Nutrition Brazil  BRASIL 06/11/2018

Pioneering biologists create a new crop through genome editing

From wild plant to crop: CRISPR-Cas9 revolutionizes breeding, New tomato contains more valuable antioxidants

Crops such as wheat and maize have undergone a breeding process lasting thousands of years, in the course of which mankind has gradually modified the properties of the wild plants in order to adapt them to his needs. One motive was, and still is, higher yields. One "side effect" of this breeding has been a reduction in genetic diversity and the loss of useful properties. This is shown, among others, by an increased susceptibility to diseases, a lack of taste or a reduced vitamin and nutrient content in modern varieties. Now, for the first time, researchers from Brazil, the USA and Germany have created a new crop from a wild plant within a single generation using CRISPR-Cas9, a modern genome editing process. Starting with a "wild tomato" they have, at the same time, introduced a variety of crop features without losing the valuable genetic properties of the wild plant. The results have been published in the current issue of Nature Biotechnology.

 
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Environment Spain  ESPAÑA 05/11/2018

People with fewer resources contribute more to actions against climate change

A research analyse the connection between purchasing power and actions against climate change

People with fewer resources contribute more to actions against climate change. This is the main result of a research that, by making a civic science experiment, suggests to act collectively fighting the climate change. The study, in which it has been measured how a group of people acts against a common harm, has shown that people are more or less likely to contribute money to fighting climate change depending on how wealthy they are. These are the principal findings of a research published in the journal PLOS ONE by researchers from the Universitat Rovira i Virgili, the University of Barcelona, the University of Zaragoza and the Carlos III University of Madrid.

 
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Science Argentina  NEUQUÉN 02/11/2018

Scientists discover a new species of dinosaur 110 million years old in Argentina

The finding occurred in the center of the province of Neuquén

Argentine and Spanish paleontologists found an adult specimen and two juvenile specimens of this new species of dinosaur, which they named Lavocatisaurus agrioensis. They made an almost complete reconstruction of his skull and skeleton.

 
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Nutrition Panama  PANAMÁ 29/10/2018

Mysteries of a golden beetle

Human sisters may look extremely different from one another. What does that have to do with gold, black and red beetles?

As the sun set over the cloud forest in western Panama, Lynette Strickland still hadn’t found what she was looking for. Strickland spent all day exploring Fortuna, a mountainous area spanning the Continental Divide near the border of Panama and Costa Rica, in search of a glimmering golden beetle. But each time she flipped over a leaf or asked Smithsonian beetle expert Don Windsor ‘Is that it?’ the answer was ‘No'.

 
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Health Perú  PERú 23/10/2018

Ancient Andean genomes show distinct adaptations to farming and altitude

Findings presented at ASHG 2018 Annual Meeting

Ancient populations in the Andes of Peru adapted to their high-altitude environment and the introduction of agriculture in ways distinct from other global populations that faced similar circumstances, according to findings presented at the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) 2018 Annual Meeting in San Diego, Calif.

 
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Nutrition Ecuador  ECUADOR 18/10/2018

New maps to support decision-making after an earthquake

The developed methodology was applied to the earthquake occurred in April 2016 in Pedernales (Mw 7.8), and is based on the estimation of effort changes in nearby faults and volcanoes which are the consequences of the energy release after an earthquake

Researchers from diverse institutions, including School of Land Surveying, Geodesy and Mapping Engineering from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, have developed a new methodology to create easy-to-understand maps for decision-making support after large earthquakes.

 
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Technology Argentina  ARGENTINA 17/10/2018

Development of sensors that avoid carbon monoxide, natural gas or bottled gas poisoning

Currently, there are more than 250 deaths caused by gas and 2,000 poisonings per year in Argentina. In Spain, the figures are lower butstill quite high, with a hundred deaths per year

The Theoretical and Computational Chemistry Group of the Universitat Jaume I, led by the professor of Physical Chemistry Juan Andrés Bort, has participated in an international research project for the development of electronic sensors that prevent carbon monoxide, naturalgas and bottled gas poisoning. The work has served as a basis for a bill in Argentina to establish the obligatory nature of installing toxic and explosive gas sensors that have a gas cutting mechanism in public spaces.

 
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Nutrition Brazil  BRASIL 16/10/2018

Primary tropical forests are best but regrowing forests are also vital to biodiversity

Even after 40 years of recovery, secondary forests remain species and carbon-poor compared to undisturbed primary forests, a new study reveals

Even after 40 years of recovery, secondary forests remain species and carbon-poor compared to undisturbed primary forests, a new study reveals. However these secondary forests - forests regrowing in previously deforested areas - are still vitally important to biodiversity conservation and carbon storage, argue scientists.

 
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Technology Spain  VALLADOLID 15/10/2018

A map for Internet freedom

A cartography by University of Valladolid includes more than 300 groups of culture and free technologies

The Internet has become a commercialized and centralized space, which is controlled by a small number of international companies. Corporations such as Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon extract personal information from the multitude of Internet users who visit their online services. They also decide the advertisements that are published and the place where the relevant information appears within their pages and search engines.

 
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Health Brazil  BRASIL 11/10/2018

Genes key to identifying drug resistant parasites in Brazil

Leishmaniasis is a parasitic disease transmitted to humans by the bite of the infected female sandfly. With 50,000 to 90,000 new cases worldwide each year

Researchers at the University of York have identified genes in a parasite that could help clinicians predict drug treatment outcomes for patients with visceral leishmaniasis in Brazil. The findings could lead to a new prognostic test that can predict which patients will respond well to drug treatment and which patients need alternative solutions.

 
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Science Chile  ATACAMA 10/10/2018

When Is a Nova Not a ‘Nova’? When a White Dwarf and a Brown Dwarf Collide

An international team of astronomers found evidence that a white dwarf and a brown dwarf

Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), an international team of astronomers found evidence that a white dwarf(the elderly remains of a star like the Sun) and a brown dwarf(a failed star without the mass to sustain nuclear fusion) collided in a short-lived blaze of glory that was witnessed on Earth in 1670 asNovasub Capite Cygni (a New Star below the Head of the Swan), which is now known as CK Vulpeculae.

 

 

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Nutrition Costa Rica  COSTA RICA 09/10/2018

Secondary forests have short lifespans

Most don't last long enough to provide habitat for many forest species

Secondary forests, or forests that have regrown after agriculture use, only last an average of 20 years, according to a recently released scientific paper.

 
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Nutrition Brazil  TOCANTINS 08/10/2018

Amazon rainforest conservation victories spill losses to neighbors

In the state of Tocantins alone the conversion to agricultural land increased from 465 square miles to 3,067 square miles from 2007 to 2015

New research suggests that protecting the Amazon rainforest from deforestation may just be shifting the damage to a less renowned neighbor. The unintended consequences are profound.

 
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Health Brazil  BRASIL 04/10/2018

The dog, when treated with insecticide, is man's best friend

A model predicts that treating dogs in a community with a systemic insecticide can reduce visceral leishmaniasis transmission in Brazil

Treating dogs at a community level with systemic insecticide could considerably reduce the transmission of visceral leishmaniasis in Brazil, according to a modelling study led by ISGlobal, an institution supported by "la Caixa" Foundation. The results, published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, will help define which kind of insecticide is needed and how to apply it to achieve maximum effectiveness.

 
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Technology Spain  MADRID 04/10/2018

The constructive role of noise

International research with the participation of the UC3M

Noise can induce spatial and temporal order in non-linear systems, which helps to detect and amplify weak external signals that are difficult to detect by conventional amplifiers, according to an international team composed of researchers from Germany, China and Spain in which the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) is a participant. The work, published in two articles of the Physical Review Letters magazine, explains that this effect can be used in the decoding and in the creation of extremely weak signals, without the need for a reference signal and in a much shorter time than with a conventional amplifier.

 
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Technology Spain  MADRID 03/10/2018

No more messing around with passwords

Network security based on data, not passwords
Who doesn’t have web accounts and faces a daily challenge of having to save and remember a plethora of usernames and passwords? An international team of researchers has unveiled a new secure authentication platform for mobile devices that links all of a user’s online accounts to their identity, leaving their management to be handled by their cell phone.  

 

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Nutrition Ecuador  ECUADOR 03/10/2018

Newly discovered hummingbird species already critically endangered

The Blue-throated Hillstar is found only along bush-lined creeks in an area of about 100 square kilometers, and the researchers estimate there are no more than 750 individuals

In 2017, researchers working in the Ecuadorian Andes stumbled across a previously unknown species of hummingbird--but as documented in a new study published in The Auk: Ornithological Advances, its small range, specialized habitat, and threats from human activity mean the newly described Blue-throated Hillstar is likely already critically endangered.

 
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Nutrition Brazil  PERNAMBUCO 01/10/2018

California Academy of Sciences discovers new species of dazzling, neon-colored fish

Named for Aphrodite, Greek goddess of love and beauty, a new species of fish enchants Academy scientists; only known home is remote Brazilian archipelago

On a recent expedition to the remote Brazilian archipelago of St. Paul's Rocks, a new species of reef fish--striped a vivid pink and yellow--enchanted its diving discoverers from the California Academy of Sciences. First spotted at a depth of 400 feet beneath the ocean's surface, this cryptic fish inhabits rocky crevices of twilight zone reefs and is found nowhere else in the world. Upon discovery, the deep-diving team was so captivated by their finned find that they didn't notice a massive sixgill shark hovering above them in an exciting moment captured on camera. The new fish description published today in Zookeys.

 
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Science Panama  PANAMÁ 28/09/2018

Violence in pre-columbian Panama exaggerated, new study shows

An oft-cited publication said a pre-Colombian archaeological site in Panama showed signs of extreme violence. A new review of the evidence strongly suggests that the interpretation was wrong

Buried alive. Butchered. Decapitated. Hacked. Mutilated. Killed. Archaeologist Samuel K. Lothrop did not obfuscate when describing what he thought had happened to the 220 bodies his expedition excavated from Panama’s Playa Venado site in 1951. The only problem is that Lothrop likely got it wrong. A new evaluation of the site’s remains by Smithsonian archaeologists revealed no signs of trauma at or near time of death. The burial site likely tells a more culturally nuanced story.

 
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Health Spain  SALAMANCA 25/09/2018

New fluorescent probes to research and diagnose liver and digestive diseases

A project of the University of Salamanca has developed more effective molecules to analyze the state of different tissues from the enterohepatic circuit

Researchers from the University of Salamanca have developed new fluorescent probes that will serve both for research purposes and for the diagnosis of liver and the digestive system diseases. Experts use these molecules to study the state in which the tissues are found, but those used so far offer very limited possibilities.

 
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