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Source: Fuerza Publica Sea Turtle Rescue Center Managed by Police in Costa Rica   Source: Fuerza Publica The canton of Garabito in Puntarenas is home to some of the most eco-friendly police officers in Costa Rica. Two years ago, members of Fuerza Pública (Costa Rica's national police force) who patrol the Jaco Beach and Playa Hermosa communities decided to open their own nesting sanctuary for olive ridley sea turtles. This initiative was prompted by the need to pr...
San Vicente de Paul Hospital in Heredia Costa Rica Achieves Urological Surgery Milestone San Vicente de Paul Hospital in Heredia A young man in Costa Rica who suffered from a malignant tumor in his spinal cord is recovering after a successful surgical procedure that involved the implantation of a penile prosthesis. The surgery was performed at the Saint Vincent of Paul Hospital, a public health facility that serves the community of Heredia. This was the first time a penile implant...
Source: Wikimedia Commons Tasty Decaf Coffee is Closer to Reality   Source: Wikimedia Commons The city of Armenia in Colombia is located in the heart of one of the most fertile coffee-producing regions in the world. This is where the 25th International Conference on Coffee Science is currently taking place, and there are two topics that attendants are likely to discuss: The sequencing of the coffee genome, which was recently completed, and how this m...
Source: MSP Costa Rica Coast Guard in Costa Rica Prevents Butchering of Sea Turtle Source: MSP Costa Rica This past Saturday, poachers plying their loathsome trade in the Caribbean region of Costa Rica were about to butcher an adult female Chelonia mydas (green sea turtle) when officers from the National Coast Guard Service and the local Fuerza Publica detachment stepped in to prevent what would have been a violent demise for the aquatic reptile.   According to a ...
Beamer the Shark Tagged in New York, Killed in Costa Rica: Beamer the Shark   Source: Ocearch Beamer was a blue shark that used to enjoy swimming in the chilly waters off Montauk, New York. Last year, Beamer began swimming south towards the Caribbean and made it to the eastern Antilles by Christmas. The shark then made a straight swim towards Puerto Limon in Costa Rica; alas, Beamer ended up hooked on  the lines of a commercial fishing boat somewhere between P...
Phytoplankton Costa Rica Learn About Phytoplankton Abundance in Costa Rica Dear Readers: It has been more than two years since The Costa Rica Star published The Costa Rica Dome and Phytoplankton Treasures, an article that highlighted the importance of the Thermal Convection Dome off our Pacific Coast. Of all the natural wonders of our country, it is crucial that we understand the organisms that the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) calls ...
Robotic project Costa Rica Young Scientists from Costa Rica Enter the World Robotic Olympics A project is tested in competition. Source: MICITT On August 17th, the Fifth National Robotics Olympiad of Costa Rica culminated with an awards ceremony and the announcement of the young robotic scientists who will represent our country at the World Robot Olympiad (WRO) in Russia later this year. The theme of this year's robotics competition was Space Exploration, and the winning projects feat...
Source: Wikimedia Commons Invasive and Delicious: Lionfish in Costa Rica (recipe)   Source: Wikimedia Commons During a visit to the Caribbean region of Costa Rica in August, President Luis Guillermo Solis stopped in Puerto Viejo and explained his position on the lionfish (scorpaenid, from the genus Pterois): “This is a very aggressive species that goes after native marine life, which affects the local fishing economy.” According to Fabio Mena from online news daily...
Source: RSN An Unsteady Sunday Morning in Costa Rica Source: RSN On the final day of August, just hours before people in Costa Rica began preparing for Sunday Mass, brunch, football games, community activities, and family outings, a 5.1 moment magnitude (Mw) earthquake jolted communities from the southern Pacific region down to the border with Panama and up to the Central Valley. The seismic event was detected by the National Seismology Network ...
mosquito Meet the Deadliest Species of Costa Rica Source: Wikimedia Commons The most dangerous organism in Costa Rica is probably not the one you are thinking of. Although in the past few years there have been regional warnings issued to eco-tourists about potential dangers related to sharks, caimans and jaguars, attacks by these species are infrequent, and they are not even close to being the most lethal. The most dangerous organism in Costa...