Public Release: 18-Oct-2017
Journal of Waste Process Engineering Reducing power plants' freshwater consumption with Sandia's new silica filter
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 decreases the amount of freshwater power plants consume by increasing the number of times cooling tower water can be reused and recycled.
Public Release: 20-Sep-2017 Sandia Labs wins 5 regional technology transfer awards
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.
Public Release: 18-Sep-2017 Cleaning up subways: Sandia's 20-year mission to stop anthrax in its tracks
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 to clean them up. Tucker's current project focuses on cleaning up a subway system after the release of a biological warfare agent such as anthrax.
Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate's Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency
Public Release: 31-Aug-2017 Beating the heat with nanoparticle films
A partnership between Sandia National Laboratories and Santa Fe, New Mexico-based IR Dynamics is turning nano-size particles that reflect heat, or infrared radiation, into window films for offices, houses, even cars.
Public Release: 14-Aug-2017 Balloons and drones and clouds; oh, my!
Last week, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories flew a tethered balloon and an unmanned aerial system, colloquially known as a drone, together for the first time to get Arctic atmospheric temperatures with better location control than ever before.
Public Release: 7-Aug-2017 The good, the bad and the algae
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 from agricultural runoff. Sandia intends to harness algae's penchant for prolific growth to clean up these pollutants and stop harmful algae blooms while creating a renewable, domestic source of fuel.
Public Release: 17-Jul-2017 Lighting up the study of low-density materials
Sandia National Laboratories studies myriads of low-density materials, from laminate layers in airplane wings to foams and epoxies that cushion parts. So Sandia borrowed and refined a technique being studied by the medical field, X-ray phase contrast imaging, to look inside the softer side of things without taking them apart.
Public Release: 13-Jul-2017 Optimizing hydrogen-powered passenger ferries focus of Sandia Labs study
Maritime transportation has emerged as one solution to the traffic gridlock that plagues coastal cities. But with urban passenger ferries operating in sensitive environments and tourist areas, hydrogen fuel cell-powered passenger ferries offer a quiet, zero-emission alternative to conventional diesel vessels.
US Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration's Maritime Environmental and Technical Assistance program
Public Release: 11-Jul-2017 Clean water that's 'just right' with Sandia sensor solution
Working with Parker Hannifin, Sandia National Laboratories combined basic research on an interesting form of carbon with a unique microsensor to make an easy-to-use, table-top tool that quickly and cheaply detects disinfection byproducts in our drinking water before it reaches consumers.
Public Release: 29-Jun-2017
Journal of the Americal Chemical Society Bright thinking leads to breakthrough in nuclear threat detection science
Taking inspiration from an unusual source, a Sandia National Laboratories team has dramatically improved the science of scintillators -- objects that detect nuclear threats. According to the team, using organic glass scintillators could soon make it even harder to smuggle nuclear materials through America's ports and borders.
Public Release: 8-Jun-2017 Mechanical engineering society elects 4 fellows from Sandia Labs
Fellows of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers make up only 3.1 percent of ASME's 107,895 members. Sandia National Laboratories engineers Cliff Ho, Alexander Brown, Hy Tran and Kevin Dowding now are members of that elite group.
Public Release: 4-May-2017
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Trash into treasure: Sandia could help biofuel pay for itself with goods made from waste
A recent discovery by Sandia National Laboratories researchers may unlock the potential of biofuel waste -- and ultimately make biofuels competitive with petroleum. The researchers solved the structure of LigM, an enzyme that breaks down molecules derived from the biofuel waste product lignin. This opens a path toward new molecules and new, marketable products.
Public Release: 4-May-2017
Molecular Physics Sandia develops math techniques to improve computational efficiency in quantum chemistry
Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have developed new mathematical techniques to advance the study of molecules at the quantum level.
Mathematical and algorithmic developments along these lines are necessary for enabling the detailed study of complex hydrocarbon molecules that are relevant in engine combustion.
Public Release: 24-Apr-2017
Neuropsychologia Research from Sandia shows brain stimulation during training boosts performance
New research from Sandia published in Neuropsychologia shows that working memory training combined with a kind of noninvasive brain stimulation can lead to cognitive improvement under certain conditions. Improving working memory or cognitive strategies could be very valuable for training people faster and more efficiently.
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