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New interactive tool helps track Earth’s forests

By Louis Lucero II The New York Times November 14, 2013

As carbon emissions build and environmentalists grow more certain of the consequences, scientists have been searching for more precise ways to track the state of Earth’s vast expanses of forest.

Researchers primarily from the University of Maryland, along with Google, have created a new tool to help scientists monitor forest ...

Wild Salmon Ecosystems Initiative

Most run-of-river B.C. hydro projects can harm fish

By Larry Pynn Vancouver Sun November 3, 2013

Almost 100 percent of private run-of-river power projects studied in B.C. are located on streams where they could affect fish, an interim study for the Pacific Salmon Foundation has found.

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Gold mining ravages Perú

The Carnegie Institution for Science released the following announcement about new research published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The project, which mapped the damage due to gold mining in the Peruvian Amazon, used two technologies supported by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation ...

Techbridge fires up girls to tackle tech

By Annie Sciacca San Francisco Business Times October 25, 2013

People sometimes ask Linda Kekelis why she wants resources devoted to helping girls get involved with science, technology, engineering and math—STEM. Girls would do it if they were interested in it, they say.

But according to Kekelis, that’s simply not true.

Instead, gender stereotypes, bad information given to families and ...

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. 

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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 ...