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Marine Microbiology Initiative

Marine Microbiology Initiative grantees blog about deep-sea research

January 23, 2012

A cohort of scientists currently at sea in the Caribbean are posting blog updates in connection with the OASES 2012 cruise, which involves an interdisciplinary team of marine microbial ecologists, geochemists and geologists investigating seafloor volcanic vents on the Mid-Cayman Rise—the planet’s deepest mid-ocean ridge.  Two of the cruise scientists, ...

Marine Conservation Initiative

Major study of ocean acidification helps scientists evaluate effects of atmospheric carbon dioxide on marine life

Might a penguin's next meal be affected by the exhaust from your tailpipe? The answer may be yes, when you add your exhaust fumes to the total amount of carbon dioxide lofted into the atmosphere by humans since the industrial revolution. One-third of that carbon dioxide is absorbed by the ...

Plant Science Collaboration with HHMI

Call to arms: how plants mobilize defenses

When pathogens invade, growing plants must change their priorities. Growth must be temporarily slowed while the plant turns its attention – and genetic resources – to fortifying its defenses. Now, researchers have discovered a molecular master switch that triggers this genetic overhaul, altering the activity of as many as 3,000 ...

Plant Science Collaboration with HHMI

Chemical signal helps plants control their “breathing”

For most plants, staying alive means adapting quickly to a constantly changing environment. In a drought, staving off water loss is vital. On a sunny day, absorbing carbon dioxide to generate energy through photosynthesis is key. Now, researchers have discovered how plants regulate the development of stomata, the pores through ...

Thirty Meter Telescope

TMT's Jerry Nelson honored with Franklin Institute Award

Thirty Meter Telescope December 19, 2011
If the success of the people behind the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project is any measure, this planned next-generation astronomical observatory looks set to accomplish a great deal. The latest accolade is the awarding of a 2012 Franklin Institute Award in electrical engineering to the TMT project scientist, Jerry Nelson. ...
Betty Irene Moore Nursing Initiative

More young people are becoming nurses

December 5, 2011

The number of young people becoming registered nurses has grown sharply since 2002, a trend that should ease some of the concern about a looming nursing shortage in the United States, according to a new study.

The number of people aged 23 to 26—primarily women—who became registered nurses increased ...

Earthquake Early-Warning System

GBMF awards $6 million for research leading to West Coast earthquake early warning system

By Robert Sanders University of California, Berkeley November 29, 2011

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has awarded $6 million to three West Coast universities to create a prototype earthquake early warning system for the Pacific Coast of the United States. 

The grant will allow seismologists at the University of California, Berkeley, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), and University ...

Betty Irene Moore Nursing Initiative

Heart failure discharge planning collaborative featured in UCSF’s Science of Caring magazine

UCSF Science of Caring November 28, 2011

Read about the Moore-funded program in the following article from UCSF's Science of Caring magazine.

Even within the highly charged debates about health care reform, few disagree with its central goals: higher-quality outcomes for all patients; more efficient, coordinated care; and a lowering of cost increases, if not outright savings....

California Institute of Technology

Caltech scientists point to link between missing synapse protein and abnormal behaviors

By Kimm Fesenmaier Caltech November 23, 2011

Although many mental illnesses are uniquely human, animals sometimes exhibit abnormal behaviors similar to those seen in humans with psychological disorders. Such behaviors are called endophenotypes. Now, researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have found that mice lacking a gene that encodes a particular protein found in the ...

Wild Salmon Ecosystems Initiative

Conservation biology through the lens of a career in salmon conservation

Conservation Biology November 9, 2011

Moore Foundation senior advisor Charles Conn writes about the future of conservation biology, drawing on his experience in salmon conservation. Read the full article, from the 25th anniversary edition (December 2011) of Conservation Biologyhere.