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Areli Arevalo Facebook New Smoke and Ash Eruption at Turrialba Volcano in Costa Rica

Areli Arevalo Facebook On Saturday afternoon, geologists at the Observatory on Volcanology and Seismology at the National University of Costa Rica (Spanish acronym: OVSICORI) reported a new eruption at the Turrialba Volcano, the most active colossus in our country. The volcanic event took place about ten minutes before 2:00 pm during a warm, yet extremely windy, afternoon. The seismographic...

Upper left: Ringed kingfisher. Bottom left: Strawberry poison-dart frog. Center left: A bunch of bananas and a black-cheeked woodpecker. (Aforementioned photos by Kenshiro Imamura.) Center-right top: Agouti. Center-right bottom: Baird's tapir. Right: Brown-throated tree-toed sloth. Source: JICA Domo Arigato: Japan Helps Costa Rica With Wildlife Surveys

Upper left: Ringed kingfisher. Bottom left: Strawberry poison-dart frog. Center left: A bunch of bananas and a black-cheeked woodpecker. (Aforementioned photos by Kenshiro Imamura.) Center-right top: Agouti. Center-right bottom: Baird's tapir. Right: Brown-throated tree-toed sloth. Source: JICA Japan International Cooperation Agency News Release - In the biodiversity hot spot of Costa Rica...

Source: Maxam Panama Canal Expansion Required More than 3,000 Explosions

Source: Maxam By Maria M. Mur Panama City, Feb 4 (EFE).- The 3,500 blasts that Spain-based multinational Maxam has detonated as part of the Panama Canal's expansion have been one of the biggest technological challenges for the firm, a leader in staged explosions in mining and public works projects. "It has been a very important technological challenge for us," Maxam international relatio...

Jason-3 is the latest in over twenty years of ocean-monitoring satellites. Image credit: NASA New Satellite Collects Sea Level Data to Monitor Climate Change

Jason-3 is the latest in over twenty years of ocean-monitoring satellites. Image credit: NASA LOS ANGELES (VOA) Scientists from the U.S. and Europe have a new eye in the sky monitoring the world's oceans. The Jason-3 satellite, launched on January 17, is the latest satellite to monitor rising sea levels. Scientists say data collected by satellites over the last two decades shows sea levels ris...

Wikimedia Commons Transgenic Cotton in Costa Rica Contains Traces of Agent Orange

Wikimedia Commons An attempt to plant transgenic cotton for research purposes in Costa Rica is being challenged in court. According to a news report recently filed by Carlos Arrieta Perez of online news daily El Pais, a legislator from Frente Amplio (Broad Front) and a few non-profit groups dedicated to environmental protection claim that the transgenic cotton seeds contain traces of Agent Ora...

Piping for geothermal energy snake through dry forest around Rincon de la Vieja Volcano Costa Rica is Part of the International Geothermal Showcase

Miravalles geothermal power plant WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--With demand for clean electricity on the rise, international attention has turned to geothermal energy with a highlight being the declaration of 38 countries forming the Global Geothermal Alliance at the Paris Climate Conference. Building on this momentum, the Geothermal Energy Association's (GEA) U.S. and International Geothermal ...

Veragua Rainforest aerial tram The Importance of Forest Corridors in Costa Rica

Rain forest in Costa Rica OSU Press Release. CORVALLIS, Ore. – As tropical forests become increasingly broken up by roads, farm fields, pastures and other developments, corridors of trees provide vital pathways for pollinators and contribute to a rich diversity of plant species, scientists have confirmed. A study at the Las Cruces Biological Station in Costa Rica shows that when forests are...

Wikimedia Commons Eco-Friendly Solution to Coffee Rust Could Benefit Costa Rica

Source: iCafe BioNovelus, a clean tech company that aims to offer a portfolio of green solutions for various applications, recently received positive results from lab and field trials showing BioNovelus’ technology as an effective, eco-friendly biopesticide against Hemileia vastatrix, the fungus named “coffee rust,” or “roya” in Central and South America. The company hopes to put this eco-f...

Wikimedia Commons Animal Testing Could Be Drastically Reduced With New Lab Method

Wikimedia Commons London, Jan 27 (EFE).- A team of U.S. researchers has developed a method for screening thousands of chemicals for toxicity without testing them on animals, an article in the scientific journal Nature Communications said. A team led by Ruili Huang, of the National Institutes of Health's National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, or NCATS, conducted the Tox21 stud...

Source: Wikimedia Commons Brazil Fights Zika Virus With Special Mosquitoes

By Alba Santandreu Piracicaba, Brazil, Jan 27 (EFE).- Roughly 800,000 genetically modified Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are being released per week in the Brazilian city of Piracicaba to combat that insect, a transmitter of the dengue and zika viruses that has confounded health authorities in Brazil and other Latin American countries. Unlike other mosquitoes, the "good" Aedes aegypti, as it is c...

Pixabay Commons Costa Rica Will Host Important Shark Conservation Meeting

Pixabay Commons The Second Meeting of Signatories (MOS2) to the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks will be held in the capital city of Costa Rica in mid-February. As previously reported by The Costa Rica Star, our country became signatory to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) with regard to shark conse...

Source: NASA NASA Reports Pretty Flowers Blooming in Outer Space

Source: NASA00 Washington, Jan 19 (EFE).- NASA published photographs of the first flower grown on board the International Space Station as part of a 2-year experiment to raise plants in space. Although astronauts had grown lettuce and other vegetables in their space garden, this is the first time that flowers - zinnias, in particular, which are edible - have bloomed outside Earth's gravity....

ALMA instrument array in Atacama, Chile Astronomers Observe Sun-like Star and Earth-like Exoplanet

ALMA instrument array in Atacama, Chile Santiago, Jan 18 (EFE).- International astronomers in Chile on Monday began a hunt for an Earthlike exoplanet, focusing their efforts on the closest star to the Solar System, Proxima Centauri, using the 3.6-meter La Silla telescope at the European Southern Observatory in the Atacama desert. The observatory is located at an altitude of 2,400 meters (ab...

BirdSongSOS.com Songbirds from Costa Rica Star in New Film

BirdSongSOS.com Imagine a world without birdsong. Su Rynard’s wide-ranging and contemplative documentary THE MESSENGER explores our deep-seated connection to birds and warns that the uncertain fate of songbirds might mirror our own. Moving from the northern reaches of the Boreal Forest to the base of Mount Ararat in Turkey and from the streets of New York to the coffee farms of Costa Rica, ...

Wikimedia Commons Mars: Technology from Costa Rica and Potatoes from Peru

Wikimedia Commons By Maria Clara Montoya Lima, Jan 13 (EFE; additional context by The Costa Rica Star).- Scientists at Peru's International Potato Center, or CIP, are working on a project to explore the possibility of growing potatoes on Mars. The idea for the project came from researcher Julio Valdivia, who is conducting studies for NASA and found that the soil in an area in southern Pe...

Wikimedia Commons Farmers in Bolivia Demand Greater Access to GMO Seeds

By Carlos Heras La Paz, Jan 12 (EFE; additional context by The Costa Rica Star).- Agriculture, which accounts for about 15 percent of Bolivia's gross domestic product, is at the center of a controversy over genetically modified crops, with the government limiting the use of transgenic seeds to soybeans and farmers demanding expanded use to increase productivity. Bolivia restricts the use of ...

Jurassic World Jurassic World Sequel Could Move Inland to Costa Rica

In 2018, genetically engineered dinosaurs could roam around Costa Rica, thrashing everything in their path and fighting each other as they chase after Hollywood stars. The follow-up episode to the popular Jurassic Park film franchise may move out of Isla Nublar to the mainland of Costa Rica, according to various reports published well ahead of the production schedule. In an exclusive intervi...

Wikiemdia Commons Gold Rush in Outer Space: U.S. Leads the Way

Wikimedia Commons By Jairo Mejia Washington, Jan 4 (EFE).- The United States could start a "gold rush" with a new space exploration law covering bodies orbiting in the Solar System's asteroid belt. Just as lawmakers in Washington provided a legal framework for the California Gold Rush in the mid-1800s, Congress and the administration have given the green light to encourage space mining. ...

Wikimedia Commons Costa Rica Joined Sleep and Bipolar Disorder Research Study

Wikimedia Commons In the first study of its kind, a team of international scientists led by UT Southwestern Medical Center and UCLA researchers have identified a dozen inherited traits related to sleep, wake, and activity cycles that are associated with severe bipolar disorder. Researchers also were able to tie the traits to specific chromosomes, providing important clues to the genetic nat...

Caribbean News Service Regional Cassava Summit Held in San Jose, Costa Rica

Caribbean News Service By Desmond Brown, Caribbean News Service (CNS) SAN JOSE – In mid-December, technical officers from six Caribbean countries traveled to Costa Rica to learn about new ways of adding value to cassava production and modern technologies for processing the vegetable, in order to boost the industry, promote the diversification of markets, and improve the chain’s competitiven...

Wikimedia Commons Bacteria from Antarctica Could be Used in Cancer Treatment

Wikimedia Commons By Julia Talarn Rabascall Santiago, Dec 28 (EFE).- Bacteria surviving under extreme conditions in Antarctic glaciers synthesize fluorescent nanoparticles that could be used to tag tumor cells and track the metastasis in different types of cancers, scientists said. These nanoparticles are produced by microorganisms able to resist high exposure to ultraviolet light, lack ...

Wikimedia Commons US Observes Low Carbon Coffee Initiative in Costa Rica

Source: iCafe By Joel Clement, Director, Office of Policy Analysis at the United States Department of the Interior How do we work with diverse ecosystems and landscapes to address climate change? How can we help these natural systems build resilience and pull more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere? Globally, the degradation of forests, agricultural areas, wetlands and other important la...

Wikimedia Commons The Radiation-Resistant Organisms of the South Pole

Wikimedia Commons By Julia Talarn Rabascall Santiago, Dec 23 (EFE).- The quest to pry into the secrets of some of the most radiation-resistant organisms on Earth led Chilean scientist Jenny Blamey to the Union Glacier, just 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) from the South Pole. These microorganisms, classified as extremophiles, can survive in environments with constant sub-freezing temperatures...

Wikimedia Commons Climate Change? A Very Warm Christmas in New York

New York, Dec 24 (EFE).- The temperature in New York soared to more than 70 F (21 C) on Thursday, the warmest Christmas Eve on record in the Big Apple, and is expected to climb even higher later in the day, U.S. media reported. The previous mark was set in 1996, when the mercury rose to 63 F (17 C), according to American broadcast TV network NBC. Record-high temperatures also are expected on...

"Yutu" by Chinese National Space Administration/China Central Television - http://planetary.s3.amazonaws.com/assets/images/3-moon/20131215_yutu_on-moon.jpg(http://www.planetary.org/multimedia/space-images/spacecraft/jade-rabbit-on-the-moon.html). Via Wikipedia Interesting Moon Discovery Made by Chinese Robot

"Yutu" by Chinese National Space Administration/China Central Television Madrid, Dec 23 (EFE).- China's Yutu robot, which landed on the moon in 2013 as part of the unmanned Chang'e-3 mission, has found a different type of basaltic rock on the Earth's satellite, a study published in the journal Nature Communications said. Chang'e-3, the first probe to reach the lunar surface since the Apollo...

Learning with Lucy Costa Rica British Girl Wants to Save Endangered Costa Rica Tree Frog

A nine-year-old schoolgirl is to front a global educational campaign to save one of the world’s rarest frogs. Lucy Marland joined forces with The University of Manchester after coming face to face with a Lemur Leaf Frog, kept at Manchester Museum and one of only a few hundred left anywhere in the world. The campaign, called Learning with Lucy, aims to educate primary age school children in t...

Wikimedia Commons Climate Change? Large Lake in Bolivia Evaporates and Disappears

Wikimedia Commons La Paz, Dec 18 (EFE).- The government of the western Bolivian province of Oruro issued a declaration of natural disaster Saturday after learning that Lake Poopo, the second largest in the country after Titicaca and which once covered more than 4,600 sq. kilometers (1,780 sq. miles), has almost dried up. Oruro Gov. Victor Hugo Vasquez enacted a law that declared it a natura...

Wikimedia Commons Costa Rica Partners With Puerto Rico for Biological Research

Wikimedia Commons Washington, DC, December 16, 2015 --(PR.com)-- The White House, U.S. Department of State, Partners of the Americas, and NAFSA: Association of International Educators announced eight new 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund grants sponsored by Campus Puerto Rico to support university partnerships and new study abroad programs at an event with Vice President Joe Biden...

ISS. Source: Wikimedia Commons Mission Success: Astronauts Safely Dock With Space Station

ISS. Source: Wikimedia Commons Washington, Dec 15 (EFE).- Russia's Soyuz TMA-19M space capsule docked successfully with the International Space Station on Tuesday, bringing three astronauts to the orbiting platform. The spacecraft was launched at 1103 GMT from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and docked with the ISS exactly 6 1/2 hours later, NASA said on its Web page. On board the ...

Wikimedia Commons Scientists Summoned to Battle Devastating Plague in Honduras

Wikimedia Commons By Anny Castro Tegucigalpa, Dec 14 (EFE).- Science, technology and awareness are required to control a plague of southern pine beetles, known as "gorgojos," that has spread over hundreds of thousands of hectares of Honduran woods and threatens plantations, experts said in Tegucigalpa. To contain the spread of the beetles (Dendoctronus frontalis), more rigorous controls ...

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