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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



The $1 pocket microscope

By Ed Yong The Atlantic September 4, 2015

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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The mystery and allure of supermassive black holes

September 3, 2015

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 ...

MOTHS! Stunning winged wonders of Madidi uncovered

September 3, 2015
New York--WCS has released a stunning gallery of images of some of the moths uncovered by the groundbreaking Bolivian scientific expedition, Identidad Madidi. A staggering 10,000 species of moths may live in Madidi National Park – considered the most biodiverse protected area on the planet. The moths were found ...

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

September 3, 2015

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 ...

Decade-long Amazon rainforest burn yields new insight into wildfire vulnerabilities, resiliencies

September 2, 2015

With partial support from the Moore Foundation through a grant to Woods Hole Research Center, scientists have just published new fire research findings in BioScience, resulting ​from "the longest and largest controlled burn experiment ever conducted in the Amazon rainforest." The authors show that repeated fires--especially during drought years--have far ...

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

White House September 2, 2015

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

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

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

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 ...

Sense of purpose


What happens when the founders of the nation’s ninth-largest private philanthropy want to clarify their sense of purpose? Northern California Grantmakers members Gordon and Betty Moore set out to let their organization know what’s important to them. Read the recently released Founders' Intent statement and the full post from NCG...

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