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Researching new detectors for chemical, biological threats

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories scientists are thinking small, building on decades of sensor work to invent tiny detectors that can sniff out everything from explosives and biotoxins to smuggled humans. Their potential seems unlimited. The military needs to find low concentrations of chemicals, such as those used in roadside bombs or chemical warfare […]

Hurricane season: Predicting in advance what could happen

Sandia National Laboratories analyzes vulnerabilities to storms  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A Sandia National Laboratories team is gearing up for hurricane season, readying analyses to help people in the eye of a storm. The Department of Homeland Security’s National Infrastructure Simulation and Analysis Center (NISAC), jointly housed at Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories, studies how hurricanes […]

Sandia wounded warriors discover they were united in battle years ago

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Jason Shelton and John Bailon left a Sandia National Laboratories Military Support Committee meeting side by side, sharing stories of combat in Iraq. Bailon talked about a day in the summer of 2005 when his Marine unit was called to rescue a small Joint Special Operations team holed up and taking mortar and […]

Detecting homemade explosives, not toothpaste

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — 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. That’s part of the challenge faced in developing a portable sensor to detect a common homemade explosive called a FOx (fuel/oxidizer) mixture, made by mixing […]

Sandia seeks best ways to protect infrastructure, recover from disasters

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories is expecting the unexpected to help the nation prepare for severe weather and figure out the best ways to lessen the havoc hurricanes and other disasters leave on power grids, bridges, roads and everything else in their path.  “I think our work in critical infrastructure protection is a really […]

Sandia hopping robots to bolster troop capabilities

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Boston Dynamics, developer of advanced dynamic robots such as BigDog and PETMAN, has been awarded a contract by Sandia to develop the next generation of the Precision Urban Hopper, meaning Sandia‘s hopping robots may soon be in combat. When fully operational, the four-wheeled hopper robots will navigate autonomously by wheel and jump […]