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climate change

15,000 Scientists Warn Time Is Running out to Save the Planet

Twenty five years ago, a majority of the world’s living Nobel Laureates united to sign a warning letter about the Earth; today, scientists have...
tropical forest

Larger Swaths of Tropical Forest Being Lost to Commercial Agriculture

Large patches of tropical forest are being lost worldwide as governments and corporations clear more land to make way for industrial-scale agriculture, a Duke...
bioenergyvideo

Bioenergy Will Be Strategic for a Sustainable Economy

Experts forecast that initiatives in different sectors will be required to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, keep global warming below 2 °C until the end...
yoga

Yoga Practitioners Have Thicker Brain Regions Associated with Attention and Memory

The regular practice of yoga can help preserve those brain regions associated with functions such as attention and working memory during the natural aging...
antibiotics

New Target for Development of Innovative Antibiotics Is Revealed

In an article published inNature Communications on October 3, a group of scientists from Brazil and France describe a new strategy to kill bacilli,...
anti-inflammatory

Little-Known Fruits Contain Powerful Anti-Inflammatory and Anti-Oxidant Agents

Five native Brazilian berries, four of which belong to the genus Eugenia, are just starting to become well-known among scientists but are not yet...
sugarcane

Modified Yeast Increases Sugar Output from Energy Sugarcane

Varieties of “energy sugarcane” obtained by crossbreeding the species Saccharum officinarum and Saccharum spontaneum have been grown in Brazil in recent years. More robust and...
Malaria Parasite

Malaria Parasite in the Americas Is More Genetically Diverse than Previously...

The populations found in the Americas of Plasmodium vivax, one of the main human malaria parasites, are as genetically diverse as those found in...
video

Project Aims to Sequence All Known Species on Earth

Sequencing the DNA of all known species on Earth in a period of ten years, from microorganisms invisible to the naked eye to the...
carnivorous plants

Carnivorous Plant Has Mitochondrial Genome Sequenced

Some 130 species of carnivorous plants are found in practically all biomes in Brazil. To understand how the evolutionary dynamics of this fascinating group...
Dengue fever

Scientists Take the Temperature of Dengue Fever Risk

When disease-bearing mosquitoes expand into new habitats, public health officials should test the ability of new arrivals to transmit viruses at a variety of...
Zika serotypes

New Zika Serotypes May Emerge, Researcher Warns

Zika virus is mutating so fast in Brazilian patients that different serotypes of the pathogen could appear in the near future, as is already...
Down syndrome

Promising Down Syndrome Research Expands to Second Site in Brazil

A Case Western Reserve University-led study of a promising medication for people with Down syndrome is going global. Brazilian authorities’ recent approval of a clinical...
Microneedles

Microneedles Can Increase the Effectiveness of Topical Anesthesia Used in Dentistry

Researchers from Brazil and Texas have started testing on humans a new strategy to increase the effectiveness of topical anesthesia used in dentistry. It involves...
Height Deficits

Poor Quality Water May Be Responsible for Height Deficits in Children

Reducing infant mortality rates was one of the Millennium Development Goals announced by the United Nations (UN) in 2000. Actually, several advances in this...
tropical forestvideo

Expanding Tropical Forest Spells Disaster for Conservation

A North Carolina State University study shows that fire suppression efforts in Brazilian savannas turn many of those areas into forest lands, with negative...
ethanol

Use of Ethanol in Vehicles Reduces Pollution by Nanoparticles, Study Shows

When ethanol prices at the pump rise for whatever reason, it becomes economically advantageous for drivers of dual-fuel vehicles to fill up with gasoline....
bee species

Birth of Undesirable Offspring Triggers Death of Stingless Bee Queens

Queens of stingless bee species (Meliponini) face a reproductive dilemma. If they mate with males with which they turn out to share the same...
Oropouche virus

Oropouche Virus Could Emerge and Cause a Public Health Problem

After the Zika epidemic, which began in 2015, and the outbreak of yellow fever early this year, Brazil runs a serious risk of being...
Nobel Laureatevideo

Nobel Laureate in Chemistry Says Research Should Focus on Basic Science

As he poses to have his picture taken, Scottish-born American chemist Sir James Fraser Stoddart, 2016 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, asks the photographers if...