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West Coast's early warning system for quakes

By Richard Harris National Public Radio December 26, 2013

Earthquake scientists on the West Coast would like to build a system that would give people a bit of warning before they get jolted with strong shaking from a distant quake.

Seismic waves take time to travel from the epicenter, which means such a warning system could issue alerts ranging ...

On TMT: stabilizing images from the most powerful telescope ever created

By Justine Hunter The Globe and Mail December 26, 2013

The $6-million Raven TMT project has been a decade in the making. On a Tuesday afternoon in December, it was time to pack, ever so carefully, the delicate device to ship to its destination atop a mountain in Hawaii, where construction has started on what is to be the world’s ...

TMT's THINK grant, scholarship would benefit students

By Megan Moseley West Hawaii Today December 23, 2013

Big Island students interested in science, technology, engineering and math will have a chance to apply for new scholarship and grant funds next year, pending the construction of what is poised to be one of the world’s largest telescopes atop Mauna Kea.

Read the full article here. 

Forest monitoring: bringing the power to the people

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
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

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

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

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. 

Read more:

http://fellows.ccst.us/ 

CCST fellowships flyer

Who's patenting whose genome?

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

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 ...