2017 News Releases

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Scientific & Technical Interest
January 3, 2017
The payoff includes development of transition metal dichalcogenides and hybrid 2D/3D heterostructures with new functionality relevant to the Department of Defense mission, including ultra-low power electronics, non-volatile optical memory and quantum computation.
January 5, 2017
Scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) have reported the first direct comparison of the spin polarization spontaneously generated by an unpolarized bias current, detected using ferromagnetic metal contacts with an oxide tunnel barrier.
Researchers_Tackle_ Barnacles_Different_ Perspective
January 17, 2017
Looking at barnacles from a different point of view
February 15, 2017
Scientists at U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) will conduct two of 13 experiments on an upcoming Department of Defense (DoD) Space Test Program (STP) mission launching Feb. 17. The launch will take off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Fla. and transport the STP-H5 payload to the International Space Station (ISS).
CT-Analyst_Supports_Presidential Inauguration
February 16, 2017
The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) supported the 2017 Presidential Inauguration with CT-Analyst, software developed by researchers in the Laboratories for Computational Physics and Fluid Dynamics.
NRL_Researchers_Navigating_Ways_to_ Avoid_Aircraft_Icing
February 17, 2017
Researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) think they are on the path to giving aircraft a way to avoid potentially hazardous icing conditions from a safe distance.
February 22, 2017
Using the NRL-developed Tactical Battle Manager (TBM) software, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) operate as wingmen in simulated beyond-visual-range (BVR) air combat missions.
February 27, 2017
The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) successfully launched two experiments on the SpaceX Falcon 9,to the International Space Station (ISS) from the Kennedy Space Center (KSC), as part of a commercial resupply mission on Feb 19.
February 27, 2017
The box office hit film "Hidden Figures" is raising awareness towards overlooked contributions made by African-Americans in the science and technology (S&T)community.
March 8, 2017
By using a variation of employing thermoplastic elastomers, NRL scientists are able to recreate superior ballistic properties of polyurea and polyisobutylene coatings, with the added benefit of the material being transparent.
In-flight_tech_inspects_NP-3C Orion_research_mission
March 8, 2017
Scientific Mission, Perfect Aircraft, Exciting Surprise
March 14, 2017
Scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), in collaboration with Florida State University, have developed a method to simulate electron localization in real materials including imperfections and electron-electron interactions.
March 16, 2017
Scientists and research engineers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, through active partnerships with several area schools, participated in the ‘Day at the Lab’ event initiated to inspire students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
Vanguard I Satellite
March 23, 2017
NRL acknowledges the second American satellite to enter space, and the longest one made by man to stay there.
Vanguard Extension Block
March 24, 2017
The YODA supercomputer relaunches as the new and improved Vanguard System.
March 27, 2017
The International Space Station (ISS) installed NRL’s Limb-Imaging Ionospheric and Thermospheric Extreme Ultraviolet (UV) Spectrograph (LITES), and Global Positioning System (GPS) Radio Occultation and Ultraviolet Photometer Co-located (GROUP-C) research instruments Feb 28.
NRL’s_Chris Englert _Talks Over-the-Horizon_ Technology_ at Sea-Air-Space Expo
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.
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.
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.
June 1, 2017
U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) astronomers will point their telescopes toward the stars during the annual Astronomy Night on the National Mall (ANOM) June 2.
June 8, 2017
U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) researchers have developed a patent pending technique using niobium nitride (Nb2N) that allows Gallium Nitride (GaN) to be transferred onto almost anything.
June 22, 2017
NRL’s Center for Biomolecular Science and Engineering has received a U.S. patent for a microbial photoelectrochemical solar cell driven entirely by sunlight and microorganisms.
Dr. Edward R. Franchi
June 29, 2017
Acoustics research career comes to a close after four decades
July 5, 2017
Man’s best friend is the military’s best friend, too. Chemists at NRL help to train military canine units on odor detection.
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
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
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.
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.
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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Bed LAser Surface Tracking_System
August 18, 2017
Ever Wonder How Mother Nature Affects Sediment on the Seafloor

Featured Stories
NRL_Dale_Linne von Berg_head_of_applied_optics
January 13, 2017
Starting with NRL in 1994, Linne von Berg has performed research & development leading to the transition of advanced imaging acquisition, processing, and display technologies.
January 25, 2017
Scientists at U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) are studying how to stop the spread of pandemic disease and infection. Using network science and numerous mathematical computations, the study observes how social behaviors can enhance or even reduce the transmission of disease in a population.
February 7, 2017
Dr. Caldwell and several scientists around the globe explain the technological potential of a new breed of one-atom thick materials known as 2-D materials. The research clarifies interactions between light and matter within 2-D materials that are atomically thin.
February 27, 2017
Recognized as an expert on high temperature polymers, Dr. Keller receives the award for his outstanding performance and scientific achievements accomplished throughout his 40-year career at NRL.
March 2, 2017
NRL Scientists contributed valuable information recognized by SERDP for their 2016 Project-of-the-Year Award.
March 6, 2017
Three research scientists from the Computational Multiphysics Systems Lab, at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, were presented the award by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for their paper titled: “Implicit slicing for functionally tailored additive manufacturing.”
March 20, 2017
Directly supporting the maintenance of our national security, Mr. Peak significantly contributed to many projects in support of the Global War on Terrorism. His efforts increased military survivability and helped save the lives of our warfighters.
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.
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.
September 26, 2017
Scientist, Researcher, Patent Developer and Authors completes 41 Years at Research Laboratory