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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 ...

Moore's Law turns 50

By Thomas Friedman New York Times May 13, 2015
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In today's New York Times, op-ed columnist Thomas Friedman discusses Moore's Law at 50 and the impact of Gordon Moore's prediction in the development of the personal computer, the cellphone and beyond.

Read the full article and watch the video of Friedman's interview with Gordon Moore here.

Moore’s Law spurs economic growth in the trillions of dollars

By Intel May 11, 2015
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A new report finds that Moore’s Law has played a critical role in generating a minimum estimated $3 trillion in incremental GDP over the past 20 years1. Commissioned by Intel and developed by business information provider IHS, the “Moore’s Law Impact Report” highlights the profound economic, technological and ...

Pamela Hudson named Chief Administrative Officer of Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

May 11, 2015
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Palo Alto, Calif. – The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation appointed Pamela Hudson as chief administrative officer. Hudson will lead human resources, information technology, grants administration and finance for the $6.5 billion private foundation.

“With a deep understanding of the interplay between people, processes and technology, Pamela’s ability to improve ...

Foundations join forces to raise funds for basic research

By Jermey N.A. Matthews Physics Today May 11, 2015
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In the May issue of Physics Today, Jermey N.A. Matthews describes how science philanthropists are stepping up to back risky projects, early-career researchers and expensive scientific equipment.

The Moore Foundation's EPiQS program is highlighted in the article as an example of philanthropic funding for research in quantum materials.

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Intel’s Gordon Moore speculates on the future of tech and the end of Moore’s Law

By Dean Takahashi Venture Beat May 11, 2015
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At an event honoring the 50th anniversary of Moore's Law, Gordon Moore sat down with The New York Times columnist, Tom Friedman, to share his thoughts on the prediction he made, its legacy and the importance of investment in science. On science investment Dr. Moore remarked: “Our position in the world in fundamental ...

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UC Berkeley begins monitoring tremors on San Andreas Fault

May 6, 2015
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Today, Moore Foundation-supported researchers at UC Berkeley began installing the first of four borehole seismometers to track tremors under the San Andreas Fault. Moore funding has been used to build the “TremorScope” network and share the data publicly, to improve understanding of the tremor signal and its implications for fault ...

Detailed vegetation height estimates across the tropics released

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Falmouth, Mass. – Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) scientists produced a dataset of below hectare scale estimates of forest heights across the tropics. Based on consistent measurements from satellite RADAR and Lidar instruments, the new dataset is a first-of-its-kind example of how future satellites can provide regular estimates on vertical ...

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