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Top Science of 2013

Our strong interdisciplinary teaming and unique research facilities allow us to develop solutions to complex problems, and to support partners and collaborators, all with the goal of strengthening national security and making a safer world.

RAPTOR telescope witnesses black hole birth

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The first “thinking telescope” RAPTOR found the birth of big black holes, possibly the most powerful events since the big bang. This robotic array screens 100 million objects and runs real-time analysis—autonomously alerting us when there’s a discovery or a threat.

In 2006, RAPTOR was the first of its kind to make a discovery: the birth of a black hole, announced by a powerful burst of gamma-ray emissions. This year, it discovered the biggest, brightest flash that has occurred in decades.


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Portable MRI aids wounded soldiers, children in remote areas

Portable MRI aids wounded soldiers, children in remote areas

Scientists are developing an ultra-low-field Magnetic Resonance Imaging system that could be low-power and lightweight enough for forward deployment on the battlefield and to field hospitals in the World's poorest regions.  

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