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PCCI publishes three articles in Health Affairs July themed issue: The impact of big data on healthcare

August 12, 2014

Dallas - In collaboration with national experts in informatics, health services research, health policy and law and ethics, PCCI researchers authored three articles in Health Affairs’ July themed issue, The Impact of Big Data on Healthcare, which “explores the promise of big data in improving health care effectiveness and ...

Tests that look like video games

By Anya Kemenetz NPR Ed August 7, 2014

Imagine you're playing a computer game that asks you to design a poster for the school fair. You're fiddling with fonts, changing background colors and deciding what activity to feature: Will a basketball toss appeal to more people than a pie bake-off?

Read the full blog that highlights Dan Schwartz’s ...

Using big data to target preventable readmissions

By Joseph Conn Modern Healthcare August 2, 2014

Since fall 2012, more than 14,000 patients admitted to one Texas hospital have had a computer program analyze their medical records to help clinicians predict what type of care would improve their outcomes.

The software used at 213-bed Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford scans each patient's electronic health record  ...

Andes-Amazon Initiative

2 prize-winning journalists will report on Amazon, 2 new prizes announced

Mongabay.org August 1, 2014

The current economic, political, and environmental landscape of the Amazon is complicated at best. Protected areas have swelled in recent decades, indigenous rights have been improved in some places, while investments by both foreign and domestic financiers in large-scale energy and infrastructure development have raised questions about their environmental and ...

Supporting the White House Climate Data Initiative

University of Minnesota July 30, 2014

The Office of the President of the United States announced a significant expansion of the White House Climate Data Initiative yesterday in Washington, D.C. Through a partnership with the Kellogg Company, the Institute on the Environment’s Global Landscapes Initiative will support this effort by providing maps and data showing ...

Perú’s carbon quantified: Economic and conservation boon

Washington, DC — Today scientists unveiled the first high-resolution map of the carbon stocks stored on land throughout the entire country of Perú. The new and improved methodology used to make the map marks a sea change for future market-based carbon economies. The new carbon map also reveals Perú’s extremely ...

Next-generation Thirty Meter Telescope begins construction in Hawaii

Thirty Meter Telescope July 28, 2014

Following the approval of a sublease on July 25 by the Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources, the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) announces the beginning of the construction phase on Hawaii Island and around the world throughout the TMT international partnership. Contingent on that decision, the TMT International Observatory ...

NFWF announces $1.23 million in grants to support sustainable fisheries in the U.S.

Washington D.C. — The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) today announced the fourth round of grant awards from its Fisheries Innovation Fund, a program launched in 2010 to support sustainable fisheries in the United States. The goal of the Fisheries Innovation Fund is to sustain fishermen while at the ...
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Brazil could meet all its food demand by 2040 without cutting down another tree

mongabay.com July 24, 2014
Better utilization of its vast areas of pasturelands could enable Brazil to dramatically boost agricultural production without the need to clear another hectare of Amazon rainforest, cerrado, or Atlantic forest, argues a new study published in the journal Global Environmental Change

Modeling agricultural yield potential, Brazilian researchers from the ...
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It takes a rancher to save a rainforest

By Mac Margolis BloombergView July 23, 2014

In the ongoing pillage of tropical rainforests, villains are plenty. None has stoked imaginations like the Amazonian rancher. With his bulldozers and chainsaws, and herds that wander from horizon to horizon, the rainforest cattleman has emerged as Amazonia's public enemy No. 1, his ruin chronicled in titles like "The World ...