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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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Radiation analysis software makes emergency responders’ jobs quicker, easier

InterSpec helps decision-makers determine source, type, amount of radiation in real time LIVERMORE, Calif. — When law enforcement officers and first responders arrive at an emergency involving radiation, they need a way to swiftly assess the situation to keep the public and environment safe. Having analysis tools that can quickly and reliably make sense of […]

Beating the heat with nanoparticle films

House and car windows that stay cool in the summer, warm in the winter ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — It is a truth acknowledged throughout much of the world, that a car sitting in the sun on a summer’s day must be sweltering. However, a partnership between Sandia National Laboratories and Santa Fe, New Mexico-based IR Dynamics […]

Black hole models contradicted by hands-on tests at Sandia’s Z machine

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A long-standing but unproven assumption about the X-ray spectra of black holes in space has been contradicted by hands-on experiments performed at Sandia National Laboratories’ Z machine. Z, the most energetic laboratory X-ray source on Earth, can duplicate the X-rays surrounding black holes that otherwise can be watched only from a great distance and then theorized […]

The good, the bad and the algae

Sandia tests Salton Sea-grown algae as new fuel source and pollution solution BRAWLEY, California — Sandia National Laboratories is testing whether one of California’s largest and most polluted lakes can transform into one of its most productive and profitable. Southern California’s 350-square-mile Salton Sea has well-documented problems related to elevated levels of nitrogen and phosphorus […]

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