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Nature’s tiny engineers

By David L. Chandler MIT News Office September 1, 2014

Conventional wisdom has long held that corals — whose calcium-carbonate skeletons form the foundation of coral reefs — are passive organisms that rely entirely on ocean currents to deliver dissolved substances, such as nutrients and oxygen. But now scientists at MIT and the Weizmann Institute of Science (WIS) in Israel ...

Early warning for South Napa earthquake

By Lindsey Hoshaw KQED August 24, 2014

Ten seconds before the South Napa Earthquake struck, UC Berkeley’s ShakeAlert detected the quake.

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UT research uncovers subglacial life beneath Antarctic ice sheet

By Whitney Heins Tennessee Today August 20, 2014

UT research finds life can persist in a cold, dark world. A UT microbiology assistant professor was part of a team that examined waters and sediments from a shallow lake deep beneath the Antarctic ice sheet and found the extreme environment supports microbial ecosystems.

The National Science Foundation-funded research by ...

PCCI publishes three articles in Health Affairs July themed issue: The impact of big data on healthcare

August 12, 2014

Dallas - In collaboration with national experts in informatics, health services research, health policy and law and ethics, PCCI researchers authored three articles in Health Affairs’ July themed issue, The Impact of Big Data on Healthcare, which “explores the promise of big data in improving health care effectiveness and ...

Tests that look like video games

By Anya Kemenetz NPR Ed August 7, 2014

Imagine you're playing a computer game that asks you to design a poster for the school fair. You're fiddling with fonts, changing background colors and deciding what activity to feature: Will a basketball toss appeal to more people than a pie bake-off?

Read the full blog that highlights Dan Schwartz’s ...

Using big data to target preventable readmissions

By Joseph Conn Modern Healthcare August 2, 2014

Since fall 2012, more than 14,000 patients admitted to one Texas hospital have had a computer program analyze their medical records to help clinicians predict what type of care would improve their outcomes.

The software used at 213-bed Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford scans each patient's electronic health record  ...

Andes-Amazon Initiative

2 prize-winning journalists will report on Amazon, 2 new prizes announced

Mongabay.org August 1, 2014

The current economic, political, and environmental landscape of the Amazon is complicated at best. Protected areas have swelled in recent decades, indigenous rights have been improved in some places, while investments by both foreign and domestic financiers in large-scale energy and infrastructure development have raised questions about their environmental and ...

Supporting the White House Climate Data Initiative

University of Minnesota July 30, 2014

The Office of the President of the United States announced a significant expansion of the White House Climate Data Initiative yesterday in Washington, D.C. Through a partnership with the Kellogg Company, the Institute on the Environment’s Global Landscapes Initiative will support this effort by providing maps and data showing ...

Perú’s carbon quantified: Economic and conservation boon

Washington, DC — Today scientists unveiled the first high-resolution map of the carbon stocks stored on land throughout the entire country of Perú. The new and improved methodology used to make the map marks a sea change for future market-based carbon economies. The new carbon map also reveals Perú’s extremely ...

Next-generation Thirty Meter Telescope begins construction in Hawaii

Thirty Meter Telescope July 28, 2014

Following the approval of a sublease on July 25 by the Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources, the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) announces the beginning of the construction phase on Hawaii Island and around the world throughout the TMT international partnership. Contingent on that decision, the TMT International Observatory ...