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Without these ancient cells, you wouldn’t be here

By Rebecca Jacobson PBS Newshour March 6, 2014
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With a “billion billion billion” Prochlorococci in the ocean — that’s 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 — you would think they’d be easy to find. But 25 years ago, no one knew this microscopic organism existed.

And it’s a good thing they do. Without their ancestors, we wouldn’t be breathing, says Penny Chisholm, ...

EPiQS funding to boost quantum materials theory research at six universities

March 5, 2014
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A major objective of EPiQS is to provide funding that enables a community of top experimentalists and theorists to maximize their potential to explore, discover and understand emergent behavior of complex quantum matter.

EPiQS support for theoretical research in quantum materials focuses on postdoctoral and visiting scholars at several leading ...

Carnegie Landsat Analysis System-lite (CLASlite) Classroom launches in Spanish

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Stanford, Calif. -- Today, the CLASlite team at the Carnegie Institution for Science (Department of Global Ecology) launched the Spanish version of the Carnegie Landsat Analysis System-lite (or CLASlite) Classroom, hosted by Stanford University Online Learning. 

This free, self-paced course teaches prospective, non-commercial users how to use the CLASlite ...

Tackling overfishing on many fronts

By Brian Clark Howard National Geographic February 26, 2014
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As the World Ocean Summit winds down in Half Moon Bay, California, this evening, much discussion among the hundreds of gathered delegates has turned to overfishing.  There were perhaps as many thoughts on the subject as members in attendance from the fishing industry, academia, conservation organizations, and the media. But, ...

BVRio wins Katerva Awards in the economics category

February 26, 2014
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RIO DE JANEIRO – BVRio has been awarded the best economic initiative in the world, by Katerva, a British NGO promoting sustainability. The award is in its third year and gets nominations through a “Spotter Network” of scientists, business leaders, media personalities, government and civil society. Katerva’s advisors and a ...

University of Minnesota global ecologist Jonathan Foley receives prestigious Heinz Award in the environment

University of Minnesota February 25, 2014
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MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL — The Heinz Awards, established by Teresa Heinz and the Heinz Family Foundation to honor the memory of the late U.S. Senator John Heinz, today recognized Jonathan Foley, Ph.D., director of the Institute on the Environment (IonE) at the University of Minnesota, as one of ...

Marine algae can sense the rainbow

By Lindsay Jolivet Canadian Institute for Advanced Research February 25, 2014
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A new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has shown for the first time that several types of aquatic algae can detect orange, green and blue light.

Land plants have receptors to detect light on the red and far red of the spectrum, which are the ...

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Entre o 2 e o 3, existe o 2,5

By Rafael Morais Chiaravalloti* Instituto Ethos February 24, 2014
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Eu nunca fui o melhor em nada. Desde muito pequeno faço esporte, mas jamais ganhei o primeiro lugar. Embora tenha estudado em mais de sete escolas durante minha adolescência, jamais tive as melhores notas. Após o colégio, mesmo com um ano de cursinho, não passei nos melhores vestibulares. Na faculdade, ...

Researchers find that going with the flow makes bacteria stick

By David L. Chandler MIT News Office February 24, 2014
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In a surprising new finding, researchers have discovered that bacterial movement is impeded in flowing water, enhancing the likelihood that the microbes will attach to surfaces. The new work could have implications for the study of marine ecosystems, and for our understanding of how infections take hold in medical devices....

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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