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Courtesy of Phil Freeman/WWF-Australia - The Peruvian government and key partners sign a Memorandum of Understanding that aims to ensure the viability of 76 protected areas (20 million hectares) in the Peruvian Amazon

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Forest monitoring: bringing the power to the people

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Washington, D.C. — Forest conservation is an issue of major concern to communities large and small around the globe. But gathering the monitoring data needed to make the right decisions has proven extremely prohibitive for individuals to entire governments. Carnegie’s Greg Asner is hoping to change that by making advanced ...

NFI Crab Council announces new partner

By SeafoodSource staff SeafoodSource.com December 17, 2013
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National Fisheries Institute’s (NFI) Crab Council has announced it is teaming up with the global collaborative 50in10 to work on a study that looks at the economic impact of sustainability initiatives.

“We believe that focusing sustainability initiatives on communities, as opposed to simply species, has the potential to have a ...

Sonoma Land Trust purchases Haire Ranch on Skaggs Island

Sonoma Land Trust December 13, 2013
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Sonoma Land Trust has acquired the 1,092-acre Haire Ranch on Skaggs Island along Highway 37, a long-sought after acquisition that will enable the restoration of 4,400 acres of diked baylands to wetlands. SLT has joined with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) ...

For the good of the colony

By Jennifer Chu MIT News December 11, 2013
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For some microbes, the motto for growth is not so much “every cell for itself,” but rather, “all for one and one for all.”

MIT researchers have found that cells in a bacterial colony grow in a way that benefits the community as a whole. That is, while an individual ...

Applications for the 2014-2015 California Science and Technology Policy Fellowships due 2/28

December 10, 2013
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Offered by the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST), the California Science and Technology Policy Fellowships place professional scientists and engineers in the California State Legislature for one-year appointments. 

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http://fellows.ccst.us/ 

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Who's patenting whose genome?

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An international project has developed a free and open public resource that will bring much-needed transparency to the murky and contentious world eek's Nature Biotechnology journal, researchers revealed tof gene patenting.

In a paper from Cambia and Queensland University of Technology (QUT) published in this what overworked patent offices are ...

Slippery fault unleashed destructive Tohoku-Oki earthquake and tsunami

By Tim Stephens University of California, Santa Cruz December 5, 2013
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For the first time, scientists have measured the frictional heat produced by the fault slip during an earthquake. Their results, published December 5 in Science, show that friction on the fault was remarkably low during the magnitude 9.0 Tohoku-Oki earthquake that struck off the coast of Japan in March ...

Cornell's CONQUEST will propel quantum materials studies

By Anne Ju Cornell Chronicle December 5, 2013
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A revolutionary instrument that will expedite the discovery of new, artificial forms of matter with unprecedented electronic and magnetic properties will be funded by a $4.13 million gift from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

The new instrument, to be called the Moore CONQUEST (Creation and Observation of Novel Quantum ...

International Innovation: providing the tools to succeed

International Innovation December 2, 2013
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An interview with Steve McCormick is featured in the latest issue of International Innovation.

International Innovation is an open access, global dissemination publication that provides unique access to bespoke interviews, content and presentations from for the wider scientific, technology and research communities.

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Fishy business: will venture capitalists embrace sustainable seafood?

By Clare Leschin-Hoar The Guardian November 29, 2013
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Martin Reed has been selling sustainably-sourced seafood over the internet since 2010, but until recently he had never tried to sell investors on Blue Sea Labs, his San Francisco-based startup.

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