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The $1 origami microscope

MIT Technology Review March 11, 2014

Origami, the Japanese art of paper folding, has evolved considerably since it appeared in the western world over a century ago. Folding is simple, easy and cheap. So it’s no wonder that scientists and engineers have begun to exploit it in all kinds of innovative ways. They now use origami ...

Without these ancient cells, you wouldn’t be here

By Rebecca Jacobson PBS Newshour March 6, 2014

With a “billion billion billion” Prochlorococci in the ocean — that’s 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 — you would think they’d be easy to find. But 25 years ago, no one knew this microscopic organism existed.

And it’s a good thing they do. Without their ancestors, we wouldn’t be breathing, says Penny Chisholm, ...

EPiQS funding to boost quantum materials theory research at six universities

March 5, 2014

A major objective of EPiQS is to provide funding that enables a community of top experimentalists and theorists to maximize their potential to explore, discover and understand emergent behavior of complex quantum matter.

EPiQS support for theoretical research in quantum materials focuses on postdoctoral and visiting scholars at several leading ...

Carnegie Landsat Analysis System-lite (CLASlite) Classroom launches in Spanish

Stanford, Calif. -- Today, the CLASlite team at the Carnegie Institution for Science (Department of Global Ecology) launched the Spanish version of the Carnegie Landsat Analysis System-lite (or CLASlite) Classroom, hosted by Stanford University Online Learning. 

This free, self-paced course teaches prospective, non-commercial users how to use the CLASlite ...

Tackling overfishing on many fronts

By Brian Clark Howard National Geographic February 26, 2014

As the World Ocean Summit winds down in Half Moon Bay, California, this evening, much discussion among the hundreds of gathered delegates has turned to overfishing.  There were perhaps as many thoughts on the subject as members in attendance from the fishing industry, academia, conservation organizations, and the media. But, ...

BVRio wins Katerva Awards in the economics category

February 26, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO – BVRio has been awarded the best economic initiative in the world, by Katerva, a British NGO promoting sustainability. The award is in its third year and gets nominations through a “Spotter Network” of scientists, business leaders, media personalities, government and civil society. Katerva’s advisors and a ...

University of Minnesota global ecologist Jonathan Foley receives prestigious Heinz Award in the environment

University of Minnesota February 25, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL — The Heinz Awards, established by Teresa Heinz and the Heinz Family Foundation to honor the memory of the late U.S. Senator John Heinz, today recognized Jonathan Foley, Ph.D., director of the Institute on the Environment (IonE) at the University of Minnesota, as one of ...

Marine algae can sense the rainbow

By Lindsay Jolivet Canadian Institute for Advanced Research February 25, 2014

A new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has shown for the first time that several types of aquatic algae can detect orange, green and blue light.

Land plants have receptors to detect light on the red and far red of the spectrum, which are the ...

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Entre o 2 e o 3, existe o 2,5

By Rafael Morais Chiaravalloti* Instituto Ethos February 24, 2014

Eu nunca fui o melhor em nada. Desde muito pequeno faço esporte, mas jamais ganhei o primeiro lugar. Embora tenha estudado em mais de sete escolas durante minha adolescência, jamais tive as melhores notas. Após o colégio, mesmo com um ano de cursinho, não passei nos melhores vestibulares. Na faculdade, ...

Researchers find that going with the flow makes bacteria stick

By David L. Chandler MIT News Office February 24, 2014

In a surprising new finding, researchers have discovered that bacterial movement is impeded in flowing water, enhancing the likelihood that the microbes will attach to surfaces. The new work could have implications for the study of marine ecosystems, and for our understanding of how infections take hold in medical devices....