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University approves lease for giant telescope

By Audrey McAvoy Associated Press February 21, 2014

The University of Hawaii on Thursday approved a plan to lease land at the summit of Mauna Kea for construction of one of the world’s largest optical telescope. The Board of Regents voted 15-1 to approve subleasing the land atop the Big Island volcano for the Thirty Meter Telescope...

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New $20,000 reporting grant explores benefits of Amazonian protected areas

Mongabay.org February 21, 2014
With six Special Reporting Initiatives (SRI) already under way, Mongabay.org is excited to announce a call for applications for its latest journalism grant topic: Amazonian protected areas: benefits for people

The Amazon’s system of protected areas has grown exponentially in the past 25 years. In many South American nations, ...

Larry Smarr named first 2014 Golden Goose Award recipient

February 15, 2014

Larry Smarr, a physicist whose work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on calculating black hole collisions led him to champion a federal commitment to dramatically enhance U.S. computing power – which in turn led to the development of NCSA Mosaic, the precursor to web browsers – was named ...

Shaping global partnerships for a post-2015 world

By Sonja Patscheke, Angela Barmettler, Laura Herman, Scott Overdyke & Marc Pfitzer Stanford Social Innovation Review February 14, 2014
"What if fishermen, governments, industry, philanthropy, private investors, and conservation and development organizations worked together to apply the best strategies for restoring fisheries—and the communities that depend on them? What if these strategies addressed all the key elements of a fishery… so that change is comprehensive and lasting? What if ...

TMT gains momentum: Mauna Kea Management Board votes in favor of proposed sublease

By Megan Moseley Hawaii Tribune-Herald February 13, 2014

The Thirty Meter Telescope project gained momentum Wednesday following a Mauna Kea Management Board vote in favor of the project’s proposed sublease Wednesday morning...

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IFT Global Food Traceability Center receives grant from Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Global Food Traceability Center (GFTC) received a grant to conduct research into the impacts of traceability on consumer attitudes and business performance in the seafood industry from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Global Food ...

Science Magazine's 2013 visualization challenge

Science Magazine February 7, 2014

First place, photography: Invisible Coral Flows

By Vicente I. Fernandez, Orr H. Shapiro, Melissa S. Garren, Assaf Vardi, and Roman Stocker, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ca

The swirling patterns moving around these coral polyps may look like fireworks streaking across a long-exposure photograph—but they are the result of a cunning ...

Pinpointing the brain’s arbitrator

By Kimm Fesenmaier Caltech News February 5, 2014

We tend to be creatures of habit. In fact, the human brain has a learning system that is devoted to guiding us through routine, or habitual, behaviors. At the same time, the brain has a separate goal-directed system for the actions we undertake only after careful consideration of the consequences. ...

Wild Salmon Ecosystems Initiative

Impact of B.C. river power projects on fish unclear

By Sean Kolenko Business in Vancouver February 4, 2014

A groundbreaking scientific report Clean Energy BC considers critical to the credibility of the independent power industry is complete and the results are – inconclusive.

Potential Impacts on Run-of-River Power Hydroprojects on Salmonids was commissioned by Clean Energy BC and administered by the Pacific Salmon Foundation (PSF) to investigate the ...
Andes-Amazon Initiative

The New York Botanical Garden launches Amazon forest program to conserve and manage Earth’s largest intact forest

To help conserve one of Earth’s ecological treasures, The New York Botanical Garden is launching a multifaceted program to dramatically improve the management and sustainable use of the Brazilian Amazon forest, part of the largest expanse of intact forest in the world. 
 
In collaboration with scientific colleagues in Brazil ...