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They miss Jairo. Source: Sea Shepherd Learn More About Operation Jairo in Costa Rica

They miss Jairo. Source: Sea Shepherd The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society recently announced Operation Jairo, a sea turtle protection campaign that will take place this summer in southeastern Florida, Honduras and Costa Rica. Among the sites to be patrolled by Sea Shepherd volunteers this season is Moin Beach in Costa Rica’s Caribbean province of Limón, the site of the tragic murder of young...

Source: Wikimedia Commons European Union and the U.S. Disagree on GMO Import Bans

New York, Apr 24 (EFE).- A senior U.S. trade representative said here Friday he is "greatly disappointed" by a European Union proposal that would allow individual EU countries to ban imported genetically modified food and animal feed even if the 28-nation bloc as a whole has approved them. Speaking at the close of the ninth round of negotiations on a proposed U.S.-EU trade deal, known as the Tr...

Fracking operation in North Dakota. Wikimedia Commons Here’s How Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking) Causes Earthquakes

Fracking operation in North Dakota. Wikimedia Commons Washington, Apr 24 (EFE).- Earthquakes triggered by man-made practices have risen sharply in the United States since 2009, especially in the central part of the country, prompting the U.S. Geological Survey to outline a preliminary set of models to forecast the frequency and severity of future temblors. Oklahoma has been the state hardes...

Wikimedia Commons How the iPhone is Turning Into a Tool for Medical Diagnostics

By Teresa Bouza San Francisco, Apr 20 (EFE).- Apple and IBM have announced projects to enhance cell phones' use as medical devices that gather and analyze data on different conditions, turning the devices into tools in the diagnostic process. ResearchKit, a tool on Apple's iPhones, will be available starting Tuesday for medical researchers developing apps for diagnoses or to collect and anal...

Source: Wikimedia Commons From Sweden to Cuba: Endangered Crocodiles Go Home

Source: Wikimedia Commons Berlin, Apr 19 (EFE).- The Skansen Aquarium in Stockholm, Sweden, sent 10 Cuban crocodile hatchlings, descendants of a pair of the animals donated by Fidel Castro to a Soviet cosmonaut in the 1970s, to the Caribbean island this weekend, aquarium director Jonas Wahlstrom said. Cuban crocodiles have been sent to several countries and Cuba expressed an interest in rec...

Source: oPhone Smelling Your Smartphone: The Ultimate Multimedia Experience

Source: oPhone CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Vapor Communications, a pioneer in scent delivery systems, is announcing the launch of oMedia, a platform for integrating scent messages, or oNotes, into a range of consumer products including oBooks, oSongs and oClothing. Based on the use of scent cartridges called oChips, oMedia products will become available for purchase...

ISS. Source: Wikimedia Commons SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Travels to International Space Station

ISS. Source: Wikimedia Commons Washington, Apr 14 (EFE).- Privately-owned SpaceX on Tuesday successfully launched a Dragon cargo capsule carrying material for the International Space Station, although it failed to get the Falcon 9 rocket's first stage to land softly enough to allow it to be reused. The Falcon 9 rocket - 42 meters (138 feet) long - placed the unmanned Dragon capsule into orb...

Source: Sea Shepherd Sea Shepherd Rescues Poachers After Strange Sinking

Source: Sea Shepherd The crew of a vessel believed to be engaged in illegal fishing was rescued by members the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, a direct-action ocean conservation group founded by the controversial Canadian activist Paul Watson. According to a news release recently published by Sea Shepherd: At 1152 GMT today, the notorious poaching vessel, Thunder, sank at 0˚ 20' North 05˚ ...

Source: Pixabay Commons How Does Costa Rica Produce 100 Percent Renewable Energy?

Source: Pixabay Commons London, UK (April 2, 2015) - iDisrupted - Burlington, USA was one of the first cities in the world to run on renewable energy and now Costa Rica has becomes the first country to do so. This is a huge achievement for Costa Rica but a huge worry for traditional energy companies says author of new book iDisrupted. An environmental milestone has been achieved for Cost...

Wikimedia Commons NASA Will Discover Extraterrestrial Life by 2045

Wikimedia Commons By Marc Arcas   Washington, Apr 11 (EFE).- NASA scientists are now convinced that extraterrestrial life is a fact, not a mere possibility, and says man will find conclusive signs of life far from Earth by the year 2045.   For scientists, the big question about alien life is no longer if it will be found but when.   "I think we're going to have...

A baby volcanic rock in Costa Rica from the Turrialba volcano. Source: RSN Lava Rising at the Turrialba Volcano in Costa Rica

A baby volcanic rock in Costa Rica from the Turrialba volcano. Source: RSN Earth scientists at the National Seismology Network (Spanish initials: RSN) of the University of Costa Rica issued a statement yesterday that underscores the need for emergency planning and disaster preparedness in the communities near the Turrialba volcano, in the province of Cartago. Magmatic levels at this active col...

Mouthless crab, a resident of the mangrove in Costa Rica The Mangrove Forests of Costa Rica (VIDEO)

Mouthless crab, a resident of the mangrove in Costa Rica The Pacific and Caribbean shorelines of Costa Rica are home to various mangrove forests that are extremely important for marine and coastal ecosystems. These forests feature unique vegetation that thrives on brackish water, and which provides a fertile habitat for many wildlife species such as tropical fish, crabs, caimans, monkeys, bats...

Starbucks Starbucks Coffee Research in Costa Rica Goes Global

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Starbucks Coffee Company (NASDAQ:SBUX) today announced critical advancements in research and transparency benefiting the entire specialty coffee industry as part of the evolution of its comprehensive ethical sourcing program and support of the sustainability of the specialty coffee industry. The company will make a decade of agronomy research available for commercializati...

Artist rendition of a protoplanetary system. Wikimedia Commons Extraterrestrial Life? Organic Evidence Beyond Our Solar System

Artist rendition of a protoplanetary system. Wikimedia Commons Berlin, Apr 9 (EFE).- A team of scientists has found, for the first time, complex organic molecules, the building blocks of life, in a protoplanetary disc surrounding a young star, reinforcing the theory of life beyond the Solar System. In an article published Thursday in the journal Nature, the team said it detected "large amou...

Night vision imaging of the Turrialba eruption San Jose, Costa Rica: The Smell of Sulfur in the Morning

Night vision photograph of the Turrialba eruption. Source: OVSICORI Do you love the smell of sulfur in the morning? It smells like... geology. This morning, residents and tourists in various neighborhoods of the Greater San Jose Metropolitan Area (Spanish initials: GAM) in Costa Rica awoke to an acrid and pungent aroma, which is a common occurrence for the farming communities that lie on the s...

Source: RSN (UCR) Tourists Evacuated from Turrialba Volcano in Costa Rica

Source: RSN (UCR) Following two eruptions that expelled ash columns on Easter Sunday, officers from Fuerza Publica (the national police force of Costa Rica) were deployed to various sectors of the Turrialba Volcano National Park for the purpose of evacuating the area. According to a news report filed by Lady Rojas of online news daily Costa Rica Hoy, Fuerza Publica Commissar Juan Jose Andra...

Source: Vestas Costa Rica Invests in More Clean Energy Technology

Source: Vestas Vestas, a leading Danish manufacturer, seller, installer, and servicer of wind turbines, recently signed a firm and unconditional order with Fila de Mogote, a subsidiary of US-based Hunt Energy Horizons (Hunt Oil), for the 21 MW Mogote wind power plant in the province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica. According to a press release by Vestas, the company will supply and install seven ...

Source: OVSICORI Good Friday Earthquakes Scare Travelers in Costa Rica

Source: OVSICORI Various seismic events in Costa Rica scared churchgoers and tourists across the country, who were either preparing for the solemn Good Friday ceremonies or enjoying time off at crowded vacation spots. The first earthquake took place at 12:32, in the midst of lunchtime; it was recorded with a magnitude of 4.7 on the moment magnitude scale (MMS), and its epicenter was located...

The Arenal volcano in 2006. Wikimedia Commons Geology: Volcanic Activity in Costa Rica Shaped the Americas

The Arenal volcano in 2006. Wikimedia Commons (EUREKALERT) An international research team, led by a Virginia Tech geoscientist, has revealed information about how continents were generated on Earth more than 2.5 billion years ago -- and how those processes have continued within the last 70 million years to profoundly affect the planet's life and climate. Published online today in Nature Geo...

Intensity map by RSN (UCR) Aftershocks Rock Earthquake Cluster Region in Costa Rica

Intensity map by RSN (UCR) UPDATE: The 11:05 earthquake, magnitude 4.2 with an epicenter north of San Ramon in the province of Alajuela, is not part of the Cinchona cluster. It is important to keep in mind that Costa Rica is a seismic country. Three strong earthquakes followed by more than 70 aftershocks rudely awakened residents of a seismic region of Costa Rica on the final day of March. ...

Source: RSN Turrialba Volcano in Costa Rica: 14 Eruptions in 2 Weeks

The magnificent Turrialba in April 2012. Source: RSN A nighttime period of gaseous exhalation followed two minor ash eruptions from the Turrialba volcano, which is currently the most active colossus of Costa Rica. The first of the two eruptions, which took place over the weekend, was registered at 2:45 pm on a Saturday afternoon. That volcanic event mostly consisted of fine ash being expelled,...

Wall surrounding a temple in the magnificent Tihuanaco, Bolivia Archeologists Detect Ancient Pyramid Buried in Bolivia

Wall surrounding a temple in the magnificent Tihuanaco, Bolivia. Wikimidia Commons La Paz, Mar 27 (EFE).- The government of Bolivia announced it will start exploratory excavations this year at the ancient fortress of Tiahuanaco after a buried pyramid was detected. Ludwing Cayo, director of the Tiahuanaco Archeological Research Center, told Efe that the formation is located in the area of Ka...

ISS. Source: Wikimedia Commons Successful Docking of Manned Soyuz Spacecraft with ISS

ISS. Source: Wikimedia Commons Washington, Mar 28 (EFE).- The Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft arrived successfully at the International Space Station, or ISS, with three astronauts aboard, two Russians and an American, on a mission that makes history because two of its crew will join the very few who have stayed the longest time in space. The spacecraft blasted off at 1942 GMT from the cosmodrome ...

Van Gogh - Starry Night. Google Cultural Institute How LED Technology Can Stop Light Pollution

Van Gogh - Starry Night. Google Cultural Institute By Carolina Ruiz Vega Have you noticed how, when looking at the night sky, it is difficult to spot the stars when you're in town? The phenomenon is due to what is known as light pollution, which is caused by excess artificial lights pointing in unnecessary directions for carrying out the activities planned for the area in which they are insta...

Source: Facebook HBO’s Entourage Star is Diving With Sharks in Costa Rica

Source: Facebook Adrian Grenier, the star of the hit series Entourage, which is soon to be released as a feature film, arrived in Costa Rica this past Sunday for the purposes of swimming with sharks. That much can be gleaned through a series of social media updates posted by the famous actor, producer and musician on his Facebook and Instagram accounts. The famous actor is diving off Isla d...

Roxy M Jones - Pixabay Commons Beans Tested in Costa Rica Could Thrive Despite Global Warming

Roxy M Jones - Pixabay Commons ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA (25 MARCH 2015) EUREKALERT--Amidst fears that global warming could zap a vital source of protein that has sustained humans for centuries, bean breeders with the CGIAR global agriculture research partnership announced today the discovery of 30 new types, or lines as plant breeders refer to them, of "heat-beater" beans that could keep producti...

One of Ishiguro's robots. Source: Wikimedia Commons Dancing Robots Travel to Nicaragua

One of Ishiguro's robots. Source: Wikimedia Commons Managua, Mar 21 (EFE).- Japanese scientist Hiroshi Ishiguro presented in Nicaragua two robots he calls "humanoids," which he developed with systems of cognitive intelligence, and which are capable of walking, talking and interacting with people. Ishiguro is director of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory of the Upper School of Engineering ...

Adults take part in a beginning computer class. Only 38 percent of people worldwide have connected to the Internet at least once in their lives. EFE/File The Internet: Good for Education but not so Good for Morals?

File photo San Francisco, Mar 19 (EFE).- People in emerging and developing countries believe that the Internet has a positive effect on education, personal relations and the economy, but they feel that its impact on morals is mainly negative, according to a study published Thursday. The study prepared by the Pew Research Center is based on 36,619 interviews conducted in 32 emerging and deve...

Source: OVSICORI 16 Schools Will Reopen in Costa Rica as Eruptions Continue

Source: OVSICORI A new eruption of the Turrialba volcano on Wednesday afternoon did not stop officials from the Ministry of Education from resuming classes at 16 schools that were affected by volcanic activity last week. The most recent eruption occurred just after 1:30 pm on a sunny afternoon in Costa Rica; the volcanic matter expelled this time was mostly gases and steam. Personnel from the O...

Turrialba November Emergency Officials Keep Watchful Eye on the Turrialba Volcano

Source: RSN A reasonable level of surface seismicity detected in the vicinity of the active Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica suggests that future eruptions could take place. Earth scientists from the National Seismology Network of the University of Costa Rica (Spanish initials: RSN), along with colleagues from the Observatory on Seismology and Volcanology of the National University (Spanish acr...

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