Today at Berkeley Lab

New Project is the ACME of Addressing Climate Change

High performance computing will be used to develop and apply the most complete climate and Earth system model to address challenging and demanding climate change issues. Eight national laboratories, including Berkeley Lab, are combining forces with the National Center for Atmospheric Research and others in the new effort. More>

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Fracking Research by Lab’s Stringfellow Featured in Newsweek

A new study of 190 commonly used compounds shows that toxicity information is available for only one-third of them, and some are toxic to mammals. Stringfellow says he and his team embarked on the review of fracking chemical databases on reporting websites to help resolve the debate over the drilling practice’s safety. More>

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Oklahoma Grapples With Earthquake Spike; Lab’s Majer Comments

[National Geographic] Oklahoma has experienced almost twice as many earthquakes as California and research has tied the spike to wastewater injection. Earth scientist Ernest Majer said injection wells rarely cause earthquakes and the oil and gas industry is as interested as scientists are to learn what conditions cause induced earthquakes and how to prevent them. More>

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Extreme Rain: Comparing Climate Models

Earth scientists Daniele Rosa and Bill Collins found that Global Climate Models (GCM) overestimate the incidence of middle rainfall events and underestimate the incidence of no, little, and heavy rainfall events, which can cause floods and landslides. More>

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Insect Ecosystem Contains Biofuel Clues

Earth scientist Javier Ceja-Navarro and others have characterized the gut microbiome of a wood-feeding beetle native to the eastern US, finding in its gut a metabolic capability permitting both aerobic and anaerobic activity, as well as N2 fixation. More>

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Lab Wins Three 2014 R&D 100 Awards

Winners include a fast way to analyze the chemical composition of cells, genetic tools to improve crops, and a bioinformatics platform for screening 3-D cell culture models. The technologies could lead to advances in biofuels, food crops, drug screening, and biomaterials, and to a better understanding of microbial communities. More>

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July 11 Earth Sciences Talk on Biology and Atmospheric Chemistry in Amazonia

The Earth Sciences Division hosts a Distinguished Scientist Seminar on Friday with Paulo Artaxo of the University of Sao Paulo. His talk, “The Close Links Between Biology and Atmospheric Chemistry in Amazonia,” begins at 10:30 a.m. in Building 66 Auditorium, followed by a Q&A session. More>

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Taking the Temperature of Deep Geothermal Reservoirs

A computer program, called GeoT, offers a new way to calculate a deep geothermal reservoir’s temperature. It could become a valuable tool to help scientists evaluate whether a geothermal sites merits further exploration as a source of clean, renewable energy. More>

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ALD Don DePaolo Wins Prestigious Hess Medal

Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Science Don DePaolo was selected as this year’s American Geophysical Union Harry Hess Medal recipient. DePaolo was recognized for his groundbreaking research on the geochemical structure of the Earth’s mantle using neodymium isotopes. More>

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EFRC’s Affiliated With Berkeley Lab, UC Berkeley Receive DOE Funding

Centers for Nanoscale Control of Geologic CO2 (Berkeley Lab) and Gas Separations Relevant to Clean Energy Technologies (UC Berkeley) part of $100 million grant. More>

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