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BVRio wins Katerva Awards in the economics category

February 26, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO – BVRio has been awarded the best economic initiative in the world, by Katerva, a British NGO promoting sustainability. The award is in its third year and gets nominations through a “Spotter Network” of scientists, business leaders, media personalities, government and civil society. Katerva’s advisors and a ...

University of Minnesota global ecologist Jonathan Foley receives prestigious Heinz Award in the environment

University of Minnesota February 25, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL — The Heinz Awards, established by Teresa Heinz and the Heinz Family Foundation to honor the memory of the late U.S. Senator John Heinz, today recognized Jonathan Foley, Ph.D., director of the Institute on the Environment (IonE) at the University of Minnesota, as one of ...

Marine algae can sense the rainbow

By Lindsay Jolivet Canadian Institute for Advanced Research February 25, 2014

A new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has shown for the first time that several types of aquatic algae can detect orange, green and blue light.

Land plants have receptors to detect light on the red and far red of the spectrum, which are the ...

Larry Smarr named first 2014 Golden Goose Award recipient

February 15, 2014

Larry Smarr, a physicist whose work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on calculating black hole collisions led him to champion a federal commitment to dramatically enhance U.S. computing power – which in turn led to the development of NCSA Mosaic, the precursor to web browsers – was named ...

IFT Global Food Traceability Center receives grant from Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Global Food Traceability Center (GFTC) received a grant to conduct research into the impacts of traceability on consumer attitudes and business performance in the seafood industry from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Global Food ...

Pinpointing the brain’s arbitrator

By Kimm Fesenmaier Caltech News February 5, 2014

We tend to be creatures of habit. In fact, the human brain has a learning system that is devoted to guiding us through routine, or habitual, behaviors. At the same time, the brain has a separate goal-directed system for the actions we undertake only after careful consideration of the consequences. ...

Andes-Amazon Initiative

The New York Botanical Garden launches Amazon forest program to conserve and manage Earth’s largest intact forest

To help conserve one of Earth’s ecological treasures, The New York Botanical Garden is launching a multifaceted program to dramatically improve the management and sustainable use of the Brazilian Amazon forest, part of the largest expanse of intact forest in the world. 
 
In collaboration with scientific colleagues in Brazil ...

New maps highlight habitat corridors in the tropics

Woods Hole Research Center January 27, 2014
Falmouth, Mass. January 27, 2014 – A team of Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) scientists created maps of habitat corridors connecting protected areas in the tropics to incorporate biodiversity co-benefits into climate change mitigation strategies. Drs. Patrick Jantz, Scott Goetz, and Nadine Laporte describe their findings in an article entitled, ...
ICU Consortium

Beth Israel Deaconness Medical Center aims to engage patients and families in effort to eliminate preventable harm in intensive care units

BOSTON - Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is embarking on a new phase of its mission to eliminate preventable harm, using information technology and system science together with patient and family engagement to head off harm before it happens.

BIDMC will use this opportunity to define the “burden of harm” ...

Electronic monitoring

The Maine Coast Fishermen's Association (MCFA) is working with The Nature Conservancy, the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Ecotrust Canada and with the support of the Island Institute to develop a cost-effective option for electronic monitoring in the New England groundfish fishery. Currently vessels on a groundfish fishing trip are ...