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Making nanowires from protein and DNA

By Jessica Stoller-Conrad California Institute of Technology September 4, 2015
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For the first time ever, a team at California Institute of Technology have created a synthetic structure made from both protein and DNA. Researchers in the lab of Dr. Stephen Mayo used computer modeling to help engineer the new protein-DNA nanowire. Synthetic structures like this will ultimately have important applications ...

The $1 pocket microscope

By Ed Yong The Atlantic September 4, 2015
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From an entomologist hiking in the Amazon, to a young amateur scientist in Namibia studying bacteria: the community of users of the Foldscope is limitless. An article in The Atlantic describes the endless possibilities behind the paper origami microscope created by Moore Foundation grantee Manu Prakash of Stanford University.

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Study finds new gene important for development of wheat

By Nestor Kippesa, Juan M. Debernardia, Hans A. Vasquez-Grossa, Bala A. Akpinarb, Hikment Budakb, Kenji Katoc, Shiaoman Chaod, Eduard Akhunove, and Jorge Dubcovsky PNAS September 4, 2015
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In a recent study, plant scientists share their discovery of a new gene (VRN-D4) critical for the development and growth habit of wheat. The study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, also known as PNAS, gives a better understanding ...

An expedition reveals stunning biological wealth in a Bolivian park that may be opened to drilling

September 3, 2015
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Since May, the Government of Bolivia and Wildlife Conservation Society have been conducting ​a scientific expedition, supported in part by the Moore Foundation, through Madidi National Park. Identidad Madidi began in the high Andes mountains and will extend into the depths of the rainforest, while the researchers document Madidi's extraordinary ...

The mystery and allure of supermassive black holes

September 3, 2015
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Renowned astronomer, Andrea Ghez, made one of the most pioneering discoveries in astronomy – the existence of the biggest black hole in our cosmic neighborhood. Ghez proved that a 4.1-million-solar-mass lies at the center of the Milky Way. This work earned her a MacArthur 'genius' award in 2008, and half ...

Moore-funded projects highlighted on President Obama’s trip to Alaska

White House September 2, 2015
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This week, President Obama is traveling in Alaska to attend the US State Department's Conference on Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience (GLACIER). Two Moore-funded projects—one for Sustainable Southeast Alaska Communities and the other for a proof of concept for a vertical-axis wind turbine farm in ...

Beth Israel launches big data effort to improve ICU care

By Beth Bacheldor Information Management September 2, 2015
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This fall, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center will begin using a new technology that provides live data in real-time for health care providers to analyze and determine the level of risk an ICU at any given time. The project, known as Risky States, was developed in partnership with scientists from MIT ...

Marine Microbiology Initiative

Climate change will irreversibly force key ocean bacteria into overdrive

By Robert Perkins University of Southern California September 1, 2015
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Moore Foundation grantees at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI), in a collaboration with scientists at University of Southern California, have discovered that Trichodesmium, an important group of ocean bacteria, will respond to climate change conditions by reproducing faster and ultimately endangering other organisms that depend on its function.

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Moore Foundation 'Founders' Intent' emphasizes scientific methodology

Philanthropy News Digest August 31, 2015
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Philanthropy News Digest writes about the wishes and expectations for philanthropic giving shared by our founders, Gordon and Betty, in the Founders' Intent statement. This is the first formal articulation of the founder's intentions for giving since establishing the foundation in 2000. Dr. Gordon Moore writes that the foundation should ...

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