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Results from the Human Resilience Index and Modeling project were reported recently in the National Intelligence Council’s Global Trends 2030 Report

The Global Trends report is issued every four years and is the intelligence community’s unclassified effort to look decades ahead at global trends to identify security risks with direct or indirect impact to the U.S. The Human Resilience Index and Modeling project provides a set of tools to help explore the links among human ecological conditions [...]

Cellular Membrane Bending by Protein-Protein Crowding

Cellular membranes are made up of lipid bilayers that can be highly curved, an essential feature critical for processes such as endocytosis, organelle synthesis, cell division, and intracellular transport. Current understanding suggests that specialized proteins are responsible for membrane curvature through two mechanisms. Membrane scaffolding by proteins or complexes that assemble into a curved shape: [...]

ESTAP Webinar: Briefing on Sandia’s Maui Energy Storage Study

On March 6, 2013, in EC, Energy, News, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Solar

March 6, 2013 14:00 — 15:00 Eastern The Energy Storage Technology Advancement Partnership project of the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) and the Department of Energy is presenting a webinar featuring a case study conducted by Sandia National Laboratory on the Island of Maui and its goals of increasing its renewable energy capacity and the [...]

Sandia Report Offers Reliable Way to Evaluate Unintentional Islanding Risk

A recently released Sandia National Laboratories report, “Suggested Guidelines for Assessment of DG Unintentional Islanding Risk,” outlines a procedure to help utility distribution engineers determine the risk of unintentional islanding in distributed energy generation installations. By providing a quick and reliable way to identify situations in which such risk is negligible, Sandia’s approach can help [...]

Engineering Alternative Fuel with Cyanobacteria

Sandia Truman Fellow Anne Ruffing (8622) has engineered two strains of cyanobacteria to produce free fatty acids (FFAs), a precursor to liquid fuels, but she also found that the process cuts the bacteria’s production potential. She published her work on one strain, “Physiological effects of free fatty acid production in genetically engineered Synechococcus elongatus PCC [...]

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