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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.

Newswise: Ancient Maya Reservoirs Contained Toxic Pollution
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

Newswise: Bizarre saber-tooth predator from South America was no saber-tooth cat
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.

Newswise: Inherited mutation found among Brazilians increases cancer risk
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.

Newswise: Tropical Forest Loss
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.

Newswise: Kroc Institute identifies Colombia’s next steps in fourth peace implementation report
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
PLOS

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).

Newswise: 9,900-year-old Mexican female skeleton is morphologically distinct from most of America’s earliest known settlers
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
PLOS

‘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 at 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.

Newswise: Pharmacy in the Jungle Study Reveals Indigenous People’s Choice of Medicinal Plants
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.

Newswise: Narcotics Traffic Devastating Central American Rainforests, Fueling Climate Change
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.

Newswise: Hummingbird Adaptation in the Andes Reveals New Clues to the Biology of Evolution
Released: 23-Jul-2019 4:35 PM EDT
Hummingbird Adaptation in the Andes Reveals New Clues to the Biology of Evolution
Stony Brook University

Genetic changes are necessary for species to evolve and adapt to new environments. However, how can one predict such genetic changes? A new study led by Stony Brook University researchers reveals that this may be possible at a molecular level.

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Released: 6-May-2019 11:20 AM EDT
Student Graduating From Iowa State — 20 Years After Starting College in Brazil
Iowa State University

This weekend, Patricia O’Connell will finally finish at Iowa State University what she started in Brazil 20 years ago: a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Her degree sets her on a path to pursue her passion combining psychology and fitness in a career as a health educator.

Released: 18-Mar-2019 12:05 PM EDT
Study Finds Resurgence of Malaria Cases at the Ecuador-Peru Border Linked to the Venezuelan Crisis
SUNY Upstate Medical University

As Ecuador and other South American countries receive influx of Venezuelan migrants, the public health sector struggles to control infectious disease epidemics, including malaria, presenting a regional public health threat. As a result, migrant populations and people living near border crossings are susceptible to these infectious diseases.

Newswise: Tulane Professor’s Work at “Unthinkable Sacrifice” Site Published in Major Journal
Released: 6-Mar-2019 3:05 PM EST
Tulane Professor’s Work at “Unthinkable Sacrifice” Site Published in Major Journal
Tulane University

A Tulane University professor’s research into the world’s largest mass sacrifice of children and llamas in northern Peru is being published in one of the world’s top scientific journals.

Released: 14-Dec-2018 4:05 PM EST
Climate change leading to water shortage in Andes, Himalayas
Ohio State University

Climate change could have devastating effects on vulnerable residents in the Andes mountains and the Tibetan plateau, according to researchers at The Ohio State University who have been studying glaciers in those areas for decades. Their findings—that glaciers in both parts of the world are melting more rapidly than at any point in the last 10,000 years—mean the water supply in parts of Peru, Pakistan, China, India and Nepal will decline, soon.

Newswise: Report Reveals Colombian Peace Agreement’s Gender Perspective Is Innovative, but Seeing Delays
Released: 13-Nov-2018 3:05 PM EST
Report Reveals Colombian Peace Agreement’s Gender Perspective Is Innovative, but Seeing Delays
University of Notre Dame

A new report published on October 31 reveals that stipulations in Colombia’s Peace Accord centered on gender equality and women’s rights are being implemented, but more slowly than other provisions within the accord.

Newswise: Ancient DNA Analysis Yields Unexpected Insights About Peoples of Central, South America
5-Nov-2018 4:00 PM EST
Ancient DNA Analysis Yields Unexpected Insights About Peoples of Central, South America
Harvard Medical School

The first high-quality ancient DNA data from Central and South America reveals two previously unknown genetic exchanges between North and South America, one representing a continent-wide population turnover Findings link the oldestCentral and South American samples with the Clovis culture, the first widespread archaeological culture of North America; however, this lineage disappeared within the last 9,000 years Analyses show shared ancestry between ancient Californians from the Channel Islands and groups that became widespread in the southern Peruvian Andes by at least 4,200 years ago

Newswise: UIC to host event exploring Chicago's native communities
Released: 7-Nov-2018 12:05 PM EST
UIC to host event exploring Chicago's native communities
University of Illinois at Chicago

The University of Illinois at Chicago's Great Cities Institute and Native American Support Program will present Natives in Chicago, a discussion on the impact of policies and the work of community organizations to provide services and programs that contribute to the city's thriving native communities.

Newswise: Unprecedented Study Confirms Massive Scale of Lowland Maya Civilization
Released: 27-Sep-2018 3:55 PM EDT
Unprecedented Study Confirms Massive Scale of Lowland Maya Civilization
Tulane University

Tulane University researchers, documenting the discovery of dozens of ancient cities in northern Guatemala through the use of jungle-penetrating Lidar (light detection and ranging) technology, have published their results in the prestigious journal Science.


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