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California Institute of Technology

Why do people choke when stakes are high?

By Marcus Woo Caltech May 9, 2012

In sports, on a game show, or just on the job, what causes people to choke when the stakes are high? A new study by researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) suggests that when there are high financial incentives to succeed, people can become so afraid of losing ...

California Institute of Technology

Technology developed at Caltech measures Martian sand movement

By Katie Neith Caltech May 9, 2012

Last year, images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured sand dunes and ripples moving across the surface of Mars—observations that challenged previously held beliefs that there was not a lot of movement on the red planet's surface. Now, technology developed by a team at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) ...

Special Projects in Science

Scientists core into Clear Lake to explore past climate change

By Robert Sanders University of California, Berkeley May 3, 2012

University of California, Berkeley, scientists are drilling into ancient sediments at the bottom of Northern California’s Clear Lake for clues that could help them better predict how today’s plants and animals will adapt to climate change and increasing population. 

The lake sediments are among the world’s oldest, containing records ...

Plant Science Collaboration with HHMI

HHMI-GBMF investigator elected as new member of the National Academy of Sciences

By Karl Leif Bates Duke Today May 1, 2012

Xinnian Dong, a biologist who studies the immune system of plants, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

Membership in the NAS is one of the highest honors given to a scientist or engineer in the United States. Dong will be inducted into the Academy next April during ...

Plant Science Collaboration with HHMI

Plant scientists find mechanism that gives plants ‘balance’

When a plant goes into defense mode in order to protect itself against harsh weather or disease, that’s good for the plant, but bad for the farmer growing the plant. Bad because when a plant acts to defend itself, it turns off its growth mechanism.    

But now researchers at ...

UC Davis Dean Heather M. Young honored with mentorship award by Western Institute of Nursing

UC Davis Health System April 20, 2012

UC Davis Associate Vice Chancellor for Nursing and Founding Dean Heather M. Young was awarded the Anna M. Shannon Mentorship Award at the 45th Annual Western Institute of Nursing Communicating Nursing Research Conference today in Portland.

The award was established in 1992 in honor of Anna M. Shannon, a former ...


New resource on lobbying and advocacy rules now available

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation have jointly launched a free, first-of-its kind online training for program staff at private foundations to help them navigate the rules of advocacy and lobbying.  

The ...

Thirty Meter Telescope

TMT submits proposal to NSF for partnership planning

Thirty Meter Telescope April 16, 2012
The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project has submitted a funding proposal today to the National Science Foundation (NSF) to plan a potential partnership between the organizations.
The proposal, if approved, will allow TMT to benefit from full engagement with the United States' astronomical community in the years ahead. The ...
Marine Microbiology Initiative

Study shows unified method of speciation in bacteria and sexual eukaryotes

By Denise Brehm MIT News April 5, 2012

Bacteria are the most populous organisms on the planet. They thrive in almost every known environment, adapting to different habitats by means of genetic variations that provide the capabilities essential for survival. These genetic innovations arise from what scientists believe is a random mutation and exchange of genes and other ...

Special Projects in Science

Sampling the Pacific for signs of Fukushima

April 2, 2012

An international research team is reporting the results of a research cruise they organized to study the amount, spread, and impacts of radiation released into the ocean from the tsunami-crippled reactors in Fukushima, Japan. The group of 17 researchers and technicians from eight institutions spent 15 days at sea in ...

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