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Wikimedia Commons Even High-Tech Toothbrushes Can’t Escape Fecal Bacteria

Wikimedia Commons Smart toothbrushes that connect to the World Wide Web and keep electronic dental records were among the most talked-about items at the Barcelona Mobile World Congress last year, but even these advanced oral hygiene instruments are not impervious to accumulating fecal matter if they are left in the bathroom. According to a 2014 report by Sam Schechner of the Wall Street Jou...

ISS. Source: Wikimedia Commons Lift-Off: Astronauts Travel to the International Space Station

ISS. Source: Wikimedia Commons Washington, Jul 22 (EFE).- Russia on Wednesday launched a manned space mission to the International Space Station two months behind schedule because of recent problems with other launches. The Soyuz TMA-17M spacecraft carrying a Russian, an American and a Japanese astronaut lifted off from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 2102 GMT and began its climb i...

Source: National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center Mysterious Asteroid Discovered by Arecibo Observatory

Source: National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center San Juan, Jul 18 (EFE).- The Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico has announced that the first detailed images have been obtained of Asteroid 2011 UW158, which show it has a very odd shape and structure, and that it spins at a tremendous speed on its own axis, phenomena that have intrigued scientists. The images were obtained by scientists at t...

Irazu Volcano Crater Costa Rica BREAKING: Seismic Activity Near Irazu Volcano in Costa Rica

The Observatory on Seismology and Volcanology of Costa Rica (Spanish acronym: OVSICORI) of the National University is monitoring a new earthquake cluster in the province of Cartago, not far from the Irazu volcano. According to an update by the OVSICORI geologists, more than 400 seismic disturbances ranging between one and three degrees on the moment magnitude scale have been detected over the last...

Source: Wikimedia Commons Measuring Climate Change With Nuclear Science in Costa Rica

Source: Wikimedia Commons Earlier this week, the world took time to remember a major milestone of the Nuclear Age. Seventy years ago, the first atomic bomb was detonated at a site codenamed Trinity by scientists at the Los Alamos National Laboratory of the United States Department of Energy. Around the same time the 70th anniversary of the Trinity test was being observed, the U.S. and the I...

Wikimedia Commons Endangered Hawksbill Sea Turtle Killed in Puerto Rico

Wikimedia Commons San Juan, Jul 13 (EFE; additional reporting by The Costa Rica Star) - A group of poachers could have been responsible for the killing of an endangered hawksbill sea turtle that was found dead on a beach in Puerto Rico's Efrain Archilla Diez Natural Reserve, officials said. The Natural and Environmental Resources Department, or DRNA, said that during its preventive patrol w...

Source: Pixabay Commons Electricity Production in Costa Rica is Still Pretty Clean

European Year for Development (EU Press Release) / The small Central American country of Costa Rica is in many ways seen as an example of progress in Latin America, especially when it comes to the protecting the environment. The country’s rainforest is left to grow, benefiting both nature and the tourism industry, and the country has a well-developed energy network that draws on power from four bi...

Wikimedia Commons Volcanic Eruption in Mexico Prompts Major Evacuation

Wikimedia Commons Guadalajara, Mexico, Jul 11 (EFE).- Residents of the Mexican hamlet of La Yerbabuena were evacuated after an explosion was registered inside the Colima Volcano, emergency management officials told EFE. The inhabitants of that small community on the side of the volcano, which straddles the western states of Colima and Jalisco, were taken to La Becerrera, a town three kilome...

"Bumblebee October 2007-3a" by Alvesgaspar - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons Bumblebees May Not Survive Climate Change

"Bumblebee October 2007-3a" by Alvesgaspar - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons Washington, Jul 10 (EFE).- The populations of bumblebees in North America and Europe are collapsing due to their inability to adapt to climate change, which indicates that some animal life will be unable to change their habitats in order to survive, according to a study published in Science...

Source: NASA NASA Space Probe is Days Away from Reaching Pluto

Source: NASA Washington, Jul 7 (EFE).- The U.S. New Horizons space probe has provided the clearest and closest images to date of Pluto a week before it arrives at its historic rendezvous with the distant and largely unknown dwarf planet. The photographs, taken on July 1 and 3, are a foretaste of what scientists hope to see when the probe makes history on the 14th, passing just 12,500 km (7,...

ISS. Source: Wikimedia Commons Cargo Spacecraft Successfully Docks with Space Station

ISS. Source: Wikimedia Commons Moscow, Jul 5 (EFE).- Russia's Progress M-28M cargo capsule successfully docked with the International Space Station on Sunday, Russian space agency Roscosmos reported. "The docking was carried out successfully. The Progress M-28M ship now forms part of the ISS," Roscosmos said in a communique. The unmanned space vessel, carrying some 2.5 tons of cargo - in...

Source: Riverside BT Video Game Made in Costa Rica Helps Pink Dolphins in Brazil

Source: Riverside BT San Jose, Jul 5 (EFE).- A video game developed in Costa Rica aims to raise awareness in Latin America of the need to protect the Amazon river dolphin, or pink dolphin, and other river species, such as the manatee, that are threatened by illegal fishing and habitat loss. The game, titled "Apu, el espiritu del rio" (Apu, the Spirit of the River), takes players on a journe...

Wikimedia Commons Wake Up and Smell the Low Carbon Coffee in Costa Rica

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – Nearly 10% of Costa Rica’s greenhouse gas emissions stem from coffee production, an industry integral to Costa Rica’s national identity and economy. Café Costa Rica is a nationally appropriate mitigation action (NAMA) that takes a giant step towards Costa Rica’s ambitious goal of carbon neutrality by 2021 while also strengthening a vital indu...

4-inch solar cell. Source: Wikimedia Commons Major Renewable Energy Meeting Held in San Jose, Costa Rica

Solar power recharging station for electric vehicles in Costa Rica Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., 29 June 2015 — Experts and leaders from across Latin America and the Caribbean gathered in San Jose, Costa Rica today to increase the development of solar thermal energy in the region. The two-day forum, co-organized by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the Latin America Energy Organization (...

Source: Space X Rocket Bound for Space Station Explodes After Liftoff

Source: Space X Washington, Jun 28 (EFE).- The unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying supplies to the International Space Station, or ISS, exploded less than 10 minutes after liftoff Sunday from Cape Canaveral, Florida, NASA said. "After liftoff, an anomaly occurred. SpaceX is evaluating the issue," NASA said in a Twitter post. The last information received from the rocket was sent two...

Isla del Coco Invasive Rats Devour Native Birds in Costa Rica Island

Coco Island. Source: Wikimedia Commons Rare avian species are being decimated by voracious rodents in the pristine Costa Rica island that inspired Jurassic Park. According to a recent news report filed by science journalist Michelle Soto of national newspaper La Nacion, four bird species in Isla del Coco (Cocos Island) are easy prey for rats that arrived on pirate ships nearly 500 years ago. ...

Wikimedia Commons The Capuchin Monkey Project Near Liberia, Costa Rica

Wikimedia Commons University of California Los Angeles (Media Release) -- For 25 years, UCLA professor of anthropology Susan Perry has been climbing, crawling, slashing and sloshing her way through the Costa Rican dry forests of Lomas Barbudal in an unprecedented study of the capuchin monkey — a small, white-faced primate that populates large areas of Central America. Her Monkey Project is ...

Source: Wikimedia Commons Scientists Oppose GMO Biocolonization of Costa Rica

SEED FREEDOM Press Release -- Personalities from the eco-scientific and organic agriculture environments are speaking up against the letter from the American Embassy, in which the Costa Rican government is put under pressure to adopt transgenic seeds. Vandana Shiva has joined the International Alliance for monitoring transgenic bio-colonialism in centers of origin of biodiversity and countries ...

Wikimedia Commons Bolivian Engineer Could Save South Florida from Rising Sea Levels

Wikimedia Commons Miami, Jun 16 (EFE).- Bolivian engineer Carlos Tamayo has proposed a solution for the sea level rise caused by climate change that has earned him an award in the Global Impact competition organized by Silicon Valley's Singularity University. "Definitely, there is a problem with rising sea levels that affects cities like Miami Beach and Fort Lauderdale," Tamayo said in an i...

Solar power recharging station for electric vehicles in Costa Rica Renewable Energy Learning Program from EARTH University

Solar power recharging station for electric vehicles in Costa Rica SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The prestigious EARTH University of Costa Rica and the German expert in capacity building Renewables Academy (RENAC) have launched the distance learning programme “Especialización en Energías Renovables”. This one-year interdisciplinary programme delivers knowledge about technology, all ph...

Source: Wikimedia Commons US Economist Praises Value of Nature Conservation in Costa Rica

Rainforest in Costa Rica Atlanta, Georgia (PRWEB) June 16, 2015 -- Protected forested areas in Brazil, Costa Rica, Indonesia and Thailand have prevented the release of more than 1,000 million additional tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, an economic service provided by nature worth at least $5 billion, according to new research by Georgia State University economist Paul Ferraro with a...

The magnificent Caral. Wikimedia Commons Archeologists Explain Historical Climate Change 4,000 Years Ago

The magnificent Caral. Wikimedia Commons By David Blanco Bonilla Lima, Jun 11 (EFE).- Caral, the Americas' oldest civilization, located north of present day Lima, Peru, faced a grave crisis as a result of climate change some 4,000 years ago, archaeologists said. "Droughts were so severe that they could have lasted between 60 and 130 years, which could explain why there were social crises...

"Rosetta - Philae close-up" by DLR, CC-BY 3.0. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 de via Wikimedia Commons Rosetta Space Mission: Exploration Robot Awakens in Comet

"Rosetta - Philae close-up" by DLR, CC-BY 3.0. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 de via Wikimedia Commons Paris, Jun 14 (EFE).- The Rosetta mission's Philae lander has sent signals that it has resumed operating after a seven-month hibernation period on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the European Space Agency, or ESA, said in a Twitter post. "For 85 seconds, Philae 'spoke' with its t...

Jurassic footprints. Source: Wikimedia Commons British Scientific Discovery Recalls “Jurassic Park”

Jurassic footprints. Source: Wikimedia Commons London, Jun 10 (EFE).- British scientists have found possible blood cells and collagen in the fossilized remains of a dinosaur dating back 75 million years, the journal Nature Communications reported. Researchers found structures that might be red blood cells and other fibers similar to collagen in bones from the Cretaceous period, which lasted...

Leatherback Record Numbers of Nesting Sea Turtles Arrive in Puerto Rico

San Juan, Jun 11 (EFE).- The number of leatherback sea turtle nests spotted this year on San Juan's beaches is the highest on record, thanks to monitoring and conservation efforts by hundreds of residents and volunteers along the shores of Puerto Rico's capital. So far, 22 leatherback nests have been located, compared to the record 18 found last year, Deborah Feliciano, a leader of the 7 Quilla...

Flickr Commons How Google is Working to Empower People With Disabilities

Flickr Commons By Teresa Bouza San Francisco, Jun 9 (EFE).- Google engineer Eve Andersson does not hesitate to discuss her dream, telling Efe that she wants people with disabilities to "be able to work at whatever they want, study what they like, travel wherever they wish, feel free and empowered." Andersson, who holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California ...

Costa Rica - Osa Peninsula Managing Your Tropical Forest Property in Costa Rica

Selva Nueva On June 18th, a luxury real estate auction featuring spectacular real estate in the Caribbean Basin and Central America will take place. Premiere Estates Auction Company will offer $190 million worth of collective inventory for sale in various countries and island nations in Florida, the Caribbean, Costa Rica and Belize. One of the most interesting offerings in this auction is l...

Finca Luna Nueva Lodge Slow Food Climate Change and Agriculture Conference in Costa Rica

FINCA LUNA NUEVA, Costa Rica—Representatives from organizations as diverse as Texas A&M University, the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Patagonia, Greenpeace and The Millennium Institute are participating in a three-day conference in Costa Rica. The participants are working together to develop and promote a significantly different approach to food production, land use and climate chang...

Wikimedia Commons Massive Lava Lake Detected on Jupiter Moon

Wikimedia Commons San Juan, Jun 6 (EFE).- A U.S. radio telescope has captured images of an enormous lava lake on the surface of Io, one of the moons orbiting the planet Jupiter, the Puerto Rico Astronomy Society, or PRAS, reported. "The new images clearly show an enormous lake of lava, fed from the subsoil and which exists permanently," PRAS vice president, professor and scientist Armando C...

Subcell of TBC1D16. More images available at proteinatlas.com Major Discovery in Cancer Research

Subcell of TBC1D16. More images available at proteinatlas.com Madrid, Jun 1 (EFE).- An international team of researchers has found the mechanism whereby cancerous cells manage to spread from their original location to other parts of the body through the process known as metastasis. The results of the study, headed by Manel Esteller, the director of the Cancer Epigenetics and Biology Program...

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