Online Access Opens Divisions

A proposal from the Brazilian federal government to hire a consortium of international commercial publishers to increase the visibility of scientific research papers in 100 selected journals, has drawn an angry response from local science editors, and from the managers of Brazil’s own world-leading open-access publisher. Critics say the ill-considered move would undermine what is   …Continue Reading

African invader does US$5 billion in damage worldwide.

Biocontrols against African Invader

An insect pest named the cotton bollworm that originated in Africa, is causing havoc with crops in Brazil, prompting a nation that’s already a significant user of pesticides, to find novel means of eradicating the alien intruder. The cotton bollworm, Helicoverpa armigera, is known in Asia, Europe and the Pacific. Globally it does around US$5   …Continue Reading

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Rainmakers Wanted

Tucked somewhere between the regional handicraft items and Amazonian Indian artifacts on view in Brazil’s better tourist shops, you will find the Pau de Chuva. This “Rain Stick” looks like any other fat walking stick, until you pick it up and shake it. Then, a pleasing mellifluous rustle is heard as hundreds of tiny shells   …Continue Reading

EU ACCESS for research jobs

New academic opportunities in Brazil are gaining greater impact by being displayed on the European Commission’s EURAXESS “Researchers in Motion” online jobs portal, regularly visited by scientists from more than 40 countries. EURAXESS was originally designed as a European Research Area (ERA) initiative providing access to a complete range of information and support services for   …Continue Reading

Quality Assurance Wakeup Call

Amber warning lights are starting to flash on the panel where Brazil’s policymakers oversee the trade-off between quality of higher education or academic research, and the funds they are investing in the sector. Brazil is making a big push to internationalise its higher education sector and quality is central to this enterprise. Education and research   …Continue Reading

Brazilian Science in California

Brazilian scientists and their US counterparts presented new research on themes ranging through Society, New Materials Health, Energy and Climate Change, at the University of California’s Berkeley and Davis centers during a weeklong symposium 17th-21st November. The California event follows a similar meeting held  during October in Washington, also sponsored by the São Paulo Research   …Continue Reading

Save People to Save Trees

The ragged army of Haitian, Senegalese, Nigerian and Bangladeshi refugees sweltering in their temporary shelters in the small Brazilian border town of Brasileia, provides a stark and poignant reminder of the chaotic and unsustainable occupation now threatening Brazil’s Amazon basin. While scientists and climatologists probe the rainforest’s more esoteric mysteries and conservationists seek to protect   …Continue Reading

Partners with Smithsonian Institution

Brazil is partnering with Washington’s  Smithsonian Institution  — the grandfather  and patron of  some of the world’s most respected scientific research. The São Paulo Research Foundation – FAPESP and the Smithsonian signed an agreement to implement scientific and technological cooperation between researchers from Smithsonian and from the State of São Paulo through joint research projects, exchange   …Continue Reading

Balloons “sniff” Amazon Skies

Researchers from the United States and Brazil are using high-altitude balloons to help them measure aerosols in the atmosphere high above the Amazon rainforest in the Atmospheric Boundary Layer. This so-called Amazon Boundary Layer (ABLE) is the new frontier in the race to fully understand the role the rainforest plays in global climate change. As   …Continue Reading

Top Obama aide endorses importance of Amazon climate change

US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz gave his endorsement to the importance of large-scale climate change studies now being executed in the Brazilian Amazon, for greater understanding of evolving world weather patterns. “We need the best minds and the best scientists to understand the changes that are taking place in the tropical forests, and the global   …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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