NSF Inspires Brazilian Model

The wartime precursor of Washington’s National Science Foundation provided the inspiration for a model of organising and coordinating research activity adopted by Brazil, a conference of American academics has been told. At the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s (AAAS) forum on science and technology policies held 1st May in the US capital, Brazilian   …Continue Reading

Latino Universities Go Private

The explosion in numbers of Latin American students entering higher education has been achieved by governments financing private fee-paying universities that undertake little or no postgraduate scientific research. Data shows that in both Brazil and Argentina, the most populous of the region’s countries, the growth of these universities has far outstripped federally-funded centres of learning   …Continue Reading

Dengue fever plagues  Brazil's population (Foto  Ministério da Saúde)

Fast Track for Dengue Cure

Outbreaks of mosquito-borne dengue fever have attained near epidemic status in metropolitan São Paulo, prompting Brazilian researchers to rush forward the development and approval of a vaccine for the disease that has been developed in partnership with the US National Institutes of Health (NIH). If Brazil’s National Public Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) approves it, new   …Continue Reading

‘Bible of Biofuels’ Launched

The “Food Vs. Fuel” debate over the sustainability of biofuels is taking a big step forward with the publication of a truly massive benchmark report that prominently features Brazilian scientists. The report’s authors say one third of the world’s energy needs could be bio-based by the year 2050. The Bioenergy & Sustainability: Bridging the Gaps   …Continue Reading

Latin Science Isn’t Too Popular

Latin America’s scientists are failing to reach out to local populations or to share their knowledge effectively, a leading conference of academics in Buenos Aires was warned. A survey carried out by Brazil’s Science, Technology and Innovation ministry (MCTI) found just 12 percent of respondents could cite the name of any of the country’s research   …Continue Reading

Philosophy of Education

Brazil’s new education minister has promised to deploy university resources and talent to help address poor performance in basic education, which is frustrating the country’s attempts to evolve into a knowledge-based society. If he is to be successful, the new minister will have to challenge powerful interests controlling for-profit universities and training institutions, which today   …Continue Reading

Nature's Amazon discovery: Destruction is down

Amazon Deforestation: Turning of the Tide?

Nature has offered up handsome praise for the Brazilian government’s efforts to protect the Amazon from deforestation, in a series of reports that chart the downward spiral illegal of forest clearance in the official statistics. In an editorial entitled “Tree Cheers”, Nature says that deforestation is not an unstoppable process and that: “Brazil proved   …Continue Reading

California comes to Brazil

Twenty six scientists from the University of California (Davis) and their Brazilian counterparts are meeting in São Paulo 12-13th May for a conference on issues including cancer research, neuroscience, food and agriculture, materials science and topics related to water and energy. You can read more details by clicking here. The FAPESP Week UC Davis   …Continue Reading

Research Pact with AstraZeneca

Pharmaceuticals major AstraZeneca is investing in a US$4 million health research project covering metabolic and cardiovascular diseases, to be carried out by Brazilian universities over the next five years. For the first three year phase of the project, bids are invited by 26th June latest for the initial US$ 2.4 million in aid which will   …Continue Reading

Brazil Joins Drug Discovery “Super Network”

Open-access research into drug discovery has arrived in South America, with a ground-breaking collaboration between leading scientists in North America, Europe and Brazil to provide completely free and open research results to the world. British scientists from Oxford University are taking part in highly innovative research into new drugs being launched in the university city   …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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