Science Colombia  BOGOTÁ D.C. 17/09/2014

Apitherapy against cancer

The expert says that observational studies performed globally show that people that work with bee cultures have less incidence of cancer

High vitamin concentration in bee byproducts improves blood flow and the immune system in cancer patients. A research project carried out by the UNal Medicine Faculty shows that apitherapy (therapeutic use of bee byproducts) helps as supplementary, not definitive, treatment for cancer.

La apiterapia consiste en utilizar productos derivados de las abejas con fines medicinales. FOTO: UN.
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Science Guatemala  GUATEMALA 16/09/2014

Central America Protects whale sharks

The largest fishes in the world, whale sharks grow to 40 feet (12.65 m) and weigh up to 47,000 pounds (21.5 metric tons)

Representatives from Panama, Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic signed a binding agreement protecting whale sharks in Eastern Pacific and Caribbean waters that took effect on July 1. This conservation plan was drafted based on research by Smithsonian staff scientist, Hector M. Guzman.

Tiburón ballena. FOTO: STRI.
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Science Colombia  CALDAS 15/09/2014

Genetic diversity of mandarin orange discovered

This result serves to determine if there are material duplicates in the studied bank

A UNal-Palmira and Regional Autonomous Corporation of Caldas (CORPOICA, for its Spanish acronym) study determined that there is an important genetic variability of this species, enabling its maintenance and preservation. Despite being a very much consumed fruit around the world the precise genome contribution of its ancestral species is unknown. This has turned it into a research target for different research groups around the world which hope to molecularly classify citric fruits.

Mandarina Okitsu (FOTO: UNL)
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Science Chile  ATACAMA 12/09/2014

ALMA achieves new high frequency observing capabilities: shows planet uranus in new light

This achievement opens an entirely new window on the Universe for ALMA and goes beyond its existing capabilities with the Band 9 receivers

The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) has reached a major milestone by extending its vision fully into the realm of the submillimeter, the wavelengths of cosmic light that hold intriguing information about the cold, dark, and distant Universe.

Imagen de Urano obtenida con ALMA en alta frecuencia | ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)
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Science Brazil  BRASIL 11/09/2014

Amazônia has an "underground ocean"

Sedimentary basins of the Acre, Solimões, Amazon and Marajó rivers have water reserves estimated at over 160 trillion cubic meters

Amazônia has an underground water reservoir whose volume is projected to be more than 160 trillion cubic meters, according to estimates by Francisco de Assis Matos de Abreu, professor at the Federal University of Pará (UFPA), presented during the 66th Annual Meeting of the Brazilian Society for the Advancement of Science (SBPC) held through July 27, 2014, on the campus of the Federal University of Acre (UFAC) in Rio Branco.

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Science Spain  MADRID 09/09/2014

A system that facilitates malware identification in smartphones

This system allows a large number of apps to be analyzed in order to determine the malware’s origins and family

Researchers at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) have developed a tool to help security analysts protect markets and users from malware. This system allows a large number of apps to be analyzed in order to determine the malware’s origins and family.

Seguridad en el móvil. Imagen: UC3M.
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Science Spain  MADRID 05/09/2014

The Future of Ultrascale Computing Under Study

Ultrascale systems combine the advantages of distributed and parallel computing systems

Some two hundred scientists from more than 40 countries are researching what the next generation of ultrascale computing systems will be like. The study is being carried out under the auspices of NESUS, one of the largest European research networks of this type coordinated by Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M).

Computación. Imagen: UC3M.
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Science Panama  PANAMÁ 04/09/2014

From a fish’s point of view, the Caribbean Sea is really three different regions

New results from the Smithsonian published in the journal ‘PLOS ONE’

“Previously, the Greater Caribbean was considered to be one big homogenous region of the Tropical West Atlantic,” said Ross Roberson, staff scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. “According to our shorefish surveys, the Caribbean should really be considered to be three distinct provinces.”

Robertson y la becaria posdoctoral del Smithsonian Katie Cramer. FOTO: STRI.
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Science Brazil  BRASIL 03/09/2014

Astronomers observe the inside of a star for the first time

Data obtained by the international team monitoring the phenomena on Eta Carinae, led by Augusto Damineli, professor at the IAG/USP, could validate or disprove existing theoretical models about the structure of large stars

Through a small telescope installed at the top of a mountain covered by banana trees between the southern Minas Gerais towns of Brazópolis and Piranguçu, a group of scientists has been monitoring a first-of-its-kind astronomic phenomenon whose peak is expected to occur within days: the opening of a hole in the surface of a giant star known as Eta Carinae, allowing discovery of the secrets inside.

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Science Paraguay  PARAGUAY 02/09/2014

Deforestation of Amazônia is increasing pollution in South American countries

Study indicates that smoke from fires in Amazon states migrates to Bolivia, Peru and Paraguay, raising the atmospheric pollution levels of these countries

The Amazon states of Pará, Rondônia, Amazonas and Acre have "exported" the smoke produced by burning to clear land to Bolivia, Peru and Paraguay and have contributed to increasing the levels of atmospheric pollution in these neighboring countries. Along with Mato Grosso, these four states have also registered the highest number of wildfires in South America.

Imagen aérea del río Amazonas corriendo a través de la selva brasileña. (Foto: NASA)
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Science Chile  ATACAMA 01/09/2014

Methods of Sherlock Holmes to get the best view yet of merging galaxies in distant Universe

Astronomers are now combining the power of many telescopes on Earth and in space with a vastly larger form of cosmic lens to study a case of vigorous star formation in the early Universe

Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), and many other telescopes on the ground and in space, an international team of astronomers has obtained the best view yet of a collision that took place between two galaxies when the Universe was only half its current age. They enlisted the help of a galaxy-sized magnifying glass to reveal otherwise invisible detail. These new studies of the galaxy H-ATLAS J142935.3-002836 have shown that this complex and distant object looks like the well-known local galaxy collision, the Antennae Galaxies.

Fusión de galaxias en el universo distante amplificada a través de una lente gravitacional. Crédito: ESO/NASA/ESA/W. M. Keck Observatory
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Science Panama  PANAMÁ 24/07/2014

STRI defends biological collections in ‘Science’

Is there a role for scientific specimen collecting in today’s biodiversity science?

Given the ubiquity of technology in contemporary biology, from whole genome sequencing to the ability to radio track migratory whales across their ocean migration, is there a role for scientific specimen collecting in today’s biodiversity science? Recently, such a challenge was put forth in the journal Science.

Colecta de muestras biológicas. FOTO: STRI.
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Science Brazil  BRASIL 23/07/2014

Brazilian plants may help to mitigate impact of climate change

Studying the genomes of heat- and drought-tolerant species (such as the pequi) from the semi-arid and Cerrado regions may contribute to the genetic improvement of crops such as soya, maize, rice and beans

The seriguela (Spondias purpurea) and umbuzeiro (Spondias tuberosa), trees commonly found in Brazil’s northeastern semi-arid region, and the Brazilian chestnut, native to the Cerrado, are part of a group of plants that could play an important role in agriculture by mitigating the consequences of climate change. They are among several Brazilian species that have enhanced adaptive capacity and are heat and drought tolerant.

Caryocar brasiliense. FOTO: Conrado.
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Science Spain  VALLADOLID 22/07/2014

Developed a faster and more precise technic for dioxin quantification

With the European project Dioxdetector in which the technological center Cartif and the enterprise SEADM of Valladolid participate

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), dioxins are a group of persistent toxic chemical compounds (named PBT) which may be found in the environment all around the world and that accumulate in food chain, mainly in animals’ fat tissue. Its high toxicity may produce different health problems in human beings like reproduction difficulties and fetal development, affect the immune system or interfere with hormones causing cancer.

Incineradora. Foto cedida por las investigadoras.
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Science Mexico  NUEVO LEÓN 21/07/2014

Underwater robot created to explore Mexico’s reefs

Tecnológico de Monterrey Puebla Campus students designed an underwater survey robot which will allow scientists to determine the current state of Mexico's reefs, but also be used for recreation and entertainment purposes

Tecnológico de Monterrey Puebla Campus Mechatronics Engineering students José Rafael Aguilar, Victor Lobato, Iván Ascención Martínez, and Jorge Leandro created this robot to help address the environmental issues Mexico's reefs face. According to several studies, the culprits are global warming, pollution, and natural overexploitation.

Víctor Lobato Ríos, Jorge Leandro, Iván Ascensión and José Rafael Aguilar, Tecnologico de Monterrey students in Puebla, created this robot to solve environmental problems presented reefs in Mexico.
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Science Brazil  BRASIL 18/07/2014

Protein analysis aids in planning treatment of vulvar cancer

The research study was conducted during the doctoral work of FAPESP scholarship recipient Beatriz de Milo Maya, under the mentorship of Rocha

A study conducted at the A.C. Camargo Cancer Center and published in the journal Human Pathology reveals that analysis of the expression of a protein known as epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) in vulvar tumors may be critical to determining patient prognosis and treatment.

Imagen de un tumor con expresión heterogénea de la EGFR. Las partes marrones indican la zona de expresión de la proteína (imagen: A. C. Camargo Cancer Center)
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Science Panama  PANAMÁ 17/07/2014

How could climate change affect fiddler crab reproduction?

A new study by scientists at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute shows how two species of fiddler crab change behavior to maintain reproductive success even as temperatures fall

One reason some species of fiddler crabs are so abundant on the beaches and mudflats around Panama City is that they reproduce year-round, closely timing reproduction around the high tides that increase success of offspring survival. Many species maintain this cycle during the “cold” part of the tropical year when upwelling causes ocean surface temperature to drop, even though lower temperatures can produce timing errors that increase offspring mortality.

Cangrejo violinista. FOTO: STRI.
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Science Colombia  VALLE DEL CAUCA 16/07/2014

Sacha inchi, Indian oil with medicinal value

The results showed that the oil contains high polyunsaturated fatty acid content

The native sacha inchi seed is also known as the “Inca-peanut” and has high fatty polyunsaturated acid and antioxidant content, with promising industrial, cosmetic and medicinal potential. This was determined by UNal-Palmira Agricultural Sciences master’s candidate Zully Adriana Hurtado, who assessed the potential of products produced using sacha inchi (Plukenetia volubilis).

La semilla sacha inchi es una oleaginosa autóctona de la Amazonia peruana. Foto: nutraperu.wordpress.com La semilla sacha inchi es una oleaginosa autóctona de la Amazonia peruana. Foto: nutraperu.wordpress.com
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Science Argentina  BUENOS AIRES 15/07/2014

“We have to promote the development of a regional conscience”

Sara Rietti, the first nuclear chemist in Argentina, talked with TSS about the need to build a Latin American scientific and technological way of thinking that answers to the region’s needs and that confronts hegemonic interests

Sara Rietti speaks about Andrés Carrasco and gets emotional. She is the first nuclear chemist in Argentina; a pioneer in a world in which podiums were (and still are) exclusively for men; a woman that resisted the police’s “bastones largos” (long batons), sent by Onganía’s military government, when they forcefully entered the building of UBA’s Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales; someone who spent that dark night in 1966 retrieveing her colleagues from the police station, together with her husband, Victor Rietti; a woman who organized their exile to other countries in the region. “I made an effort to keep the researchers in Latin America, because if they left to the huge centers, then they did not return,” recalls Rietti, who was in charge of repatriating them after the recovery of democracy, from her position as Manuel Sadosky’s chief of staff, in the Secretariat for Science and Technology.

Sara Rietti pugna por la democratización del conocimiento por sobre los intereses hegemónicos de los países que ponen las reglas del juego en la investigación. / Foto Diego Sandstede
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Culture Mexico  MÉXICO 11/07/2014

Research Makes First-Time Study of Frida Kahlo Portrait Photos

The characteristics of the nearly 800 photographs of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo taken over a period of more than 40 years are analyzed in their entirety and for the first time in a study carried out by the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M)

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