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Scientific & Technical Interest
January 29, 2015
NRL researchers have taken inspiration from nature — from fish, in particular — to design and develop novel underwater propulsion, control solutions for near-shore and littoral zone missions using autonomous underwater vehicles.
January 15, 2015
The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) was in the news a lot in 2014. The top 10 most-viewed stories on our website in 2014 cover alternative energy, autonomous systems, space, and new technologies for warfighters.
January 12, 2015
On November 28, 2014, astronauts aboard the International Space Station successfully deployed SpinSat into orbit. SpinSat's primary mission is to demonstrate a new thruster technology; researchers will also use it to test the space surveillance network and improve future atmospheric density models.
January 6, 2015
An NRL instrument designed to study the Earth's thermosphere is part of a satellite mission that NASA has officially confirmed, with launch expected in 2017. The Michelson Interferometer for Global High-resolution Thermospheric Imaging (MIGHTI) satellite instrument is part of NASA's Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) mission.
December 18, 2014
Scientists at NRL along with Mercury Continuity have successfully demonstrated the Tactical Reachback Extended Communications (TREC) system in the port of Miami.
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."

Featured Stories
January 23, 2015
Dr. Craig Hoffman has been appointed Superintendent of the Optical Sciences Division at NRL. As Superintendent, he directs the research of approximately 200 scientists and engineers engaged in basic and applied research across a wide swath of optical science.
January 9, 2015
Dr. Chandra Pande, an NRL metallurgist, has been awarded Honorary Membership in ASM International in recognition of his "distinguished service to the materials science and engineering profession by his pioneering and seminal research and teaching and its promotion to metallurgical community."
January 8, 2015
NRL research scientist, Dr. John Michopoulos, is awarded the 2014 Wolfram Innovator Award for his creative and innovative use and application of the Wolfram Programming Language.
December 18, 2014
NRL's Dr. Fritz Kub has been inducted into the University of Maryland's Innovation Hall of Fame. He is recognized for his technology innovations related to gallium nitride Light Emitting Diodes and microwave transistors.
December 17, 2014
The 2014 conference concentrated on science and technology of the new Arctic environment, bringing together leading researchers in Arctic environmental science.
December 16, 2014
On October 9, 2014, Dr. Jay Eversole was awarded the 2014 U.S. Naval Research Laboratory-Edison Sigma Xi Applied Science Award. The citation reads, "In recognition of his research in aerosol optical diagnostic measurements, sensor development, and leadership contributions to DoD [Department of Defense] chemical and biological warfare defense."
December 11, 2014
Dr. Sam Carter, a research physicist at NRL, has received the Young Investigator Award from the NRL Edison Chapter of the Sigma Xi scientific research society.
December 9, 2014
NRL plasma physicist, Dr. Alexander Velikovich, is the 2014 recipient of the laboratory's Edison Sigma Xi Award for Pure Science.
December 1, 2014
Dr. Gurudas Ganguli, Senior Scientist for Intense Charged Particle Beams and Plasma Processes at NRL, has received the 2014 E.O. Hulburt Award. This is the highest award the NRL Commanding Officer can confer on an NRL civilian employee.
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."