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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 »

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January 11, 2018
(WASHINGTON • Jan. 10, 2018) – An interdisciplinary team of federal, private, and academic researchers, including scientists from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Marine Meteorology Division, were bestowed the unique “Special Award” from the American Meteorological Society (AMS), at the 98th Annual AMS Meeting in Austin, Texas, January 10, 2018.
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January 4, 2018

WASHINGTON — A team of physicists, headed by the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), have demonstrated the means to improve the optical loss characteristics and transmission efficiency of hexagonal boron nitride devices, enabling very small lasers and nanoscale optics.

December 8, 2017

MONTEREY, Calif. – The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory’s Marine Meteorology Division in Monterey, California, houses a team of scientists and engineers who work in conjunction with the lab’s broader scientific community to provide the fleet with the most accurate weather forecasts possible.

Dr. Thomas Carroll, NRL
November 30, 2017

WASHINGTON – Dr. Thomas Carroll, research physicist in the Center for Computational Materials Science at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS).

Nomad launch
October 25, 2017

(WASHINGTON) -- Researchers from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) successfully completed testing their Nomad flight vehicle off of USS Coronado (LCS 4) in August.

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