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Billionaires with big ideas are privatizing American science

By William J. Broad The New York Times March 16, 2014
Last April, President Obama assembled some of the nation’s most august scientific dignitaries in the East Room of the White House. Joking that his grades in physics made him a dubious candidate for “scientist in chief,” he spoke of using technological innovation “to grow our economy” and unveiled “the next ...
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Up for Debate: Response to "Making Conservation Finance Investable"

By Susan Phinney Silver, David and Lucile Packard Foundation Stanford Social Innovation Review March 14, 2014
Government and donor funding alone will not be able to take on the environmental and climate change challenges we face today, so it is a promising development that “impact investing” is embracing environmental investments.

Read the full letter here

The original article, "Making Conservation Finance Investable," can be found ...

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Engineering a smarter ICU

Johns Hopkins Winter 2014 Engineering Magazine

America’s intensive care units (ICUs) are supposed to showcase the lifesaving potential of modern medicine. They are equipped with the latest technology, staffed with the most skilled staff, and centered in the best hospitals. Yet statistics show that ICUs are failing miserably: One out of ...

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Competence gaps among unemployed new nursing graduates entering a community-based, transition-to-practice program

By Audrey Berman, PhD, RN; Brandy Beazley, MS, RN; Judith Karshmer, PhD, RN; Susan Prion, EdD, RN, CNE; Paulina Van, PhD, RN; Jonalyn Wallace, MSN, RN and Nikki West, MPH Nurse Educator March 13, 2014

Multiple reports document competence gaps among employed new registered nurse (RN) graduates, yet there is little known and published about the competence and confidence among new RN graduates who are not yet employed.

As part of an academic/practice partnership model, four collaboratives provide transition-to-practice programs for newly graduated and licensed, ...

The $1 origami microscope

MIT Technology Review March 11, 2014

Origami, the Japanese art of paper folding, has evolved considerably since it appeared in the western world over a century ago. Folding is simple, easy and cheap. So it’s no wonder that scientists and engineers have begun to exploit it in all kinds of innovative ways. They now use origami ...

Without these ancient cells, you wouldn’t be here

By Rebecca Jacobson PBS Newshour March 6, 2014

With a “billion billion billion” Prochlorococci in the ocean — that’s 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 — you would think they’d be easy to find. But 25 years ago, no one knew this microscopic organism existed.

And it’s a good thing they do. Without their ancestors, we wouldn’t be breathing, says Penny Chisholm, ...

Tackling overfishing on many fronts

By Brian Clark Howard National Geographic February 26, 2014

As the World Ocean Summit winds down in Half Moon Bay, California, this evening, much discussion among the hundreds of gathered delegates has turned to overfishing.  There were perhaps as many thoughts on the subject as members in attendance from the fishing industry, academia, conservation organizations, and the media. But, ...

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Entre o 2 e o 3, existe o 2,5

By Rafael Morais Chiaravalloti* Instituto Ethos February 24, 2014

Eu nunca fui o melhor em nada. Desde muito pequeno faço esporte, mas jamais ganhei o primeiro lugar. Embora tenha estudado em mais de sete escolas durante minha adolescência, jamais tive as melhores notas. Após o colégio, mesmo com um ano de cursinho, não passei nos melhores vestibulares. Na faculdade, ...

Researchers find that going with the flow makes bacteria stick

By David L. Chandler MIT News Office February 24, 2014

In a surprising new finding, researchers have discovered that bacterial movement is impeded in flowing water, enhancing the likelihood that the microbes will attach to surfaces. The new work could have implications for the study of marine ecosystems, and for our understanding of how infections take hold in medical devices....

University approves lease for giant telescope

By Audrey McAvoy Associated Press February 21, 2014

The University of Hawaii on Thursday approved a plan to lease land at the summit of Mauna Kea for construction of one of the world’s largest optical telescope. The Board of Regents voted 15-1 to approve subleasing the land atop the Big Island volcano for the Thirty Meter Telescope...

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