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Colorblind Simulator Colorblind Simulator, an Accessibility App Developed in Costa Rica

Have you ever wondered what it's really like to be colorblind? A new Android app developed in Costa Rica helps designers and developers experience colorblind vision so that they can apply accessibility to their work. Color Vision Deficiency (CVD) affects our ability to distinguish colors. It can impact on a child's ability to learn, the ability to select two socks that match in color, the sele...

Source: OVSICORI Recent Costa Rica Volcano Eruption Could Form New Caldera (VIDEO)

Areli Arevalo FacebookA powerful mid-afternoon eruption of the Turrialba volcano, currently the most active in Costa Rica, opened new vents in the crater, which suggests that a new caldera could form in the future. According to geologists from the Observatory of Volcanology and Seismology of Costa Rica (Spanish acronym: OVSICORI), the eruption took place at 3:42 pm on a cloudy Friday afternoon...

Source: ECSU U.S. College Students Learn About Biodiversity in Costa Rica

Source: ECSUIn the wee hours of May 22, 13 Eastern biology students and biology professors Patricia Szczys and Matthew Graham trekked to the rainforest of Costa Rica to experience a 12-day trip they had been preparing for since January. The students had spent the spring semester in groups of three and four students each reading scientific literature and preparing research proposals for studies...

Sloth Scientists Explain Why Sloths Are So Slothful in Costa Rica

Although most of the terrestrial world is covered in trees, there are precious few vertebrates that make the canopy their home and subsist solely on a diet of leaves. Tree sloths are among the most emblematic tree-dwelling mammals. However, they are best known for their pokey demeanor rather than the fact that they spend the majority of their lives in trees munching leaves. But the slow motion...

Helthgauge.com - Flickr Commons Costa Rica Earns Second Place in Food Technology Competition

Helthgauge.com - Flickr CommonsCHICAGO – 20 July 2016 – Tate & Lyle, a leading global provider of food ingredients and solutions, is pleased to announce the winner of this year’s Institute of Food Technologists Student Association (IFTSA) Developing Solutions for Developing Countries (DSDC) competition, McGill University. “Tate & Lyle is honored to be the new sponsor of this program,” said Sa...

Source:  EurekAlert and University of Central Florida BREAKING: New Venomous Snake Species Discovered in Costa Rica

Source: EurekAlert and University of Central FloridaAn international team of scientists has solved a case of mistaken identity and discovered a new species of venomous snake, according to a recent press release by EurekAlert. The newly discovered Talamancan Palm-Pitviper is a striking green-and-black snake living in some of the most remote regions of Costa Rica. The coloring is a characterist...

Source: UC Blue Ash College U.S. College Students Rescue Sea Turtle Nest in Costa Rica

Source: UC Blue Ash College By Pete Gemmer Saving a damaged sea turtle nest along the coast of Costa Rica was among a few of the life-changing activities students enjoyed this summer as part of two study abroad trips hosted by the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College. The Costa Rica Study Abroad trip was based on the Osa Peninsula, home to about 3 percent of the world’s biodiversity...

Wikimedia Commons Canadian University Helps Costa Rica Children Find New Species

Wikimedia Commons A group of Costa Rican schoolchildren now have species of tiny wasps named after them, thanks to research to identify the species led in part by a University of Guelph professor. Prof. Alex Smith, Integrative Biology, was part of a team discovering and describing forest wasps found in a remote location in northwestern Costa Rica. The team found 20 previously unknown spe...

By ESO/L. Calçada - https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso1624b/, CC BY-SA 4.0 Permanent Daylight: Tattoine-Like Planet Has Three Suns

By ESO/L. Calçada - https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso1624b/, CC BY-SA 4.0 Astronomers have discovered a planet even more exotic than Tatooine, from the "Star Wars" saga, with its two suns. This new extra-solar world is known as HD 131399Ab and is the first one to be found in a wide orbit around three stars, according to a study published Thursday in Science magazine. This fascinating...

Wikimedia Commons Using Nanotechnology to Quickly Recover Ecosystems in Peru

Wikimedia Commons Peruvian scientist Marino Morikawa, who "revived" polluted wetlands in 15 days using nanotechnology, now plans to try to clean up Lake Titicaca and the Huacachina lagoon, an oasis in the middle of the desert. El Cascajo, an ecosystem of roughly 50 hectares (123 acres) in Chancay district, located north of Lima, began its recovery in 2010 with two inventions that Morikawa c...

Wikimedia Commons Caught on Video: Explosive Volcano Eruption in Costa Rica

Wikimedia Commons One of the most popular Costa Rica volcanoes in terms of tourism is going through a renewed period of activity to the delight of visitors. A recent time-lapse video captured by a camera near the crater of the Poas was posted to the Facebook Timeline of the Observatory of Seismology and Volcanology of the National University of Costa Rica (Spanish acronym: OVSICORI). In the...

ELAN Costa Rica Will Host Major International Tech Conference

        Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is one of the most dynamic technological areas in Costa Rica. It includes more than 900 companies, 95 percent of which are SMEs, becoming an interesting sector with important challenges related to international collaboration and partnership. Joining this strategic sector with national priorities and inter...

By Hanonimas - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,  Wikimedia Commons Robots Help Ease Loneliness in Japan

By Hanonimas - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons By Antonio Hermosin Can an android awaken human empathy and remedy loneliness? The maker of popularrobot 'Pepper', Kaname Hayashi - who is now working on a robot to play that role and aspires to make it a household name - certainly thinks so. Hayashi's Pepper was the first robot capable of interpreting human emotions and language, ...

Hitachi Human Big Data Card Happiness is a Wearable Device Powered by Artificial Intelligence

Japanese multinational Hitachi has developed an artificial intelligence system to measure levels of happiness in individuals engaged in certain tasks and to offer recommendations to boost efficiency. The company hopes to market the technology this year, Hitachi had said in a statement. Around 600 employees of Hitachi will be part of the trial, which will be conducted by the company, to test ...

Wikimedia Commons Experts Investigate 2010 Google Maps Invasion of Costa Rica

Wikimedia Commons The President of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, has appointed independent experts in the case concerning Maritime Delimitation in the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean (Costa Rica v. Nicaragua), whose task is to determine the state of the coast between the point suggested by Costa Rica and the point suggested by...

Source: OVSICORI Costa Rica Geologists Busy as Two Volcanoes Erupt

Poas Volcano crater in Costa Rica Earth scientists at the National Seismology Network (Spanish initials: RSN) and at the National Observatory on Seismology and Volcanology (Spanish acronym: OVSICORI) are being kept on their toes by the activity of two colossi in Costa Rica. Readers of The Costa Rica Star are likely to be familiar with the hyperactive state of the Turrialba volcano, located ...

Source: Xiaomi Chinese Tech Giant Xiaomi Unveils Smart Bike

Source: Xiaomi Chinese tech firm Xiaomi unveiled Thursday its first smart bicycle, an electric and foldable prototype that comes with its own navigation system, on social media. The "Mi QiCycle", one of its most anticipated products, is priced at around $456 and has a 250-Watt, 36-Volt high speed motor; a navigation system that measures distance and speed and a Torque measurement method bel...

Bionovelus Eco-Friendly Coffee Rust Fungicide Being Shipped to Costa Rica

Bionovelus Phoenix, June 22, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BioNovelus, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: ONOV) is pleased to announce that four thousand (4,000) bottles of its biodegradable fungicide, CR-10, the answer to killing coffee rust, has been manufactured for delivery to Costa Rica. Mr. Jean Ekobo, President/CEO of BioNovelus, Inc., says, "This CR-10 allotment is slotted for ongoing tests with our partne...

ResolutionMD Medical Imaging Diagnostics App Gets Certified in Costa Rica

CALGARY, Alberta--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Calgary Scientific Inc., a company known for creating innovative technology for the medical industry and beyond, announced that ResolutionMD® medical imaging software is registered by the Ministry of Health in Costa Rica for diagnosis using both web and mobile devices. The Costa Rican Ministry of Health regulates the healthcare industry and acts as the regula...

ISS. Source: Wikimedia Commons Three Crew Members Return From International Space Station

ISS. Source: Wikimedia Commons Moscow, Jun 18 (EFE).- The descent module of Russian spaceship Soyuz TMA-19M, with three crew members of the International Space Station, or ISS, aboard, successfully landed Saturday on the steppes of Kazakhstan, Russia's Space Flight Control Center reported. Returning to Earth in the module were Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko, U.S. astronaut Tim Kopra and...

Wikimedia Commons Costa Rica’s Zanate: A Very Smart and Problematic Bird

Wikimedia Commons University of Cambridge Media Release - Have humans underestimated the intelligence of birds? A new study suggests one species of bird - the great-tailed grackle - may be able to learn to adapt its behaviour when faced by new challenges. The research, published in the Royal Society Open Science journal today, is the first to test the cognitive abilities of great-tailed gra...

Bull shark. Wikimedia Commons Costa Rica’s Jungle River Sharks Swim to Discovery en Español

Bull shark. Wikimedia Commons MIAMI, June 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The most 'fintastic' time of the year is back and making a huge splash! LA SEMANA DEL TIBURÓN (#semanadeltiburon) returns in its 28th anniversary and will keep viewers on the edge of their seat with all-new jaw-dropping and compelling stories about everyone's favorite marine predator. Featuring new research from Mexico, Florida...

Permacube Costa Rica New, Sustainable Food and Energy System Developed in Costa Rica

Permacube Costa Rica San Isidro, Costa Rica - PermaCube Revolution is possibly the most practical solution to address the world’s food and water needs. Jim Gale, an eco community developer in Costa Rica, and his team have created a truly revolutionary system that assists with self reliance and abundance. The Permacube Revolution is open source so you can build it yourself, just sign up on ...

Bionovelus U.S. Biotech Firm Chooses Costa Rica as Central America HQ

Bionovelus PHOENIX, AZ / ACCESSWIRE / June 9, 2016 / BioNovelus, Inc.  is pleased to announce the creation of BioNovelus-CostaRica, a legal entity that will register BioNovelus products for each country in Central America. The registration for Costa Rica should be achieved by the end of the third quarter of 2016. BioNovelus President/CEO Jean Ekobo has presented biodegradable fungicide CR-1...

Bull shark. Wikimedia Commons Discovery Shark Week: Bull Sharks Fight Crocs in Costa Rica

Bull shark. Wikimedia Commons (Los Angeles, Calif.) – The most fintastic time of the year is back and making a huge splash! SHARK WEEK, television’s longest-running and most anticipated summer event, airs Sunday, June 26 at 8:00 PM ET/PT and continues through Sunday, July 3.  This year, SHARK WEEK celebrates its 28th anniversary and will keep viewers on the edge of their seat with all-new jaw-...

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca garbage costa rica Surfrider Foundation Wants Costa Rica to Stop Using Plastic Bags

Trash buildup and waste go uncollected in Playa Ocotal, Guanacaste, Costa Rica By Maria Jose Brenes San Jose, Jun 5 (EFE).- Activist Stuart Coleman, who led the effort to make Hawaii was the first U.S. state to eliminate using plastic bags in grocery stores, is emphasizing the need for greater efforts by civil society and the private sector to help "cure" the environment in Costa Rica and e...

Wikimedia Commons Costa Rica Firm is a Global Market Leader in Aloe Vera Extracts

Wikimedia Commons VALLEY COTTAGE, New York, May 31, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Aloe vera extracts are gaining traction as an essential ingredient in food, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, with global volume to surpass 60,720.4 tonnes in 2016 end, representing revenues worth US$ 1.6 Bn, and one company in Costa Rica is a market leader in this sector. Demand for aloe vera extracts for manufacturing a...

Source: MSP Coast Guard Rescues 14 Baby Sharks in Costa Rica

Source: MSP Officers from the National Coast Guard Service of Costa Rica rescued a school of juvenile sharks estimated to have been born only a few days before getting caught in an illegal fishing net. The rescue took place in the Pacific Ocean, specifically in the Abangares maritime sector of the Gulf of Nicoya, province of Guanacaste. According to an official press release issued by the M...

Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika are spread by the Aedes aegyptie mosquito (Wikimedia Commons) U.S. University Chooses Costa Rica as Zika Virus Research Lab

Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika are spread by the Aedes aegyptie mosquito (Wikimedia Commons) By Michele McDonald George Mason University researchers are on the front lines of Costa Rica’s defense against the Zika virus. Bordered by Panama and Nicaragua, the Central American country could be a natural laboratory for George Mason researchers, who have partnered with their counterparts at Co...

Source: Wikimedia Commons Farmers in Paraguay Resist GMO Seeds; Decry Genetic Contamination

An anti-GMO activist in San Francisco. Source: Wikimedia Commons Asuncion, May 24 (EFE).- About 100 farmers with peasant organizations on Tuesday left their family farms in Paraguay's interior to attend a fair in downtown Asuncion, where they displayed their native seeds, the basis for their resistance against the advance of genetically modified crops, or GMOs. The seeds of Paraguayan stapl...

Bionovelus Executives of Promising Biotech Firm Will Visit Costa Rica

SCOTTSDALE, AZ / ACCESSWIRE / May 23, 2016 / BioNovelus executives President and CEO Jean Ekobo, and CFO, Mark Johnson, will be in Costa Rica the week of May 23, 2016 touring and evaluating five coffee farms participating in a Pilot Test that has revealed CR-10 to be an effective coffee leaf rust killer. Additionally, BioNovelus has signed a Letter of Intent with a prominent Costa Rican distrib...

Areli Arevalo Facebook Sales of Surgical Masks Soar in Costa Rica Due to Volcanic Ash

The Turrialba on May 5. OVSICORI A series of powerful eruptions by the hyperactive Turrialba volcano have left the Central Valley of Costa Rica coated with ultra-fine ash, prompting savvy street merchants to offer surgical masks at busy pedestrian intersections in the capital city. Street sales of surgical masks have been brisk in San Jose ever since the Ministry of Public Health (Spanish i...

"Turtle golfina escobilla oaxaca mexico claudio giovenzana 2010" by Claudio Giovenzana - Claudio Giovenzana www.longwalk.it. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons - Drone Films Nesting Sea Turtle in Guanacaste, Costa Rica (VIDEO)

Conservationists from the Leatherback Trust, an international non-profit conservation organization that protects leatherback turtles and other sea turtle species from extinction, recently released rare drone footage of a female olive ridley swimming away from a beach in Costa Rica. The nesting event was filmed in Las Baulas National Park, located in the Playa Grande sector of the Guanacaste pro...

An emission nebula similar to N55. Wikimedia Commons Pink and Blue Stars Detected Outside the Milky Way

An emission nebula similar to N55. Wikimedia Commons Berlin, May 18 (EFE).- The European Southern Observatory on Wednesday released an impressive image of "stellar ornamentation," a peculiar pink and blue optical effect detected in a nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a galaxy some 163,000 light years from Earth. The ESO said in a communique that the detailed photo of the LHA 120-N55 neb...

Massachusetts General Hospital. Wikimedia Commons Successful Penis Transplant Surgery Reported in Boston

Massachusetts General Hospital. Wikimedia Commons Washington, May 16 (EFE).- Surgeons at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston announced Monday the first successful penis transplant in the United States, performed on a patient who lost that organ because of a tumor. The operation was just the second of its kind in the world, following a similar one in South Africa in 2014. On this occ...

Starbucks Costa Rica Agronomist Gets Special Recognition by Fast Company

Source: Starbucks NEW YORK, May 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Fast Company today announced its annual ranking of the 100 Most Creative People in Business for 2016, honoring an influential and diverse group of leading thinkers around the globe. Each year, the magazine's editors present an all-new list of 100 visionaries chosen according to a proprietary methodology (honorees can't repeat, and any...

Pixabay Commons Area 51 Secrets Would be Revealed if Clinton is Elected

Pixabay Commons Washington, May 11 (EFE).- U.S. President Barack Obama has no plans to divulge information about the secret military base known as Area 51, where spy aircraft were tested during the Cold War and where some believe confidential information about extraterrestrials is being kept, the White House said. However, Democratic presidential favorite Hillary Clinton has said that, if s...

The 300-year-old wreck contains an estimated US $4 billion to $17 billion worth of gold and silver coins as well as other jewels. Spain suggests leaving shipwreck with billions of dollars in gold and silver on Colombian seafloor

(YouTube / ODN) Spain’s Minister of Justice, Rafael Catala on Monday proposed leaving some US $4 billion to $17 billion worth of gold and silver on the seafloor off the coast of Colombia in order to avoid conflict over its ownership. The treasure is the cargo of the legendary galleon San Jose, a Spanish ship that was sunk in 1708 near the coast of Cartagena of the Indies, which was discover...

Source: NASA Amazing Mercury Solar Transit Images Captured by NASA

Source: NASA Washington, May 9 (EFE).- The planet Mercury on Monday made its first transit of the Sun in a decade, an unusual event that NASA broadcast live on its Web page. For about 7 1/2 hours, Mercury was visible from Earth as a tiny black disc crossing in front of the fiery Sun, a spectacle recorded for the first time by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, a telescope launched in 2010. ...

Source: Wikimedia Commons Costa Rica and The Global Popularity of Reptiles

Fer-de-lance snake, found in the jungles of Costa Rica By Carol Blair Vaughn We should care about the Reptilian Top Ten. Here's why: Scientists from Oxford University (U.K.) and from Tel Aviv University (Israel) have created a top ten list of the world’s most popular reptiles. You call this science? It turns out, that it actually IS science. The research team discovered valuable in...

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