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Placing bets on technology with society's venture capital

International Innovation August 20, 2015

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation president, Harvey V. Fineberg, M.D., Ph.D., muses on how philanthropy serves as society’s venture capital in an interview with International Innovation.

In a world facing increasingly complex challenges, Dr. Fineberg explains that “philanthropy plays a unique role because it has the ability to leverage ...

Ashéninka community of Saweto obtains title to their ancestral lands in Peru

Rainforest Foundation US August 20, 2015

Through a strategic contribution, the foundation's Andes Amazon Initiative helped support recent conservation efforts by the Ashéninka people of Peru in the Alto Tamaya-Saweto community. 

"Almost one year after the murder of Saweto’s leaders, the community’s rights to their ancestral lands have finally been recognized by the Peruvian State, which has ...

Examining the fate of Fukushima contaminants

By Media Relations Office Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute August 18, 2015

Moore Foundation grantees at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) are studying sediment samples from the seafloor off coastal Japan to understand the fate of contaminants from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Ken Buesseler, a senior scientist and marine chemist at WHOI, and colleagues found a small fraction--about one percent--of contaminated ...

UCI, NASA researchers find link between Amazon fire risk, devastating hurricanes

August 18, 2015

With support ​from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation's Science and Environmental Conservation programs, UC Irvine's Department of Earth System Science has worked to develop a system for forecasting fire season severity and droughts in several tropical forest and savanna regions, based on satellite measurements and computer modeling.

Now, that research ...

Caltech-led team looks in detail at Nepal earthquake

By Kimm Fesenmaier California Institute of Technology August 14, 2015

Foundation grantees at Caltech pieced together the first complete account of what physically happened during the April 2015 Nepal earthquake. 

Their findings explain how the large earthquake wound up leaving the majority of low-story buildings unscathed while devastating some treasured taller structures.

Jean-Philippe Avouac and his colleagues have installed a network of ...

Data Carpentry receives $750,000 from the Moore Foundation

August 13, 2015

Data Carpentry received $750k from the Moore Foundation to develop and provide training to researchers in fundamental data skills to enable more effective and efficient research progress.

This grant will allow Data Carpentry to grow its core team, establish better infrastructure, work with the volunteer community to develop content, conduct more workshops ...

Atomic-level defense secrets revealed

By Tom Oswald Michigan State University August 10, 2015

How do plants thwart pests, diseases and the effects of climate change?

Sheng Yang He, Howard Hughes Medical Institute-Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Plant Biology Investigator at Michigan State University is on the case, with a study that unveils the molecular secrets of plants’ defense mechanisms at the atomic ...

Where big data falls short

By Jack McCarthy Healthcare IT News August 10, 2015

In his piece for Healthcare IT News, reporter Jack McCarthy, covers a report recently released by the National Quality Forum: Data Needed for Systematically Improving Healthcare. NQF's report focuses on the challenge in making health data and analytics more usable for health care professionals and patients to improve ...

Biology controls release of scent compounds from plants

By Keith Robinson Purdue University August 5, 2015

Foundation grantees at Purdue University have sniffed out how taste compounds known as volatiles move from plant cells to the atmosphere. 

The team proposed biological mechanisms must transport volatiles, overturning long-held views that volatiles were transported solely through diffusion.

Volatiles play key roles in plant pollination, reproduction, defense and communication. Identifying the proteins and mechanisms ...

New data model detects early signs of the life-threatening condition sepsis

By Katharine E. Henry, David N. Hager, Peter J. Pronovost, Suchi Saria Science Translational Medicine August 5, 2015

Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening complication as a result of an infection. It kills more Americans every year than AIDS and breast and prostate cancer combined. Treating sepsis quickly is critical. Yet the ability to detect sepsis in advance of serious signs appearing has been a challenge for clinicians, until ...

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