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Early warning for South Napa earthquake

By Lindsey Hoshaw KQED August 24, 2014

Ten seconds before the South Napa Earthquake struck, UC Berkeley’s ShakeAlert detected the quake.

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UT research uncovers subglacial life beneath Antarctic ice sheet

By Whitney Heins Tennessee Today August 20, 2014

UT research finds life can persist in a cold, dark world. A UT microbiology assistant professor was part of a team that examined waters and sediments from a shallow lake deep beneath the Antarctic ice sheet and found the extreme environment supports microbial ecosystems.

The National Science Foundation-funded research by ...

Tests that look like video games

By Anya Kemenetz NPR Ed August 7, 2014

Imagine you're playing a computer game that asks you to design a poster for the school fair. You're fiddling with fonts, changing background colors and deciding what activity to feature: Will a basketball toss appeal to more people than a pie bake-off?

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Using big data to target preventable readmissions

By Joseph Conn Modern Healthcare August 2, 2014

Since fall 2012, more than 14,000 patients admitted to one Texas hospital have had a computer program analyze their medical records to help clinicians predict what type of care would improve their outcomes.

The software used at 213-bed Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford scans each patient's electronic health record  ...

Next-generation Thirty Meter Telescope begins construction in Hawaii

Thirty Meter Telescope July 28, 2014

Following the approval of a sublease on July 25 by the Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources, the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) announces the beginning of the construction phase on Hawaii Island and around the world throughout the TMT international partnership. Contingent on that decision, the TMT International Observatory ...

NFWF announces $1.23 million in grants to support sustainable fisheries in the U.S.

Washington D.C. — The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) today announced the fourth round of grant awards from its Fisheries Innovation Fund, a program launched in 2010 to support sustainable fisheries in the United States. The goal of the Fisheries Innovation Fund is to sustain fishermen while at the ...
Andes-Amazon Initiative

Brazil could meet all its food demand by 2040 without cutting down another tree

mongabay.com July 24, 2014
Better utilization of its vast areas of pasturelands could enable Brazil to dramatically boost agricultural production without the need to clear another hectare of Amazon rainforest, cerrado, or Atlantic forest, argues a new study published in the journal Global Environmental Change

Modeling agricultural yield potential, Brazilian researchers from the ...
Andes-Amazon Initiative

It takes a rancher to save a rainforest

By Mac Margolis BloombergView July 23, 2014

In the ongoing pillage of tropical rainforests, villains are plenty. None has stoked imaginations like the Amazonian rancher. With his bulldozers and chainsaws, and herds that wander from horizon to horizon, the rainforest cattleman has emerged as Amazonia's public enemy No. 1, his ruin chronicled in titles like "The World ...

Investing in sustainable fisheries

By Nicki Holmyard SeafoodSource.com July 22, 2014
A forward-thinking report, Towards Investment in Sustainable Fisheries: A Framework for Financing the Transition, was launched last week by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), and launched in London by the Prince of Wales. It shows that restoring fisheries around the world can be financially rewarding for investors, as well ...

UGA study presents details of Amazon River Plume, effects on global carbon budget

By Alan Flurry UGA Today July 21, 2014

The Amazon River, the largest in the world in terms of discharge of water, transfers a plume of nutrients and organisms into the ocean that creates a hotspot of microbial activity affecting many global processes, including the storage of atmospheric carbon.

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