New data delivers sobering Amazon carbon balance

Source or Sink? Unravelling Amazonia’s confused carbon balance.

There’s no more “evergreen” a scientific teaser than the role that the Amazon rainforest plays in climate change, and how to preserve it as a global “sink” for atmospheric carbon dioxide, rather than allowing it to become a “source” of the gas that exacerbates global warming.   For decades, scientists have sought to understand the   …Continue Reading

Oceanographers Probe Climate Secrets of South Atlantic

Data gathered during the maiden international voyage of Brazil’s newest oceanographic research ship Alpha Crucis is helping unravel the secrets of the South Atlantic, and in future will perhaps explain this ocean’s role in global climate change. A recent study published online in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans (JGR) includes data gathered during the   …Continue Reading

Atlantic Forest Hotspot Examined

Biodiversity in Brazil’s Atlantic rainforest came under the spotlight February 10th, when a workshop celebrated 10 years of research work in this  ecological hotspot,  was held jointly by the National Science Foundation (NSF)  and the  Sao Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP). The workshop  gathered renowned scientists in the fields of biogeography, climatology, geology, ecology and evolution to   …Continue Reading

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(Night) Sky’s the Limit for Brazilian Astronomers

International consortia developing large-scale astronomical telescopes for intergalactic observations, are increasingly turning to Brazil as new team member with cash to invest. Nature  in February reported that  São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) is evaluating a proposal that would see it invest US$40 million in the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT), one of three planned megatelescopes. The 25-metre   …Continue Reading

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Brazil powers up semiconductor research

“Beam me up, João” doesn’t have quite the familiar ring of Captain Kirk’s trademark command in the long-running Star Trek TV and movie series – but Brazilian scientists predict a not-so-distant future when ubiquitous hand-held devices will revolutionise daily life and cater to the every need of their countrymen. Such futurology exercises formed part of   …Continue Reading

Science powerhouse gets extra funding

The number of new research projects funded by Brazil’s leading regional scientific funding body rose  by 7% in 2012, a year-end statistical review of activities by  FAPESP (São Paulo Research Foundation) showed. Local currency funding rose 10% over the previous year to reach more than R$ 1.03 billion (approximately US$ 430 million). Although depreciation   …Continue Reading

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Viagra to aid sickle-cell victims

Famous worldwide as a restorative of male potency,  the drug Viagra could find a surprising new use in helping reduce the effects of a hereditary medical condition with the potential to affect millions of people of African ancestry. One of the side-effects of sickle-cell anaemia – a genetic condition that alters the capacity of haemoglobin-carrying   …Continue Reading

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Calls for Natural Gas Research

UK based energy multinational BG Group and Brazilian funding partners have kicked off their plans to invest up to US$ 20 million in energy innovation and sustainability studies. They are calling for proposals for develop anchor programmes for the planned Research Centre for Gas Innovation, to be based in São Paulo state.  The CFP closes   …Continue Reading

Cloud Computing Protects Biodiversity

Brazil and European nations have successfully cooperated in building online biodiversity research tools and ecological niche mapping instruments, according to the European Union’s CORDIS news service. One of the great challenges of the 21st century will be addressing biodiversity loss, which has major financial impact both in European and Latin America. Mitigating this requires cost-effective,   …Continue Reading

Brazilian Research “world’s most open.”

When it comes to online publication, Brazilian research is already being described as “the most open in the world,” according to the prestigious journal Nature. Now, an  integration programme is to make available  the entire output of Brazil’s leading universities in the  state of São Paulo. This portal is the Council of São Paulo   …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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