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Richland Public Library

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955 Northgate Drive
Richland, WA 99352 United States
https://www.richland.lib.wa.us/

October 2019

Securing the Electric Grid

October 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Drive
Richland, WA 99352 United States
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How do we generate electricity and get it to our homes, offices, hospitals, and other places? What are the technical challenges in operating the electric grid which is the biggest and the most complex machine in the world? Come learn the answers to these questions and more! It is easy to switch on or off devices at our will, but ensuring continuous supply of electricity to all the devices at different locations and all the time is not as easy…

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January 2020

Simulating the Chemistry of Tomorrow: The Role of Computers in 21st Century Chemistry

January 14 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Drive
Richland, WA 99352 United States
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Meeting future energy demands involves finding ways to store energy from intermittent sources such as wind and solar. Traditionally, one may imagine the chemists doing this work leaning over bench tops full of beakers, mixing chemicals. However, modern chemistry requires modern solutions. We can use computational chemistry to tell a lot about a reaction, including where atoms are in a molecule, how they interact with one another, and how much energy is required. Come see the exciting ways we use…

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March 2020

Glass: How Exactly Do We Use It To Immobilize Radioactive Waste

March 10 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Drive
Richland, WA 99352 United States
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Learn about the work Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is doing to clean up legacy waste at the Hanford site. What about glass makes it a good candidate for waste immobilization? How do the melters work? What are the challenges we face and how do we overcome them?

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May 2020

Hacking Biology to Produce Energy and Fuels

May 12 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Drive
Richland, WA 99352 United States
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Can our daily lives run on electricity obtained completely from renewable and sustainable energy sources? Do our transportation needs require burning gas and oil? We are working on methods to increase the impact of solar and wind energy by creating simple, clean, and renewable ways to convert excess energy to electricity that we can all use. Learn how we can use biology, chemistry, and even virtual reality to help shape a cleaner future.

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