2014 News Releases



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Scientific & Technical Interest
January 7, 2014
NRL has taken a 96,000-pound piece of equipment that was used in the 1940s and is refurbishing it for use in research today.
January 28, 2014
Scientists at NRL have created a new type of tunnel device structure in which the tunnel barrier and transport channel are made of the same material, graphene. This discovery opens an entirely new avenue for making highly functional, scalable graphene-based electronic and spintronic devices a reality.
February 19, 2014
NRL scientists suggest a method that could significantly increase the efficiency of green-blue- ultraviolet light-emitting diodes based on GaInN/GaN, AlGaN/GaN and AlInN/GaN quantum wells. Their approach could enable advances in solid state lightening and the creation of low threshold lasers and high power light emitting diodes.
March 5, 2014
The Navy developed Global Ocean Forecast System (GOFS) represents dual use technology that will benefit civilian interests.
March 10, 2014
The Pentagon Channel's pilot episode of 'Armed with Science' is airing 9 a.m. and 1 and 5 p.m. EST on March 10 and will delve into Navy Research Laboratory and Army Research Laboratory science that shapes the future of defense. In the pilot episode, viewers get an inside look at NRL space robotics research and ARL work in novel weapons design and infrared imaging.
March 12, 2014
Dr. Paul Jaffe, a spacecraft engineer at NRL, has built and tested a module to capture and transmit solar power; including a 'step' variation, which is in the patent process. Assembled in satellite array, modules could beam power to on-Earth receiver, providing sustainable, base-load power for a city or military missions.
March 13, 2014
NRL scientists have spent the past two years working with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency to better predict pending epidemics and regional disease outbreaks.
March 17, 2014
Dr. Jason Jolliff, an oceanographer with the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), published a paper showing combined COAMPS and BioCast data predicted where oil would go after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill. His method applies to predicting ocean optical properties for mine detection and other U.S. Navy missions.
March 19, 2014
NRL scientists are part of a research team that has detected water vapor in the atmosphere of a planet outside our solar system.
March 21, 2014
U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Oceanography Division scientists deployed moorings in the international waters of the Bay of Bengal during December 2013 from the R/V Roger Revelle. Observations collected through 2015 will improve predictions for naval operations, via NRL's forecasting tool, COAMPS.
March 24, 2014
Robotics research teams from Virginia Tech and the University of Pennsylvania demonstrated the most current developments in advanced autonomous systems to assist in discovery, control, and damage control of shipboard fires using humanoid robots.
March 31, 2014
On April 3rd, 2014, a satellite carrying a U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) space weather instrument will launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base. Called the Special Sensor Ultraviolet Limb Imager (SSULI), "SSULI makes accurate measurements of the upper atmosphere and ionosphere that are ultimately useful to the warfighter," says Dr. Scott Budzien, the NRL Program Manager.
April 7, 2014
Navy researchers demonstrate proof-of-concept in first flight of an internal combustion powered model aircraft fueled by a novel gas-to-liquid process that uses seawater as carbon feedstock.
April 14, 2014
The inaugural shot was fired March 7 to commission the next chapter in weapons research for the Navy and U.S. military forces. The Small Railgun is designed to operate at several launches per minute from a mobile platform using advanced battery technology.
April 17, 2014
Dr. Brandy White, in the NRL Center for Biomolecular Science and Engineering, is making materials that capture entire classes of contaminants; then break them down into something harmless. Her technology is stable and can be used for clothing, air filters, or even coated on windows and vehicles.
April 22, 2014
NRL-Stennis Space Center has partnered with Hancock County School District in STEM outreach efforts since 2006. Since that time, the students have shown a steady increase in their scores on the Mississippi Science Test.
April 29, 2014
NRL scientists have developed a method to fabricate nanocrystalline spinel that is 50% harder than the current spinel armor materials used in military vehicles. This harder spinel offers the potential for better armor windows in military vehicles, which would provide improved protection and other benefits for personnel and equipment.
May 1, 2014
"GelMan" is not the latest comic book superhero—though he has been: shot at, stood near explosions, dropped from towers, and been held underwater. Made up of synthetic bones and soft tissue, the GelMan surrogates help U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Materials Science and Technology Division scientists understand how helmets and armor protect our real heroes in uniform.
June 11, 2014
Dr. Marc Raphael, a physicist at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), leads a team that has become the first to image protein secretions from cells in real-time using live-cell microscopy. A major breakthrough for biology and medicine, they've invented a way to put protein-specific nanosensors on microscope coverslips; the sensors change in brightness as the cell sends proteins into its environment.
June 29, 2014
NRL physicists have joined with researchers from Germany and Japan, using a scanning tunneling microscope to create quantum dots with identical, deterministic sizes. This achievement opens the door to quantum dot architectures completely free of uncontrolled variations, an important goal for technologies from nanophotonics to quantum information processing as well as for fundamental studies.
July 17, 2014
The U.S. Army's looking at helmet prototypes with optional parts to protect the face and jaw from various threats, including blast waves. But, as Dr. David Mott — an aerospace engineer at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) — says, more parts lead to more surprises. He and colleagues Ted Young and Doug Schwer have published their findings with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
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.
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.


Featured Stories
January 16, 2014
NRL scientists are conducting research to improve the detection of weapons of mass destruction in maritime environments. In recognition of their efforts, they recently received a Best Paper Award at the 2013 IEEE Conference on Technologies for Homeland Security.
January 24, 2014
Dr. Jeremy Robinson of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is a recipient of the 2012 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). He researches how graphene can be used to detect chemicals, and nanoelectronic and radio frequency communication applications.
January 29, 2014
Satellite Meteorological Applications Section Chief, Jeffrey Hawkins, receives the award for significant leadership in the effectiveness of Space Based Environmental Monitoring Analysis.
February 24, 2014
NRL scientists have demonstrated for the first time that they can electrically access the remarkable properties predicted for a topological insulator. This accomplishment identifies a successful electrical approach that provides direct access to the topological insulator surface state spin system, significantly advances our fundamental understanding of this new quantum state, and enables use of the remarkable properties these materials offer for future technological applications.
March 11, 2014
The P.S. Theocaris award is conferred upon candidates identified by the First Class of Exact Sciences of the Academy of Athens.
March 18, 2014
Mehlhorn is named Fellow of the IEEE for his comprehensive knowledge of intense, pulsed electron and ion beams, and corresponding research conducted at the Sandia National Laboratories.
March 25, 2014
The design firm Wiley Wilson, of Lynchburg, Virginia has received the Grand Award from the American Council of Engineering Excellence Awards competition for the design of NRL's Laboratory for Autonomous Systems Research building.
May 5, 2014
On April 22, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) recognized the inventor of the lab's 5,000th patent: James Dykes, a mathematician and oceanographer at NRL Stennis Space Center.
May 29, 2014
Beginning at NRL in 1943 as a research physicist, Easton worked on the development of radar beacons and blind landing systems. His work exploiting space-based systems for geodesy, navigation, and timing laid the foundations for the modern day global positioning system, better known as GPS.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.