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Data-Driven Discovery

CMU professor part of $21M Moore prize to support data-driven discoveries

By Justine Coyne Pittsburgh Business Times October 3, 2014
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Scientists are generating data at an unprecedented rate, but in many fields, the information hasn't accelerated the pace of discovery.

Carl Kingsford, associate professor at the Ray and Stephanie Lane Center for Computational Biology at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science, is among a group of researchers from across ...

Andes-Amazon Initiative

Equator Prize 2014 Winners

Equator Initiative September 30, 2014
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The Equator Initiative is pleased to announce today the winners of the Equator Prize 2014. Each of these thirty-five initiatives represents outstanding local achievement in advancing sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities.

Following a global call for nominations, the Equator Initiative received a record-setting 1,234 nominations from ...

Patient and Family Engagement

8 hospital actions for stronger patient engagement

By Katie Sullivan FierceHealthcare September 23, 2014
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As healthcare shifts toward value-based care, patient engagement, experience and satisfaction are more important than ever as consumers seek to become a bigger part of their own care.

With that in mind, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, a private grantmaking organization, along with the American Institutes for Research, released a ...

36 bits of good news to cure your ocean blues

By Liz Core Grist September 16, 2014
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We know: Beginning a series on current ocean news seems like a bleak proposition. Between the expanding garbage patches and relentless rise of warming seas, positive stories aren’t exactly growing on trees. So we’ve gone to the trouble to net you 36 whole reasons to be excited about the future ...

As farmland runs out, seafood looks better than you think

By Nathanael Johnson Grist September 15, 2014
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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 ...

Andes-Amazon Initiative

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

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

Proteomics reveals ocean's inner workings

By Lonny Lippsett Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution September 4, 2014
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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 ...

2014: Rat and infant massage

The Golden Goose Award September 4, 2014
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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 ...

Nature’s tiny engineers

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