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Générée par Google, une carte haute résolution révèle l'ampleur des déboisements dans le monde

By Rhett A. Butler, traduit par Pauline Bollengier mongabay.com April 21, 2014
Des chercheurs viennent de mettre au point un outil attendu de longue date qui révèle l'étendue des pertes et des gains en matière de couvert forestier à l'échelle mondiale. Générée par l'immense nuage informatique de Google, cette carte forestière interactive établit une nouvelle base de référence pour l'évaluation de l'étendue ...
Special Projects in Science

Science Learning+: exploring the impact of informal science learning

April 10, 2014

A new initiative launches today, providing £9 million of funding to explore how informal learning activities, such as visits to museums or science centres, playing games and watching dramas or documentaries, have the potential to make a positive impact on young people's engagement with science.

Science Learning+ is an international ...

Winners of competition to reimagine the chemistry set announced

April 8, 2014

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and Society for Science & the Public (SSP) today announced winners of the Science, Play and Research Kit (SPARK) Competition, a challenge to reimagine the chemistry set for the 21st century.  Winners were selected in two categories:  prototypes – projects that are ...

Wild Salmon Ecosystems Initiative

Scientists up their ability to track salmon through DNA ‘fin-printing’

A partnership between the University of Washington and Alaska Department of Fish and Game has yielded a major breakthrough in DNA ‘fin-printing’ this week, improving the ability to conserve diminishing stocks of Chinook salmon.  Implementing the new technique will allow scientists and managers to track specific stocks ensuring that no ...
Marine Conservation Initiative

Charities try new ways to test ideas quickly and polish them later

By Ben Gose Chronicle of Philanthropy March 23, 2014
A year ago, a division of TechSoup Global began working on an app to allow donors to buy a hotel room for victims of domestic violence when no other shelter is available. Now that app is a finalist in a competition run by a foundation that combats human trafficking—and a ...

A most powerful eye on the sky

By Harry Mok UC Newsroom March 21, 2014

That epic quest took a big step forward Thursday when the Board of Regents approved UC’s financial participation in the development and operation of the Thirty Meter Telescope, commonly known at the TMT.

Once complete, the TMT will be the largest and most powerful land-based optical/infrared telescope on Earth.

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Gene silencing instructions acquired through "molecular memory" tags on chromatin

By Stephen Chaplin IU Bloomington Newsroom March 20, 2014

Scientists at Indiana University have unlocked one of the mysteries of modern genetics: how acquired traits can be passed between generations in a process called epigenetic inheritance. The new work finds that cells don’t know to silence some genes based on information hardwired into their DNA sequences, but recognize heritable ...

Patient and Family Engagement

Shared decision-making champions

By Informed Medical Decisions Foundation The Shared Decision Making Month Blog March 19, 2014

Throughout the 25 years of the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation’s history, we have been fortunate to work with, and along side, many noteworthy individuals to advance shared decision making. While we can’t recognize every single individual who has provided a wealth of inspiration and guidance for our work, we would ...

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Spotlighting Silicon Valley's most (and least) generous tech philanthropists

By Eric Van Susteren Silicon Valley Business Journal March 18, 2014

What’s a couple million when you’re worth a couple billion?

That’s what  Inside Philanthropy asked when it put together a list of the tech sector’s most generous philanthropists. 

Read the full article here.

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Meet the 12 most generous tech leaders

By Michael Gentilucci Inside Philanthropy March 18, 2014

More than any other industry, the tech sector has the ability to create multimillionaires, and even billionaires, almost overnight. We saw this most recently when WhatsApp founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton sold their company to Facebook, netting them $6.8 billion and $3.6 billion, respectively. And while it may take ...