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Officials Turn to Sandia National Labs for Help on Huge Sinkhole

The 300-foot-wide sinkhole that has threatened since August to swallow gas pipelines, homes, and property in south Louisiana has drawn in experts from Sandia National Laboratories normally associated with nuclear research to figure out its cause. Experts are trying to determine what caused the sinkhole to form and expand in Assumption Parish’s Bayou Corne that [...]

Experts Call for Triple Bottom Line Approach to National Energy Policy

On October 11, 2012, in Energy, Mission, News, News & Events, Vision/Mission

New survey results on national energy policy from the Department of Energy’s Sandia National Laboratories and OurEnergyPolicy.org show that a large majority of U.S. energy professionals have a clear preference for a national energy policy that places equal weight on energy security, economics and the environment. If that isn’t a Triple Bottom Line focus, what is? Offering [...]

Sandia to Study the Little Things

The Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies at Sandia recently received a $900,000 grant to investigate the tiniest parts of solar materials. The new grant, announced by the U.S. Department of Energy in late August, will fund development of new microscopy tools to help understand the chemical and electronic structure of thin-film photovoltaic, or solar, materials and how microscopic [...]

The Energy-Water Nexus, 2012 Edition

A blistering summer this year has brought the energy-water nexus into sharp focus: how much power generation depends on water, and how much our water systems depend on power. We’ve had the hottest July on record in the continental United States, and so far 2012 ranks as the tenth-warmest year on record globally, according to [...]

Alaskan North Slope Climate: Hard Data from a Hard Place

Mark Ivey—manager for Sandia of the Department of Energy’s Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) climate research facility at Barrow—is waiting for the automated release of a weather balloon … [which] measures the Arctic atmosphere’s temperature, humidity, and wind speeds at a rapid succession of altitudes as it rises. The data gathering is part of an ongoing [...]

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