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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



Japan signals its commitment to the TMT project

Thirty Meter Telescope June 3, 2013

In an important milestone for the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project, Japan, one of the project's five international partners, has indicated its strong national backing for the next-generation astronomical observatory.

On Wednesday, May 15, the Japanese parliament, known as the Diet, passed a fiscal year 2013 budget that includes key ...

Betty Irene Moore Nursing Initiative

Hospital collaborative reduces readmissions by 11 percent

May 23, 2013

A collaborative that includes 21 San Francisco Bay Area hospitals has reduced the number of discharged patients readmitted to local hospitals by 11 percent, which represents about 3,300 hospitalizations and saves an estimated $32 million in medical costs.  

This is good news for patients and hospitals: patients aren’t returning ...

Special Projects in Science

New coalition aims to increase philanthropic funding of basic science

By Sarah Zielinski American Association for the Advancement of Science May 10, 2013

Seven foundations have formed a coalition with the aim of increasing support for basic science among the nation's philanthropists and foundations, Robert Conn, president of The Kavli Foundation, announced on 2 May. The group hopes to double philanthropic support in this area of U.S. science within a decade. 

The ...

Moore-supported researcher Nicole King selected as HHMI investigator


Nicole King, who was named a junior Marine Microbiology investigator in 2004, was selected as an HHMI investigator.

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) announced today that 27 of the nation’s top biomedical researchers will become HHMI investigators and will receive the flexible support necessary to move their research in creative new ...

Lab team receives grant to study marine microbes' link to carbon cycle

By Anne M. Stark Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory April 29, 2013

Xavier Mayali is interested in learning how the food that marine microbes consume contributes to carbon cycling off of the coast of California.
And now he will have the opportunity after he and LLNL colleague Jennifer Pett-Ridge and collaborators from Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Oregon State University received ...

Marine Microbiology Initiative

Geoffrey Diemer and Kenneth Stedman win BioMed Central Research Award

BioMed Central April 22, 2013

Open access publisher BioMed Central is proud to reveal the winner of the 7th Annual Research Awards. A presentation was made last night, at the Seaport Hotel in Boston, USA. The awards honour the very best research published in one of BioMed Central’s 250 plus open access journals ...

TMT takes step towards construction after approval by the Board of Land and Natural Resources

Thirty Meter Telescope April 13, 2013

Friday marked another important step forward for the future of astronomical discovery and economic opportunity on Hawaii Island. The Hawaiian Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) announced that it has granted a permit to the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project to build and operate the next-generation observatory near the ...

Thirty Meter Telescope

International effort to support development of world’s biggest telescope gains NSF as planning partner

March 18, 2013

The Thirty Meter Telescope, supported by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and an international collaboration of research institutions and governments, gained support today from the National Science Foundation. Support from NSF—$250,000 per year for the next five years—will allow the broader US astrophysical community to explore a potential ...

Keck Observatory completes $4 million adaptive optics fund

W.M. Keck Observatory March 5, 2013
Kamuela, HI — The W. M. Keck Observatory has successfully completed a $4 million campaign that will give astronomers the most detailed Adaptive Optics images of the cosmos ever created by mankind. Furthermore, the campaign was funded entirely by private philanthropy.

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the W. ...

Special Projects in Science

International research collaboration seeks to develop non-invasive quantum electron microscope

February 20, 2013

Moving closer to creating a microscope that can peer through atoms and molecules without disturbing them, leading physics researchers have joined together with support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to launch an international collaboration to lay the groundwork for the development of a novel quantum electron microscope.  ...