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R-E-S-P-E-C-T - What it means to patients

By Dominick Frosch, PhD and Ming Tai-Seale, PhD, MPH Journal of General Internal Medicine January 7, 2014

Aretha Franklin’s 1967 adaptation of Otis Redding’s “Respect” gave the song fame, contributed to the feminist movement and is widely credited with propelling her career. In the chorus, Franklin repeatedly sings “R-E-S-P-E-C-T—find out what it means to me”. A new study by Quigley and colleagues in the Journal of General ...

Wild Salmon Ecosystems Initiative

Farming salmon on land is possible, project suggests

By Evelyn Boychuk CBC News January 6, 2014
As its name implies, the Atlantic salmon has always been seen as an ocean dweller. But the Canadian fishing industry is on the verge of being able to grow this saltwater fish anywhere – including, hypothetically, in the prairie provinces.

The Namgis closed containment facility on Vancouver Island is the ...

Who killed the chemistry set? And an effort to reinvent it.

By Zack Seward WHYY - The Pulse January 3, 2014

Jennifer Landry is opening an "atomic energy" chemistry set from the late 1950s.

She's the director of the Chemical Heritage Foundation museum, which has the largest public collection of chemistry sets in the U.S.

The bright red Chemcraft set she's holding is a mirror to the fascinations of its ...

Andes-Amazon Initiative

Kayapo courage

By Chip Brown National Geographic January 1, 2014
It was tempting to think we were going back in time, slipping the bonds of the modern world for tribal life in one of the last great bastions of indigenous culture, chronically jeopardized but still vital, intact, unvanquished.

Read the full article here.

West Coast's early warning system for quakes

By Richard Harris National Public Radio December 26, 2013

Earthquake scientists on the West Coast would like to build a system that would give people a bit of warning before they get jolted with strong shaking from a distant quake.

Seismic waves take time to travel from the epicenter, which means such a warning system could issue alerts ranging ...

On TMT: stabilizing images from the most powerful telescope ever created

By Justine Hunter The Globe and Mail December 26, 2013

The $6-million Raven TMT project has been a decade in the making. On a Tuesday afternoon in December, it was time to pack, ever so carefully, the delicate device to ship to its destination atop a mountain in Hawaii, where construction has started on what is to be the world’s ...

TMT's THINK grant, scholarship would benefit students

By Megan Moseley West Hawaii Today December 23, 2013

Big Island students interested in science, technology, engineering and math will have a chance to apply for new scholarship and grant funds next year, pending the construction of what is poised to be one of the world’s largest telescopes atop Mauna Kea.

Read the full article here. 

NFI Crab Council announces new partner

By SeafoodSource staff SeafoodSource.com December 17, 2013
National Fisheries Institute’s (NFI) Crab Council has announced it is teaming up with the global collaborative 50in10 to work on a study that looks at the economic impact of sustainability initiatives.

“We believe that focusing sustainability initiatives on communities, as opposed to simply species, has the potential to have a ...

Sonoma Land Trust purchases Haire Ranch on Skaggs Island

Sonoma Land Trust December 13, 2013

Sonoma Land Trust has acquired the 1,092-acre Haire Ranch on Skaggs Island along Highway 37, a long-sought after acquisition that will enable the restoration of 4,400 acres of diked baylands to wetlands. SLT has joined with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) ...

For the good of the colony

By Jennifer Chu MIT News December 11, 2013

For some microbes, the motto for growth is not so much “every cell for itself,” but rather, “all for one and one for all.”

MIT researchers have found that cells in a bacterial colony grow in a way that benefits the community as a whole. That is, while an individual ...