Transparent Armor

Spinel is actually a mineral, it's magnesium aluminate, says Dr. Jas Sanghera, who leads the research. The advantage is it's so much tougher, stronger, harder than glass. It provides better protection in more hostile environments—so it can withstand sand and rain erosion.

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Navy, Carnegie Mellon Enter Education Partnership

ARLINGTON, Va.—The Office of Naval Research (ONR), Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) have entered into an Education Partnership Agreement (EPA) to encourage and strengthen studies in the scientific disciplines. The agreement, signed July 31, recognizes the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) —including the role of artificial intelligence—to the U.S. Navy and the nation. More

NRL CBD Shores-Up Environmental Improvements

WASHINGTON — Just in time for Earth Day 2018, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Chesapeake Bay Detachment (CBD), located on the Chesapeake’s west bank, has finalized an extensive five-year initiative to stabilize, beautify and establish an ecological and nature friendly environment along the shores of one of Maryland’s greatest natural resources. More

Vanguard 60th Anniversary: A Look Back

Launched by the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, March 17, 1958, Test Vehicle 4 (TV4), better known as Vanguard I, was the second satellite launched by the U.S., the first successful satellite of the Vanguard series, and the first satellite to use solar cell power. It is the oldest satellite still orbiting the Earth More

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NRL Tropical Cyclone Research Team Wins Unique AMS Award

(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. More

NRL Improves Optical Efficiency in Nanophotonic Devices

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. More

NRL Researchers Advance Fleet Weather Predictions Through Innovation, Collaboration

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. More

NRL-developed Topcoat Applied on Entire Freeboard of Navy Ship

WASHINGTON – Recently, a novel coating developed by researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) for the exterior topsides of Navy surface ships went beyond small area testing to covering the entire freeboard of an amphibious assault ship.

Until April of 2017, NRL’s single-component (1K) polysiloxane coating had only been tested on 400-800 sq.ft. areas of ships due to limited production quantities and the typical size of topside paint repairs conducted by their crews. More

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