Norway to Axe Forest Funds.

Brazilian conservationists are reeling with the disclosure that Norway is considering axing US$1 billion in funding for the Amazon rainforest, because of the Latin American giant’s record of rising deforestation. Norway is the biggest foreign donor helping tropical forest conservation and the Amazon Fund, into which it has paid more than a US$1.1 billion dollars   …Continue Reading

Towering observations: Amazon towers like this one are basis for  studying how the forest  affects weather.

Amazonia’s answer to the ‘Ozone Hole’

Over three decades ago, the existence of an “Ozone Hole” above the Antarctic caused scientists to start fretting about the effects of man-made gases, eventually resulting in the Montreal Protocol that banned the use of CFCs responsible for ozone depletion. Today there’s a whole new focus of concern about ozone and the volatile gases responsible   …Continue Reading

New Energy for Oil and Gas Futures

Now it has become a major oil and gas producer, Brazil is hosting a new generation of research activities to optimize carbon-based energy use, with an eye to both sustainability and economic efficiency. A number of research bases sponsored by the oil majors have sprung up in recent years, of which the latest is the   …Continue Reading

Pressures force “Superfood” from Atlantic Forest

Although Açaí palm, the Amazon region’s “Surfer Superfood,” is well known to food faddists around the world for the nutritious purple-black rind on its tiny coconut used to make a yoghurt-like drink, its equally edible first cousin the Jussara palm is hardly known outside the Atlantic Coastal forest that forms its habitat. Rather than stepping   …Continue Reading

Carwars: São Paulo seniors forced off street crossings.

You can always measure the metaphorical speed at which a city lives by measuring the time it takes for the impatient driver behind you to start hooting when the lights turn green. In São Paulo. Latin America’s largest, most car-congested and frenetic metropolis, the horns start honking when the traffic lights are still – just   …Continue Reading

“G Force” Transforms the Drugs Industry

Visitors to Brazil’s ubiquitous pharmacies – there seems to be one on each street corner of even the smallest town – will know that whatever the drug cited on their prescription, the sales assistant is likely to suggest a rival medication that “works much better.” Often, packaging on the proposed substitute drug bears a yellow   …Continue Reading

Scientists warn of ‘Brazilian brain drain.’

Dramatic cuts in Brazil’s state funding for scientific research threaten to simulate an exodus of scientists, leading to a significant “brain drain” as native talent heads elsewhere. This year’s 44% budget cut for the Ministry of Communications, Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTIC) is already leading to an “expulsion” of researchers whose future is threatened, according   …Continue Reading

“Vitamin D each day keeps the cardio OK”

Vitamin D is the “guardian of the organism” and may help reduce the risk of heart disease by stimulating healthier probiotic gut bacteria in humans, a Brazilian study has found. Research involving 150 volunteers at the University of São Paulo’s Public Health School (FSP-USP) showed that those with higher levels of vitamin D circulating in   …Continue Reading

Science to make mega-cities smarter, on a shoestring

Not so long ago, the recipe for transforming any emerging market metropolis was to commission huge, often technically-backward infrastructure projects designed to improve collective urban wellbeing – that generally came at huge cost. No longer: inspiration for today’s Smart City is almost the opposite, allowing innovators-turned-entrepreneurs to help rebrand of the metropolis with a scattering   …Continue Reading

Sensory chip targets dengue fever outbreak

New technology is coming to the aid of Brazil’s once-vaunted reputation for mastery of tropical public health challenges, which took a serious tumble in 2016 when the nation proved incapable of controlling a trio of mosquito-borne human diseases. On the eve of the Rio Olympics, a massive outbreak of three diseases transmitted by the Aedes   …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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