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Marine Microbiology Initiative

Study shows unified method of speciation in bacteria and sexual eukaryotes

By Denise Brehm MIT News April 5, 2012

Bacteria are the most populous organisms on the planet. They thrive in almost every known environment, adapting to different habitats by means of genetic variations that provide the capabilities essential for survival. These genetic innovations arise from what scientists believe is a random mutation and exchange of genes and other ...

Special Projects in Science

Sampling the Pacific for signs of Fukushima

April 2, 2012

An international research team is reporting the results of a research cruise they organized to study the amount, spread, and impacts of radiation released into the ocean from the tsunami-crippled reactors in Fukushima, Japan. The group of 17 researchers and technicians from eight institutions spent 15 days at sea in ...

Marine Microbiology Initiative

New investigator program offers vital support for marine microbial ecology

March 30, 2012

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (GBMF) today announced a new research competition that will provide vital support to some of the world’s most innovative scientists in marine microbial ecology and related fields. The new Investigator program will select 10–15 current and emerging leaders based on their potential to conduct ...

Special Projects in Science

Data revolution for Wikipedia

Wikimedia Deutschland March 29, 2012

The German chapter of the international Wikimedia movement, Wikimedia Deutschland, is starting the development of a new Wikimedia project, called Wikidata. Wikidata will provide a collaboratively edited database of the world's knowledge. Its first goal is to support the more than 280 language editions of Wikipedia with one common source ...

Wild Salmon Ecosystems Initiative

First salmon harvested from Canadian closed containment demonstration site

Agrimarine March 27, 2012

AgriMarine Holdings Inc. (the “Company” or “AgriMarine”), the leader in floating closed containment technology and production for sustainable aquaculture, is pleased to report the first commercial harvest at its Canadian demonstration site at Middle Bay in Vancouver Island, British Columbia. 

The Company previously announced damage to its floating, solid-wall ...

Betty Irene Moore Nursing Initiative

CMS continues effort to improve quality of care for people with Medicare

CMS March 21, 2012

As part of the new healthcare law’s policies to improve the quality of care available to people with Medicare and all Americans, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced 23 additional participants in the Community-based Care Transitions Program (CCTP).  These participants will join seven other community-based organizations ...

Special Projects in Environmental Conservation

Tropic forest dataset available on ArcGIS online

Esri March 5, 2012

Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) is using Esri's ArcGIS Online to make its new carbon stock datasets available to scientists and environmental experts throughout the world. Decision makers will be able to easily access this data and use GIS to study tropical forest carbon-density and change, which impacts the atmosphere ...

Land Conservation

Sempervirens Fund purchases conservation easements on two Girl Scout properties in Santa Cruz mountains

Sempervirens Fund March 1, 2012

The Girl Scouts' 100th anniversary celebration theme, "Forever Green," now rings more true thanks to the purchase by Sempervirens Fund of conservation easements on two Girl Scout properties in the Santa Cruz Mountains that will protect redwood forests and habitat from subdivision, development, and commercial timber harvest while enabling Girl ...

California Institute of Technology

Some bacteria attack using spring-loaded poison daggers

By Kimm Fesenmaier Caltech February 27, 2012

Bacteria have evolved different systems for secreting proteins into the fluid around them or into other cells. Some, for example, have syringe-like exterior structures that can pierce other cells and inject proteins. Another system, called a type VI secretion system, is found in about a quarter of all bacteria with ...

California Institute of Technology

Caltech establishes new Chemistry of Cellular Signaling Center

By Kimm Fesenmaier Caltech February 17, 2012

Chemists have become extremely adept at characterizing biology's molecules—at determining structures and investigating the roles of individual membrane proteins or cell receptors, for example. But molecules in a living cell rarely work alone. They constantly receive chemical and physical signals from other molecules and, in turn, communicate with still others. ...