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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 ...

Q&A with Steve McCormick: Dialogues on the environment

By Mark Tercek Huffington Post October 2, 2013
Foundation president Steve McCormick talks with Mark Tercek, Huffington Post blogger and President & CEO of The Nature Conservancy, about the greatest environmental challenges we face today and what the environmental movement can do to better address those challenges. 

Read the full article here.
Earthquake Early-Warning System

How do earthquake early warning systems work?

By Jane J. Lee National Geographic September 27, 2013
One minute you're sitting at your desk on solid ground, the next the floor slips out from underneath you and things start to rattle off the shelves. Earthquakes seem to come out of nowhere and can cause widespread devastation...
 

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Caltech researcher Colin Camerer wins MacArthur Prize

MacArthur Foundation September 25, 2013

Congratulations to Caltech researcher Colin Camerer, Robert Kirby Professor of Behavioral Economics in the Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences who was named a 2013 MacArthur Fellow.

Colin Camerer is a pioneering economist whose research challenges assumptions about human behavior in the traditional models used by economists. Particularly adept at ...

New initiative focuses on people, conservation

University of California September 24, 2013

UC Santa Barbara's National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) has joined with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) to form Science for Nature and People (SNAP), an initiative aimed at addressing modern conservation and economic development in ways that will benefit humankind, especially ...

Intriguing advances in the microbial biogeochemistry of the oceans

Nature Geoscience Insight September 6, 2013

Microbes regulate the cycling of elements throughout the global ocean, from the icy surface waters that circulate at high latitudes, to the deep vents that dot the continental sea floor. Human activities are starting to modify the way in which microbes mediate these cycles, at least in the relatively well-characterized ...

First aquatic microbial ecology summer school to be held in Vietnam

July 19, 2013

The first summer school ASIAME "South East Asia Workshop in Aquatic Microbial Ecology," will be held in Nha Trang, Vietnam at the Institute of Oceanography (IO) between October 7 and 16, 2013. Aquatic Microbial Ecology has undergone tremendous evolution in the last two decades. Mastering concepts and methods, especially those ...

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

By Joe Palca NPR June 24, 2013

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....