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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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Conservation and the Thirty Meter Telescope

April 29, 2015
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The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has a strong commitment to environmental conservation. As one of the largest private funders for conservation, we are dedicated to protecting some of the most important land and marine ecosystems worldwide.

The question of a potential conflict between conservation on Mauna Kea and the construction of ...

Hyperdominance in Amazonian forest carbon cycling

April 28, 2015
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New findings from research supported in part through the Moore Foundation appear in the journal Nature Communications today, showing that just one percent of all tree species in the Amazon make up half of the entire rainforest and therefore store 50 percent of the region’s carbon. Moore Foundation grants (...

World-leading marine plans signed in British Columbia

April 27, 2015
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British Columbia’s Marine Planning Partnership (MaPP), a planning process co-led by the Province and 18 First Nations governments, today released signed marine plans for the northern coast of British Columbia. A significant step forward in the smart management of the Pacific coast of North America, the MaPP plans bring ...

Ocean bacteria get "pumped up"

By WHOI Media Relations Office Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute April 27, 2015
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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution researchers have discovered a new way to "pump up" plankton that trap carbon dioxide and drag it to the depths of the ocean.

Understanding the mechanism behind this so-called biological pump could provide a clearer understanding of CO2 absorption in the ocean. This work was funded by grant ...

Efficient synthetic biology methods to genetically engineer microalgae

By Heather Kowalski J. Craig Venter Institute April 21, 2015
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Grantees at the University of California, San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography have developed new, efficient synthetic biology routes to manipulate diatoms, a type of microalgae.

Their findings, published today in Nature Communications, enable better understanding of diatom genetics and could help produce algae-based products such as biofuels.

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Recipients of Nation's Highest Museum and Library Honor Announced

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Earlier this year, two of our San Francisco Bay Area program grantees, the Chabot Space & Science Center (Oakland, CA) and The Tech Museum of Innovation (San Jose, CA) were named as two among 30 finalists for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. In April, we learned that the ...

Thirty Meter Telescope

Thirty Meter Telescope Benefits Humankind

April 15, 2015
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As the science that reaches beyond the stars, astronomy captures our collective imagination. From the earliest voyagers who navigated by starlight to the innovators who developed the first telescope, astronomy inspires us.

These breakthroughs further our knowledge of the origins of the universe billions of years ago and help us ...

Updated report measures how global tuna stocks stack up against the MSC standard

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Washington, D.C. – The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) released an updated report assessing the status of global tuna stocks according to the methodology developed by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), one of the world’s most widely recognized certification schemes for sustainable seafood.
The report, An Evaluation of the Sustainability ...

Meet the cancer patient in Room 52: His name is Joseph, but call him Joe

By Lena Sun Washington Post April 8, 2015
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Improving the experience of a patient and their family, an aspect of care that too often is overlooked, is given top priority thanks to foundation grantees at Johns Hopkins Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the University of California, San Francisco. Their efforts are part ...

Inside Caltech's earthquake early warning lab

By Sophia Stuart PC Magazine April 7, 2015
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Foundation grantee Thomas Heaton, professor of geophysics and civil engineering at Caltech, recently gave a demo of the California Integrated Seismic Network to PC Magazine. The real-time visualization showed what might happen when a 7.8-magnitude earthquake strikes Southern California.

Read the full article here.

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