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29-Jul-2014
Watching neurons fire from a front-row seat
Sandia National Laboratories is working with Arizona State University on the challenge of recording and measuring signals from the brain.

Contact: Sue Holmes
sholmes@sandia.gov
505-844-6362
DOE/Sandia National Laboratories

17-Jun-2014
Novel nanoparticle production method could lead to better lights, lenses, solar cells
Two Sandia researchers have come up with a way to make titanium-dioxide nanoparticles, which have a variety of uses in everything from solar cells to LEDs. Titanium-dioxide nanoparticles show great promise, but industry has largely shunned them in the past because they've been difficult and expensive to make.

Contact: Sue Holmes
sholmes@sandia.gov
505-844-6362
DOE/Sandia National Laboratories

29-May-2014
Get ready for the computers of the future
Sandia experts expect multiple computing device-level technologies in the future, rather than one dominant architecture. About a dozen possible next-generation candidates exist, including tunnel FETs (field effect transistors, in which the output current is controlled by a variable electric field), carbon nanotubes, superconductors and fundamentally new approaches, such as quantum computing and brain-inspired computing.

Contact: Sue Holmes
sholmes@sandia.gov
505-844-6362
DOE/Sandia National Laboratories

8-May-2014
Engineering better machines and buildings by understanding mechanics of materials
Sandia National Laboratories is working to fill gaps in the fundamental understanding of materials science through an ambitious long-term, multidisciplinary project called Predicting Performance Margins, or PPM. From the atomic level to full-scale components, the research links variability in materials' atomic configurations and microstructures with how actual parts perform.

Contact: Sue Holmes
sholmes@sandia.gov
505-844-6362
DOE/Sandia National Laboratories

15-Apr-2014
Wind tunnel tests support improved aerodynamic design of B61-12 bomb
Sandia National Laboratories has finished eight days of testing a full-scale mock unit representing the aerodynamic characteristics of the B61-12 gravity bomb in a wind tunnel. The tests on the mock-up were done to establish the configuration that will deliver the necessary spin motion of the bomb during freefall and are an important milestone in the Life Extension Program to deliver a new version of the aging system, the B61-12.

Contact: Sue Holmes
sholmes@sandia.gov
505-844-6362
DOE/Sandia National Laboratories

7-Mar-2014
Magnetically stimulated flow patterns offer strategy for heat transfer problems
Sandia National Laboratories researchers discover how to harness magnetic fields to create vigorous, organized fluid flows in particle suspensions.

Contact: Sue Holmes
sholmes@sandia.gov
505-844-6362
DOE/Sandia National Laboratories

20-Feb-2014
Sandia's Greg White chosen as a New Face of Engineering 2014
Sandia engineer Greg White has been chosen as one of the 2014 New Faces of Engineering, a recognition program that highlights the work of engineers ages 30 and younger.

Contact: Sue Holmes
sholmes@sandia.gov
505-844-6362
DOE/Sandia National Laboratories

19-Sep-2013
Study could help improve nuclear waste repositories
Sandia National Laboratories researchers are studying the movement of iodine-129 from spent nuclear fuel through a deep, clay-based geological repository. Understanding that process is crucial as countries worldwide consider underground clay formations for nuclear waste disposal.

Contact: Sue Holmes
sholmes@sandia.gov
505-844-6362
DOE/Sandia National Laboratories

5-Sep-2013
Researching new detectors for chemical, biological threats
Sandia National Laboratories scientists are building on decades of sensor work to invent tiny detectors that can sniff out everything from explosives and biotoxins to smuggled humans.

Contact: Sue Holmes
sholmes@sandia.gov
505-844-6362
DOE/Sandia National Laboratories

28-Aug-2013
Shape-shifting alloys hold promise
Sandia National Laboratories researchers think shape-memory alloys could be used to improve safety in weapons components in a fire or other accident.

Contact: Sue Holmes
sholmes@sandia.gov
505-844-6362
DOE/Sandia National Laboratories

18-Jul-2013
Hurricane season: Predicting in advance what could happen
The Department of Homeland Security's National Infrastructure Simulation and Analysis Center, jointly housed at Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories, studies how hurricanes and other disasters disrupt critical infrastructure, such as roads, electricity and water systems.

Contact: Sue Holmes
sholmes@sandia.gov
505-844-6362
DOE/Sandia National Laboratories

14-Jun-2013
Detecting homemade explosives, not toothpaste
Sandia National Laboratories researchers want airports, border checkpoints and others to detect homemade explosives made with hydrogen peroxide without nabbing people whose toothpaste happens to contain peroxide.

Contact: Sue Holmes
sholmes@sandia.gov
505-844-6362
DOE/Sandia National Laboratories

15-Jan-2013
Sandia airborne pods seek to trace nuclear bomb's origins
If a nuclear device were to unexpectedly detonate anywhere on Earth, the ensuing effort to find out who made the weapon probably would be led by aircraft rapidly collecting airborne radioactive particles for analysis.

Contact: Neal Singer
nsinger@sandia.gov
505-845-7078
DOE/Sandia National Laboratories

21-Jun-2012
Small worlds come into focus with new Sandia microscope
Paul Kotula recently told a colleague that Sandia's new aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscope (AC-STEM) was like a Lamborghini with James Bond features.

Contact: Sue Holmes
sholmes@sandia.gov
505-844-6362
DOE/Sandia National Laboratories

21-Apr-2011
From fork to farm
Sandia National Laboratories' food-waste composting program keeps leftovers out of the landfill.

Contact: Stephanie Holinka
slholin@sandia.gov
505-284-9227
DOE/Sandia National Laboratories

13-Dec-2005
Light-bringer Debby Tewa provides advice about solar power to people on Indian reservations
Today, as a contractor to Sandia Labs' Sandia Tribal Energy Program, Debbie Tewa provides technical advice about maintaining photovoltaic (PV) units to people on Indian reservations who live remotely like she did as a child.

Contact: Chris Burroughs
coburro@sandia.gov
505-844-0948
DOE/Sandia National Laboratories

14-Apr-2005
Sandia Labs undergoes management changes
The Sandia Corporation Board of Directors has named Dr. Thomas O. Hunter President of Sandia Corporation and Director of Sandia National Laboratories, effective April 29. Hunter most recently has served as Sandia's senior vice president for Defense Programs, with oversight of the labs nuclear weapons programs.

Contact: Chris Miller
cmiller@sandia.gov
505-844-0587
DOE/Sandia National Laboratories

11-Mar-2005
Shaping future
In its next-generation aircraft carrier, the Navy, with assistance from Sandia, is seeking to reduce manpower by 10 to 30 percent, but not by heaping more work on individual sailors. The goal is to use increased technology and improvements to carrier air wing flight operations, maintenance, and support functions to reduce the overall workload per sailor.

Contact: Michael Padilla
mjpadil@sandia.gov
505-284-5325
DOE/Sandia National Laboratories

11-Mar-2005
Improving automative coating
"Clearcoats" applied over layers of automotive paint not only enhance automobile appearance, but also serve as a first line of defense against attack from moisture, acid rain, and ultraviolet radiation.

Contact: Nigel Hey
nigel@nasw.org
505-898-6679
DOE/Sandia National Laboratories

16-Sep-2004
Researchers 'redesigning' platinum
Researchers have developed a way of changing the properties of platinum by manipulating the metal at the nanoscale. The method mimics the action of photosynthetic proteins.

Contact: Chris Burroughs
coburro@sandia.gov
DOE/Sandia National Laboratories

16-Sep-2004
Cold Molecules - New avenue to the 5th phase of matter
Using a method usually more suitable to billiards than atomic physics, researchers from Sandia and Columbia University have created extremely cold molecules that could be used as an improved first step in creating molecular Bose-Einstein condensates (BECs).

Contact: Neal Singer
nsinger@sandia.gov
DOE/Sandia National Laboratories

1-Sep-2004
'Nanotractor' studies micro-scale friction
Interest in the development of MEMS (microelectromechanical systems) has grown steadily during the past decade. These tiny devices, now used in such applications as auto airbag systems, inkjet printers, and display units, are attractive because they take up little space and require little or no assembly. They also are cheap to produce in batch quantities because they are made with a technology that is already mature -- the microlithography used to make silicon chips.

Contact: Michael Padilla
mjpadil@sandia.gov
505-844-9509
DOE/Sandia National Laboratories

1-Sep-2004
'Nanotools' - Self-assembling durable nanocrystal arrays
A wish list for nanotechnologists would likely include a simple, inexpensive means of self-assembling nanocrystals into robust, orderly arrangements, like soup cans on a shelf or bricks in a wall, each separated from the next by an insulating layer of silicon dioxide.

Contact: Neal Singer
nsinger@sandia.gov
505-845-7078
DOE/Sandia National Laboratories

1-Jun-2004
Agricultural biosecurity taking on increased importance
Our current agricultural food safety and security programs have provided the citizens of the U.S. the safest food production system the world has ever seen. But these programs were not designed to identify or respond to intentional acts of bioterrorism using either conventional or unconventional biological agents to contaminate our food or food processing/distribution system.

Contact: Michelle Fleming
meflemi@sandia.gov
505-844-4902
DOE/Sandia National Laboratories

1-Jun-2004
SARS foam- Sandia foams fight SARS virus
In a series of tests conducted at Kansas State University on Bovine coronavirus (BCV) -- the internationally accepted surrogate for the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) coronavirus -- Sandia versions of its DF- 200 formulation fully inactivated samples in one minute or less.

Contact: John German
jdgerma@sandia.gov
505-844-5199
DOE/Sandia National Laboratories

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