We are explorers

As a specialized laboratory for the U.S. Navy, we are driven to discover. Our research takes us from the depths of the ocean to the edges of the galaxy, producing powerful results that benefit both military and civilians alike. Learn More »

We are protectors

With a mission of ensuring the safety of our armed forces, we've made advancements that impact all humankind. Our work in storm prediction, hazardous chemical detection, and protection against oil spills, for example, is creating a safer world. Learn More »

We are futurists

In an era of constant, often dramatic change, our research in emerging areas like virtual reality, superconductivity, automated systems, and nanotechnology gives the U.S. Navy the strategic and tactical edge needed for success in today's environment. Learn More »

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The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory provides the advanced scientific capabilities required to bolster our country’s position of global naval leadership. Here, in an environment where the nation’s best scientists and engineers are inspired to pursue their passion, everyone is focused on research that yields immediate and long-range applications in the defense of the United States.

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Perseus Cluster – NRAO
August 3, 2017
The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), working in conjunction with the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), employs the upgraded Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (JVLA) to ‘peer’ into the cluster of galaxies in the constellation Perseus, 250 million light-years from Earth.
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July 24, 2017
An interdisciplinary team of scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has demonstrated optical and electronic evidence of semiconductor-to-metallic phase transition when exposed to airborne chemical vapors, and how the behavior can be used to create an entirely new class of chemical vapor sensors.
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July 17, 2017
Recently, a novel coating developed by researchers at NRL for the exterior topsides of Navy surface ships went beyond small area testing to covering the entire freeboard of an amphibious assault ship.
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July 11, 2017
Antibiotic resistance is one of the most significant global public health problems and is rising in many developing nations. NRL, working with researchers in the Republic of Kenya, discovered a high prevalence of antibiotic resistant bacteria in the East Africa country, due to over-use of antimicrobial agents
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July 7, 2017
Captain Mark Bruington, the 38th commanding officer of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, was relieved by Captain Scott Moran during a dual change of command and retirement ceremony at the Navy’s corporate laboratory

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