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Researchers Discover Electron Pairing without Superconductivity

A team of physicists from the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and NRL has discovered electron pairing in strontium titanate far above the superconducting transition temperature. The discovery provides clues about the mechanisms causing superconductivity in strontium titanate, which may eventually help researchers to discover a material that superconducts at room temperature. More
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NRL Patents Compact Orbital Debris Sensor

In Low Earth Orbit (LEO), where many space-based assets reside, small debris objects are of concern not only due to their abundance, but because they are often difficult to track or even detect on a routine basis. The Optical Orbital Debris Spotter can detect debris in the vicinity of host spacecraft for near real-time damage attribution, and characterization of dense debris fields. More
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NRL to Showcase Autonomous Systems at Fleet Week New York, May 20-26

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is taking some of its newest technologies to the Big Apple May 20–26 to participate in Fleet Week New York. On Pier 86, NRL will showcase the WANDA unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) and the Flimmer “flying swimmer” hybrid unmanned platform. Thousands of visitors are expected at this week-long event that shows off the latest technology of the maritime services and the skilled expertise of our dedicated service members. More
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NRL to Show Unmanned Systems, Helmets, and Satellite in Pentagon on May 14

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) will demonstrate some of its groundbreaking technologies at the first ever Department of Defense (DoD) Lab Day, to be held at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. on May 14. The goal of the event is to increase awareness of DoD laboratory research projects and technology innovations with Pentagon senior leaders, members of Congress, participating local high school students, news media, and DoD employees. More
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NRL Licenses New Polymer Resin for Commercial Applications

The NRL-developed phthalonitrile-based polymeric composite exhibits superior flame resistant, high temperature, and low water absorption properties applicable to the design and manufacture of composite materials for use in the aerospace, shipbuilding, automotive, and textile industries. More
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Navy Researchers Explore Genetic Diversity of Lassa Virus in West Africa

Lassa virus is widespread in parts of West Africa and causes the often deadly hemorrhagic fever. Scientists at NRL are studying the genetic diversity of the virus with hopes that their work can aid the development of vaccines, diagnostic tests, and possibly antiviral drugs. More
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Transparent Armor from NRL; Spinel Could Also Ruggedize Your Smart Phone

Imagine a glass window that’s tough like armor, a camera lens that doesn’t get scratched in a sand storm, or a smart phone that doesn’t break when dropped. Except it’s not glass, it’s a special ceramic called spinel that the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has been researching over the last 10 years. The advantage is it's so much tougher, stronger, harder than glass, says Dr. Jas Sanghera, who leads the research. More
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Using Composite Material Samples, NRL Scientists Predict Aspects of F/A-18 Performance

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has built a robot to pull, bend, and twist samples of the composite materials used to build F/A-18s and other aircraft. Dr. John Michopoulos leads the project. With a machine that can, as he says, Measure so much more than anybody else, and some very advanced math, he can create a theory that is consistent with all these experiments that we made, and works for all scales. He predicts how the materials will perform when made into large structures and used over many years. More
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A Rubber That Stops Corrosion? NRL Research May Extend Life of Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV)

NRL has found that some types of rubber provide corrosion protection—and potentially better ballistic protection—for amphibious assault vehicles (AAVs). This is important to the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) as they look to extend the AAV, introduced in 1972, through 2035. Innovative sustainment concepts, like those NRL is investigating, enable us to avoid the cost of new design, development, and production of new components, says Tim Bergland of the USMC Advanced Amphibious Assault (AAA) office. More
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NRL Researchers Pattern Magnetic Graphene

Scientists have found a simple and robust means to magnetize graphene (with its exceptional mechanical, electrical, and optical properties) using hydrogen. More
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Five Years of Operations! NRL's Two Space Station Sensors Look at Coastal Oceans, Ionosphere

October 2014 marks the five-year anniversary for two sensors that the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has been operating aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The Hyperspectral Imager for the Coastal Ocean (HICO) takes images of oceans in many different wavelengths to help scientists see what's in the water, be it sediment or chlorophyll or runoff. The Remote Atmospheric and Ionospheric Detection System (RAIDS) also measures light in various wavelengths, but looking at the upper atmosphere and ionosphere. More
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Dr. Carl Stephen Hellberg Named Fellow of the American Physical Society

Elected Fellow of the American Physical Society, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory research physicist, Dr. Steve Hellberg, was nominated for creative and influential contributions in the fields of strongly correlated materials, quantum dots, defects, and heterostructures. More

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory's Top Stories of 2014

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) was in the news a lot in 2014. The top 10 most-viewed stories on our website in 2014 cover alternative energy, autonomous systems, space, and new technologies for warfighters. More
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Space Station Astronauts Launch SpinSat; NRL Starts Getting Data

On November 28, 2014, astronauts aboard the International Space Station successfully deployed SpinSat into orbit. SpinSat's primary mission is to demonstrate a new thruster technology; researchers will also use it to test the space surveillance network and improve future atmospheric density models. More
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Dr. Chandra Pande Recognized with ASM Honorary Membership

Dr. Chandra Pande, an NRL metallurgist, has been awarded Honorary Membership in ASM International in recognition of his distinguished service to the materials science and engineering profession by his pioneering and seminal research and teaching and its promotion to metallurgical community. More

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