Today at Berkeley Lab

Second Genome: Microbes Fighting Disease

Earth Sciences Ecology Department Lead Gary Andersen and former Lab researcher Todd DeSantis are mentioned in a recent Fast Company magazine article covering Second Genome, the South San Francisco biotechnology company focusing on the microbiome and using gut bacteria to fight disease. More>

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Screening Plants for Potential Natural Products

A team led by earth scientist Tamas Torok demonstrated in vitro biodiversity is sufficiently broad enough to be used for natural plant product screening. In vitro cultures showed enough biodiversity to serve as a faster, cheaper and more stable alternative to intact plants for natural product screening. More>

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CCST Releases Report Assessing Fracking in California

The California Council on Science and Technology report describes how and where operators deploy these technologies for oil and gas production in the state, and where the technologies might enable production in the future. The report was developed by CCST and Berkeley Lab’s Earth Sciences Division. More>

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How Sea Spray Particles Evolve in the Atmosphere

Whitecaps and crashing waves send tiny particles of sea spray into the atmosphere. Once airborne, the particles are quickly coated by carbon-rich or organic chemicals. The carbon-rich chemicals, emitted by diverse human-made and natural sources, cause the particles to evolve, according to recent research. More>

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Fog Paper by Earth Scientist Travis O’Brien Featured in AGU Journal

Just in time for the annual American Geophysical Union (AGU) Meeting in San Francisco this week, Travis O’Brien of the Earth Sciences Division was informed that a paper he co-authored has been featured on the cover of the weekly AGU journal Eos, Transactions of the AGU. More>

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Predicting Subsurface Processes: Genome to Watershed Scales

At the one-year anniversary of the DOE-BER-supported Genomes-to-Watershed SFA 2.0 project, the Earth Sciences Division recently released a video on its groundbreaking vision and plan. In this video, ESD Director Susan Hubbard presents an overview of the project and its mission. More>

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KQED’s QUEST Features Earth Scientist and NERSC User Jennifer Holm

Holm runs climate models at NERSC to study how forests are affected by climate change and the impact the future climate. QUEST recently filmed an interview with Holm about her work as part of a series on science careers. More>

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Lab Presence at Annual American Geophysical Union Conference

Lab scientists will speak on multiple research areas during the meeting, including climate-modeling challenges, projects on Arctic permafrost, increased lightning strikes, and subsurface fractures. The Earth Sciences Division is also hosting ‘Meet A Scientist’ sessions. The conference ends Dec. 19.

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Earth Sciences Division Explores Perils of Permafrost

A video and associated article appearing earlier this week as part of KQED Science’s Deep Look series describes how Berkeley Lab earth scientists are developing new geophysical approaches to investigating the Arctic subsurface and its impact on the future of Earth’s climate. More>

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Compounds Used for Fragrances Hold Promise for Biofuels

Earth scientist Harry Beller, director of JBEI’s Biofuels Pathways Department, led the refinement of an engineered strain of E.coli that can convert glucose into significant quantities of methyl ketones, a class of chemical compounds primarily used for fragrances and flavors, but promising as clean, green and renewable blending agents for diesel fuel. More>

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