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Sandians Participate in 46th Annual American Geophysical Union (AGU) Conference

Fifty-six Sandians from ten Centers joined more than 22,000 geoscience professionals, students, and academics at the December AGU Fall Meeting. Sandia staff chaired multiple technical sessions and gave dozens of presentations on topics ranging from improved climate models to performance models for underground waste storage to 3D printing and digital rock physics. Marianne Walck (Director […]

Sandia Participated in the 2013 Domenici Public Policy Conference

Marianne Walck, Director of Sandia’s Geoscience, Climate, and Consequence Effects Center, spoke on “Hydraulic Fracturing: The Role of Government-Sponsored R&D” as part of a session on “The Future of American Energy” at the 2013 Domenici Public Policy Conference, held in Las Cruces, New Mexico on September 18–19. Her presentation was part of a session titled “Pros […]

Sandia, DOE Energy Storage Program, GeneSiC Semiconductor, U.S. Army ARDEC: Ultra-High-Voltage Silicon Carbide Thyristors

Increasing consumer power demand creates numerous challenges for ensuring reliable, stable power for all customers. Many energy generation technologies, particularly renewables, generate direct-current power that must be converted to alternating current before use. Power switches, known as thyristors, perform this conversion and are crucial to a reliable electricity grid. Current switches have been inefficient and […]

Study Rebuts Hypothesis That Comet Attacks Ended 13,000-Year-Old Clovis Culture

Rebutting a speculative hypothesis that comet explosions changed Earth’s climate sufficiently to end the Clovis culture in North America about 13,000 years ago, Sandia lead author Mark Boslough (Discrete Mathematics & Complex Systems Dept.) and researchers from 14 academic institutions assert that other explanations must be found for the apparent disappearance. “There’s no plausible mechanism to […]

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 […]

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