Today at Berkeley Lab

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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Rui Zhang: Doing Science With Four Team Members, Four Nationalities

Earth scientist shares his experience as part of Diversity & Inclusion ‘Panorama’ series. More>

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Tobacco Gets a Makeover as New Source for Biofuel

KQED’s ‘QUEST’ highlights research program that includes Lab scientists. More>

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How Beach Microbes Responded to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Two months after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Berkeley Lab scientists collected samples along a hard-hit beach near Grand Isle, Louisiana. They wanted to know how the microbes along the shoreline were responding to the spill. As reported in a recent issue of the journalFrontiers in Microbiology, the scientists found a bloom in the abundance and diversity of microorganisms that have the ability to degrade oil. The research was led by the Earth Sciences Division’s Janet Jansson, and includes ESD scientists Sharon Borglin, Romy Chakraborty, Neslihan Tas, and guest scientists Regina Lamendella and Terry Hazen. More>

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Fung, Perlmutter Elected to American Philosophical Society

Berkeley Lab earth scientist Inez Fung, and physicist Saul Perlmutter were recently elected to be members of the American Philosophical Society. Founded in 1743, the society promotes “usefl knowledge in the sciences and humanities through excellence in scholarly research, professional meetings, publications, library resources, and community outreach. The group was founded by Benjamin Franklin and John Bartram.

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ESD’s Quinn Strikes a Balance Between Polo and Hydrology Research

From the vantage point of a polo ball, Nigel Quinn (right) can be an intimidating figure. He bears down upon it astride a galloping horse named Zulu, and swings a 50-inch-long mallet like a cavalry sword. With a well-placed thwack, he propels this softball-sized sphere of plastic past four opposing riders at a speed of up to 100 mph, toward goal posts eight yards apart. This is Quinn’s way to relax on a Sunday morning, after a week’s work at Berkeley Lab. More>

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