2010 News Releases

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Scientific & Technical Interest
January 5, 2010
The discovery of seventeen new millisecond pulsars was announced by scientists from NRL's Space Science Division and a team of international researchers.
January 19, 2010
NRL-developed "Sea Node" has completed the Trident Warrior 2009 Exercise and officially received a positive Military Utility Assessment.
February 12, 2010
NRL researchers are developing a device to enable rapid detection and identification of bacteria, chemicals, and explosives in the environment or on the battlefield.
February 24, 2010
Scientists at NRL and the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign recently reported a new technique for directly writing composites of nanoparticles and polymers.
March 8, 2010
Scientists at NRL-Stennis Space Center are supporting Haiti relief operations with maps, imagery and other geospatial information.
March 22, 2010
The song says that "diamonds are a girl's best friend," but scientists at NRL are finding that diamonds are a researcher's best friend too. NRL has recently undertaken some new projects in diamond research.
March 30, 2010
In a survey recently conducted by The Scientist magazine, the Naval Research Laboratory ranked 16th among 90 U.S. and international institutions as the best places to work for Postdocs
March 31, 2010
Roger L. Easton recognized by the National Inventors Hall of Fame for pioneering achievements in spacecraft tracking and timing and navigation technology (TIMATION) that led to the development of critical enabling technologies of the NAVSTAR-Global Positioning System (GPS).
April 6, 2010
Giant eruptions of ionized gas, or plasma, from the Sun called coronal mass ejections [CMEs] produce solar energetic particles that cause spacecraft anomalies and communication interruptions, and can have significant adverse effects on Global Positioning Systems. Scientists at NRL are studying CMEs in an effort to better understand and predict their impact on instrumentation.
April 8, 2010
NRL held a groundbreaking ceremony today, April 8, 2010, to mark the construction of a major new facility called the Autonomous System Research Laboratory. The new facility will integrate science and technology components into research prototype systems and will become the nerve center for basic research that supports autonomous systems research for the Navy and Marine Corps.
April 19, 2010
Scientists at NRL have solved a long-standing dilemma about the mass of infrared bright merging galaxies. Because galaxies are the largest directly observable objects in the universe, learning more about their formation is key to understanding how the universe works.
May 10, 2010
Scientists from the NRL at Stennis Space Center, MS, and Washington, D.C., recently completed an investigation of the acoustic properties of the deep seafloor in the Gulf of Mexico.
May 12, 2010
NRL physicist Douglas Drob, with co-authors R.R. Meier and J.M. Picone of George Mason University and M. Garcés of the University of Hawaii, has published a chapter in the monograph Infrasound Monitoring for Atmospheric Studies.
May 17, 2010
A microbiologist from NRL-Stennis Space Center recently returned from a 10-week deployment to Port au Prince, Haiti, as part of Operation Unified Response. He was part of a 13-member team consisting of an environmental health officer, industrial hygiene officer, preventive medicine officer, entomologist, laboratory technician, general hospital corpsman and six preventive medicine technicians.
May 19, 2010
NRL's Tether Electrodynamics Propulsion CubeSat Experiment (TEPCE), a tethered spacecraft being built to demonstrate electrodynamic propulsion in space, underwent successful deployment tests in March 2010.
June 1, 2010
NRL researchers who built and designed the HICO™-RAIDS Experiment Payload (HREP), have been honored with the Rotary National Award for Space Achievement Stellar Team Award.
June 11, 2010
NRL teams with Georgia Tech and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in a breakthrough toward creating nanocircuitry on graphene.
June 14, 2010
NRL's Space Science Division is performing an intensive study of the Earth's upper atmosphere using a flotilla of NRL-built spaceflight experiments aboard four concurrent spaceflight missions, involving five satellites and the International Space Station.
June 17, 2010
Data gathered and compiled by NRL and USGS scientists during geophysical survey flights over Afghanistan reveal potentially rich natural resource sediment basins and mineral deposits and provide hydrologic and geospatial referenced imagery to support infrastructure and economic development.
June 21, 2010
Researchers from NRL and George Mason University report that the Earth's upper atmosphere has recently experienced the lowest density in 43 years.
June 23, 2010
Scientists from NRL's Space Science Division have uncovered some surprising results in studying the measurements of properties of the solar corona from Hinode.
June 26, 2010
Developing devices to detect, deceive and otherwise jam enemy radar, Howard Lorenzen earned the distinction as the Father of Electronic Warfare, a revelation that made evident the importance of electronic countermeasures in Naval operations
July 1, 2010
Scientists at NRL have developed new laser-machining techniques for radiation detectors.
July 7, 2010
Observations from NASA's twin Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO) spacecraft have allowed NRL scientists to see recent solar activity that may have produced the first casualty of the new solar cycle #24.
July 8, 2010
Diversity/Careers in Engineering & Information Technology magazine has named NRL a "Best Diversity Company 2010" based on a reader's choice survey. During March and April 2010, magazine readers and website visitors were asked to identify the corporations, government agencies and other organizations that do the best work in diversity.
July 15, 2010
NRL's Microwave Imager/Sounder (MIS) program successfully passed a major milestone with the completion of the Preliminary Design Review on April 6-8, 2010.
August 10, 2010
Seven NRL researchers received the prestigious 2009 Dr. Delores M. Etter Top Scientists and Engineers of the Year Award. A total of 15 group and individual awards were presented this year, representing 18 scientists and engineers.
August 19, 2010
In a ceremony held today at NRL, Capt. Paul Stewart, NRL Commanding Officer, and Dr. John Montgomery, NRL Director of Research, recognized the loyalty of NRL employees who have completed from five to fifty years of continuous service, in increments of five years, at NRL.
August 23, 2010
Using the Large Area Telescope (LAT) onboard NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope satellite, astronomers have detected gamma rays from a nova for the first time, a finding that surprises both observers and theorists.
August 25, 2010
The integration of single-spin magnetoelectronics into standard silicon technology may soon be possible, if experiments confirm a new theoretical prediction by physicists at NRL and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
August 27, 2010
Long mistaken for volcanic ash clouds, pyrocumulonimbus clouds absorb smoke and aerosol particles from intense wildfires and funnel the pollutants as high as 11 miles into the upper atmosphere.
August 31, 2010
NRL is ready to deploy the Virtual Mission Operations Center, a remarkable capability that has been the focus of a six-year project developed in concert with numerous government and industry partners.
September 22, 2010
Mr. Alan Schultz, currently the Director of the Naval Center for Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence at NRL, has been appointed as the first Director for the Autonomous Systems Research Laboratory.
September 27, 2010
NASA has chosen NRL's Wide-field Imager to be part of the Solar Probe Plus mission slated for launch no later than 2018.
October 14, 2010
A science team from NRL and Scripps Research Institute publish a detailed study of the interactions of water soluble semi-conductor quantum dots with the electro-active neuro-transmitter dopamine.
November 5, 2010
Eighty years ago, two NRL scientists set out to improve naval early warning capabilities. What they ultimately accomplished forever changed how the Navy saw their adversaries in the air and at sea.
November 15, 2010
NRL scientists have analyzed and developed the first comprehensive empirical characterization of solar Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) size, speed, mass, and kinetic energy. CMEs are the most energetic phenomena in the solar system and the major drivers of geomagnetic storms.
November 17, 2010
A research team from NRL, the University of Washington, and Naval Surface Warfare Center has developed and tested an underwater navigation system that uses a spiral shaped acoustic wave to determine aspect. The single stationary beacon can provide a navigation signal for any number of underwater vehicles.
November 22, 2010
Scientists at NRL are part of a research team working to engineer surfaces that imitate some of the water repellency features found in nature. This technology offers the possibility of significant advances for producing new generations of coatings that will be of great value for military, medical, and energy applications.
December 9, 2010
The Chesapeake Bay oyster population has been devastated by disease, overharvesting and water quality problems. Initiatives similar to the one being developed at NRL are an added component to reinforce the Navy's commitment toward improving water quality in the Bay and enhancing wildlife habitats.
December 16, 2010
NRL computer scientists John Sample and Elias Ioup recently had their book Tile-Based Geospatial Information Systems published by Springer.
December 17, 2010
Deployed in low Earth orbit, two NRL designed and built nano-satellites will be evaluated as platforms for future experimentation and technology development.
December 21, 2010
Scientists and engineers with the Marine Geoscience Division return from mission tasked with counter-IED measures and the safe withdrawal of combat troops.
December 28, 2010
NRL and NASA conducted a two-day workshop for Louisiana and Mississippi teachers. During the no-cost workshop, teachers learned to build and operate Sea Perch robots.

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