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New brain-inspired cybersecurity system detects ‘bad apples’ 100 times faster

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Cybersecurity is critical — for national security, corporations and private individuals. Sophisticated cybersecurity systems excel at finding “bad apples” in computer networks, but they lack the computing power to identify the threats directly. Instead, they look for general indicators of an attack; call them “apples.” Or the system flags very specific patterns, […]

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 […]

Designing diagnostic labs that are safe, specific and sustainable

Sandia develops new method of designing high-quality public health labs faster ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An outbreak is like a wildfire; the sooner it’s caught, the easier it is to fight, said Vips Halkjaer-Knudsen, a lab design expert at Sandia National Laboratories. To detect an outbreak early — whether Ebola, Zika or influenza — healthcare workers […]

Grand Canyon rim-to-rim hikers provide data for Sandia study of health, performance

LIVERMORE, Calif. – It takes a special type of person to hike from one rim of the Grand Canyon to the other in a single day. These motivated, resilient athletes now are helping researchers at Sandia National Laboratories and the University of New Mexico (UNM) to collect and study biometric data to determine if declines […]

Researchers at Sandia, Northeastern develop method to study critical HIV protein

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – More than 36 million people worldwide, including 1.2 million in the U.S., are living with an HIV infection. Today’s anti-retroviral cocktails block how HIV replicates, matures and gets into uninfected cells, but they can’t eradicate the virus. Mike Kent, a researcher in Sandia National Laboratories’ Biological and Engineering Sciences Center, is studying […]

Sandia researchers discover mechanism for Rift Valley fever virus infection

Virus uses known cancer pathway LIVERMORE, Calif. — Viruses can’t live without us — literally. As obligate parasites, viruses need a host cell to survive and grow. Scientists are exploiting this characteristic by developing therapeutics that close off pathways necessary for viral infection, essentially stopping pathogens in their tracks. Rift Valley fever virus (RVFV) and […]

Lessons from cow eyes: The long-term impacts of studying cornea biomechanics

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Nature has had millennia to optimize biomaterials for useful properties, from lightweight strength to walking on smooth, vertical surfaces. Mother-of-pearl, spider silk, cholla wood “skeletons” and gecko feet are all good examples of nature’s brilliant materials engineering. The study of gecko feet spurred research into dry nano-adhesives, and research into lightweight yet […]

Sandia, UCLA develop screening libraries to discover drug targets for viral infections

Project based on CRISPR genome-editing technology LIVERMORE, Calif. — As headlines highlight the threat of viruses like Ebola and Zika, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories and the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) have teamed up to discover and uncover the viral mechanisms of infection by creating screening libraries based on CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced […]

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. […]

‘Laboratory Biorisk Management’ details safety, security methods for biosciences sites

Sandia, international experts publish first biorisk management how-to book ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Recent mishaps at laboratories that mishandled potentially dangerous biological substances and the transmission of the Ebola virus in a U.S. hospital are symptoms at bioscience facilities that two Sandia National Laboratories researchers think could be prevented by implementing the practices in a new […]

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