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As farmland runs out, seafood looks better than you think

By Nathanael Johnson Grist September 15, 2014

To create a more sustainable and equitable food system, we’re going to have to produce more food. That’s the conclusion I’ve come to as I’ve worked through the arguments over feeding ourselves. We’ll need to share that food more equitably and limit population growth as well — but it turns ...

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Brazil's planned Tapajós dams would increase Amazon deforestation by 1M ha

By Rhett A. Butler Mongabay.org September 14, 2014

A plan to build a dozen dams in the Tapajós river basin would drive the loss of an additional 950,000 hectares of rainforest by 2032 by spurring land speculation and mass migration to the region, suggests a new study published by Imazon, a Brazilian NGO.

The analysis, which forecasts deforestation ...

This $1 foldable microscope could change science education as we know it

By Jason Hahn Digital Trends September 7, 2014

Microscope kits may invoke a sweet nostalgia for many adults today, but future generations of children in science classes may enjoy an entirely different microscopy experience. A research team at Stanford University has created a foldable paper microscope to help democratize science education for less than a dollar.

The origami-based ...

2014: Rat and infant massage

The Golden Goose Award September 4, 2014

A young scientist takes a small brush, the kind you would use to clean a camera lens, and rubs it briskly down the back of an infant rat – a rat pup. No, he’s not giving rat pups a massage to relieve boredom. He’s actually doing research, funded by the ...

Proteomics reveals ocean's inner workings

By Lonny Lippsett Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution September 4, 2014

For decades, doctors have sought methods to diagnose how different types of cells and systems in the body are functioning. Now scientists have adapted an emerging biomedical technique to study the vast body of the ocean.

In a study published Sept. 5 in the journal Science, a research team ...

Nature’s tiny engineers

By David L. Chandler MIT News Office September 1, 2014

Conventional wisdom has long held that corals — whose calcium-carbonate skeletons form the foundation of coral reefs — are passive organisms that rely entirely on ocean currents to deliver dissolved substances, such as nutrients and oxygen. But now scientists at MIT and the Weizmann Institute of Science (WIS) in Israel ...

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.

Read the full article here.  

 

 

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?

Read the full blog that highlights Dan Schwartz’s ...

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  ...