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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...

The LHC - Source: Flickr Commons Investigating Dark Matter in the Universe

The LHC - Source: Flickr Commons Geneva, Mar 14 (EFE).- An understanding of dark matter and its composition and the recreation of conditions billionths of a second after the big bang are two of the objectives that physicians at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known as the CERN, are aiming to achieve now that the world's largest and most powerful particle collider is up and runn...

Source: OVSICORI Brave Geologists Film the Turrialba Crater (VIDEO)

Source: OVSICORI Seismologist Javier Pacheco and Geologist Jorge Brenes of the Observatory of Volcanology and Seismology of Costa Rica (Spanish acronym: OVSICORI) climbed to the top of the Turrialba volcano yesterday and brought back video of crater. It is important to keep in mind that this very active colossus has been producing eruptions since last week; for this reason, airports and school...

Source: RSN Unpredictable Turrialba Volcano Impacts Life in Costa Rica

Source: RSN Following five months of relative calm, the Turrialba volcano has awakened with an intensity that has not been recorded in more than a century. It all started on Sunday, March 8th with a phreatic (ground water) eruption that would later include exhalations of gas and ash. Two late-night eruptions on Wednesday resulted in moderate ash columns, but the most spectacular events took pl...

Source: UK Trade & Investment Despite Setbacks, Aerospace Firm from Costa Rica Finds Support

Source: UK Trade & Investment Two major projects from the Ad Astra Rocket Company, the celebrated aerospace firm from Costa Rica that founded by NASA Hall of Fame Astronaut Franklin Chang Diaz, have recently run into roadblocks. First of, there's the breakup between Ad Astra and RECOPE, Costa Rica's state-owned fuel refinery monopoly, over future development of hydrogen production in our c...

Lydia. Source: OCEARCH Twitter Great White Shark Travels a Long Way to the Bahamas

Lydia. Source: OCEARCH Twitter San Juan, Mar 6 (EFE; additional context by The Costa Rica Star).- A great white shark weighing 908 kilos (2,000 pounds) returned Friday to the waters of the northern Bahamas, where a GPS device on the marine predator confirmed it had wandered earlier, the non-profit OCEARCH organization said.   OCEARCH confirmed via a Twitter post that the 4.4-meter (...

Source: TEAM Network US Science Teachers: Apply to Travel to Costa Rica

Source: TEAM Network FALLS CHURCH, Va., March 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- In their continuing effort to help teachers develop the next generation of scientists, Northrop Grumman Foundation and Conservation International (CI) announced that applications for the 2015 ECO Classroom experience are now being accepted through March 31. Four teams of four teachers will be selected for an all-expenses-pai...

Source: YourMathGuru.com Math Wiz from Costa Rica Earns Honors at Tutoring Site

Source: YourMathGuru.com Miami, Florida (PRWEB) March 03, 2015 - The math quizzing site known as YourMathGuru.com has recently announced its top 13 winners of all time. The establishment of the site dates back to 2012 and, along with Spanish-language sister site TuGuruDeMate.com, YourMathGuru.com has been awarding weekly prizes to winners of their various math contests ever since. The top 13 w...

View of the vulcano Villarrica erupting on 03 March 2015 at Villarrica, 750km south Santiago de Chile in Chile. Over 4,000 people have been evacuated due to the risk of floods as snow melts due to the volcano's eruption. EFE/Ariel Marinkovic Volcanic Eruption in Chile Prompts Thousands to be Evacuated

View of the vulcano Villarrica erupting on 03 March 2015 at Villarrica, 750km south Santiago de Chile in Chile. Over 4,000 people have been evacuated due to the risk of floods as snow melts due to the volcano's eruption. EFE/Ariel Marinkovic Santiago, Mar 3 (EFE; additional context by The Costa Rica Star).- The Villarrica volcano in southern Chile erupted early Tuesday, sending plumes of smoke...

Public domain photo “Perfect” GMO Apples Will Reach the U.S. Market Next Year

Public domain photo By Elvira Palomo. Washington, Feb 24 (EFE).- Genetically modified apples that do not brown will be available in U.S. grocery stores by 2015 with the expectation that waste will be curtailed and sales will expand, despite criticism of altered foods by some groups. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said that, after rigorous scientific reviews, it determined that the va...

Hummingbird U.S. Biology Student Investigates Hummingbirds in Costa Rica

Hummingbird Educational and scientific tourism are becoming very important  in the lucrative travel and hospitality sector in Costa Rica. To this end, it is not surprising to learn that a good number of university students from the United States make Costa Rica their first choice for study-abroad programs within the scientific curriculum. A good example of the type of educational and scient...

Wikimedia Commons New Research on Extinct Species in Costa Rica

It has become almost fashionable to cite phenomena such as loss of habitat and climate change as the major causal agents for the extinction of certain wildlife species in Costa Rica. Such is the case of the golden toad as well as the harlequin frog and the hawksbill sea turtle (it is important to note, however, that biologists have recently observed a return of the latter two "Lazarus species" in ...

Pixabay Commons Dangerous Liaisons: Craigslist Personals in Costa Rica

Every year, lonely hearts around the world dread the prospect of spending Valentine's Day without a special someone to spend it with. Such is the case in Costa Rica and any other country where Valentine's Day is observed as a holiday that celebrates romantic love. This being the 21st century and an exciting period within the Information Age, lonely hearts in Costa Rica who are in a hurry to find a...

Jaco Beach Pristine White Sand 50 Shades of Beach Sand in Costa Rica

Source: Flickr Commons Some of the prettiest tourist attractions in Costa Rica are located along the Pacific and Caribbean coasts. Cartographers have mapped out and designated more than 100 beaches in Costa Rica, and some of them are so secluded that they do not appear in commercially available maps. Depending on personal preference, some beaches may appear to be prettier than others, and this...

Wikimedia Commons What Makes Snakes in Costa Rica so Venomous?

Wikimedia Commons Of all the venomous snakes in Costa Rica, the fearsome gargantilla (Micrurus mipartitus) is often regarded as one of the deadliest. The powerful venom of these snakes can not only cause instant tissue necrosis but also excruciating pain, epilepsy, shock, and death. What is it that makes this reptilian venom so potent? According to a recent study in Proceedings of the Natio...

Wikimedia Commons Sustainably-Grown Pineapples From Costa Rica

Wikimedia Commons One of the most lucrative crops in Costa Rica has come under heavy criticism from environmental activists and farmers who are concerned about the sustainability of their soil and ecosystems. Pineapples are one of the most enticing cash crops in Costa Rica thanks to heavy demand from developed markets such as Europe. Unfortunately, the mass and indiscriminate farming of pineap...

Twin ultrasound. Source: Wikimedia Commons A Cesarean and Psychological Mystery in Costa Rica

Twin ultrasound. Source: Wikimedia Commons Earlier this year, a couple from Tabarcia, a semi-rural and suburban community in the province of San Jose, arrived in the San Juan de Dios Metropolitan Hospital with high hopes of experiencing the delivery of twin baby girls. This expectation was based on five ultrasound imaging procedures, which showed Ms. Leidy Ureña was pregnant with two girls. Ms...

Students at Bethel Campus Educational Tourism Increases in Costa Rica

Students at Bethel Campus Over the last two decades, the Costa Rica Board of Tourism (Spanish initials: ICT) has been focusing on marketing our country as a premier destination for all types of visitors. Although Costa Rica has traditionally been considered a major destination for ecotourists and adventure travelers, ICT has been successful in attracting visitors who may visit our country for ...

Source: Central College News Costa Rica Inspires Cheap Home Building by US Students

Source; Central College News Following a class trip to Costa Rica in 2014, two university students from the United States returned to their campus in the midwestern state of Iowa and sought to complete an environmental science project inspired by their accommodations in our country. While in Costa Rica, Amy Andrews and Ethan Van Koote stayed in little shacks powered by solar panels; in essence...

Partial Endocrine System Major Endocrinology Science Symposium in Costa Rica

Partial Endocrine System February 02, 2015 12:21 PM - JACKSONVILLE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) will convene the first-ever, Pan-American Scientific Symposium: Clinical Endocrinology in Latin America on February 26-28 in San Jose, Costa Rica. “It’s a transcultural opportunity for us to share and adapt our AACE guidelines and educationa...

Source: ACAE Made in Costa Rica: A Satellite to Measure CO2 Concentration

Source: ACAE The year 2015 will be crucial for a project being developed by the Central American Aerospace Association (Spanish acronym: ACAE), which aims to launch a satellite made in Costa Rica into space for the purpose of monitoring levels of CO2 concentration above the forests of Guanacaste.   According to a news report by Pablo Rojas of online news daily Costa Rica Hoy, this a...

Source: Wikimedia Commons Scientist from Costa Rica Explains Why the Sun Really Shines

Source: Wikimedia Commons In the mid-1990s, alternative rock band They Might Be Giants released a single titled Why Does the Sun Shine? As a way of partial explanation, the band explained that the Sun is a mass of incandescent gas, but the rest of the lyrics provide an answer that would be considered superficial to Advanced Physics researcher Álvaro Chavarría Gordienko from Costa Rica. &nbs...

Jurassic Wolrd 4 Open for Business: Jurassic World in Costa Rica

A few days after the much-anticipated trailer of Jurassic World, a summer blockbuster film expected to arrive in theaters next year, a website for the fictional amusement park located in the equally non-existent Isla Nublar of Costa Rica began operating. At first sight, www.jurassicworld.com provides visitors with lots of information on the park, from a brief bio of the founder to an interactive m...

Source: Wikimedia Commons Puerto Viejo in Costa Rica is a Tsunami Risk

Source: Wikimedia Commons The town of Puerto Viejo in the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica is a haven for backpackers, vacationers and expats seeking a warm climate, an ultra-relaxed atmosphere and the friendliness of the local Afro Costa Ricans and indigenous inhabitants. Alas, the infrastructures of Puerto Viejo and the city of Limon are vulnerable to natural disasters such as storm surge and t...

They miss Jairo Thank You, Sea Shepherd: Operation Pacuare in Costa Rica

The first major land-based marine conservancy effort carried out in Costa Rica by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, founded by the ever-controversial Canadian activist Paul Watson, has wrapped up its operations for the year. Reports by Sea Shepherd and the Latin American Sea Turtles Association (LAST) are calling Operation Pacuare a success.   Before getting to the Sea Shepherd pre...

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