Lula and Dilma

Political Science: Brazilian elections result

Brazil’s leftist incumbent president Dilma Rousseff’s won re-election in a bitterly contested poll October 26th. Against a backdrop of 20 percent voter  abstention and an angry, divisive campaign, her 3% margin does not constitute a true popular mandate for the bold changes she has promised for her second term. The result of  recent congressional and    …Continue Reading

Making São Paulo more liveable

The Science of ‘Livable São Paulo’

Whether or not their subject is human geography, development economics or sociology, urban complexity is a subject close to home for scientists making their way to and from laboratories or institutes located across the sprawling city of São Paulo. As a super-conurbation of 19 million people with an inner city population of 11.4 million, São   …Continue Reading

Cheating Brazilian Scientists Exposed

Five Brazilian scientists have been “named and shamed” for plagiarism, falsification of data and poor academic conduct by the funding agency that supported their research. The result of an investigation by the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) was published on its website 7th October. You can read more (in Portuguese) by clicking here. This   …Continue Reading

Amazon science in Washington 28/10

US  Energy Secretary Ernest Moritz is to address a symposium on collaborative research on the Amazon to be held in Washington 28th October. It will bring together senior researchers  on the ways world’s largest tropical forest  can affect global climate change. This high-impact event will focus attention on the fast-growing branch of Amazon science related   …Continue Reading

Nadine Unger's article sparks "forest fire."

Climate scientists face off for ‘forest fistfight’

Brazilian scientists are playing a leading role in contesting the controversial claims made in a strongly “climate change skeptic” article published by Nature, which alleges that 150 years of human-induced land changes including deforestation and an increase of arable land area, has actually helped to cool the planet, rather than warm it up. The author’s   …Continue Reading

Brazilian Science in Germany 15/10

Leading academics from Brazil are in Munich, 15th-17th October for a scientific symposium connecting them with counterparts from Germany, to promote collaboration in research topics relevant to both countries. Qualified research academics can find out more about the event by clicking here to register to attend and clicking here to review the program. The   …Continue Reading

Brazil “in the loop” for big data.

Brazil’s academic institutions are embarking on a major internet services upgrade, to enable the country to participate in the surge of new data expected in the fields of high-energy physics and astronomy as new equipment comes online. The project links Brazil’s academic community with the rest of the world at higher speeds of 100 gigabits   …Continue Reading

UK’s Newton Fund seeks Brazil projects

Brazilian scientists could benefit from up to £ nine million in research grants from the UK’s new £375 million Newton Fund over the next two years. The first round of funding calls closes 17th October. Applications that address the following areas will be particularly welcomed: –          Health –          Urban transformation –          Food, energy, water, environment –          Biodiversity and ecosystems   …Continue Reading

Climate Watchers Tower Over Amazon

Brazilian scientists are to construct an observation tower in the Amazonian forest that will rise over double the height of New York’s Rockefeller Center and reach almost as high as the Empire State building. The 325 metre high Amazon Tall Tower Observatory (ATTO) will gather data on heat, water, cloud formation, carbon absorption and weather   …Continue Reading

Drones on the Farm

Drones for peace are taking off around the world – especially in Brazil, where they’re used by the owners of large farms to map, measure and monitor changes to crops. Already, drones are being tested in patrols over citrus groves, sugar cane plantations and cotton plantations. Analysing the video images captured by drones, and using   …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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