ways in which different services can collaborate on naval missions. These communities envision UAS capabilities supporting joint warfighter missions over land, littoral and blue water regions.

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