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For sharpest views, scope the sky with quick-change mirrors

By Joe Palca NPR June 24, 2013
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A story on the Keck Observatory adaptive optics system was featured on NPR.

It used to be that if astronomers wanted to get rid of the blurring effects of the atmosphere, they had to put their telescopes in space. But a technology called adaptive optics has changed all that....

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New coalition aims to increase philanthropic funding of basic science

By Sarah Zielinski American Association for the Advancement of Science May 10, 2013
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Seven foundations have formed a coalition with the aim of increasing support for basic science among the nation's philanthropists and foundations, Robert Conn, president of The Kavli Foundation, announced on 2 May. The group hopes to double philanthropic support in this area of U.S. science within a decade. 

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Applications for California Science and Technology Policy Fellowships due 2/28/14

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Offered by the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST), the California Science and Technology Policy Fellowships place professional scientists and engineers in the California State Legislature for one-year appointments. 

Read more here.

 

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Antarctic lake mission reports historic breakthrough

By Quirin Schiermeier Nature January 28, 2013
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The more than 300 lakes discovered in the last couple of decades beneath the mighty Antarctic ice sheet have been sealed from the outside world for probably several million years. Today, a team of US Antarctic researchers proudly announced they have accessed one of the last unexplored frontiers on Earth....

Raising devils in seclusion

By Carl Zimmer New York Times January 21, 2013
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In November, a team of biologists journeyed to Maria Island, three miles off the Australian island state of Tasmania, taking with them 15 plastic cylinders. They loaded the cylinders into S.U.V.’s, drove them to an abandoned farm and scattered them in the fields.

Before long 15 Tasmanian devils emerged from ...

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Deep under Antarctica, looking for signs of life

By James Gorman New York Times January 14, 2013
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Three major scientific projects set out this season to seek evidence of life in lakes deep under the Antarctic ice — evidence that could provide clues in the search for evidence of life elsewhere in the solar system, perhaps in Mars’s past, or even now under the surface of Enceladus, ...

Marine Microbiology Initiative

New study shows importance of hydrogen as chemosynthetic bacteria's energy source

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A new study highlights the importance of hydrogen as an energy source for chemosynthetic bacteria in the deep sea. Surprisingly, this appears to be the case not only near deep-sea hydrothermal vents where there is abundant hydrogen, but also far from vents where the source of hydrogen is unclear. The ...

New study discovers how some corals can resist climate change

January 7, 2013
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In a future shaped by climate change, where will ocean life still thrive? Are there heat resistant organisms that can survive a warmer ocean? A recent study from Stanford University published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences opens a window into how some reef-building corals ...

Betty Irene Moore Nursing Initiative

Training the next generation of primary care providers

By Andrew Schwartz Science of Caring January 4, 2013
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At the San Francisco VA Medical Center's primary care clinic, nurse practitioners and medical residents are training together in teams in an emerging trend in health care known as patient-centered medical homes.

On a typical day at the clinic, just before 8 a.m. Nurse Practitioner (NP) student Jonathan Van Nuys ...

Microscopic indigestion caught in the act

Dalhousie University December 6, 2012
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The Archibald Lab at Dalhousie led a team of researchers from across the globe that decoded the genetic blueprints of two tiny organisms, shedding light on a major feat of evolution.

Key Points: 

  • Photosynthesis is a key process to life on earth that only plants, algae and some bacteria ...