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Courtesy of Phil Freeman/WWF-Australia - The Peruvian government and key partners sign a Memorandum of Understanding that aims to ensure the viability of 76 protected areas (20 million hectares) in the Peruvian Amazon



Hypomethylation of karma transposon causes catastrophic mantled epi-mutation in oil palm

Canale Communications October 8, 2015

Moore Foundation grantee Robert Martienssen is part of a research effort that recently discovered a new epigenetic mechanism that explains why a certain number of oil palm plants that are propagated through cloning bear disfigured fruit and have lower yields of oil. The mechanism, which is described in a paper ...

Marine Microbiology Initiative

New symposium to ignite exchange on aquatic microbial life sciences

October 2, 2015
Knowledge of water-dwelling organisms, specifically microbial eukaryotes, is advancing rapidly. There are three major contributions that are propelling the field forward: the Marine Microbial Eukaryote Transcriptome Sequencing Project, the Tara Oceans Expedition, and the Malaspina Expedition. Each has provided new data to research communities and is enabling the development ...

DESI, an ambitious probe of dark energy, achieves its next major milestone

By Paul Preuss Lawrence Berkeley National Lab October 1, 2015

Moore Foundation Grantees at UC Berkeley have received a critical approval from the U.S. Department of Energy. This approval authorizes funding, schedule and scientific scope for DESI, the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument which will ultimately give us a picture of the way that dark energy and gravity have contributed to ...

New executive director named at Chabot Space & Science Center

September 30, 2015

Oakland’s Chabot Space & Science Center has just announced the appointment of Adam Tobin as the 130-year-old museum’s new executive director. Tobin was previously the director of global studios at the Exploratorium. He succeeds Alexander Zwissler, who ​had served as executive director ​from 2007 ​until earlier this year.

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New map reveals most pressing threats to Brazil's protected areas

September 30, 2015

With Moore Foundation support, Instituto Socioambiental (ISA) has been analyzing current pressures and potential threats to Brazilian protected areas, especially those due to the exploitation of natural resources and infrastructure development. This work has revealed that mining and roads constitute the greatest challenges: mining concessions exist in 61% of ...

New simulation illuminates origin of the brightest galaxies

By Susan Brown University of California, San Diego September 30, 2015

Moore Foundation grantees at Caltech and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are part of a group of researchers that developed a new simulation that may explain how submillimeter galaxies form. These kinds of galaxies are difficult to observe and make sense of because they are filled with dust that restricts ...

New website, Food Matters, shows drivers of global food security and related environmental impacts

September 24, 2015

The University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment (IonE) has just launched a dynamic new website, Food Matters, to share ​information about the major drivers of global food security and related environmental impacts. Topics covered include global food production, food waste and agriculture's impact on water quality. The featured research was supported in part ...

Revival of bay a worthy goal

Honolulu Star Advertiser September 21, 2015

With foundation support through a grant to Imua Maunalua, community groups have been working to develop comprehensive ocean planning for Maunalua Bay, and, by extension, a model for other communities in Hawaii. 

Read an editorial, "Revival of bay a worthy goal," about the project in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser here

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Betty Irene Moore Nursing Initiative

Nursing shortage still projected, but smaller than anticipated

September 21, 2015

By 2025, experts project a national shortage of 130,000 registered nurses—an estimate significantly smaller than first anticipated. More than a decade ago, economists had calculated hundreds of thousands of nurses retiring at a rate far exceeding supplies. They estimated that annual retirement rates would jump from 20,000 to near 80,000 ...

Grantee generates new findings about links between human health, air quality and fire in the Brazilian Amazon

September 21, 2015
With Moore Foundation funding through a 2011 grant to the University of Leeds, researchers conducted a large-scale ecological study to improve our understanding of the large-area effects of drought and the dry season on the structure, composition and function of forests in the Western Amazon Basin. The latest findings ...

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