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Thirty Meter Telescope

India joins Thirty Meter Telescope project

Thirty Meter Telescope June 25, 2010

The Minister of Science and Technology of India, Mr. Prithviraj Chavan, announced today the decision of India to join the Thirty Meter Telescope Project (TMT) as an Observer. TMT is the next-generation astronomical observatory that is scheduled to begin scientific operations in 2018 on Mauna Kea, Hawaii.

Observer status is ...

Marine Conservation Initiative

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation receives Blue Frontier Foundation Spirit Award

June 24, 2010

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation was awarded the Foundation Spirit Award at the Third Annual Blue Frontier / Peter Benchley Awards, held at the California Academy of Sciences for the work of its Marine Conservation Initiative.

The award recognizes the outstanding work of Marine Conservation Initiative grantees and partners, ...

California Institute of Technology

Caltech researchers and partners discover aseismic slip as barrier to earthquake propagation in Southern Peru

By Lori Oliwenstein Caltech May 5, 2010

On August 15, 2007, a magnitude 8.0 earthquake struck in Central Peru, killing more than 500 people—primarily in the town of Pisco, which was heavily damaged by the temblor—and triggering a tsunami that flooded Pisco's shore and parts of Lima's Costa Verde highway. The rupture occurred as the Nazca tectonic ...

Marine Microbiology Initiative

GBMF Marine Microbiology Investigator Dave Karl and team awarded Cozzarelli Prize by National Academy of Sciences

A team of oceanographers from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa and Montana State University have had their paper selected to receive the 2009 Cozzarelli Prize. The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) Editorial Board selects six PNAS papers to receive this prize, an award that recognizes outstanding ...

Marine Microbiology Initiative

Phytoplankton diversity: an ecological balancing act

By Morgan Bettex MIT News March 3, 2010

Phytoplankton diversity depends on a balance between competition and the ocean’s physical dynamics, new research suggests.

Phytoplankton are single-celled organisms that serve as the base of the marine food web and provide half the oxygen we breathe on Earth. They also play a key role in global climate change by ...

Marine Microbiology Initiative

More than one: long-reigning microbe controlling ocean nitrogen shares the throne

National Science Foundation February 25, 2010

Marine scientists long believed that a microbe called Trichodesmium, a member of a group called the cyanobacteria, reigned over the ocean's nitrogen budget.

New research results reported on-line today in a paper in Science Express show that Trichodesmium may have to share its nitrogen-fixing throne: two others of its ...

California Institute of Technology

Caltech scientists find first physiological evidence of brain's response to inequality

By Lori Oliwenstein Caltech February 24, 2010

The human brain is a big believer in equality—and a team of scientists from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, has become the first to gather the images to prove it.

Specifically, the team found that the reward centers in the human brain respond ...

Marine Microbiology Initiative

Genome analysis of marine microbe reveals a metabolic minimalist

By Tim Stephens University of California, Santa Cruz February 21, 2010

Flightless birds, blind cave shrimp, and other oddities suggest a "use it or lose it" tendency in evolution. In the microbial world, an unusual marine microorganism appears to have ditched several major metabolic pathways, leaving it with a remarkably reduced set of genes.

This metabolic minimalist is a specialist uniquely ...

Marine Microbiology Initiative

USC microbiologist Katrina Edwards named PI of new NSF Science and Technology Center

By Susan Andrews University of Southern California Dornsife February 19, 2010

"USC has a strong track record of success in winning these types of center excellence awards across the university,” said USC Executive Vice President and Provost C.L. Max Nikias. “We have built a reputation for quality research that leverages our strengths in multidisciplinary collaboration between our schools, other institutions and ...

Marine Conservation Initiative

West Coast Aquatic launches Barkley Sound Knowledge Symposium

January 19, 2010

A new Barkley Sound knowledge community is being created and will kick off with the first-ever Barkley Sound Knowledge Symposium on February 9-11. This exciting initiative will support planning and result in new opportunities and partnerships in Barkley Sound.

Tony Bennett is co-chair of West Coast Aquatic, the local organization ...