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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 ...

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 ...

Clark Labs of Clark University receives grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to research coastal habitats at risk for shrimp farm conversion in Southeast Asia

Clark Labs has received a grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to create a baseline map of coastal habitats and the distribution of shrimp mariculture in Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. The analysis is based on a digital classification of LANDSAT 8 remotely sensed imagery and will also provide ...

EPiQS experimental investigator competition launched

March 13, 2014

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation today announced a new experimental investigator program within its Emergent Phenomena in Quantum Systems (EpiQS) initiative.

The experimental investigator program aims to boost discovery-driven research in the physics of quantum materials by providing a group of leading experimental scientists with substantial, flexible funding that ...

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 ...

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 ...