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Berkeley Lab and CCST Release Scientific Assessment of Hydraulic Fracturing in California

Berkeley Lab and the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) publicly released (on July 9) the final Volumes II and III of a peer-­reviewed independent scientific assessment that discusses how hydraulic fracturing and acid well stimulation could affect water, atmosphere, seismic activity, wildlife and vegetation, and human health in California. The Berkeley Lab science…

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Earth Sciences Division Leads Subsurface Science & Technology Showcase at National Lab Day

Organized by DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz, the second National Lab Day was held this month (July 8, 2015) on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. to help explain the impact of science conducted within the U.S. DOE National Laboratory System to Congress. Congressional members and staffers got to see and hear, “up close,” the often amazing…

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Susan Hubbard participates in California Water-Energy Workshop

Water and energy are the key resources required for both economic and population growth and yet both are increasingly scarce. The distribution and production of clean water takes large amounts of energy, and the production of energy often requires unexpectedly large amounts of water. Moreover, future energy and water production is expected to be most…

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Coffee berry borer’s gut microbes detoxify caffeine

ESD’s Javier Ceja-Navarro (lead author) and Eoin Brodie, with researchers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Mexico’s El College de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR), discovered that coffee berry borers rely on bacteria in their guts to detoxify the massive amounts of caffeine they consume when they eat caffeine-rich coffee beans, their sole source of…

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