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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About NRL

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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May 25, 2017
The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory hosted its annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day with a special emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) outreach.
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May 17, 2017
NRL researchers at the Vehicle Research Section and Photovoltaic Section are building on the proven concept of autonomous cooperative soaring of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), which enables long endurance flights of unmanned sailplanes that use the power of the Sun.
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May 15, 2017
Science fair season is coming to a close, yet the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) continues to find ways to effectively contribute to the success of high school STEM students.
NRL chemistry team recognized for battery technology research
May 1, 2017
Researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory’s (NRL) Chemistry Division have developed a safer alternative to fire-prone lithium-ion batteries, which were recently banned for some applications on Navy ships and other military platforms.
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April 14, 2017
The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) participated in the Navy League’s 52nd annual Sea-Air-Space Exposition at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, April 3-5.

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