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Newswise: New research questions hypotheses about climate-controlled ecosystem change during the origin of dinosaurs in Argentina
Released: 13-Jun-2022 2:05 PM EDT
New research questions hypotheses about climate-controlled ecosystem change during the origin of dinosaurs in Argentina
University of Utah

A group of researchers from CONICET and the University of Utah demonstrated that during the time of the first dinosaurs, variations in the diversity and abundance of the plant and vertebrate animal species cannot be related to the climatic changes recorded throughout its deposition, in contrast with previous hypotheses.

Released: 15-Apr-2022 10:55 AM EDT
Brazilian study finds COVID-19 cases and deaths higher in areas with electoral support for President Bolsonaro
European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

Study of 853 counties in Minas Gerais state finds counties that voted for Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro in the 2018 election are more likely to have higher incidence and death rates from COVID-19

Newswise: Discovery Provides Insight Into Neglected Tropical Disease
Released: 5-Apr-2022 1:15 PM EDT
Discovery Provides Insight Into Neglected Tropical Disease
UT Southwestern Medical Center

UTSW scientists identify key molecule produced by male parasitic worms that affects sexual maturity in females and leads to schistosomiasis

Newswise: Study reconsiders name of Peru’s Machu Picchu
Released: 22-Mar-2022 11:25 AM EDT
Study reconsiders name of Peru’s Machu Picchu
University of Illinois Chicago

Findings suggest Incas had a different name for the site

Released: 28-Jan-2022 4:05 PM EST
New Study Shows High Levels of Mercury in the Peruvian Amazon
Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI)

New study Amazon forests capture high levels of atmospheric mercury pollution from artisanal gold mining published in Nature Communications. An international team of researchers documented substantial mercury accumulation in soils, biomass, and resident songbirds in some of the Amazon’s most protected and biodiverse areas.

Released: 26-Jan-2022 3:30 PM EST
Global Virus Network (GVN) Adds the Scientific Platform Pasteur-University of São Paulo as Newest Member to Mitigate Viral Threats
Global Virus Network

The Global Virus Network (GVN), representing 67 Centers of Excellence and 10 Affiliates in 36 countries comprising foremost experts in every class of virus causing disease in humans, and the Scientific Platform Pasteur-University of São Paulo (SPPU) announced the addition of the SPPU as GVN’s newest Center of Excellence.

Released: 3-Dec-2021 1:20 PM EST
A conservation incentive yields increase of protected Atlantic Rainforest areas, but with limited results
Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo

A study by the University of São Paulo (USP) in Brazil investigated a fiscal transfer mechanism whereby states transfer part of their sales tax revenue to municipalities in exchange for the creation of environmental conservation units.

Newswise: 900-mile mantle pipeline connects Galápagos to Panama
Released: 22-Nov-2021 7:05 AM EST
900-mile mantle pipeline connects Galápagos to Panama
Cornell University

A Cornell University geochemist has helped discover solid evidence that connects the geochemical fingerprint of the Galápagos plume with mantle materials underneath Panama and Costa Rica – documenting the course of a mantle plume that flows sideways through upper portions of the Earth.

Released: 14-Oct-2021 11:30 AM EDT
RSNA Announces Global Learning Center in Ecuador
Radiological Society of North America (RSNA)

The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) has announced that Hospital Metropolitano in Quito, Ecuador, will be the host location of a new Global Learning Center (GLC). This is the first GLC site in South America.

Released: 23-Sep-2021 12:45 PM EDT
Bolsonaro claims about his environmental protection record at the U.N. General Assembly meeting stretch the truth

President Bolsonaro of Brazil was the first head of state to address this year's UN General Assembly in New York. At one point of his speech, Bolsonaro spoke about the progress Brazil is making in terms of environmental conservation, particularly the Amazon rain forest. In his comments on the environment, we find his claim to be misleading.

Released: 21-Sep-2021 9:30 AM EDT
To solve Brazil’s energy and food crisis: store more water
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

Storing greater amounts of water in Brazil’s reservoirs could increase precipitation and river flow, alleviating the water and energy supply crisis in Brazil.

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Released: 15-Mar-2021 2:35 PM EDT
Explore the Universe during AstroDay–Chile
NSF’s National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory

AstroDay–Chile’s annual astronomy education festival will take place entirely online in Spanish for the first time in 2021, because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since 2007, AstroDay has provided unique opportunities for the public to engage with the scientists and staff who work at the most important observatories in Chile. This year’s event takes place from 17 to 19 March 2021 and all activities are free to engage with online.

Released: 1-Feb-2021 9:20 AM EST
Innova Medical Group COVID Antigen Tests Capable of Detecting UK, South Africa and Brazil Variants
Innova Medical Group, Inc.

Innova Medical Group, Inc., the world's largest manufacturer of rapid antigen test kits and leader in COVID-19 testing solutions globally, confirmed today that the company's SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Test kits have successfully detected the several mutated strains that have become more widespread around the world in recent weeks.

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Released: 7-Jul-2020 12:30 PM EDT
Tree rings show unprecedented rise in extreme weather in South America
Earth Institute at Columbia University

Scientists have filled a gaping hole in the world's climate records by reconstructing 600 years of soil-moisture swings across southern and central South America.

Released: 30-Jun-2020 1:10 PM EDT
AACI Welcomes University of Puerto Rico Comprehensive Cancer Center and Cancer Center at Brown University to Membership Roster
Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI)

This month the Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI) welcomed University of Puerto Rico Comprehensive Cancer Center (UPRCCC) and Cancer Center at Brown University, bringing the association’s total number of members to 102.

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Released: 29-Jun-2020 4:50 PM EDT
Ancient Maya Reservoirs Contained Toxic Pollution
University of Cincinnati

Mercury, algae made water undrinkable in heart of city

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24-Jun-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Bizarre saber-tooth predator from South America was no saber-tooth cat
University of Bristol

A new study led by researchers from the University of Bristol has shown that not all saber-tooths were fearsome predators.

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24-Jun-2020 11:40 AM EDT
Inherited mutation found among Brazilians increases cancer risk
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Genomic research helps explain why some people with a common TP53 mutation widespread in Brazil get cancer while others do not.

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Released: 23-Jun-2020 10:35 AM EDT
Tropical Forest Loss
University of Delaware

A new study from the University of Delaware finds that tropical forest loss is increased by large-scale land acquisitions and that certain kind investment projects—including tree plantations and plantations for producing palm oil and wood fiber—are “consistently associated with increased forest loss.”

Newswise: Overcoming crime in Costa Rica
Released: 18-Jun-2020 10:10 AM EDT
Overcoming crime in Costa Rica
West Virginia University - Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Costa Rica is known around the world over for its rainforests, coffee and beaches. But despite Costa Rica's reputation for safety and its recent economic growth, criminals use its strategic location for smuggling activities. A team of U.S. forensic science experts, led by two WVU professors from Costa Rica, aim to fix that.

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Released: 16-Jun-2020 11:25 AM EDT
Kroc Institute identifies Colombia’s next steps in fourth peace implementation report
University of Notre Dame

In addition to describing the current status of implementation, the report includes comparative findings and identifies obstacles and opportunities facing Colombia’s peace process.

Released: 11-Jun-2020 10:45 AM EDT
Cost, Distance from Hospitals Present Barriers to Surgical Care
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

A Rutgers-led study in Colombia can help health care providers across the globe develop plans to improve surgical care access in their regions.

Released: 5-May-2020 7:05 AM EDT
Bolsonaro’s Attitude to Coronavirus Increases ‘Risky Behaviour’ in Brazil - Study
University of Cambridge

Study suggests that TV appearances by Bolsonaro led to millions more Brazilians ignoring social distancing in the days following broadcast.

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Released: 13-Mar-2020 1:50 PM EDT
Fermilab, UNICAMP and São Paulo Research Foundation collaborate on major international projects for neutrino research
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab)

Under a new agreement, the University of Campinas and the São Paulo Research Foundation will play important roles in the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility and the international Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment, hosted by Fermilab.

Newswise: Remote South American kelp forests surveyed for first time since 1973
5-Mar-2020 12:25 PM EST
Remote South American kelp forests surveyed for first time since 1973

In the kelp forests of Tierra del Fuego, at the southernmost tip of South America, the relative abundance of kelp, sea urchins, and sea stars has not changed significantly since 1973.

Newswise: Why Zika virus caused most harmful brain damage to Brazilian newborns
Released: 18-Feb-2020 3:25 PM EST
Why Zika virus caused most harmful brain damage to Brazilian newborns
Washington University in St. Louis

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that the strain of Zika that circulated in Brazil during the microcephaly epidemic that began in 2015 was particularly damaging to the developing brain.

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Released: 6-Feb-2020 10:55 AM EST
Conflict between ranchers and wildlife intensifies as climate change worsens in Chile
Newcastle University

Scientists from the University of La Serena, Newcastle University, UK, and the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile surveyed ranchers to find out what they thought were the drivers of conflict between people and guanacos (a wild camelid species closely related to the Llama).

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29-Jan-2020 3:05 PM EST
9,900-year-old Mexican female skeleton is morphologically distinct from most of America’s earliest known settlers

‘Chan Hol 3’, like other Tulum cave skeletons, has a distinctive skull and tooth caries

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Released: 29-Jan-2020 1:10 PM EST
Drug Lord’s Hippos Make Their Mark on Foreign Ecosystem
University of California San Diego

Scientists published the first assessment of the impact that invasive hippos imported by drug lord Pablo Escobar are having on Colombian aquatic ecosystems. The hippos are changing the area’s water quality by importing large amounts of nutrients and organic material from the surrounding landscape.

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Released: 27-Jan-2020 11:15 AM EST
Victims of mass atrocities often portrayed as disempowered in international law
University of Helsinki

According to a doctoral thesis completed by Nadia Valentina Tapia Navarro, victims of mass atrocities are often portrayed as disempowered, passive, defenceless and docile in discourses pertaining to international law.

Released: 19-Dec-2019 4:20 PM EST
People in Peru Are Being Exposed to Potentially Dangerous Levels of Mercury
University at Albany, State University of New York

People living in the southern Peruvian Amazon are being exposed to potentially dangerous levels of mercury due to a combination of their diet and artisanal and small-scale gold mining occurring in their communities.

Newswise: Visualizing 2020: Trends to Watch
Released: 17-Dec-2019 12:55 PM EST
Visualizing 2020: Trends to Watch
Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

CFR experts spotlight some of the most important trends they will be tracking in the year ahead.

Released: 10-Dec-2019 2:10 PM EST
'Ojos' study to examine eye disease in Latino communities
University of Illinois Chicago

With $9.7 million in funding from the National Eye Institute, researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago will study the impact of chronic eye disease among Latinos.

Released: 25-Nov-2019 9:00 AM EST
Brazilian Butt Lift Is Here to Stay: Plastic Surgeons Share the View from Brazil
Rodrigo Rosique, MD, PhD

Brazilian Butt Lift Is Here to Stay: Fat grafting to enhance the appearance of the buttocks has continued its rapid ascent in popularity. A prominent Brazilian husband-and-wife plastic surgery team has summed up their experience and insights on gluteal augmentation and received their second Best Paper Award by the leading Plastic Surgery journal by focusing on the use of the patient's own fat to safely achieve the desired cosmetic improvement.

Newswise: Bolivia’s Power Vacuum: What to Know
Released: 18-Nov-2019 12:45 PM EST
Bolivia’s Power Vacuum: What to Know
Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

Election fraud allegations have prompted President Evo Morales to resign with no clear successor, plunging Bolivia into political uncertainty.

Released: 10-Nov-2019 9:05 AM EST
Neurosurgery in the Brazilian Amazon Is Possible
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

A Rutgers study presents a model for creating a sustainable neurosurgery programs in poor, remote locations

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Released: 8-Nov-2019 12:20 PM EST
In a warming world, glacier scientists have to keep going higher
Ohio State University

As Earth's atmosphere gets warmer, glacier scientists need to climb ever higher to find ice that hasn't started melting. And they're finding that some of the planet's most vulnerable people are likely to be most affected.

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Released: 6-Nov-2019 9:00 AM EST
Pharmacy in the Jungle Study Reveals Indigenous People’s Choice of Medicinal Plants
Florida Atlantic University

In one of the most diverse studies of the non-random medicinal plants selection by gender, age and exposure to outside influences from working with ecotourism projects, researchers worked with the Kichwa communities of Chichico Rumi and Kamak Maki in the Ecuadorian Amazon. They discovered a novel method to uncover the intracultural heterogeneity of traditional knowledge while testing the non-random selection of medicinal plants and exploring overuse and underuse of medicinal plant families in these communities.

Newswise: What’s Behind the Chile Protests?
Released: 4-Nov-2019 1:30 PM EST
What’s Behind the Chile Protests?
Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

CFR In Brief by Amelia Cheatham. Political unrest is sweeping Chile, as impatience with inequality grows in what has been one of Latin America’s most prosperous and stable countries.

Newswise: Project partners researchers, librarians and AI to fight hunger
Released: 28-Oct-2019 4:10 PM EDT
Project partners researchers, librarians and AI to fight hunger
Cornell University

Ceres2030, a global effort led by International Programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, is employing machine learning, librarian expertise and cutting-edge research analysis to use existing knowledge to help eliminate hunger by 2030.

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Released: 9-Oct-2019 3:05 PM EDT
Narcotics Traffic Devastating Central American Rainforests, Fueling Climate Change
Texas State University

Drug trafficking and, paradoxically, efforts to slow it are rapidly driving the deforestation in Central America's most vulnerable tropical rainforests, new research conducted in part by Texas State University reveals.

Released: 27-Aug-2019 4:25 PM EDT
UAlbany Archeologist Leads $1.6 Million Project to Reconstruct Prehistoric Climate Change in Northern Belize
University at Albany, State University of New York

A team of interdisciplinary researchers are turning to a global event 4,200 years ago for insight on human adaptation to climate change.

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