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Scientific & Technical Interest
February 25, 2015
NRL astrophysicist Dr. T.L. Wilson is part of a multi-national research team that has discovered an outburst in the infrared from a deeply embedded protostar.
February 5, 2015
October 2014 marks the five-year anniversary for two sensors that the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has been operating aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The Hyperspectral Imager for the Coastal Ocean (HICO) takes images of oceans in many different wavelengths to help scientists see what's in the water, be it sediment or chlorophyll or runoff. The Remote Atmospheric and Ionospheric Detection System (RAIDS) also measures light in various wavelengths, but looking at the upper atmosphere and ionosphere.
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.

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February 27, 2015
Dr. Paul E. Sheehan, a research chemist in the Surface Chemistry Branch at NRL, was inducted as a Fellow of the American Vacuum Society.
February 24, 2015
NRL's Dr. John N. Russell, Jr., head of the Surface Chemistry Branch, was honored at the annual American Vacuum Society awards ceremony with the top Societal honor, AVS Honorary Membership.
February 19, 2015
Dr. Paul Syverson, a mathematician at NRL, has been named a Fellow by the Association for Computing Machinery.
February 4, 2015
Elected Fellow of the American Physical Society, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory research physicist, Dr. Steve Hellberg, was nominated for creative and influential contributions in the fields of strongly correlated materials, quantum dots, defects, and heterostructures.
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."