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California Institute of Technology

Caltech scientists develop novel use of neurotechnology to solve classic social problem

By Lori Oliwenstein Caltech September 10, 2009

Economists and neuroscientists from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have shown that they can use information obtained through functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) measurements of whole-brain activity to create feasible, efficient, and fair solutions to one of the stickiest dilemmas in economics, the public goods free-rider problem—long thought to ...

Special Projects in Science

Governor Schwarzenegger signs AB573

Governor Schwarzenegger has signed AB573, a bill that will allow the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) to pay the stipends of PhD-level fellows placed in the California Legislature.

The fellowship program will provide unbiased, non-partisan science and technology expertise for policymakers when they want it, to be used ...

Thirty Meter Telescope

Thirty Meter Telescope selects Mauna Kea

Thirty Meter Telescope July 21, 2009
After careful evaluation and comparison between two outstanding candidate sites—Mauna Kea in Hawai‘i and Cerro Armazones in Chile—the board of directors of the TMT Observatory Corporation has selected Mauna Kea as the preferred site for the Thirty Meter Telescope. The TMT will be the most capable and advanced telescope ever ...
Conservation

Peace frogs and a salamander that looks like E.T.

A scientific expedition along one of the most bitterly contested international borders in recent history has revealed a fascinating array of species, many of which are believed to be new to science, Conservation International (CI) announced today.

The new species were found by Conservation International’s Rapid Assessment Program (RAP) in ...

Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

New nursing school seeks visionary founding faculty

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis seeks visionary nurse educators and researchers to join the founding faculty and help establish the new nursing school at UC Davis Sacramento campus.

The founding faculty will have the unique opportunity to participate in the design, establishment and inception of ...

Conservation

Peru recognizes private conservation areas

The government of Peru has recognized two Private Conservation Areas on community lands in the Cordillera de Vilcanota, near Machu Picchu, that protect threatened forests composed of trees known as Polylepis, for the benefit of local communities and endangered wildlife. The project, sponsored by American Bird Conservancy in conjunction with ...

Marine Microbiology Initiative

Broad Institute launches Marine Phage, Virus, and Virome Sequencing Project webpage

May 18, 2009

The Broad Institute, with support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation’s Marine Microbiology Initiative, has launched a new webpage for its Marine Phage, Virus, and Virome Sequencing Project.

Phage and viruses play a critical role in shaping microbial diversity, abundance, and evolution and in this capacity have a ...

Marine Microbiology Initiative

Small RNAs yield great amounts of data from ocean microbe samples

By Denise Brehm MITnews May 14, 2009

An ingenious new method of obtaining marine microbe samples while preserving the microbes' natural gene expression has yielded an unexpected boon: the presence of many varieties of small RNAs -- snippets of RNA that act as switches to regulate gene expression in these single-celled creatures. Before now, small RNA could ...

New nursing school seeks visionary postdoctoral fellows

UC Davis Medical Center April 15, 2009

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis seeks two visionary postdoctoral fellows to join the founding faculty and staff in launching a new nursing school and building its research base.

The school’s research base will emphasize healthy people and healthy systems with a specific focus on populations ...

Marine Microbiology Initiative

Genes from tiny marine algae suggest unsuspected avenues for new research

By sequencing the DNA of two tiny marine algae, a team of scientists has opened up a myriad of possibilities for new research in algal physiology, plant biology, and marine ecology. The project was led by Alexandra Worden at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) and the Joint Genome ...