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Scientific & Technical Interest
November 20, 2014
Researchers have demonstrated that confined surface phonon polaritons within hexagonal boron nitride exhibit unique metamaterial properties that enable novel nanoscale optical devices.
November 19, 2014
The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), in collaboration with the DOE's Energy Sciences Network (ESnet), the International Center for Advanced Internet Research (iCAIR) at Northwestern University, the Center for Data Intensive Science (CDIS) at the University of Chicago, the Open Cloud Consortium (OCC) and significant industry support, have conducted a 100 gigabits per second (100G) remote I/O demonstration at the SC14 supercomputing conference in New Orleans, LA.
November 18, 2014
Around the globe, billions of pounds of agricultural waste are generated every year. Scientists at NRL are exploring ways to convert this waste into high-value silicon carbide that can be used for a variety of electronic and structural applications.
November 17, 2014
The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has partnered with a power company to apply its pulsed electron beam technology to reduce the nitric oxide and nitrogen dioxide (NOx) emitted by coal power plants. "This an opportunity for NRL to a get a technology that we developed here out in the real world," says Dr. John Sethian, the plasma physicist leading the project at NRL, "not only to show the technology works, but that NRL's contributing to cleaner energy."
October 27, 2014
After a lot of research into dog behavior, including watching hundreds of hours of tapes of handlers and their IED-detecting dogs in Iraq, Adam Moses of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) created the ROVER program. It runs off Xbox Kinect and could help dog handlers practice commands and learning to read a dog's silent cues. Says Moses, "ONR [The Office of Naval Research] wanted a way for the human to train with a dog, with a virtual dog, that you can train with anytime, anywhere."
October 8, 2014
It started as way to patch together radio communications for users "on-the-move"; but now Software Reprogrammable Payload (SRP) is also a way for troops and Command to share images and other data, even across remote areas, and engage in electronic warfare. Chris Huffine of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) leads SRP development and testing, and NRL plans to transition 100 SRPs to U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) Aviation starting in 2016.
October 1, 2014
NRL research physicist Dr. Rhonda Stroud and materials engineer Dr. Nabil Bassim are part of an international preliminary examination team that has spent the last six years analyzing samples from the NASA Stardust Interstellar Dust Collector.
September 29, 2014
Scientists know that weather in space impacts activity here on Earth, so NRL scientist Dr. Brian Wood is analyzing ionospheric disturbances to determine their effect on ground-based satellite navigation systems.
September 24, 2014
Oxide nanoparticles have been shown to be crucial components in numerous applications to include electronic and magnetic devices, energy storage and generation, and as magnetic nanoparticles for use in magnetic resonance imaging. An important advantage of this novel method is the capability of creating bulk quantities of materials in a single step.
September 19, 2014
Since 2004, the CanSat competition has become an annual event designed to foster student growth in multiple disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Participating in the event's 10-year anniversary were university and college teams from around the nation, as well as South America, Europe, and Asia.


Featured Stories
November 21, 2014
Dr. Kazhikathra Kailasanath, a physicist at NRL, receives the Captain Robert Dexter Conrad Award. He is recognized for "leading and conducting the basic research and the necessary applied engineering studies that have demonstrated the use of simple mechanical chevrons on jet exhaust nozzles as an effective noise-reducing retrofit for Navy F/A-18 Jet Aircraft Engines and that have demonstrated a Pulsed Detonation combustor retrofit for shipboard gas turbine engines with a 25% reduction in fuel consumption with no loss in generated power."
November 12, 2014
Each year the editors of Popular Science review thousands of products in search of the top 100 tech innovations of the year. This year, Popular Science Magazine has named NRL's novel, seawater-to-fuel concept, as one of the magazine's top 100 breakthrough products and technologies of 2014.
October 24, 2014
Dr. Siddiq Qidwai, a mechanical engineer at NRL, has been elected a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
October 20, 2014
U.S. Navy Scientific Development Squadron ONE (VXS-1), the 'Warlocks,' welcomes Cmdr. Buser as the next commanding officer of the Navy's elite airborne laboratory squadron.
October 10, 2014
NRL's Laboratory for Autonomous Systems Research (LASR) has achieved LEED silver certification. LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a sustainable building certification program, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, which recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices.
September 17, 2014
An interdisciplinary team at NRL has received the Japan Society of Applied Physics 2014 Outstanding Paper Award. The award is only given to a select group of papers that present excellent achievement in applied physics and are published in the last 24 months in Japan Society of Applied Physics journals.
August 22, 2014
For eight years in a row, Diversity/Careers in Engineering & Information Technology magazine has named NRL a "Best Diversity Company."
August 20, 2014
Eighteen NRL scientists and engineers representing ten NRL research divisions were recognized with the prestigious Dr. Delores M. Etter Top Scientist and Engineer of the Year award.
August 12, 2014
Dr. Igor Medintz, a research biologist, has been awarded the 2013 Arthur S. Flemming Award in the category of Basic Science. He is recognized for his work in the growing field of bionanotechnology.
August 1, 2014
Captain Mark Bruington, USN, assumed the duties as NRL's 38th Commanding Officer during a formal Change of Command ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Friday, August 1, 2014.