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2017 News Releases

Back to the Canyon

Sandia Labs team continues to quantify fatigue using wearables LIVERMORE, Calif. – Can fatigue be predicted? Can life-threatening fatigue be differentiated from recoverable fatigue? A team of researchers led by Sandia National Laboratories is seeking answers to these questions through the Rim-to-Rim Wearables at the Canyon for Health, or R2R WATCH, study, a collaboration with […]

Reducing power plants’ freshwater consumption with Sandia’s new silica filter

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Power plants draw more freshwater than any other consumer in the United States, accounting for more than 50 percent of the nation’s freshwater use at about 500 billion gallons daily. To help save this water, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have developed a new silica filter for power plant cooling waters that […]

‘Impactful Times’ tells story of decades of Sandia shock physics research

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Mark Boslough and Dave Crawford of Sandia National Laboratories predicted the Hubble telescope could see a rising plume as comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 crashed into Jupiter in 1994. Their prediction, however, went against the prevailing thought that the impact would be a visual fizzle since it would happen on the planet’s far side. […]

Cool flames for better engines

Sandia researchers use Direct Numerical Simulations to enhance combustion efficiency and reduce pollution in diesel engines LIVERMORE, Calif. — A “cool flame” may sound contradictory, but it’s an important element of diesel combustion — one that, once properly understood, could enable better engine designs with higher efficiency and fewer emissions. Sandia National Laboratories mechanical engineer […]

Sandia computing researcher wins DOE Early Career Research Program Award

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories researcher Tim Wildey has received a 2017 Early Career Research Program award from the Department of Energy’s Office of Science. Wildey is Sandia’s first winner of the Advanced Scientific Computing Research branch of the prestigious program, said manager Daniel Turner. The national award, now in its eighth year, provides […]

Painless microneedles extract fluid for wearable sensors for soldiers, athletes

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The lab is calm and quiet, clean and well organized; boxes of tiny needles and sample tubes are neatly stacked above a pristine paper-covered countertop. This is a far cry from the hectic emergency room, dusty battlefield or sweaty training center Sandia National Laboratories and University of New Mexico researchers hope will […]

Sandia Labs wins 5 regional technology transfer awards

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories won five awards from the 2017 Federal Laboratory Consortium for its work to develop and commercialize innovative technologies. The annual FLC awards program recognizes federal laboratories and their industry partners for outstanding technology transfer achievements. The consortium’s Mid-Continent and Far West regions recognized Sandia’s: 3-D printing for subscale wind […]

Cleaning up subways: Sandia’s 20-year mission to stop anthrax in its tracks

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — If you’re like most people, you don’t spend much time thinking about what would happen if anthrax was released into your local subway system. Luckily, Sandia National Laboratories engineer Mark Tucker has spent much of the past 20 years thinking about incidents involving chemical or biological warfare agents, and the best ways […]

Nanotechnology experts at Sandia create first terahertz-speed polarization optical switch

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A Sandia National Laboratories-led team has for the first time used optics rather than electronics to switch a nanometer-thick thin film device from completely dark to completely transparent, or light, at a speed of trillionths of a second. The team led by principal investigator Igal Brener published a Nature Photonics paper this […]

Sandia Labs researcher wins national award in computational fluid dynamics

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories researcher Pavel Bochev has been awarded the Thomas J.R. Hughes Medal by the U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics. The award is given biannually for “outstanding and sustained contributions to the broad field of computation fluid dynamics.” Sandia manager Michael Parks said Bochev was chosen specifically for “foundational contributions to […]

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