Call for transparency:  Brazil's Venture Capital industry  goes under  the microscope. Photo Creative  Commons.

Scientist puts venture capitalists under microscope

Private Equity Bay (Pebay): It’s normal for scientific research and business to inhabit parallel but quite distinct worlds, with investors only showing much interest in innovators once they’ve developed marketable products. Many a would-be scientist entrepreneur has waited nervously for a venture capitalist to “run the slide rule” over his or her ideas. But now   …Continue Reading

On-time trains need “Digital Fat Controller.”

CFlex: Spend five minutes with any railway enthusiast and you’ll discover his (or very occasionally her) real obsession is with scheduling, logistics – and “making the trains run on time.” Indeed, the runaway global success of the 70 year-old Thomas the Tank Engine children’s book and toy franchise, features stories that hinge on the restoration   …Continue Reading

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Brazilian Biofuels ‘to cut global CO2 emissions by 5%’

Brazil’s world-leading ethanol fuel industry has the potential to substitute almost 14% of global oil consumption, in the process reducing global emissions of carbon dioxide by as much as 5.6% by 2045, so breathing new life into the race to meet the climate change targets laid down in the Paris Climate Accords. The forecast comes   …Continue Reading

Genomics Beefing up Cattle Ranching

Deoxi Biotecnologia: Already the world’s largest exporter of beef according to the USDA, Brazil is preparing a hi-tech leap into the future of ranching through the introduction of genetically modified livestock that build extra muscle fibre. For almost a century Brazilian ranchers have been crossing European strains of beef cattle with Nelore stock from India,   …Continue Reading

Postgraduate job market looks to startups

Brazil might be enjoying the dubious privilege of a “full employment recession,” yet two years into its worst-ever economic downturn, the creation of new high-quality jobs remains a priority in an economy where unskilled posts in industry or agriculture have traditionally predominated. Startups play a significant role in creating value-added employment opportunities for the more   …Continue Reading

Manta -ray styled Arator drone for  agricultural mapping. Photo XMobots.

Farmers’ Hi-Tech Eye in the Sky

XMobots: For a nation of continental dimensions with poor roads or land communications but extensive agriculture, mining and energy infrastructure projects, drones or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) are the natural choice for cost-effective monitoring across Brazil. For instance, geologists and environmental consultants charged with measuring and monitoring US$13.4 billion worth of ecological damage to the   …Continue Reading

Diamond Class Innovation

CVDVale: A world leader in diamond production during the 17th and 18th centuries, for well over a century Brazil has languished far behind the mines of Africa. Although a resurgence of natural diamond mining is unlikely, innovative production of synthetic diamonds for use in the dental health, oil, mining and automotive industries could now bring   …Continue Reading

Electronic Whiteboard for Soccer Coaches

ClanSoft: Who says tech can’t be any fun? For a quarter century, stay-at-home enthusiasts with PlayStation game consoles have been transforming themselves into fantasy football managers. But as national teams prepare for the 2018 World Cup, software has invaded the pitch too. Digital technology is helping transform professional football managers into better tacticians equipped with   …Continue Reading

Promip lab where  100 million  predators are bred each moth ( foto FAPESP)

“Mighty Mites” for natural crop protection

Promip Crop protection using biological controls – employing predatory insects, viruses or fungi to attack any pests responsible for lower farming yields – is a decades-old strategy well known around the world and in Brazil. A recent count showed around 70 bio-control companies are active in Brazil, offering farmers access to at least 12 macro-organisms   …Continue Reading

Biometric markers for identification

Griaule Cost-effective identification systems based on biometric information are in demand for developing nations, especially when it comes to voter identification and even providing security for the parents of newborn infants or government conditional cash transfer programmes. The common link is that such systems don’t require users to write or to memorize a password, but   …Continue Reading

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Researching in Brazil

Brazil’s best-known scientist, the veteran nuclear physicist  José Goldemberg,  in September 2015 took office as the president of  the São…

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