Unneeded A* for C-Sections

Here’s an interesting piece we are republishing from The Conversation-UK, an open-source online news resource  funded by universities in the UK and from its parent organisation in Australia. The story highlights the anomaly of Brazil’s extraordinary statistical addiction to Caesarian births. Not just for middle class mothers with private health plans, but for those in   …Continue Reading

Scientists Must Heed Society

Ordinary Brazilians have only the scantest information about the country’s science infrastructure or the benefits that medical science can bring to their lives, despite widespread popular discontent with deficiencies in the country’s two-tier health and education systems, a survey has found. The survey delivers a wake-up call to Brazilian universities that have operated too long   …Continue Reading

Taking the PULSE of Amazonia’s health

Brazilian scientists working with counterparts funded by Britain’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), and the UK government’s Met Office, have developed a web-based risk management tool able to plot and predict the complex interactions between climate change, environmental events, and human health impacts. A partly working model of the software developed through this initiative can   …Continue Reading

Brazil Science Meets ‘Beautiful Game.’

In the runup to the 2014 World Cup, Brazil is enjoying its place in the sunshine of global media attention – sometimes for not all of the right reasons, due to security issues, the country’s state of preparedness for mega events, and popular opposition at street-level. But in the science and technology field, the   …Continue Reading

Sustainable Aviation Biofuel Takes Off

Leading airframe builder Boeing and its Brazilian counterpart Embraer are funding a joint research center to advance a sustainable aviation biofuel industry in Brazil. The alliance between the two companies follows a report published last year called Flightpath to Aviation Biofuels in Brazil that was organised on their behalf by FAPESP, (São Paulo Research Foundation),   …Continue Reading

Brazil’s Billion Dollar Bees

Since ancient times honey bees have appeared as symbols of good husbandry and storers-away of value in the shape of honey, while supporting mankind’s efforts in fields and orchards. Only recently has the sheer scale of their contribution become clear with confirmation that fully 10% of the world’s agricultural production value is created by the   …Continue Reading

Research Papers from FAPESP Week Beijing

Here  you can see reports of some of the joint research programmes presented in Beijing by Chinese and Brazilian scientists: 1. Surface Physics and Nanostructured Materials Researchers develop material with applications in nanotechnology and microelectronics. In nature,  molecules and complex structures adapt and adjust to the conditions of the biological systems into which they are   …Continue Reading

BIO-ENERGY Prize Offered

Brazil is inviting doctoral or postdoctoral students to submit business plans for bioenergy and bio-based projects, with a EUR 9,750 prize for the winner. The offer is being used to attract attention to the second Brazilian Bio Energy Science and Technology Conference (BBEST) to be held October 20th-24th  in the resort of Campos de Jordão   …Continue Reading

Brazilian Science Goes to China

The “B” and the “C” in BRIC scientific cooperation were highlighted April 15th-18th when researchers from China and Brazil met in the Chinese capital for a high-level symposium. The event focused on materials science, the environment, renewable energy, agriculture, life sciences, medicine and health. You can read a full account of the event    …Continue Reading

Brazilian Science Goes to China

The “B” and the “C” in BRIC scientific cooperation are to be highlighted April 15th-18th when researchers from China and Brazil meet in the Chinese capital for a high-level symposium. The event focuses on materials science, the environment, renewable energy, agriculture, life sciences, medicine and health. You can read a full press release   …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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