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Zoo Ave How 3D Printing Technology Rehabilitated a Toucan in Costa Rica

Zoo Ave ROCK HILL, South Carolina, August 22, 2016 – 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced today that its digital manufacturing solutions played a crucial role in the rehabilitation of Grecia, a toucan in Costa Rica that lost the majority of its upper beak as the victim of a senseless act of cruelty. The attack on Grecia not only left the toucan unable to feed and fend for itself, but it sparked ...

Alicia Chong RodrigueZ. Photo: Casey Atkins MIT Graduate from Costa Rica Seeks to Empower Young Girls

Alicia Chong RodrigueZ. Photo: Casey Atkins By Catherine Curro Caruso | MIT News correspondent   When Alicia Chong Rodriguez first toured the MIT campus as a high school student, she was so impressed by everything she saw that she still remembers excitedly phoning her mom back home in Costa Rica, calling collect from a pay phone in the student center. “It’s the first time I was fac...

Source: MSP Twitter Government Buildings Evacuated in Costa Rica After 2 Earthquakes

Source: MSP Twitter Two earthquakes shook Costa Rica on Wednesday morning, prompting the evacuation of at least two public buildings in San Jose. The first seismic event registered a 4.7 magnitude with an epicenter located near San Carlos, a small town in the Tarrazú region of the province of San Jose. That initial earthquake took place at 10:06 in the morning, and it was followed by a 4.6 ...

Wikimedia Commons Japanese Scientists Experiment With Artificial Blood Transfusions

Wikimedia Commons By Andres Sanchez Braun Tokyo, Aug 14 (EFE).- Blood produced artificially is the simple formula proposed by a Japanese firm whose revolutionary project seeks to reduce the scarcity of donor banks, bring down the cost of blood preservation and avoid contaminated transfusions. "One tends to think that blood is always available when a transfusion is required, but the truth...

Dlodlo V1 Lightweight and Stylish Virtual Reality Glasses are a Reality

Dlodlo V1 Chinese company Dlodlo has developed the world's lightest virtual reality, or VR, glasses that weigh only 88 grams and looks like conventional sunglasses, as opposed to the chunky and larger VR glasses that hit technology markets this year. According to official newspaper China Daily, the V1 Dlodlo are not just the lightest but also the first virtual glasses to operate independent...

Wikimedia Commons Mysterious Illness Kills 40 Villagers in Myanmar

Wikimedia Commons Dozens of people have died from an unknown disease in the northwestern Nagaland area of Myanmar over the last two months, an epa journalist reported. As of this morning, the sickness has claimed the lives of 40 people, marking an increase after Friday's death toll of 39, according to Shu Maung, Assistant General Secretary of the Council of Naga Affairs. Most victims of th...

U.S drillship Joides Resolution European Scientists Study Earthquake Origins in Costa Rica

U.S drillship Joides Resolution The effects of earthquakes are often severe and highly visible. They can destroy homes, induce slope failures and trigger tsunamis. The main cause for earthquakes are the stresses that occur in the Earth's interior, when two tectonic plates pass each other and interlock during this process. But even the worst earthquake starts with a very small first crack in th...

Photo by Arthur Caranta, Flickr Commons Artificial Intelligence May Never Achieve Human Consciousness

Photo by Arthur Caranta, Flickr Commons By Violeta Molina Gallardo Recent advances in artificial intelligence (AI) have endowed certain machines with human qualities such as intuition and improvisation. Despite such technological progress, experts say future machines may never achieve self-awareness. "We don't really understand how consciousness works, we barely know anything at all a...

Cartoon by Clay Jones U.S. Scientists Rush to Test Zika Vaccine

Cartoon by Clay Jones U.S. health authorities announced this week the start of the first safety trials for a vaccine against the Zika virus just as the disease has appeared in Florida with at least 15 people having been infected by locally-hatched mosquitoes. The National Institute of Health announced Wednesday that the first phase of the studies is aimed at establishing the safety of the e...

Wikimedia Commons Florida Biologists Study Extinction Potential of Costa Rica Frogs

By Evelyn S. Gonzalez, Florida International University Amphibians that can tolerate higher temperatures are likely to fare better against disease, habitat loss and climate change, according to researchers. FIU biologist Maureen Donnelly contributed to two studies on the ability of frogs and amphibians to survive challenges brought on by a changing planet — challenges she said could lead to ex...

Phytoplankton Costa Rica Thermal Dome Could Become a World Heritage Site

Sunken coral islands, floating rainforests, giant undersea volcanoes or even spires of rock resembling sunken cities: none of these sites can be inscribed on the World Heritage List because they are found in the High Seas, outside of any national jurisdiction. A report launched today by UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) explores the different ...

Stem cells. Wikimedia Commons New Stem Cell Center Opens in Escazú, Costa Rica

Stem cells. Wikimedia Commons Global Stem Cells Group hosted a symposium and formal inauguration of Clinica Biomaster, the company’s new stem cell center in Escazú, Costa Rica. Joseph Purita, M.D., head of the Global Stem Cells Group Scientific Advisory Board, was the keynote speaker at the event, held July 15 and 16, 2016. Purita also presented lectures to medical staff at Hospital CIMA and ...

Source: UNLV U.S. Engineering Student Improves Recycling Center in Costa Rica

Source: UNLV By Greg Lacour Mario Verduzco knew only a couple of things as he flew to Costa Rica in January for a four-month study-abroad/internship experience: He’d be working at a recycling center, and the owners had a project for him. The project turned out to be one of the most challenging experiences of the Las Vegas native and electrical engineering junior’s life. It wasn’t so much...

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...

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