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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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During the operational tour NRL researchers directly interacted with USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) crewmember’s who maneuver ship systems. The opportunity for operational exchange with actual Sailors will aid researchers considering user-interface in their research, design process. (Photo Credit: Sara Francis, NRL Strategic Communications Office)
January 4, 2019

NORFOLK, Va. — Researchers from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory attended an operational tour of the USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) in response to need for more rapid transfer of science and technology (S&T) to the Navy’s fleet.

Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command
December 7, 2018

Scientists from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory - Stennis Space Center, Marine Geosciences Division, have increased participation in recent Naval exercises and operational demonstrations, realizing the effects of Navy research scientists and engineers working alongside Sailors and Marines.

EBL skymap
November 29, 2018

Researchers from the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope Collaboration, including scientists at the U. S. Naval Research Laboratory, used Fermi to measure the rate of star formation through interactions of gamma rays with extragalactic background light, gaining insight into the star formation history of the universe.

2018 Navy
November 27, 2018

Dr. Marriner Merrill, a research scientist at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, was recognized as part of a team that received the Navy "Innovation Excellence Acquisition Team of the Year Award" for demonstrated engineering ingenuity in developing a repair solution for delaminated transparent armor, estimated to save the Marine Corps $105 million.

Steerable electro-evanescent optical refractor (SEEOR)
November 19, 2018

Scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory have recently demonstrated a new nonmechanical chip-based beam steering technology that offers an alternative to costly, cumbersome and often unreliable and inefficient mechanical gimbal-style laser scanners.


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