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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



Where's the Beef? In Brazil, An Investment in Sustainable Cattle

By Jessica Pothering Impact Alpha October 16, 2015

In late 2014, the foundation awarded a grant to Instituto Centro de Vida to establish a proof of concept for the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of verified deforestation-free beef production in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso. In September, affirming that proof of concept, ICV announced that the Althelia Climate Fundhad...

Vital seconds: The journey toward earthquake early warning for all

By Jenn Strauss Earth Magazine October 15, 2015

Today is The Great California ShakeOut, during which millions of Californians will practice their ‘drop, cover, and hold on’ at 10:15 am in a statewide earthquake drill.

Last month in Earth Magazine, UC Berkeley’s Jenn Strauss shared her vision of the future of earthquake preparedness once we have a state-wide ...

New Amazon-themed map and interactive site from National Geographic

October 15, 2015

National Geographic has just published, with support from the Moore Foundation, an Amazon-themed map and supplement online and in the November magazine.

The first comprehensive map of the Amazon Basin in decades, the supplement captures the natural and social history of the region, while also highlighting the advantages of ...

Hypomethylation of karma transposon causes catastrophic mantled epi-mutation in oil palm

Canale Communications October 8, 2015

Moore Foundation grantee Robert Martienssen is part of a research effort that recently discovered a new epigenetic mechanism that explains why a certain number of oil palm plants that are propagated through cloning bear disfigured fruit and have lower yields of oil. The mechanism, which is described in a paper ...

Marine Microbiology Initiative

New symposium to ignite exchange on aquatic microbial life sciences

October 2, 2015
Knowledge of water-dwelling organisms, specifically microbial eukaryotes, is advancing rapidly. There are three major contributions that are propelling the field forward: the Marine Microbial Eukaryote Transcriptome Sequencing Project, the Tara Oceans Expedition, and the Malaspina Expedition. Each has provided new data to research communities and is enabling the development ...

DESI, an ambitious probe of dark energy, achieves its next major milestone

By Paul Preuss Lawrence Berkeley National Lab October 1, 2015

Moore Foundation Grantees at UC Berkeley have received a critical approval from the U.S. Department of Energy. This approval authorizes funding, schedule and scientific scope for DESI, the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument which will ultimately give us a picture of the way that dark energy and gravity have contributed to ...

New executive director named at Chabot Space & Science Center

September 30, 2015

Oakland’s Chabot Space & Science Center has just announced the appointment of Adam Tobin as the 130-year-old museum’s new executive director. Tobin was previously the director of global studios at the Exploratorium. He succeeds Alexander Zwissler, who ​had served as executive director ​from 2007 ​until earlier this year.

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New map reveals most pressing threats to Brazil's protected areas

September 30, 2015

With Moore Foundation support, Instituto Socioambiental (ISA) has been analyzing current pressures and potential threats to Brazilian protected areas, especially those due to the exploitation of natural resources and infrastructure development. This work has revealed that mining and roads constitute the greatest challenges: mining concessions exist in 61% of ...

New simulation illuminates origin of the brightest galaxies

By Susan Brown University of California, San Diego September 30, 2015

Moore Foundation grantees at Caltech and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are part of a group of researchers that developed a new simulation that may explain how submillimeter galaxies form. These kinds of galaxies are difficult to observe and make sense of because they are filled with dust that restricts ...

New type of surface plasmon discovered

September 28, 2015
A team of researchers led by Moore Foundation Emergent Phenomena in Quantum Systems (EPiQS) Investigator Dimitri Basov, of University of California, San Diego, has discovered a new type of collective electronic behavior in a system based on graphene—an atom-thin sheet of carbon atoms. The study, Plasmons in graphene moiré ...

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