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Marine Conservation Initiative

Major study of ocean acidification helps scientists evaluate effects of atmospheric carbon dioxide on marine life

Might a penguin's next meal be affected by the exhaust from your tailpipe? The answer may be yes, when you add your exhaust fumes to the total amount of carbon dioxide lofted into the atmosphere by humans since the industrial revolution. One-third of that carbon dioxide is absorbed by the ...

Plant Science Collaboration with HHMI

Call to arms: how plants mobilize defenses

When pathogens invade, growing plants must change their priorities. Growth must be temporarily slowed while the plant turns its attention – and genetic resources – to fortifying its defenses. Now, researchers have discovered a molecular master switch that triggers this genetic overhaul, altering the activity of as many as 3,000 ...

Plant Science Collaboration with HHMI

Chemical signal helps plants control their “breathing”

For most plants, staying alive means adapting quickly to a constantly changing environment. In a drought, staving off water loss is vital. On a sunny day, absorbing carbon dioxide to generate energy through photosynthesis is key. Now, researchers have discovered how plants regulate the development of stomata, the pores through ...

Thirty Meter Telescope

TMT's Jerry Nelson honored with Franklin Institute Award

Thirty Meter Telescope December 19, 2011
If the success of the people behind the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project is any measure, this planned next-generation astronomical observatory looks set to accomplish a great deal. The latest accolade is the awarding of a 2012 Franklin Institute Award in electrical engineering to the TMT project scientist, Jerry Nelson. ...
Betty Irene Moore Nursing Initiative

More young people are becoming nurses

December 5, 2011

The number of young people becoming registered nurses has grown sharply since 2002, a trend that should ease some of the concern about a looming nursing shortage in the United States, according to a new study.

The number of people aged 23 to 26—primarily women—who became registered nurses increased ...

Earthquake Early-Warning System

GBMF awards $6 million for research leading to West Coast earthquake early warning system

By Robert Sanders University of California, Berkeley November 29, 2011

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has awarded $6 million to three West Coast universities to create a prototype earthquake early warning system for the Pacific Coast of the United States. 

The grant will allow seismologists at the University of California, Berkeley, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), and University ...

California Institute of Technology

Caltech scientists point to link between missing synapse protein and abnormal behaviors

By Kimm Fesenmaier Caltech November 23, 2011

Although many mental illnesses are uniquely human, animals sometimes exhibit abnormal behaviors similar to those seen in humans with psychological disorders. Such behaviors are called endophenotypes. Now, researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have found that mice lacking a gene that encodes a particular protein found in the ...

Special Projects in Environmental Conservation

New project to improve sustainability of agriculture launches

Global Landscapes Initiative October 26, 2011

Powered by a $2.2 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Global Landscapes Initiative at the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment is launching a three-year project in collaboration with McGill University to improve understanding of how agriculture and the environment affect each other, and to ...

California Institute of Technology

Caltech named world's top university in new Times Higher Education global ranking

By Kathy Svitil Caltech October 5, 2011

The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) has been rated the world's number one university in the 2011–2012 Times Higher Education global ranking of the top 200 universities, displacing Harvard University from the top spot for the first time in the survey's eight-year history.

Caltech was number two in the 2010–2011 ...

Plant Science Collaboration with HHMI

ASPB convenes leaders to chart future of plant science research

Later this week, the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) will convene more than 75 scientists from across plant science to chart the future of the field. The Plant Science Research Summit is designed to engage the broad plant science research community in a process that will develop a consensus ...