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Costa Rica - Osa Peninsula Scientific Tourism by Oakland University in Costa Rica

Scarlet Macaw PRLog - May 25, 2015 - ROCHESTER, Mich. -- For 10 days in late April and early May, a group of 14 Oakland University biology students left the classroom behind to explore the vast wilds of Costa Rica. The excursion was part of a tropical field ecology course that brought students into a world of diverse landscapes with untold varieties of animals and plants. Under the supervis...

Pink iguana postal stamp from Ecuador. Wikimedia Commons Pink Iguanas Take Cover After Volcano Eruption in Galapagos

Pink iguana postal stamp from Ecuador. Wikimedia Commons Quito, May 25 (EFE).- The Wolf volcano is erupting on Isabela Island in the Galapagos Islands, home to the world's only population of pink land iguanas, the management of Galapagos National Park said Monday. A park official told Efe that, for now, neither the pink nor yellow iguanas nor the giant tortoises will be harmed by the erupti...

Wikimedia Commons Mysterious Archeological Discoveries in Peru

Wikimedia Commons By David Blanco Bonilla Lima, May 18 (EFE).- A team of Peruvian archaeologists led by Walter Alva, who discovered the famous Lord of Sipan, is working to unveil the mysteries surrounding the origins of the Mochica culture, considered one of ancient Peru's most complex and developed cultures. Archaeologists found a temple decorated with about 30 drawings and graffiti wit...

Osborne Reef Failed South Florida Artificial Reef Will Be Removed

Miami, May 18 (EFE).- Florida officials are spending $1.6 million on a project to remove about 90,000 tires dumped into the Atlantic Ocean off Fort Lauderdale in the 1970s as part of an artificial reef project, media reports said Monday. A team of divers began removing the tires last week from the ocean floor off Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, the Sun Sentinel newspaper said. The project is e...

A brave scientist installs a gas monitoring device at the Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica. Source: OVSICORI Live and Spectacular: Volcanic Eruptions in Costa Rica (VIDEO)

Source: OVSICORI Since the early morning hours of May 18th, the Turrialba volcano in the province of Cartago has been in a constant state of exhalation. Geologists from the Observatory on Volcanology and Seismology of Costa Rica (OVSICORI) have detected sustained seismicity at this colossus, and many of the resulting eruptions have been broadcast and recorded with a digital camera pointed righ...

Source: OVSICORI Costa Rica Forecast: Cloudy With a Chance of Volcanic Ash

Source: OVSICORI Geologists from the Observatory on Volcanology and Seismology of Costa Rica (OVSICORI) are closely monitoring their seismographs and other instruments located around the Turrialba volcano, located in the province of Cartago, after a series of tremors were registered during lunchtime on Monday, May 11th. At this time, the OVSICORI scientists are unable to monitor the cameras...

The Turrialba on May 5. OVSICORI Recent Volcanic Eruption in Costa Rica Lasted Nearly an Hour

The Turrialba on May 5. OVSICORI On a clear Sunday morning in Costa Rica, the Turrialba volcano clouded the skies surrounding its crater with an ash and smoke eruption that started at 04:55 am and lasted until 05:45. Strong winds wafting around the surface crater did not allow the dark ash column to rise more than 200 meters in the air; however, the direction of the airstream transported volca...

Source: Wikimedia Commons Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Fight Dengue in Panama

Aedes aegypti mosquito, known dengue carrier. By Fabio Agrana Panama City, May 9 (EFE).- Panama's Gorgas Memorial Institute for Health, or ICGES, found in a recent study that genetically modified mosquitoes can be used to combat dengue with a high degree of effectiveness, scientists involved in the project said. The director of the ICGES study, Lorenzo Caceres, told Efe that in a period ...

Source: Wikimedia Commons Drones Will Monitor Avocado Trees in Florida

Source: Wikimedia Commons By Claudia Solis Miami, May 4 (EFE).- Drones and trained dogs could be the answer to stopping an invasive fungus from attacking avocado crops, an industry in South Florida that brings in more than $50 million a year and positions the region as the country's second largest supplier of the fruit. The redbay ambrosia beetle transmits the Raffaelea lauricola fungus ...

Flickr Commons Fascinating: Neuroscience Leads to Cheaper Advertising

Flickr Commons Sao Paulo, May 4 (EFE).- The use of concepts and experiences from neuroscience is one tool that "optimizes" advertising campaigns resulting in reduced costs and production time, Spanish expert Manuel Garcia said Monday. "Our brains determine our behavior, so the science of the brain helps explain all human behaviors," Garcia, the director of Neuroscience for Nielsen in the Un...

Trash bags in Playa Ocotal Guanacaste Technology Researcher from Costa Rica Receives Award

(Alpha Galileo Press Release) – As the world population, economy and consumption grows, a complex and multi-dimensional approach is needed to manage a rising tide of solid waste, researchers say in a study published in the journal Waste Management. The research by Lilliana Abarca-Guerrero, now at the Costa Rica Institute of Technology, along with colleagues at the Eindhoven University of Techno...

Source: OVSICORI Early Morning Volcanic Eruption in Costa Rica

Source: RSN At about 6:00 am on the Monday after the May Day holiday weekend, an eruption at the Turrialba volcano was detected by scientists from the Observatory on Volcanology and Seismology of Costa Rica (Spanish acronym: OVSICORI). This latest geologic event is being described as a strong exhalation of gas, vapor and volcanic ash. According to a news report filed by Joselyne Ugarte of o...

"Calbuco 22-4-15" by Aeveraal - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons Powerful Volcanic Eruption Darkens the Sky in Chile

"Calbuco 22-4-15" by Aeveraal - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons Santiago, Apr 30 (EFE).- Chile's Calbuco volcano on Thursday began erupting for the third time after two eruptions last week, the National Geology and Mining Service reported. The cloud of ash emanating from the volcano, located in the southern Los Lagos region, initially rose to three kilometers (1....

Jurassic footprints. Source: Wikimedia Commons Boy Discovers a Jurassic Evolutionary Mystery in Chile

Jurassic footprints. Source: Wikimedia Commons Madrid, Apr 28 (EFE).- The newly discovered Chilesaurus diegosuarezi, a 145-million-year-old dinosaur and the first from the Jurassic period discovered in Chile, is "one of the strangest found so far" and amounts to an "evolutionary puzzle," one of the researchers who found the dinosaur's fossil told Efe. The discovery is described in the lates...

Source cramphibian.com The “Kermit” Frog of Costa Rica is Actually a Rediscovery

Source cramphibian.com San Jose, Apr 27 (EFE).- A "glass frog" discovered in Costa Rica 40 years after the last sighting of the animal anywhere in the world, is a source of constant admiration because of the translucent characteristics of its lima-green skin and insect-like sound. The Hyalinobatrachium dianae (H. dianae) was found in the rainforest of Costa Rica's Caribbean coast by U.S. bi...

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...

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