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Winners of competition to reimagine the chemistry set announced

April 8, 2014
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The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and Society for Science & the Public (SSP) today announced winners of the Science, Play and Research Kit (SPARK) Competition, a challenge to reimagine the chemistry set for the 21st century.  Winners were selected in two categories:  prototypes – projects that are ...

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Charities try new ways to test ideas quickly and polish them later

By Ben Gose Chronicle of Philanthropy March 23, 2014
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A year ago, a division of TechSoup Global began working on an app to allow donors to buy a hotel room for victims of domestic violence when no other shelter is available. Now that app is a finalist in a competition run by a foundation that combats human trafficking—and a ...

A most powerful eye on the sky

By Harry Mok UC Newsroom March 21, 2014
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That epic quest took a big step forward Thursday when the Board of Regents approved UC’s financial participation in the development and operation of the Thirty Meter Telescope, commonly known at the TMT.

Once complete, the TMT will be the largest and most powerful land-based optical/infrared telescope on Earth.

International ...

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Shared decision-making champions

By Informed Medical Decisions Foundation The Shared Decision Making Month Blog March 19, 2014
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Throughout the 25 years of the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation’s history, we have been fortunate to work with, and along side, many noteworthy individuals to advance shared decision making. While we can’t recognize every single individual who has provided a wealth of inspiration and guidance for our work, we would ...

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Spotlighting Silicon Valley's most (and least) generous tech philanthropists

By Eric Van Susteren Silicon Valley Business Journal March 18, 2014
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What’s a couple million when you’re worth a couple billion?

That’s what  Inside Philanthropy asked when it put together a list of the tech sector’s most generous philanthropists. 

Read the full article here.

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Meet the 12 most generous tech leaders

By Michael Gentilucci Inside Philanthropy March 18, 2014
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More than any other industry, the tech sector has the ability to create multimillionaires, and even billionaires, almost overnight. We saw this most recently when WhatsApp founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton sold their company to Facebook, netting them $6.8 billion and $3.6 billion, respectively. And while it may take ...

Clark Labs of Clark University receives grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to research coastal habitats at risk for shrimp farm conversion in Southeast Asia

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Clark Labs has received a grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to create a baseline map of coastal habitats and the distribution of shrimp mariculture in Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. The analysis is based on a digital classification of LANDSAT 8 remotely sensed imagery and will also provide ...
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Eliminating preventable harm in academic medical centers: the Libretto Consortium and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

By Loren Pogir Health Affairs GrantWatch Blog March 18, 2014
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Imagine a health care system where medical harms no longer occur. Where technology is connected and systems talk to each other. Where doctors, nurses, patients, and families work as a team, and decisions about health care are shared. Imagine a health care system that is so finely tuned that it ...

Big Bang waves offer "staggering" evidence of rapid expansion

By Cynthia Eller Caltech March 17, 2014
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Thanks in part to Moore-funded research conducted by Caltech (grant #1128), scientists have made an extraordinary advance in cosmology by discovering what many consider the “smoking gun” evidence for the “cosmic inflation.” Cosmic inflation signifies a period of extremely rapid expansion of the universe right after the Big ...

Cosmic inflation: "spectacular" discovery hailed

By Jonathan Amos BBC News March 17, 2014
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Scientists say they have extraordinary new evidence to support a Big Bang Theory for the origin of the Universe.

Read the full article here.

See the related news story from Caltech here.