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

Nano-sized Green Energy Solution

  Direct from sunshine to a fuel cell: This has to be the ultimate leap forward in Green Energy. All electric power generated by burning of fossil fuels, is simply the release of energy captured long, long  ago from the sun’s rays by photosynthesis of plants. So rather than waiting hundreds of millions of years   …Continue Reading

‘Green Ocean’ Probes Amazonian Climate Change

‘Green Ocean’ is a fitting description of the impressive sight facing anyone who has flown in a light aircraft over the Amazon rainforest, searching hopefully for a small landing strip. For some time the label has also been used by earth atmosphere researchers to describe the whole complex process whereby water cycles and recycles between   …Continue Reading

Brazil Brings Biofuels To Africa

As home of the world’s leading sugar-based ethanol fuel programme, Brazil is seeking to export its experience into Africa through a Global Sustainable Biofuels (GSB) initiative designed to spread alternative energy usage throughout developing nations. The Bio Energy in Africa Workshop is part of GSB and is being held April 1st-5th at South   …Continue Reading

SPIE Spies Brazilian Photonics

SPIE, the international membership organisation for optics and photonics researchers and professionals based in Bellingham, Washington, USA, publishes regular features on industry opinion formers and speakers at its regular conferences. One recent SPIE video profile documents the work of the Brazilian physicist and senior science policy figure Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz. In his role   …Continue Reading

Big Kickoff for Brazil’s “Professor Challenger”

Brazil is playing host to what’s expected to become the most widely-witnessed scientific experiment in human history, when on June 12th an estimated one billion people will watch a live demonstration of an as-yet unproven technology that blends robotics with neuroscience, in a spectacle reminiscent of James Cameron’s Avatar movie. On this day a paralysed   …Continue Reading

Chemical Probes Conference

The use of chemical probes in human and plant biology is a fast emerging area of science set to come under the spotlight at an international conference hosted by Brazil at the University of Campinas April 28-29th. This 2-day conference will showcase the latest advances in discovery, design and application of Chemical Probes in human   …Continue Reading

Joining the Endowment Fund Crowd

For university vice-chancellors and department chiefs needing to fund multi-year research projects, yet still subject to annual variations in government grants, life can be extremely stressful. The only known antidote to the ups and downs of annual grants is the endowment fund — which contributes a smooth flow of income from long-term investments accumulated thanks   …Continue Reading

Stem Cell Precursors Revealed

Scientists in Brazil are contributing to cutting-edge research into stem cell developmental biology by the prestigious Gurdon Institute at the UK’s University of Cambridge. A new study explains the way that enzymes can modify histones – the main proteins in a cell nucleus – very soon after a mammalian embryo is fertilized. This in turn   …Continue Reading

Revealed: The ‘Healthy Steak’

The “guilt-free steak” could soon be on your table, permitting dedicated carnivores to keep on indulging without driving up their cholesterol levels. New research from Latin America’s largest beef-producing country is proving that meat  known to be high in saturated fatty acids and cholesterol, can be transformed into a healthier food simply by putting additives   …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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