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Luviva Cervical Cancer Detection Device Will Begin Trials in Costa Rica

NORCROSS, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Guided Therapeutics, Inc. (OTCQB: GTHP) announced today that access to the LuViva® Advanced Cervical Scan has been expanded to Costa Rica, bringing to 20 the number of countries where the Company has shipped its non-invasive, point-of-care cervical cancer detection technology. “We are pleased to see our growing traction among doctors, governments and distributors...

Source: IAU Mexican Woman Leads International Astronomical Union

Source: IAU Mexico City, Aug 24 (EFE).- Mexico's Silvia Torres-Peimbert is the first Latin American woman to serve as president of the International Astronomical Union, or IAU, thanks to her five-decade scientific career. Torres-Peimbert, born in Mexico City in 1940, is only the second Latin American to lead the IAU - Argentina's Jorge Sahade headed the organization from 1985 to 1988 - and ...

Source: ACAE Nicaragua Will Host Aerospace Conference

Managua, Aug 22 (EFE). - Nicaragua will be the meeting place for the 7th Space Conference of the Americas 2015, or CEA, which is expected to attract more than 200 participants to exchange information and experiences about satellites and other technologies, the authorities said. During the CEA, to be held Nov. 17-19 in Managua, there will be four great areas of discussion: education, science &am...

Bull shark. Wikimedia Commons More Shark Attacks Reported at Florida Beaches

Source: Wikimedia Commons Miami, Aug 21 (EFE).- A 10-year-old girl is recovering in hospital after having one leg bitten by a shark while she was playing in the water a few yards (meters) offshore at a beach in Jacksonville, on the northeast coast of Florida, local media reported. The incident occurred last Wednesday when the girl was with her mom in the water close to the shore, and was at...

Wikimedia Commons Scientific Tourism Flourishes in Costa Rica and Belize

University of North Georgia Media Release -- This summer, the first-ever study abroad opportunity for the University of North Georgia's (UNG) biology department took students to tropical reefs teeming with vibrant sea life off the coast of Belize and highland forests in Costa Rica, where 100 percent humidity keeps the treetops shrouded in mist. The group in Costa Rica studied the ecology of clo...

Source: Wikimedia Commons How Costa Rica Intends to Become Carbon-Neutral (VIDEO)

Rainforest in Costa Rica Costa Rica’s path towards carbon neutrality as a nation began in earnest in 2012; during the administration of former President Laura Chinchilla, a nationwide campaign for residents of Costa Rica to get involved in the goal of achieving carbon neutrality by the year 2021 was launched. “Limpia tu huella” (clean up your carbon footprint) officially started on Monday, Mar...

Wikimedia Commons Young Astronomer Discover Colossal Star and Planet

Wikimedia Commons Santiago, Aug 19 (EFE).- Chilean astronomer Maritza Soto has discovered a planet three times as large as Jupiter orbiting a red giant star larger than the Sun and located some 290 million light years from Earth. Soto, a 25-year-old doctoral student in Sciences at the University of Chile, worked for eight months using two telescopes at the La Silla observatory, 600 km (abou...

Sea turtle off Costa Rica's southern Pacific Coast Petition to Stop Legal Taking of Sea Turtle Eggs in Costa Rica

CR Star Archives SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA, August 19, 2015 /24-7PressRelease/ -- There is little doubt Costa Rica's limited, legal sale of turtle eggs from one Pacific beach offers a loophole for the sale of eggs collected illegally elsewhere. Not only does egg poaching, often carried out by armed gangs, pose a clear danger to the endangered marine turtle species affected, it's putting an increasi...

Source: Pixabay Commons Costa Rica Participates in Future of Sustainable Energy Seminar

Solar Energy Park in Guanacaste, Costa Rica CEPAL Press Release (August 18, 2015) -- Using the abundant energy resources found in Latin America and the Caribbean in a sustainable way can significantly contribute to overcoming barriers to development, experts gathered at ECLAC’s headquarters in Santiago, Chile said during the seminar The Future of Energy: Latin America’s Path to Sustainability....

Source: OVSICORI New Eruption of Turrialba Volcano in Costa Rica (VIDEO)

Night vision imaging of a previous Turrialba eruption Earth scientists from the Observatory on Volcanology and Seismology of Costa Rica (Spanish acronym: OVSICORI) reported a new eruption at the Turrialba volcano, located in the province of Cartago. The geologic event was detected at 1:46 am on Saturday, and it took place after a period of relative calm for this colossus, which had been very a...

San Martin de Porres. Wikimedia Commons Forensic Technology Recreates Faces of Saints from 400 Years Ago

San Martin de Porres. Wikimedia Commons By Monica Martinez Lima, Aug 14 (EFE).- Sts. Rose of Lima, Martin de Porres and Juan Masias, all of whom died more then 400 years ago, will soon have their faces recreated by the most cutting-edge technology used in forensic odontology. The remains of the three saints lie in Santo Domingo Convent in Lima, where a team of forensic odontologists from...

Leatherback Leatherback Sea Turtle Eggs Are Being Destroyed in Puerto Rico

CR Star Archives San Juan, Aug 14 (EFE).- Environmental agencies in Puerto Rico are investigating the destruction of 99 eggs of the endangered leatherback turtle that were found in a nest on a beach in San Juan, activist Deborah Feliciano told EFE Friday. Feliciano, a member of the government-sponsored 7 Quillas group that is charged with keeping watch on the beaches of Condado and Ocean Pa...

Ammonite - Wikimedia Commons Paleontological Smuggler Caught With 156 Fossils in Peru

Ammonite - Wikimedia Commons Lima, Aug 13 (EFE).- Customs agents and National Police officers seized 156 fossils from an Argentine tourist at Peru's Tacna station, on the border with Chile, the Culture Ministry said. The fossils were found on Aug. 7 at the Santa Rosa international bus depot, the ministry said in a statement. Customs agents and Culture Ministry experts identified the piec...

Wikimedia Commons Aerospace Firm from Costa Rica Continues to Work with NASA

Source: Ad Astra Ad Astra Press Release -- Ad Astra Rocket Company and NASA have successfully completed contract negotiations on the company’s Next Space Technology Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP) award, announced on March 31, 2015, and now enter the execution phase of the project. The parties executed the contract, a three-year, fixed price agreement, on August 7, 2015 for a total value o...

Wikimedia Commons Dole Sponsors Agricultural PhD Program in Costa Rica

KANNAPOLIS, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--There are college students in Costa Rica balancing long hours in the laboratory with high-level science classes who are wondering where their education will take them. For at least two students, the answer is North Carolina. Dole Food Company is sponsoring banana and pineapple PhD programs in partnership with NC State University (NCSU), the NC Research Campus ...

University of Colorado Boulder. Source: Wikimedia Commons University of Colorado Investigates 2012 Costa Rica Earthquake

University of Colorado Boulder. Source: Wikimedia Commons SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ:SPLK), provider of the leading software platform for real-time Operational Intelligence, today announced that Splunk software is being taught or used for research in more than 100 universities around the world. Using Splunk solutions in the classroom equips students and faculty with an...

Wikimedia Commons “Blue Moon” Over Costa Rica Happens Every Three Years

Wikimedia Commons Washington, Jul 30 (EFE).- On Friday, July 31, a rare so-called "blue moon" will be seen in the sky, an event that occurs only once every three years or so and which will not recur until January 2018. As the U.S. Naval Observatory says on its Web page, a so-called "blue moon" is a second full moon within the same calendar month. Each lunar cycle between full moons lasts...

Cabo Blanco, Costa Rica. Source: DigitalGlobe Advanced Imaging Firm Augments Biological Research in Costa Rica

Cabo Blanco, Costa Rica. Source: DigitalGlobe DigitalGlobe Media Release -- In June 2015, the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) offered a field-based graduate course in Costa Rica titled “Tropical Biology: An Ecological Approach.” To supplement the field-based instruction and incorporate a GIS (geographic information systems) and remote sensing component, Dr. Eben Broadbent, assistant pr...

Rainforest in Costa Rica Premium Travel: BBC Earth Vacations in Costa Rica

NORWALK, CT -- For 2016 Tauck is expanding the breadth of its “Earth Journeys” partnership with the award-winning nature documentary filmmakers at BBC Earth to include its three trips exploring Costa Rica. Each of the three itineraries will be enhanced with exclusive content provided through the BBC Earth partnership, and the trio of Costa Rica trips join over a dozen other Earth Journeys itinerar...

Wikimedia Commons Even High-Tech Toothbrushes Can’t Escape Fecal Bacteria

Wikimedia Commons Smart toothbrushes that connect to the World Wide Web and keep electronic dental records were among the most talked-about items at the Barcelona Mobile World Congress last year, but even these advanced oral hygiene instruments are not impervious to accumulating fecal matter if they are left in the bathroom. According to a 2014 report by Sam Schechner of the Wall Street Jou...

ISS. Source: Wikimedia Commons Lift-Off: Astronauts Travel to the International Space Station

ISS. Source: Wikimedia Commons Washington, Jul 22 (EFE).- Russia on Wednesday launched a manned space mission to the International Space Station two months behind schedule because of recent problems with other launches. The Soyuz TMA-17M spacecraft carrying a Russian, an American and a Japanese astronaut lifted off from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 2102 GMT and began its climb i...

Source: National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center Mysterious Asteroid Discovered by Arecibo Observatory

Source: National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center San Juan, Jul 18 (EFE).- The Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico has announced that the first detailed images have been obtained of Asteroid 2011 UW158, which show it has a very odd shape and structure, and that it spins at a tremendous speed on its own axis, phenomena that have intrigued scientists. The images were obtained by scientists at t...

Irazu Volcano Crater Costa Rica BREAKING: Seismic Activity Near Irazu Volcano in Costa Rica

The Observatory on Seismology and Volcanology of Costa Rica (Spanish acronym: OVSICORI) of the National University is monitoring a new earthquake cluster in the province of Cartago, not far from the Irazu volcano. According to an update by the OVSICORI geologists, more than 400 seismic disturbances ranging between one and three degrees on the moment magnitude scale have been detected over the last...

Source: Wikimedia Commons Measuring Climate Change With Nuclear Science in Costa Rica

Source: Wikimedia Commons Earlier this week, the world took time to remember a major milestone of the Nuclear Age. Seventy years ago, the first atomic bomb was detonated at a site codenamed Trinity by scientists at the Los Alamos National Laboratory of the United States Department of Energy. Around the same time the 70th anniversary of the Trinity test was being observed, the U.S. and the I...

Wikimedia Commons Endangered Hawksbill Sea Turtle Killed in Puerto Rico

Wikimedia Commons San Juan, Jul 13 (EFE; additional reporting by The Costa Rica Star) - A group of poachers could have been responsible for the killing of an endangered hawksbill sea turtle that was found dead on a beach in Puerto Rico's Efrain Archilla Diez Natural Reserve, officials said. The Natural and Environmental Resources Department, or DRNA, said that during its preventive patrol w...

Source: Pixabay Commons Electricity Production in Costa Rica is Still Pretty Clean

European Year for Development (EU Press Release) / The small Central American country of Costa Rica is in many ways seen as an example of progress in Latin America, especially when it comes to the protecting the environment. The country’s rainforest is left to grow, benefiting both nature and the tourism industry, and the country has a well-developed energy network that draws on power from four bi...

Wikimedia Commons Volcanic Eruption in Mexico Prompts Major Evacuation

Wikimedia Commons Guadalajara, Mexico, Jul 11 (EFE).- Residents of the Mexican hamlet of La Yerbabuena were evacuated after an explosion was registered inside the Colima Volcano, emergency management officials told EFE. The inhabitants of that small community on the side of the volcano, which straddles the western states of Colima and Jalisco, were taken to La Becerrera, a town three kilome...

"Bumblebee October 2007-3a" by Alvesgaspar - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons Bumblebees May Not Survive Climate Change

"Bumblebee October 2007-3a" by Alvesgaspar - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons Washington, Jul 10 (EFE).- The populations of bumblebees in North America and Europe are collapsing due to their inability to adapt to climate change, which indicates that some animal life will be unable to change their habitats in order to survive, according to a study published in Science...

Source: NASA NASA Space Probe is Days Away from Reaching Pluto

Source: NASA Washington, Jul 7 (EFE).- The U.S. New Horizons space probe has provided the clearest and closest images to date of Pluto a week before it arrives at its historic rendezvous with the distant and largely unknown dwarf planet. The photographs, taken on July 1 and 3, are a foretaste of what scientists hope to see when the probe makes history on the 14th, passing just 12,500 km (7,...

ISS. Source: Wikimedia Commons Cargo Spacecraft Successfully Docks with Space Station

ISS. Source: Wikimedia Commons Moscow, Jul 5 (EFE).- Russia's Progress M-28M cargo capsule successfully docked with the International Space Station on Sunday, Russian space agency Roscosmos reported. "The docking was carried out successfully. The Progress M-28M ship now forms part of the ISS," Roscosmos said in a communique. The unmanned space vessel, carrying some 2.5 tons of cargo - in...

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