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Scientific & Technical Interest
July 17, 2014
The U.S. Army's looking at helmet prototypes with optional parts to protect the face and jaw from various threats, including blast waves. But, as Dr. David Mott — an aerospace engineer at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) — says, more parts lead to more surprises. He and colleagues Ted Young and Doug Schwer have published their findings with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
June 29, 2014
NRL physicists have joined with researchers from Germany and Japan, using a scanning tunneling microscope to create quantum dots with identical, deterministic sizes. This achievement opens the door to quantum dot architectures completely free of uncontrolled variations, an important goal for technologies from nanophotonics to quantum information processing as well as for fundamental studies.
June 11, 2014
Dr. Marc Raphael, a physicist at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), leads a team that has become the first to image protein secretions from cells in real-time using live-cell microscopy. A major breakthrough for biology and medicine, they've invented a way to put protein-specific nanosensors on microscope coverslips; the sensors change in brightness as the cell sends proteins into its environment.
May 1, 2014
"GelMan" is not the latest comic book superhero—though he has been: shot at, stood near explosions, dropped from towers, and been held underwater. Made up of synthetic bones and soft tissue, the GelMan surrogates help U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Materials Science and Technology Division scientists understand how helmets and armor protect our real heroes in uniform.
April 29, 2014
NRL scientists have developed a method to fabricate nanocrystalline spinel that is 50% harder than the current spinel armor materials used in military vehicles. This harder spinel offers the potential for better armor windows in military vehicles, which would provide improved protection and other benefits for personnel and equipment.
April 22, 2014
NRL-Stennis Space Center has partnered with Hancock County School District in STEM outreach efforts since 2006. Since that time, the students have shown a steady increase in their scores on the Mississippi Science Test.
April 17, 2014
Dr. Brandy White, in the NRL Center for Biomolecular Science and Engineering, is making materials that capture entire classes of contaminants; then break them down into something harmless. Her technology is stable and can be used for clothing, air filters, or even coated on windows and vehicles.
April 14, 2014
The inaugural shot was fired March 7 to commission the next chapter in weapons research for the Navy and U.S. military forces. The Small Railgun is designed to operate at several launches per minute from a mobile platform using advanced battery technology.
April 7, 2014
Navy researchers demonstrate proof-of-concept in first flight of an internal combustion powered model aircraft fueled by a novel gas-to-liquid process that uses seawater as carbon feedstock.
March 31, 2014
On April 3rd, 2014, a satellite carrying a U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) space weather instrument will launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base. Called the Special Sensor Ultraviolet Limb Imager (SSULI), "SSULI makes accurate measurements of the upper atmosphere and ionosphere that are ultimately useful to the warfighter," says Dr. Scott Budzien, the NRL Program Manager.

Featured Stories
July 21, 2014
At medium altitudes ranging from 6,000 feet to 20,000 feet above mean sea level, water droplets in altocumulus clouds can remain in a supercooled liquid phase that cannot be reasonably resolved in current atmospheric models. New meteorological research characterizes mid-level, mixed phase altocumulus clouds in unprecedented detail.
July 10, 2014
Dr. Rita C. Manak, head of NRL's Technology Transfer Office, has been elected to the Executive Board of the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) as a Member-at-Large for a two-year term beginning October 2014.
July 8, 2014
Dr. Robert E. Morris, a research chemist at NRL, has been honored with the Department of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award. He is recognized for his superlative scientific achievements in fuel analytics.
June 25, 2014
Dr. Jeffrey W. Long, staff scientist in the Surface Chemistry Branch of NRL's Chemistry Division, has been selected to receive the Department of Defense's first "Laboratory Scientist of the Quarter" Award.
June 19, 2014
Dr. Judith Lean, the Senior Scientist for Sun-Earth System Research at NRL, has been honored by having two of her papers selected for publication in Geophysical Research Letters "Top 40" edition.
May 29, 2014
Beginning at NRL in 1943 as a research physicist, Easton worked on the development of radar beacons and blind landing systems. His work exploiting space-based systems for geodesy, navigation, and timing laid the foundations for the modern day global positioning system, better known as GPS.
May 5, 2014
On April 22, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) recognized the inventor of the lab's 5,000th patent: James Dykes, a mathematician and oceanographer at NRL Stennis Space Center.
March 25, 2014
The design firm Wiley Wilson, of Lynchburg, Virginia has received the Grand Award from the American Council of Engineering Excellence Awards competition for the design of NRL's Laboratory for Autonomous Systems Research building.
March 18, 2014
Mehlhorn is named Fellow of the IEEE for his comprehensive knowledge of intense, pulsed electron and ion beams, and corresponding research conducted at the Sandia National Laboratories.
March 11, 2014
The P.S. Theocaris award is conferred upon candidates identified by the First Class of Exact Sciences of the Academy of Athens.