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Caltech researcher Colin Camerer wins MacArthur Prize

MacArthur Foundation September 25, 2013
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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 ...

New initiative focuses on people, conservation

University of California September 24, 2013
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UC Santa Barbara's National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) has joined with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) to form Science for Nature and People (SNAP), an initiative aimed at addressing modern conservation and economic development in ways that will benefit humankind, especially ...

Julie Huber to lead research expedition to deep-sea volcano

Marine Biological Laboratory September 19, 2013
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MBL (Marine Biological Laboratory) microbial oceanographer Julie Huber will lead a national team of scientists on a deep-sea expedition to Axial Seamount, an active volcano 300 miles off the Oregon coast. The researchers are seeking to better understand the vast diversity of marine microbial communities that dominate the oceans and ...

Intriguing advances in the microbial biogeochemistry of the oceans

Nature Geoscience Insight September 6, 2013
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Microbes regulate the cycling of elements throughout the global ocean, from the icy surface waters that circulate at high latitudes, to the deep vents that dot the continental sea floor. Human activities are starting to modify the way in which microbes mediate these cycles, at least in the relatively well-characterized ...

New grant advances ASU microscopy imaging research initiative

By Richard Harth Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University August 6, 2013
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Peering through a homemade instrument—toy-like by today's standards—the Dutch tradesman Antony van Leeuwenhoek (1632-1723) first observed a dizzying menagerie of lifeforms, invisible to the naked eye. Since then, scientists have steadily refined the field of microscopy, achieving spectacular results at ever-tinier scales.

At Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute, Nongjian (NJ) ...

Emergent Phenomena in Quantum Systems

Foundation funding means good news for basic science

July 30, 2013
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The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation announced good news for science today: more than $90 million for basic research, specifically in the field of condensed matter physics. The Moore Foundation’s new Emergent Phenomena in Quantum Systems (EPiQS) initiative will focus this budget over a five-year period to explore the exotic ...

Thirty Meter Telescope

Scientific authorities sign the TMT master agreement

Thirty Meter Telescope July 25, 2013
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The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project announces today that all of the scientific authorities of the TMT partners have signed a Master Agreement. The Master Agreement document establishes a formal agreement amongst the international parties defining the project goals, establishing a governance structure and defining member party rights, obligations and ...

Research published in Nature sequences oil palm genome and identifies gene critical for yield of palm oil, major source of edible vegetable oil

Orion Genomics July 24, 2013
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A multinational team of scientists from the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) and Orion Genomics today announced the publication of two papers in the journal Nature outlining the genome sequencing of the oil palm plant and the identification of a single gene, called Shell, that is responsible for increasing the ...

Newly discovered marine viruses offer glimpse into untapped biodiversity

By Daniel Stolte University of Arizona July 23, 2013
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Researchers of the University of Arizona's Tucson Marine Phage Lab have discovered a dozen new types of unknown viruses that infect different strains of marine bacteria. 

Bacteriophages come in different shapes and sizes. This one has a "head" containing the virus' DNA and a "tail" with which it attaches to bacterial cells ...

First hi-res national carbon map-Panama

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A team of researchers has for the first time mapped the above ground carbon density of an entire country in high fidelity. They integrated field data with satellite imagery and high-resolution airborne Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) data to map the vegetation and to quantify carbon stocks throughout the Republic ...