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How a plant knows friend from foe

By Thania Benios Futurity July 20, 2015

Moore Foundation plant science investigator Jeffrey Dangl and colleagues at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill are investigating how plants assemble and maintain complex microbial communities.

“What we really wanted to understand was how the plant establishes a mutualistic relationship with microbes that it likes, compared to microbes that it ...

First-of-its-kind online community to support transitional care programs


The process of returning home or transitioning to another care setting after a hospital stay can be challenging for patients and providers. Patients may have difficulty understanding their discharge instructions, receive conflicting information from various health care providers or experience serious medication errors, all of which can cause complications and ...

Altruism is simpler than we thought

By Joseph Caputo Cell Press News July 15, 2015

Foundation grantees at Caltech have developed a new computational model of how the brain makes altruistic choices. The model is able to predict when a person will act generously in a scenario involving the sacrifice of money.

"We find that what matters is not whether you can exert self-control, but simply how strongly you ...

Megascope makeover

By Eric Betz Astronomy Magazine July 13, 2015

In the August issue of Astronomy Magazine, associate editor Eric Betz discusses the development of the ​Dark ​Energy ​Spectroscopic Instrument, or DESI, at Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona.

Once it is ready in 2018, this $70M "megascope" will image galaxies up to 10 billion light years away and pinpoint the ...

Betty Irene Moore Nursing Initiative

Palo Alto VA reduces 30-day hospital readmissions by 30 percent

July 6, 2015

Hospital readmission rates dropped significantly for Moore Foundation grantee, the Department of Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, after implementing the Re-Engineered Discharge (RED) Toolkit, a resource to help hospitals better prepare patients for life after a hospital stay. The project and its results are featured as the ...

ICU Consortium

Eliminate emotional harm by focusing on respect and dignity for patients

Medical Xpress July 1, 2015

Hospitals have made significant strides to reduce or eliminate physical harm to patients since the landmark 1999 Institute of Medicine Report "To Err is Human." In a new paper published in BMJ, patient care leaders at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center say hospitals must now devote similar attention to ...

Better memory with faster lasers

By Jessica Stoller-Conrad California Institute of Technology July 1, 2015

DVDs and Blu-ray disks contain materials that shape-shift from one atomic state to another when struck with pulses of laser light. Data is "recorded" in these two atomic states.

Now, through ultrafast laser pulses that speed up the data recording process, Moore Foundation grantees at Caltech used ultrafast electron crystallography to ...

Hospital ICUs mine big data in push for better outcomes

By Laura Landro The Wall Street Journal June 29, 2015

Moore Foundation grantees Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Johns Hopkins Medicine speak with Laura Landro of The Wall Street Journal about their work to help health care professionals and patients achieve better outcomes through the use of data.

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, in partnership with integrated-systems scientists from ...

ICU Consortium

Hospitals turn to big data to identify risks in the ICU

By Zack Budryk FierceHealthcare June 29, 2015

Two academic medical centers, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Johns Hopkins Medicine, are using big data to identify potential harms and minimize risk for patients in the intensive care unit. Reporter, Zack Budryk, from FierceHealthcare writes about their work stemming from an article in The Wall Street Journal.

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Polar scientists peer beneath largest ice shelf

By Eric Hand Science Magazine June 25, 2015

Keeping its ice sheets from sliding into the sea, the Ross Ice Shelf is the largest, yet least studied, barrier ​surrounding Antarctica. Foundation grantee Robin Bell and her colleagues are investigating the shape of the sea floor beneath the Ross with an ultrasensitive airborne gravity detector, which detects tiny changes in ...

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