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Scientific & Technical Interest
April 14, 2015
The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has built a robot to pull, bend, and twist samples of the composite materials used to build F/A-18s and other aircraft. Dr. John Michopoulos leads the project. With a machine that can, as he says, "Measure so much more than anybody else," and some very advanced math, he can "create a theory that is consistent with all these experiments that we made, and works for all scales." He predicts how the materials will perform when made into large structures and used over many years.
March 18, 2015
NRL has found that some types of rubber provide corrosion protection—and potentially better ballistic protection—for amphibious assault vehicles (AAVs). This is important to the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) as they look to extend the AAV, introduced in 1972, through 2035. "Innovative sustainment concepts, like those NRL is investigating, enable us to avoid the cost of new design, development, and production of new components," says Tim Bergland of the USMC Advanced Amphibious Assault (AAA) office.
March 16, 2015
Scientists have found a simple and robust means to magnetize graphene (with its exceptional mechanical, electrical, and optical properties) using hydrogen.
March 12, 2015
Scientists monitor ionospheric weather conditions in real-time using world's most powerful radio telescope.
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.


Featured Stories
April 14, 2015
Presented by Rear Adm. Klunder, Cortesi receives the award for the rapid development and deployment of the Transportable Electronic Warfare Module (TEWM) to the U.S. Navy.
March 19, 2015
Dr. George Doschek, a research physicist in the Solar and Heliospheric Physics Branch, has been honored with the 2015 George Ellery Hale Prize for outstanding contributions over an extended period of time to the field of solar astronomy.
March 10, 2015
Dr. Arati Dasgupta was recently awarded fellowship to the Washington Academy of Sciences for "outstanding achievements and contributions in the field of plasma physics."
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.