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

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

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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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