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applied physics laboratory

Rankings
Johns Hopkins leads nation in research spending for 41st consecutive year
Published Feb 9, 2021
University spent a record $2.917 billion in fiscal year 2019, a nearly 10% increase from 2018
Robotics
Applied Physics Lab researchers develop advanced soft robots
Published Jan 22, 2021
The team's flexible, snail-like robot is 'untethered' from a power source and controlled remotely, opening new possibilities for the burgeoning technology
Space science
NASA selects Johns Hopkins APL space weather mission for 2024 launch
Published Jan 8, 2021
The Electrojet Zeeman Imaging Explorer will study the auroral electrojet, electrical currents flowing 60-90 miles above the north and south poles
Prosthetics
Quadriplegic patient uses brain signals to feed himself with two advanced prosthetic arms
Published Dec 28, 2020
System merging artificial intelligence, robotics, and a brain-machine interface represents major step toward restoring function and autonomy for patients without the full use of their limbs
Outer space
Surer signs of life
Published Dec 8, 2020
Teams of civil space researchers at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab are developing a better class of tools for detecting signs of life on other planets and moons
Engineering
Enhanced search and rescue
Published Fall 2020
Search and Rescue GPS beacons aboard ships or in hikers' backpacks are the last line of defense against disaster, leading to more than 50,000 rescues to date. A new project by the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory aims to make the technology even more accurate and efficient. / Johns Hopkins Magazine
Zibi Turtle tours Titan, discusses Dragonfly mission during TED Talk
Published Aug 31, 2020
During virtual address, the planetary scientist discusses the environment of Saturn's largest moon and the ambitious APL-built rotocraft mission to explore it
COVID-19
Researchers retrace COVID-19's introduction, impact in D.C. region
Published Aug 18, 2020
Study suggests multiple entries of the virus into the region but similar clinical presentation, an indication that there are not multiple strains of the virus causing disease of varying severity
Space exploration
Despite pandemic, APL propels space missions forward
Published July 22, 2020
While APL researchers and engineers adapt to work remotely as much as possible during the outbreak of coronavirus, pockets of the Lab have no choice to but to move projects ahead
10 cool things we've learned about Pluto
Published July 21, 2020
Five years after the historic New Horizons flyby of Pluto, scientists have learned that the planet is far from an inert ball of ice and is one of the most geologically active and exciting places in the solar system