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When scientific research can’t get federal funds, private money steps in

By Michael Anft The Chronicle of Philanthropy February 9, 2015
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In an era of stagnant federal funding for science programs and medical research, large donors are stepping in to help. But philanthropists are doing far more than just filling in gaps in federal funding; they are tackling important work shunned by the federal government because it is too obscure, too ...

Science and industry: Partners at sea

By Victor Restrepo & Laurent Dagorn, ISSF Marine Science Today February 6, 2015
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Working to improve the sustainability of tuna fisheries requires the development and implementation of verifiable, science-based practices, commitments and international management measures. A scientific foundation is essential to inform these management decisions – without it, debates about fisheries management are simply campaign-driven and made to fit the respective agendas of ...

Inside the world of viral dark matter

By Nicola Twilley The New Yorker February 6, 2015
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Marine Microbiology Initiative Investigator Forest Rohwer was featured in a recent article in The New Yorker about phages, which are viruses that infect bacteria.

Despite being as abundant and essential to life on Earth as light and soil, phages and their functions are poorly understood.

Along with its support of Rohwer and MMI ...

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Scientists, conservationists call for more inclusive efforts to save forests

By Rhett A. Butler mongabay.com February 5, 2015
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A group convened by one of the world's leading scientific institutions has issued a call for greater protection of primary forests and more inclusive approaches to conservation. 

Last month the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco brought together 167 scientists, educators, civil society leaders, artists, and interested members of ...

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Gordon and Betty Moore endow chair to honor UC Berkeley engineering professor Paul Gray

By Karen Rhodes Berkeley Engineering February 3, 2015
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BERKELEY – Paul R. Gray, former executive vice chancellor and provost at the University of California, Berkeley and former dean and professor emeritus in Berkeley’s College of Engineering, has been honored with the naming of a distinguished faculty chair at Berkeley, endowed by Intel co-founder Gordon Moore and his wife, ...

How Brazil's soy crackdown cleaned up business supply chains

By Kelly April Tyrrell GreenBiz February 3, 2015
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In 2006, following a report from Greenpeace and under pressure from consumers, large companies such as McDonald's and Walmart decided to stop using soy grown on cleared forestland in the Brazilian Amazon. This put pressure on commodity traders, such as Cargill, who in turn agreed to no longer purchase soy ...

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The HAC no one wants to talk about

By Cheryl Clark HealthLeaders Media January 29, 2015
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In large hospitals, a program to reduce delirium in ICU patients, chiefly by reducing the amount of unneeded sedation, has cut rates of the condition in half. Soon it will be implemented in 60 more selected hospitals.

What serious hospital-acquired condition affects 25% of patients over age 70 and up ...

$1.6 million grant from Moore Foundation supports Monmouth University Urban Coast Institute’s work on Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal

Monmouth University January 29, 2015
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The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation's 1.6 million grant to Monmouth University's Urban Coast Institute (UCI) is supporting work on the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal, an online toolkit and resource center to support ocean planning in the Mid-Atlantic region.

The grant supports UCI's work with several academic, government, private ...

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Coming home from the hospital is actually more dangerous than you might expect

Forbes January 28, 2015
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After a stressful stay in the hospital, your doctors have finally given you the green light to return home. A sigh of relief passes over you with the realization that the worst is behind you.

Not so fast …

Coming home from the hospital is actually more dangerous than you ...

SPIDER experiment touches down in Antarctica

Caltech January 23, 2015
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After spending 16 days suspended from a giant helium balloon floating 115,000 feet above Antarctica, a scientific instrument dubbed SPIDER has landed in a remote region of the frozen continent. Conceived of and built by an international team of scientists, the instrument launched from McMurdo Station on New Year's Day. ...

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