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University approves lease for giant telescope

By Audrey McAvoy Associated Press February 21, 2014
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The University of Hawaii on Thursday approved a plan to lease land at the summit of Mauna Kea for construction of one of the world’s largest optical telescope. The Board of Regents voted 15-1 to approve subleasing the land atop the Big Island volcano for the Thirty Meter Telescope...

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New $20,000 reporting grant explores benefits of Amazonian protected areas

Mongabay.org February 21, 2014
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With six Special Reporting Initiatives (SRI) already under way, Mongabay.org is excited to announce a call for applications for its latest journalism grant topic: Amazonian protected areas: benefits for people

The Amazon’s system of protected areas has grown exponentially in the past 25 years. In many South American nations, ...

Shaping global partnerships for a post-2015 world

By Sonja Patscheke, Angela Barmettler, Laura Herman, Scott Overdyke & Marc Pfitzer Stanford Social Innovation Review February 14, 2014
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"What if fishermen, governments, industry, philanthropy, private investors, and conservation and development organizations worked together to apply the best strategies for restoring fisheries—and the communities that depend on them? What if these strategies addressed all the key elements of a fishery… so that change is comprehensive and lasting? What if ...

TMT gains momentum: Mauna Kea Management Board votes in favor of proposed sublease

By Megan Moseley Hawaii Tribune-Herald February 13, 2014
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The Thirty Meter Telescope project gained momentum Wednesday following a Mauna Kea Management Board vote in favor of the project’s proposed sublease Wednesday morning...

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Science Magazine's 2013 visualization challenge

Science Magazine February 7, 2014
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First place, photography: Invisible Coral Flows

By Vicente I. Fernandez, Orr H. Shapiro, Melissa S. Garren, Assaf Vardi, and Roman Stocker, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ca

The swirling patterns moving around these coral polyps may look like fireworks streaking across a long-exposure photograph—but they are the result of a cunning ...

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Impact of B.C. river power projects on fish unclear

By Sean Kolenko Business in Vancouver February 4, 2014
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A groundbreaking scientific report Clean Energy BC considers critical to the credibility of the independent power industry is complete and the results are – inconclusive.

Potential Impacts on Run-of-River Power Hydroprojects on Salmonids was commissioned by Clean Energy BC and administered by the Pacific Salmon Foundation (PSF) to investigate the ...

Defenses up: plants are armed and ready to fend off attackers

By Nicole Kresge HHMI Bulletin January 29, 2014
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A few hundred bacteria rest atop a lone grain of sand. Suddenly, a gust of wind scoops up the particle and its occupants, hurtling them toward an unsuspecting plant. The impact causes a tiny abrasion on a leaf and the bacterial passengers disembark to colonize their new home...

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Betty Irene Moore: health care advocate

January 29, 2014
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For more than a decade, Betty Irene Moore has been an advocate for patients and families, a champion of nursing and a pioneer for improving health care. Through her vision, the foundation has the opportunity, and the honor, to help medical centers, both large and small, overcome challenges and succeed ...

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Moore Foundation awards $5.3 million for ICU initiative

Philanthropy News Digest January 28, 2014
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The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has announced a $5.3 million grant to Boston-based Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for an initiative that aims to address "preventable harm" in the intensive care unit.

To that end, the grant will support the creation of patient-specific checklists and tools to facilitate communication ...

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Beth Israel aims for ICU harm reduction

By Mike Miliard Healthcare IT News January 28, 2014
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With help from a $5.3 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center will explore ways to put IT and patient engagement to work eliminating preventable harm in the ICU.

BIDMC officials say the grant will help them better define the burden of harm ...