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Sandia researcher Jeff Brinker elected fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Jeff Brinker, Sandia National Laboratories fellow and University of New Mexico regents’ professor, has been elected fellow of the oldest learned society and independent policy research center in the United States: the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The academy’s 1780 charter states its purpose is “to cultivate every art and science, […]

Riding bacterium to the bank

LIVERMORE, Calif. — What does jet fuel have in common with pantyhose and plastic soda bottles? They’re all products currently derived from petroleum. Sandia National Laboratories scientists have demonstrated a new technology based on bioengineered bacteria that could make it economically feasible to produce all three from renewable plant sources. Economically and efficiently converting tough […]

Dale Huber, in a blue labcoat holds a small white microfluidic chip beside a large, basket-ball sized round-bottom flask.

Magnetic nanoparticles leap from lab bench to breast cancer clinical trials

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories materials chemist Dale Huber has been working on the challenge of making iron-based nanoparticles the exact same size for 15 years. Now, he and his long-term collaborators at Imagion Biosystems will use these magnetic nanoparticles for their first breast cancer clinical trial later this year. The nanoparticles stick to […]

Pat Finley, Drew Levin, and Melanie Moses sit in an emergency room, looking at a laptop.

Using biomimicry to detect outbreaks faster

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Our immune systems are made up of billions of white blood cells searching for signs of infections and foreign invaders, ready to raise the alarm. Sandia National Laboratories computer scientists Pat Finley and Drew Levin have been working to improve the U.S. biosurveillance system that alerts authorities to disease outbreaks by mimicking […]

Lauren Rohwer, Dorina Sava Gallis, and Kim Butler examine tubes of glowing MOF nanoparticles that they designed, synthesized, and tested.

Glowing designer sponges: New nanoparticles engineered to image and treat cancer

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A Sandia National Laboratories team has designed and synthesized nanoparticles that glow red and are stable, useful properties for tracking cancer growth and spread. This work is the first time the intrinsic luminescence of metal-organic framework materials, or MOFs, for long-term bioimaging has been reported, materials chemist Dorina Sava Gallis said. Fluorescently-tagging […]

Blast, impact simulations could lead to better understanding of injuries and body armor

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories is developing specialized computer modeling and simulation methods to better understand how blasts on a battlefield could lead to traumatic brain injury and injuries to vital organs, like the heart and lungs. Researchers at Sandia have studied the mechanisms behind traumatic brain injury for about a decade. Their traumatic […]

Researchers at Sandia work on new way to image brain

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories researchers want to use small magnetic sensors to image the brain in a way that’s simpler and less expensive than the magnetoencephalography system now used. Magnetoencephalography is a noninvasive way to measure tiny magnetic fields produced by the brain’s electrical activity. The measurements, able to catch activity as fast […]

Infectious diseases: CTRL + ALT + Delete

Sandia joins gene editing safety project LIVERMORE, Calif.— Gene editing is revolutionizing the bioscience research landscape and holds great promise for “deleting” diseases from human bodies. Sandia National Laboratories is working to make this technology safer and to ensure that one day it can be delivered into humans without triggering adverse immune system reactions or […]

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New routes to renewables: Sandia speeds transformation of biofuel waste into wealth

LIVERMORE, Calif. — A Sandia National Laboratories-led team has demonstrated faster, more efficient ways to turn discarded plant matter into chemicals worth billions. The team’s findings could help transform the economics of making fuels and other products from domestically grown renewable sources. Lignin, the tough material left over from biofuel production, contains compounds that can […]

Ronen Polsky positions a prototype 3-D-printed microneedle holder on the arm of Mollie Rappe in a lab.

Painless microneedles extract fluid for wearable sensors for soldiers, athletes

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The lab is calm and quiet, clean and well organized; boxes of tiny needles and sample tubes are neatly stacked above a pristine paper-covered countertop. This is a far cry from the hectic emergency room, dusty battlefield or sweaty training center Sandia National Laboratories and University of New Mexico researchers hope will […]

Mike Trumbo adjusts an electrode on Laura Matzen

Research from Sandia shows brain stimulation during training boosts performance

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Your Saturday Salsa club or Introductory Italian class might be even better for you than you thought. According to Sandia National Laboratories cognitive scientist Mike Trumbo, learning a language or an instrument or going dancing is the best way to keep your brain keen despite the ravages of time. Not only do […]

Paula Austin outside an Ebola treatment unit in Sierra Leone.

Sandia honored for fighting Ebola, analyzing emerging biotechnologies

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The work of Sandia National Laboratories at the intersection of biology and national security, including lifesaving efforts during the 2014 Ebola epidemic, has been recognized by the Department of Energy. On April 11, Dmitri Kusnezov, chief scientist and senior adviser to the secretary of energy, visited Sandia to honor nearly 60 Sandians […]

Roger Suppona, John Naegle, and David Follett hold Neuromorphic Cyber Microscope.

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, […]

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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 […]

 Bill Arndt in biosafety demonstration lab

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 […]

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