Today at Berkeley Lab

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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Birnessite Nanosheets Need Only Water, Sunlight To React

Manganese (Mn) oxides are some of the most redox reactive minerals in natural waters, breaking down natural organic matter into carbon dioxide. Recently, however, it has been found that photoexcitation of the manganese oxide birnessite could lead to net reduction in water without any organic molecule present. More>

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UC Global Food Initiative Fellows Tour Peach Farm

The student fellows — including Kripa Akila Jagannathan of the Earth Sciences Division — visited Masumoto Family Farm near Fresno. They gathered at the 80-acre organic farm to dig into the soil, thin the fruiting peach trees and sit under a sycamore tree to discuss the food initiative with UC President Janet Napolitano. More>

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Good IDEAS on Virtual Terrestrial Ecosystems

Earth scientists Carl Steefel, Eoin Brodie, and Charlie Koven, among others, collectively sought ways of applying new scientific computing capabilities to studies of Earth’s subsurface. The result was IDEAS. More>

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Celebrate Earth Day by Helping With Composting and Gardening Study

Join Earth Sciences Division researchers for the launch of a composting and gardening study on April 22 in the Bevatron (B1) parking lot, towards the back wall, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Participants will help set up a compost pile, plant seedlings, and learn about the research. Go here for more on this event and other Earth Day activities planned for this week.

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Earth Sciences Talk on Carbon Sequestration and Methane Emissions

On Friday, April 17, the Earth Sciences Division will host a Distinguished Scientist Seminar featuring Michael Celia, who will discuss “Leakage Along Old Wells with Applications to CO2 Sequestration and Methane Emissions.” The seminar begins at 10:30am in Building 66 Auditorium. More>

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Lab Hosts Albany High Students for Shadow Day 2015

Volunteers from Public Affairs, Engineering, Computing, Materials Sciences, Life Sciences, Earth Sciences, and Facilities, mentored 17 students last Thursday, explaining their jobs, how they arrived at the Lab, education and experience that lead them to the job, and career opportunities at the Lab. More>

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Lab Scientists Testify at State Legislative Hearing on Climate Change

Bill Collins discussed the latest projections, future risks and impacts of climate change on California and its water systems, while Jeff Greenblatt explained his modeling of all relevant California policies in order to assess their combined effect on reducing the state’s greenhouse gas emissions. More>

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Revealing the Role of Microbes in Controlling Contaminants

In Rifle, Colorado, earth scientist Kenneth Hurst Williams highlights the role subsurface microbial communities can play in controlling the flow of contaminants in groundwater. The Joint Genome Institute is a key collaborator in the research. More>

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Impact of Shale Gas Reservoirs on Groundwater

In a study recently published in Water Resources Research, a team of Lab earth scientists used numerical simulation to investigate potential gas and water transport between a tight-gas reservoir and an overlying fresh-water aquifer following hydraulic fracturing operations. More>

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