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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 ...

WHOI research projects awarded $5.2 M to support marine microbial research

There are more microbes in a bucket of seawater than there are people on Earth. Despite their abundance, humans are only just beginning to fathom the complex role marine microbes play in the ocean ecosystem. 

These tiny creatures are responsible for the chemical reactions that drive Earth’s marine biogeochemical cycles, ...

Exploring coral reef threats from changing ocean chemistry

Nichole Price, a post-doctoral researcher at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, will present data at the 2012 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting on groundbreaking research conducted at the Northern Line Islands archipelago during a 2010 expedition and follow-on studies (OS51H-06 · Friday, Dec. 7, 9:15 a.m. · ...

Microscopic indigestion caught in the act

Dalhousie University December 6, 2012

The Archibald Lab at Dalhousie led a team of researchers from across the globe that decoded the genetic blueprints of two tiny organisms, shedding light on a major feat of evolution.

Key Points: 

  • Photosynthesis is a key process to life on earth that only plants, algae and some bacteria ...

A big boost to BigBOSS

A $2.1 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to the University of California at Berkeley, through the Berkeley Center for Cosmological Physics (BCCP), will fund the development of revolutionary technologies for BigBOSS, a project now in the proposal stage designed to study dark energy with unprecedented precision. ...