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Save the Redwoods League raises $4 million to protect some of the tallest and oldest redwood forests left in the Santa Cruz Mountains

Save the Redwoods League January 29, 2013

Save the Redwoods League, the only nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting redwood forests throughout their natural range, reached its first major milestone by raising half of the $8 million cost to protect some of the tallest and oldest redwood forests left in San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties. To succeed, ...

Special Projects in Science

Antarctic lake mission reports historic breakthrough

By Quirin Schiermeier Nature January 28, 2013

The more than 300 lakes discovered in the last couple of decades beneath the mighty Antarctic ice sheet have been sealed from the outside world for probably several million years. Today, a team of US Antarctic researchers proudly announced they have accessed one of the last unexplored frontiers on Earth....

Microbiologists eavesdrop on the hidden lives of microbes

By Denise Brehm MITnews January 22, 2013

Microbiologists who study wild marine microbes, as opposed to the lab-grown variety, face enormous challenges in getting a clear picture of the daily activities of their subjects. But a team of scientists from MIT and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute recently figured out how to make the equivalent of ...

Paradise found for Latin America’s largest terrestrial mammal

Wildlife Conservation Society scientists have documented a thriving population of lowland tapirs — the strange forest and grassland-dwelling herbivore with the trunk-like snout — living in a network of remote national parks spanning the Peru-Bolivia border.

Using a combination of camera traps, along with interviews with park guards and subsistence ...

Raising devils in seclusion

By Carl Zimmer New York Times January 21, 2013

In November, a team of biologists journeyed to Maria Island, three miles off the Australian island state of Tasmania, taking with them 15 plastic cylinders. They loaded the cylinders into S.U.V.’s, drove them to an abandoned farm and scattered them in the fields.

Before long 15 Tasmanian devils emerged from ...

Special Projects in Science

Deep under Antarctica, looking for signs of life

By James Gorman New York Times January 14, 2013

Three major scientific projects set out this season to seek evidence of life in lakes deep under the Antarctic ice — evidence that could provide clues in the search for evidence of life elsewhere in the solar system, perhaps in Mars’s past, or even now under the surface of Enceladus, ...

Marine Microbiology Initiative

New study shows importance of hydrogen as chemosynthetic bacteria's energy source

A new study highlights the importance of hydrogen as an energy source for chemosynthetic bacteria in the deep sea. Surprisingly, this appears to be the case not only near deep-sea hydrothermal vents where there is abundant hydrogen, but also far from vents where the source of hydrogen is unclear. The ...

Faulty behavior

By Katie Neith Caltech January 8, 2013

In an earthquake, ground motion is the result of waves emitted when the two sides of a fault move—or slip—rapidly past each other, with an average relative speed of about three feet per second. Not all fault segments move so quickly, however—some slip slowly, through a process called creep, and ...

New study discovers how some corals can resist climate change

January 7, 2013

In a future shaped by climate change, where will ocean life still thrive? Are there heat resistant organisms that can survive a warmer ocean? A recent study from Stanford University published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences opens a window into how some reef-building corals ...

Betty Irene Moore Nursing Initiative

Training the next generation of primary care providers

By Andrew Schwartz Science of Caring January 4, 2013

At the San Francisco VA Medical Center's primary care clinic, nurse practitioners and medical residents are training together in teams in an emerging trend in health care known as patient-centered medical homes.

On a typical day at the clinic, just before 8 a.m. Nurse Practitioner (NP) student Jonathan Van Nuys ...