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Secrets from the deep

By Wendy Frew The Sydney Morning Herald November 21, 2013

Violent bursts of organic matter from dying organisms, continuous showers of “marine snow” from the upper layers of a water column, and nutrients leaking from creatures so tiny they are invisible to the naked eye: this is the mysterious, microscopic world of our oceans.

One drop of seawater contains a ...

Fish 2.0′s technology competition winners announced at Stanford University

By Jeanine Stewart Undercurrent News November 18, 2013

Software and logistics company Blue Sea Labs took home the winning title at last week’s Fish 2.0 Competition Finals, held at Stanford University.

The judges of Fish 2.0, a business competition connecting sustainable fisheries and aquaculture businesses, were blown away... 

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Powered by Google, high resolution forest map reveals massive deforestation worldwide

By Rhett A. Butler Mongabay.com November 14, 2013


Researchers today released a long-awaited tool that reveals the extent of forest cover loss and gain on a global scale. Powered by Google's massive computing cloud, 
the interactive forest map establishes a new baseline for measuring deforestation and forest recovery across all of the world's countries... 

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New interactive tool helps track Earth’s forests

By Louis Lucero II The New York Times November 14, 2013

As carbon emissions build and environmentalists grow more certain of the consequences, scientists have been searching for more precise ways to track the state of Earth’s vast expanses of forest.

Researchers primarily from the University of Maryland, along with Google, have created a new tool to help scientists monitor forest ...

Wild Salmon Ecosystems Initiative

Most run-of-river B.C. hydro projects can harm fish

By Larry Pynn Vancouver Sun November 3, 2013

Almost 100 percent of private run-of-river power projects studied in B.C. are located on streams where they could affect fish, an interim study for the Pacific Salmon Foundation has found.

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Gold mining ravages Perú

The Carnegie Institution for Science released the following announcement about new research published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The project, which mapped the damage due to gold mining in the Peruvian Amazon, used two technologies supported by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation ...

Techbridge fires up girls to tackle tech

By Annie Sciacca San Francisco Business Times October 25, 2013

People sometimes ask Linda Kekelis why she wants resources devoted to helping girls get involved with science, technology, engineering and math—STEM. Girls would do it if they were interested in it, they say.

But according to Kekelis, that’s simply not true.

Instead, gender stereotypes, bad information given to families and ...

Remote Sonoma County landscape offers microscopic peek at life's beginnings

By Mary Callahan The Press Democrat October 19, 2013

Scientists looking for clues to the origins of life on Earth have discovered new life forms right here in Sonoma County that may shed light on how life evolved — and how it might be detected elsewhere in the universe.

A three-year study of alkaline ponds at The Cedars, a ...

Andes-Amazon Initiative

Ecologists uncover 'hyperdominant' tree species in the Amazon

University of Leeds October 18, 2013

Dr. Oliver Phillips, a professor at the University of Leeds School of Geography whose work in the Amazon has been partially funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, has contributed to new research published in Science this month. The research was led by Hans ter Steege of the Naturalis Biodiversity ...

Patient and Family Engagement

Improving patient engagement equal parts technology, empathy

By Brian Eastwood CIO.com October 14, 2013

When Dr. Ken Ong, now chief medical information officer (CMIO) for New York Hospital Queens, began his medical career, he was treating infectious diseases. It was the outbreak of the AIDS epidemic and, he states flatly, "We knew nothing." Only by working closely with patients could Ong and his ...