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MyGreenCar Aces Lab-Corps Bootcamp

The MyGreenCar team ranked first out of 16 teams at an I-Corps innovation bootcamp last week. The bootcamp kicks off MyGreenCar’s six-week push with DOE’s Lab-Corps pilot program to shape commercialization plans for the MyGreenCar EV / fuel economy app. More>

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Using Microbial Communities to Assess Environmental Contamination

A multi-institutional study sponsored by ENIGMA, a DOE “Scientific Focus Area Program” based at Berkeley Lab, has found that statistical analysis of DNA from natural microbial communities can be used to accurately identify environmental contaminants and serve as quantitative geochemical biosensors. More>

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Energy Secretary Moniz is Guest on Jon Stewart’s Daily Show

Moniz discussed the Iran nuclear negotiations that he participated in as well as the recently released DOE quadrennial review. He touched on the development of smart grids, particularly a project in New Jersey that will increase the safety and security of power delivery in this major transportation corridor. More>

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Energy Secretary Honors Lab Scientists for ACME and OSCARS

Ernest Moniz has awarded earth scientist Bill Collins (left) for leading the ACME climate modeling project, and the software team that developed OSCARS, a service that creates dedicated bandwidth channels for researchers, led by Bill Johnston, with DOE Secretarial Honor Awards. More>

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Lab to Aid DOE’s FORGE Geothermal Research Effort

The Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE), could unlock access to a domestic, geographically diverse, and carbon-free source of clean energy. The Lab has been selected to work on two of the five candidate sites for the first phase of FORGE. More>

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Energy Department to Provide $75 Million for ‘Fuels from Sunlight’ Hub

The DOE announced $75 million in funding to renew the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP), a DOE Energy Innovation Hub established in 2010 with the goal of harnessing solar energy for the production of fuel. More>

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President’s Quadrennial Energy Review Unveiled

Vice President Biden released the first installment of the QER, which focuses on the transmission, storage and distribution infrastructure that links energy supplies to intermediate and end-users. The QER provides a roadmap for energy policy objectives, legislative proposals, executive actions and financing and incentive programs. More>

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National Security on the Move with High Energy Physics

With a $10 million award from the Department of Energy, Lab scientists, including Cameron Geddes of BELLA, is developing a portable technology that will quickly and safely detect nuclear material hidden within large objects, such as shipping cargo containers or sealed waste drums. More>

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Nominations for DOE’s E.O. Lawrence, Fermi Awards Now Open

The Lawrence Award recognizes exceptional scientific, technical achievements of mid-career scientists related to the Department of Energy’s programs. The Fermi Award recognizes achievement in basic and applied research. Nominations are due by June 15. More>

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Dark Matter Experiment Completes First Reviews

Recently, the Berkeley-Lab managed LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) dark matter experiment completed its initial Critical Decision-1 review (CD-1) where the project’s technical design, preliminary timelines, and budget range were reviewed by the Department of Energy’s Office of Project Assessment. More>

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