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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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Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation boosts ultra-fast quantum materials research at UBC

By Heather Amos University of British Columbia May 26, 2015
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University of British Columbia researchers received a $1.4M grant from the Moore Foundation to develop a new table-top laser that generates ultra-fast flashes of ultraviolet light.

This state-of-the-art laser can study the motion of electrons in quantum materials, such as magnets and superconductors, which has not been possible to date with existing instrumentation.

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Investing in fundamental science: a grantmaker's perspective

By Harvey Fineberg Philanthropy News Digest May 26, 2015
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A commentary from Moore Foundation president Harvey Fineberg appears today in Philanthropy News Digest.

In the piece, Fineberg discusses the need for basic research funding from a grantmaker's perspective. 

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Grant to help discover restoration opportunities for California’s Russian River

The Freshwater Trust May 26, 2015
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With support from the foundation, The Freshwater Trust will use GIS-driven Basin Scout methodologies to team up with Google and assess and prioritize conservation opportunities in the Russian River watershed, grant 4769.

The Freshwater Trust received $124,875 from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to assess where and ...

Location matters in the lowland Amazon

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Support for the Carnegie Airborne Observatory is made possible by the Avatar Alliance Foundation, Margaret A. Cargill Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment, W.M. Keck Foundation, M.A.N. Baker and G.L.Baker Jr., and W.R. Hearst III, ...

Science Friday: scientists map ocean viruses

May 22, 2015
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Marine Microbiology Initiative investigator Matthew Sullivan will discuss his research on ocean viruses on today's Science Friday broadcast.

Sullivan's work was also highlighted in Science magazine this week, as part of a special issue on the 110-foot research schooner Tara, which set sail in 2009 to study plankton at 210 oceanic regions around the ...

Mapping Poaching Threats: York Ecologists and Wildlife Conservation Society Develop New Method

Newswise May 22, 2015
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With funding in part from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, as well as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), researchers have developed an improved method to identify where poachers operate in protected areas. Their analysis is published in the latest issue of Conservation Letters.

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Government of Bolivia & Wildlife Conservation Society Announce Biodiversity Expedition in Madidi National Park

WCS May 22, 2015
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The Government of Bolivia has announced a new expedition into Madidi National Park, a scientific initiative that will last for 18 months and stretch from the high Andes Mountains into the depths of the rainforest.

NEW YORK (May 22, 2015)—The Government of Bolivia, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and ...

Moore Foundation funds Berkeley Lab researchers for promising new technique for studying materials

By Jon Weiner Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory May 18, 2015
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Berkeley Lab researchers received a five-year, $2.4M grant from the Moore Foundation's EPiQS Initiative to develop a new spectrometer for studying materials using X-ray scattering.

This new instrument will make far more efficient use of synchrotron X-rays and increase the number of material systems that can be studied, including quantum materials. ...

IFT Global Food Traceability Center awarded $1.3 million grant to design seafood traceability architecture

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — As part of its ongoing efforts aimed at improving traceability in the worldwide food system, the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Global Food Traceability Center (GFTC) today announced that it has received a $1.3 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. The new grant will ...

Brazilian beef industry moves to reduce its destruction of rain forests

By Kelly April Tyrell May 13, 2015
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​New Moore-funded research led by the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Holly Gibbs appears today in the journal Conservation Letters. The paper assesses the impacts of market-driven "zero deforestation agreements" within the beef industry in Brazil (full text of press release below).

Expansion of cattle pastures has led to the destruction of ...

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