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World's most powerful exoplanet camera looks skyward

By Tim Stephens University of California, Santa Cruz January 7, 2014

After nearly a decade of development at UC Santa Cruz and partner institutions, the world's most advanced instrument for directly imaging and analyzing planets around other stars is pointing skyward and collecting light from distant worlds.

The instrument, called the Gemini Planet Imager (GPI), was designed, built, and optimized for ...

Forest monitoring: bringing the power to the people

Washington, D.C. — Forest conservation is an issue of major concern to communities large and small around the globe. But gathering the monitoring data needed to make the right decisions has proven extremely prohibitive for individuals to entire governments. Carnegie’s Greg Asner is hoping to change that by making advanced ...

Sonoma Land Trust purchases Haire Ranch on Skaggs Island

Sonoma Land Trust December 13, 2013

Sonoma Land Trust has acquired the 1,092-acre Haire Ranch on Skaggs Island along Highway 37, a long-sought after acquisition that will enable the restoration of 4,400 acres of diked baylands to wetlands. SLT has joined with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) ...

Who's patenting whose genome?

An international project has developed a free and open public resource that will bring much-needed transparency to the murky and contentious world eek's Nature Biotechnology journal, researchers revealed tof gene patenting.

In a paper from Cambia and Queensland University of Technology (QUT) published in this what overworked patent offices are ...

Slippery fault unleashed destructive Tohoku-Oki earthquake and tsunami

By Tim Stephens University of California, Santa Cruz December 5, 2013

For the first time, scientists have measured the frictional heat produced by the fault slip during an earthquake. Their results, published December 5 in Science, show that friction on the fault was remarkably low during the magnitude 9.0 Tohoku-Oki earthquake that struck off the coast of Japan in March ...

The human health costs of losing natural systems: quantifying Earth’s worth to public health

Wildlife Conservation Society November 19, 2013
NEW YORKA new paper from members of the HEAL (Health & Ecosystems: Analysis of Linkages) consortium delineates a new branch of environmental health that focuses on the public health risks of human-caused changes to Earth’s natural systems. Looking comprehensively at available research to date, the paper's authors highlight ...

Global deforestation trends mapped at fine scale for the first time

November 14, 2013

A University of Maryland-led partnership will publish the first high-resolution global map of forest cover change in Science this week, providing a valuable new tool for responsible land-use management and forest conservation. By analyzing global land-use changes at a fine scale (30 meters), the study provides both sufficient detail to ...

National Aquarium awarded conservation grant

National Aquarium November 13, 2013
The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has awarded a $161,375 grant to National Aquarium in support of its efforts to lead a group of scientists and fishery managers to better understand, explain and address the sources of uncertainty in fisheries management. Uncertainty in stock assessments, effectiveness of management measures and ...

Bold new partnership launches to harness potential of data scientists and big data

November 12, 2013

New York University, the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Washington launch a 5-year, $37.8 million cross-institutional effort with support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Washington, D.C. — A new multi-million dollar collaboration will enable university researchers to harness the full ...

Wild Salmon Ecosystems Initiative

Independent review of run-of-river hydro projects in British Columbia and their potential impacts on salmonid species- an update

Pacific Salmon Foundation October 29, 2013

In October 2012, Clean Energy BC (CEBC) approached the Pacific Salmon Foundation to commission an independent, scientific review of run-of-river hydroelectric projects, with a specific focus on their potential impacts on salmonids. Given its mandate around the conservation and restoration of wild Pacific salmon in British Columbia and its scientific ...