The New Recruits in Moore’s Huge Data Program

Since last year, the Moore Foundation has been at the forefront of large funders supporting advances in data science. Its latest burst of funding goes to 14 researchers, with an emphasis on open source approaches. 

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A Foundation's Big Hunt for Weird New Materials That Could Change the World

At its best, science philanthropy funds risky research and goes where no market actor dares to go. A case in point: How the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is backing researchers trying to create new materials.
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Need a High-Powered Microscope? Moore and HHMI Can Spot You One

Remember that kid on the block who always had the coolest toys the day they came out? Well, when it comes to imaging tools in life science research, having those toys can make or break new discoveries. Two of the field’s leading funders are inviting you over to play. 

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The Data Science Philanthropy Craze

Data science is scorching hot right now, in headlines, board rooms, university plans, and yes, philanthropy. At least five schools have scored multi-million-dollar grants for data science initiatives just in the past year. Here’s where the funding is going.

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Who's Paul Gray, the New Head of the 10th Biggest U.S. Foundation? And What Will He Change?

Following the resignation yesterday of Steven McCormick, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is now being run by one of its board members: an electrical engineer with a long history in both academia and the tech industry. While it's unlikely that Paul Gray will stay very long, interim presidents can still wield real power
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The Ambitious Plan to Save the Patent System That’s Drawing Millions from Top Funders

By most accounts, the patent system is a disaster. A murky and litigious chess game of corporations secretly jockeying and hoarding to control intellectual property from science and tech research. A mostly unknown Australian project seeks to change that game, and big funders like Gates and Moore are on board.

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Check out the Moore Foundation's Giant Telescope

The approval process for construction of one of the world’s most powerful telescopes — with the backing of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation — is on the home stretch after plans earned the blessing this week of the Hawaiian Board of Land and Natural Resources.

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Seismology Geeks Have a Big Ally in the Moore Foundation

Intel co-founder Gordon Moore's Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation granted $757,876 to University of California's School of Earth & Marine Science this month to support the Japan Trench Fast Drilling Project (JFAST). JFAST is the world's "first ever underwater earthquake 'observatory.'" They drilled at the site of the "Tohoku megathrust earthquake," which occurred in March of 2011 and produced the tsunami that devastated Japan.

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