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Testing for Zika virus: there’s an app for that

Sandia prototype dramatically cuts cost, time for detection of mosquito-borne illness LIVERMORE, Calif. — Add rapid, mobile testing for Zika and other viruses to the list of things that smartphone technology is making possible. Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have developed a smartphone-controlled, battery-operated diagnostic device that weighs under a pound, costs as little as […]

Plants at the pump

Sandia seeks toughest strains of algae for biofuel production as part of multilab project LIVERMORE, Calif.—Regular, unleaded or algae? That’s a choice drivers could make at the pump one day. But for algal biofuels to compete with petroleum, farming algae has to become less expensive. Toward that goal, Sandia National Laboratories is testing strains of […]

Super plants need super ROOTS

Sandia Labs will adapt technology to monitor plant health and breed better crops ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Agriculture consumes about 80 percent of all U.S. water. Making fertilizers uses 1 to 2 percent of all the world’s energy each year. A new program hopes to develop better crops — super plants that are drought-resistant, use less […]

Two Sandia researchers receive Presidential Early Career awards

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia researchers Stephanie Hansen and Alan Kruizenga are among 102 scientists and engineers to receive the 2017 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The PECASE, established in 1996, is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on outstanding scientists and engineers in the early stages of their careers. […]

Sandia to evaluate if computational neuroscientists are on track

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Advanced computers may have beaten experts in chess and Go, but humans still excel at “one of these things is not like the others.” Even toddlers excel at generalization, extrapolation and pattern recognition. But a computer algorithm trained only on pictures of red apples can’t recognize that a green apple is still […]

Turning ubiquitous lignin into high-value chemicals

Sandia researchers decode metabolic pathway of soil bacterium that thrives on lignin LIVERMORE, Calif. — Abundant, chock full of energy and bound so tightly that the only way to release its energy is through combustion — lignin has frustrated scientists for years. With the help of an unusual soil bacteria, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories […]

Blowing bubbles to catch carbon dioxide

Sandia, UNM develop bio-inspired liquid membrane that could make clean coal a reality ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Sandia National Laboratories and the University of New Mexico (UNM) have created a powerful new way to capture carbon dioxide from coal- and gas-fired electricity plants with a bubble-like membrane that harnesses the power of nature to reduce CO2 […]

Sandia storing information securely in DNA

Sandia researchers explore a biologically inspired information storage system ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Experiments at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider generate 15 million gigabytes of data per year. That is a lot of digital data to inscribe on hard drives or beam up to the “cloud.” George Bachand, a Sandia National Laboratories bioengineer at the Center for […]

Lighting up disease-carrying mosquitoes

Sandia’s QUASR enables speedy, accurate detection of West Nile and other viruses LIVERMORE, Calif. — Mosquitoes are deadly efficient at spreading disease. Despite vaccines and efforts to eradicate the pesky insects, they continue to infect humans with feared diseases like Zika virus, malaria and West Nile virus. Gaining the upper hand on mosquitoes requires speed. […]

Algae raceway paves path from lab to real-world applications

LIVERMORE, Calif.— In a twist of geometry, an oval can make a line. The new algae raceway testing facility at Sandia National Laboratories may be oval in shape, but it paves a direct path between laboratory research and solving the demand for clean energy. As the nation and California adopt policies to promote clean transportation […]

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