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Betty Irene Moore Nursing Initiative

Shortage of nurses not as dire as predicted, but challenges remain to meet nation’s needs

September 21, 2015

News for the nation’s nursing workforce isn’t as dire as had been predicted a decade ago, but the nation is still expected to be short of nurses in coming years, according to new research by Montana State University nursing economist Peter Buerhaus and other researchers.

Ten and more years ago, economists had ...

Sustainable ranching program receives 11.5 million Euros to reduce deforestation in Brazil

September 17, 2015

Instituto Centro de Vida (ICV) has announced that Novo Campo, a sustainable cattle ranching initiative in Brazil's Mato Grasso state, received an investment of 11.5 million Euros from the Althelia Climate Fund to support the program's efforts to increase economic, social and environmental performance of local ranches. This is ...

Marine Microbiology Initiative

Flowing electrons help ocean microbes gulp methane

By Jessica Stoller-Conrad Caltech September 17, 2015

Good communication is crucial to any relationship, especially when partners are separated by distance. This also holds true for microbes in the deep sea that need to work together to consume large amounts of methane released from vents on the ocean floor. Recent work at Caltech has shown that these ...

Deep-sea mussels with highly toxic tenants

September 16, 2015

Imagine you have a tenant living in your house. They’re keeping your fridge topped up. But in addition to this, they’re producing all kinds of toxic substances. More harm than good? Not necessarily; it all depends what you’re using the toxins for.

Deep-sea hot vents are one of the most ...

A UCSB analysis of 10 years of monitoring data from marine protected areas in the Channel Islands finds positive results

By Julie Cohen UCSB September 16, 2015

More than a decade ago, California established marine protected areas (MPAs) in state waters around the northern Channel Islands off the coast of Santa Barbara. Several years later, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) extended these MPAs into the federal waters of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.

To ...

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation awards $2.3M for plant disease resistance

September 15, 2015

PALO ALTO, Calif. Sept. 15, 2015 — The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation awarded $2.3M to the Two Blades Foundation (2Blades), a charitable organization that supports the development of durable disease resistance in crop plants and their deployment in agriculture.

Four well-recognized research teams will investigate plant immunity in the ...

37 innovative seafood companies to pitch at Fish 2.0 finals

Fish 2.0 September 14, 2015

Fish 2.0 today revealed the 37 companies—winnowed from an initial pool of 170 entrants—that will pitch to investors at the seafood business competition’s final event Nov. 10–11 at Stanford University. The group stands out for its business strength, geographic range, and diverse approaches to addressing seafood market opportunities and advancing ...

Fourth wheat gene is key to flowering and climate adaptation

September 4, 2015

In the game of wheat genetics, Jorge Dubcovsky's laboratory at UC Davis has hit a grand slam, unveiling for the fourth time in a dozen years a gene that governs wheat vernalization, the biological process requiring cold temperatures to trigger flower formation.

Identification of the newly characterized VRN-D4 gene and ...

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 ...

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 ...

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