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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

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Researchers find that going with the flow makes bacteria stick

By David L. Chandler MIT News Office February 24, 2014
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In a surprising new finding, researchers have discovered that bacterial movement is impeded in flowing water, enhancing the likelihood that the microbes will attach to surfaces. The new work could have implications for the study of marine ecosystems, and for our understanding of how infections take hold in medical devices....

University approves lease for giant telescope

By Audrey McAvoy Associated Press February 21, 2014
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The University of Hawaii on Thursday approved a plan to lease land at the summit of Mauna Kea for construction of one of the world’s largest optical telescope. The Board of Regents voted 15-1 to approve subleasing the land atop the Big Island volcano for the Thirty Meter Telescope...

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New $20,000 reporting grant explores benefits of Amazonian protected areas

Mongabay.org February 21, 2014
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With six Special Reporting Initiatives (SRI) already under way, Mongabay.org is excited to announce a call for applications for its latest journalism grant topic: Amazonian protected areas: benefits for people

The Amazon’s system of protected areas has grown exponentially in the past 25 years. In many South American nations, ...

Larry Smarr named first 2014 Golden Goose Award recipient

February 15, 2014
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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 ...

Shaping global partnerships for a post-2015 world

By Sonja Patscheke, Angela Barmettler, Laura Herman, Scott Overdyke & Marc Pfitzer Stanford Social Innovation Review February 14, 2014
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"What if fishermen, governments, industry, philanthropy, private investors, and conservation and development organizations worked together to apply the best strategies for restoring fisheries—and the communities that depend on them? What if these strategies addressed all the key elements of a fishery… so that change is comprehensive and lasting? What if ...

TMT gains momentum: Mauna Kea Management Board votes in favor of proposed sublease

By Megan Moseley Hawaii Tribune-Herald February 13, 2014
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The Thirty Meter Telescope project gained momentum Wednesday following a Mauna Kea Management Board vote in favor of the project’s proposed sublease Wednesday morning...

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

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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 ...

Patient and Family Engagement

Your not-so-secret weapon to transform care

By Marty Stempniak Hospitals and Health Network February 11, 2014
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Framing the issue:

• Patient engagement is getting pushed to the forefront for hospital leaders, as the U.S. health care system moves to a more value-driven approach, focused on avoiding unnecessary care and treating the health of populations.

• Engagement can be a loyalty-builder and brand-differentiator if used properly. A ...

Science Magazine's 2013 visualization challenge

Science Magazine February 7, 2014
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First place, photography: Invisible Coral Flows

By Vicente I. Fernandez, Orr H. Shapiro, Melissa S. Garren, Assaf Vardi, and Roman Stocker, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ca

The swirling patterns moving around these coral polyps may look like fireworks streaking across a long-exposure photograph—but they are the result of a cunning ...

Pinpointing the brain’s arbitrator

By Kimm Fesenmaier Caltech News February 5, 2014
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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. ...

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