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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 ...

Gold mining ravages Perú

The Carnegie Institution for Science released the following announcement about new research published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The project, which mapped the damage due to gold mining in the Peruvian Amazon, used two technologies supported by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation ...

Revealing the secrets of microscopic marine life

UTS-led research using novel technologies to unlock the oceans' microbial secrets has received a US$3 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, one of the world's top 20 philanthropic organisations.

It is the largest grant (grant GBMF3801) awarded by the Foundation to date to an Australian institution for ...

NIST physicists 'entangle' microscopic drum's beat with electrical signals

NIST Tech Beat October 22, 2013
Extending evidence of quantum behavior farther into the large-scale world of everyday life, physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have "entangled"—linked the properties of—a microscopic mechanical drum with electrical signals.

The results confirm that NIST's micro-drum could be used as a quantum memory in future quantum ...

Andes-Amazon Initiative

Ecologists uncover 'hyperdominant' tree species in the Amazon

University of Leeds October 18, 2013

Dr. Oliver Phillips, a professor at the University of Leeds School of Geography whose work in the Amazon has been partially funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, has contributed to new research published in Science this month. The research was led by Hans ter Steege of the Naturalis Biodiversity ...