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Scientific & Technical Interest
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.
September 18, 2014
On September 20, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) will launch a small, spherical satellite called SpinSat. "It's a multifold mission," says Andy Nicholas, the Primary Investigator, "but the primary mission is demonstration of a new thruster technology." SpinSat will also be used to test the space surveillance network and monitor the effects of atmospheric drag.
September 9, 2014
The Administrator met with NRL leadership and employees at the laboratory's headquarters for a first-hand look at the Navy's space program facilities and collaborative research aiding NASA in achieving its mission goals.
September 5, 2014
NRL scientist Dr. John Carr is part of an international team that has discovered what they believe is evidence of a planet forming around a star known as HD 100546 located about 335 light years from Earth.
September 3, 2014
When a satellite is launched into space, there's sometimes room on the rocket for a few mini satellites to hitch a ride, too. Adam Thurn, an Aerospace Engineer at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), has invented a nichrome burn wire mechanism for these CubeSats, as they're called, to deploy something once in orbit. "This is developed as a low-cost, simple mechanism that would do different deployables on a satellite like that," he says.
August 26, 2014
On 15 of its vehicles, Fire Department New York (FDNY) can now automatically see which firefighters are nearby from the onboard computer and relay that information to the city's Operations Center. The system was invented by David DeRieux of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Space Systems, along with Michael Manning of Manning RF and in close partnership with FDNY.
July 28, 2014
In an archaeological survey conducted at NRL, archaeologists have uncovered prehistoric and historical artifacts that open a window to early life on the NRL property.
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.


Featured Stories
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.
July 24, 2014
World's largest operating krypton fluoride (KrF) gas laser becomes world's fastest, achieving a record projectile velocity equivalent to two-and-a-quarter million miles per hour.
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.