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Source: Maxam Panama Canal Expansion Required More than 3,000 Explosions

Source: Maxam By Maria M. Mur Panama City, Feb 4 (EFE).- The 3,500 blasts that Spain-based multinational Maxam has detonated as part of the Panama Canal's expansion have been one of the biggest technological challenges for the firm, a leader in staged explosions in mining and public works projects. "It has been a very important technological challenge for us," Maxam international relatio...

Jason-3 is the latest in over twenty years of ocean-monitoring satellites. Image credit: NASA New Satellite Collects Sea Level Data to Monitor Climate Change

Jason-3 is the latest in over twenty years of ocean-monitoring satellites. Image credit: NASA LOS ANGELES (VOA) Scientists from the U.S. and Europe have a new eye in the sky monitoring the world's oceans. The Jason-3 satellite, launched on January 17, is the latest satellite to monitor rising sea levels. Scientists say data collected by satellites over the last two decades shows sea levels ris...

Wikimedia Commons Costa Rica Will Address the Universal Access to Broadband Summit

Wikimedia Commons BOGOTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance has announced its first confirmed speakers for its annual Global Summit, which will be held in Bogota, Colombia (April 26-28 2016). A recent report published by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), titled “Working Together to Connect the World by 2020” notes that only 3.2 billion people are online, while 4.2 ...

Fabrizzio Berrocal Costa Rican Designer Participates in NY Digital Fashion Show

LONG BEACH, Calif., Feb. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Epson, a global leader in printing technology, today announced it will host its second annual Epson Digital Couture event on Feb. 9 in advance of Fashion Week in New York City. Showcasing 11 designers' collections from North and Latin America created using Epson's state-of-the-art textile printing solutions, this runway experience is built around th...

Firefox smartphone MobileRecharge.com Adds Movistar Costa Rica Option

Atlanta, Georgia (PRWEB) January 29, 2016 / MobileRecharge.com, the global expat service provider, has recently introduced one more network to facilitate top ups to mobiles in Costa Rica. Friends and relatives who use Movistar Costa Rica phones are now ready to receive mobile credit from anywhere in the world. The online ordering form is simple and requires no contract, except to register on the w...

Source: Pixabay Commons Univision Mobile Offers Unlimited Calls to Costa Rica for $30

NEW YORK, Jan. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Univision Mobile and Ultra Mobile, a nationwide mobile carrier offering competitive international telecom services, announced today that they have partnered to bring unlimited international calling and global text to the Univision Mobile base of customers. The wireless service will leverage Ultra's expertise in international telecom and UCI's unparalleled tr...

Wikimedia Commons Animal Testing Could Be Drastically Reduced With New Lab Method

Wikimedia Commons London, Jan 27 (EFE).- A team of U.S. researchers has developed a method for screening thousands of chemicals for toxicity without testing them on animals, an article in the scientific journal Nature Communications said. A team led by Ruili Huang, of the National Institutes of Health's National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, or NCATS, conducted the Tox21 stud...

Source: Wikimedia Commons Brazil Fights Zika Virus With Special Mosquitoes

By Alba Santandreu Piracicaba, Brazil, Jan 27 (EFE).- Roughly 800,000 genetically modified Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are being released per week in the Brazilian city of Piracicaba to combat that insect, a transmitter of the dengue and zika viruses that has confounded health authorities in Brazil and other Latin American countries. Unlike other mosquitoes, the "good" Aedes aegypti, as it is c...

Scene from Downtown grecia. Wikimedia Commons Smart Parking Technology Expands in Costa Rica

Church in Grecia. Wikimedia Commons Smart Parking Press Release - World-leading provider of car parking technology and parking management services Smart Parking is partnering with Madrid based Viarium Technologies to deploy its SmartPark space finding solution in Costa Rica. Costa Rica is rapidly developing and increasingly recognized for its commitment to sustainability by ranking third in...

Wikimedia Commons Do You Have a Lame Internet Password?

Pixabay Commons By Carol Blair Vaughn SplashData, a password management company headquartered in Los Gatos, CA, has released their top 25 most-hacked passwords from 2015 – do you use any of these? If you do, you should change them immediately, according to Morgan Slain, CEO of SplashData. You should change them to avoid major damage to your personal records. Says Slain, “As always, we ho...

Source: NASA NASA Reports Pretty Flowers Blooming in Outer Space

Source: NASA00 Washington, Jan 19 (EFE).- NASA published photographs of the first flower grown on board the International Space Station as part of a 2-year experiment to raise plants in space. Although astronauts had grown lettuce and other vegetables in their space garden, this is the first time that flowers - zinnias, in particular, which are edible - have bloomed outside Earth's gravity....

ALMA instrument array in Atacama, Chile Astronomers Observe Sun-like Star and Earth-like Exoplanet

ALMA instrument array in Atacama, Chile Santiago, Jan 18 (EFE).- International astronomers in Chile on Monday began a hunt for an Earthlike exoplanet, focusing their efforts on the closest star to the Solar System, Proxima Centauri, using the 3.6-meter La Silla telescope at the European Southern Observatory in the Atacama desert. The observatory is located at an altitude of 2,400 meters (ab...

3nderapp.com Looking for Threesomes in Costa Rica? There’s an App for That

3nderapp.com For some open-minded users of mobile technology, three is not a crowd. A new mobile dating app geared towards the polyamorous recently completed a venture funding round and is gaining popularity. Similar to Tinder and Grindr, 3ndr is a mobile app that enables sexual encounters and dating based on factors related to proximity, gender identity, and sexual preference; it also make...

NexusTours Bus NexusTours Costa Rica Now Offers Free Wi-Fi

NexusTours Bus TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - January 14, 2016) - Passengers of NexusTours are now able to access free Wi-Fi during airport transfers or on route to and from excursions while on board one of NexusTours' modern, branded vehicles. An innovative and leading provider of destination management services, NexusTours offers multiple types of transportation to suit the needs of every trave...

Source: Mercedes-Benz Luxury and High Technology Awaits at the Detroit Auto Show

Source: Mercedes-Benz By Julio Cesar Rivas Detroit, Jan 12 (EFE).- More than 40 vehicles will make their debuts at the North American International Auto Show, or NAIAS, the most important event of its kind in the United States and one of the most prominent in the world, in Detroit. The new offerings at the show, which opens its doors on Monday, will be introduced over the first two days,...

Source: Pornhub 36% of Women from Costa Rica Enjoy Internet Porn

Source: Pornhub In what has become a New Year tradition for Internet media analysts, the most visited network of pornographic websites in the world has released its annual insights and analytics report, which indicated that more than a third of its visitors from Costa Rica in 2015 were female. Pornhub is part of a pornographic video sharing network that gets nearly one million visits per da...

FacePhi Banco Nacional Augments Security With Facial Recognition

FacePhi Alicante, 5th January 2016.- FacePhi, a biometrics tech firm based in Spain, has been awarded a tender for the use of face recognition to authenticate the clients of Banco Nacional of Costa Rica. This contract will make the clients of the biggest financial entity of Costa Rica to access to their accounts and check their balances quickly and in a secure way using the advanced technology...

Source: Green Lava Video Game Made in Costa Rica Gets PlayStation and Xbox Sequel

Source: Green Lava GamesPress Release - TWAIN HARTE, CA – January 6, 2016 – Gamers who have been missing the simple joy of fast and frantic platforming action, get those extra controllers ready! Green Lava Studios and Reverb Triple XP are happy to announce today that Fenix Furia will be coming out on both the Sony PlayStation®4 and Microsoft Xbox One. The addictively fun action-platformer, for...

Wikiemdia Commons Gold Rush in Outer Space: U.S. Leads the Way

Wikimedia Commons By Jairo Mejia Washington, Jan 4 (EFE).- The United States could start a "gold rush" with a new space exploration law covering bodies orbiting in the Solar System's asteroid belt. Just as lawmakers in Washington provided a legal framework for the California Gold Rush in the mid-1800s, Congress and the administration have given the green light to encourage space mining. ...

Wikimedia Commons Costa Rica Joined Sleep and Bipolar Disorder Research Study

Wikimedia Commons In the first study of its kind, a team of international scientists led by UT Southwestern Medical Center and UCLA researchers have identified a dozen inherited traits related to sleep, wake, and activity cycles that are associated with severe bipolar disorder. Researchers also were able to tie the traits to specific chromosomes, providing important clues to the genetic nat...

Source: Archiv.is The Mysterious Death of a Linux Foundation Member

Source: Archiv.is Washington, Dec 31 (EFE; additional context by The Costa Rica Star).- Ian Murdock, the founder of Debian, a member of the Linux Foundation and one of the top promoters of free software, died this week, according to the blog at the open software developers' platform Docker. He was 42. "With a heavy heart Debian mourns the passing of Ian Murdock, stalwart proponent of Free O...

Source: Wikimedia Commons Lifeguards in Brazil Use Drones for Rescue Operations

Source: Wikimedia Commons Rio de Janeiro, Dec 29 (EFE).- Rio de Janeiro firefighters are beginning to use drones equipped with cameras and floating life preservers for quicker rescues and to prevent people from drowning at beaches like Ipanema and Copacabana, authorities said Tuesday. A drone's camera will be able to transmit the exact position of a person in danger and its life preserver c...

Wikimedia Commons Bacteria from Antarctica Could be Used in Cancer Treatment

Wikimedia Commons By Julia Talarn Rabascall Santiago, Dec 28 (EFE).- Bacteria surviving under extreme conditions in Antarctic glaciers synthesize fluorescent nanoparticles that could be used to tag tumor cells and track the metastasis in different types of cancers, scientists said. These nanoparticles are produced by microorganisms able to resist high exposure to ultraviolet light, lack ...

Leaning Traveler New Smartphone App Features GPS Travel in Costa Rica

Leaning Traveler A new mobile app allows tourists to get around Costa Rica and discover cool things to do through GPS guidance and reviews. LeaningTraveler is an app developed for the Apple iOS platform; it is available as a free download from the iTunes App Store for iPhones and iPads. According to the developers, no other Costa Rica travel guide or GPS mapping application contains more ma...

Wikimedia Commons The Radiation-Resistant Organisms of the South Pole

Wikimedia Commons By Julia Talarn Rabascall Santiago, Dec 23 (EFE).- The quest to pry into the secrets of some of the most radiation-resistant organisms on Earth led Chilean scientist Jenny Blamey to the Union Glacier, just 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) from the South Pole. These microorganisms, classified as extremophiles, can survive in environments with constant sub-freezing temperatures...

"Yutu" by Chinese National Space Administration/China Central Television - http://planetary.s3.amazonaws.com/assets/images/3-moon/20131215_yutu_on-moon.jpg(http://www.planetary.org/multimedia/space-images/spacecraft/jade-rabbit-on-the-moon.html). Via Wikipedia Interesting Moon Discovery Made by Chinese Robot

"Yutu" by Chinese National Space Administration/China Central Television Madrid, Dec 23 (EFE).- China's Yutu robot, which landed on the moon in 2013 as part of the unmanned Chang'e-3 mission, has found a different type of basaltic rock on the Earth's satellite, a study published in the journal Nature Communications said. Chang'e-3, the first probe to reach the lunar surface since the Apollo...

Unidentified hacker. Wikimedia Commons Iranian Hackers Breached New York Flood Gates

Unidentified hacker. Wikimedia Commons New York, Dec 21 (EFE).- Iranian hackers in 2013 gained access to the control system of a small dam near New York City, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday. Citing several officials and experts, the daily detailed aspects of the hack-job, which was not publicized by the authorities but was handled at the highest level. According to the report, t...

Wikimedia Commons Costa Rica Partners With Puerto Rico for Biological Research

Wikimedia Commons Washington, DC, December 16, 2015 --(PR.com)-- The White House, U.S. Department of State, Partners of the Americas, and NAFSA: Association of International Educators announced eight new 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund grants sponsored by Campus Puerto Rico to support university partnerships and new study abroad programs at an event with Vice President Joe Biden...

ISS. Source: Wikimedia Commons Mission Success: Astronauts Safely Dock With Space Station

ISS. Source: Wikimedia Commons Washington, Dec 15 (EFE).- Russia's Soyuz TMA-19M space capsule docked successfully with the International Space Station on Tuesday, bringing three astronauts to the orbiting platform. The spacecraft was launched at 1103 GMT from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and docked with the ISS exactly 6 1/2 hours later, NASA said on its Web page. On board the ...

Wikimedia Commons Scientists Summoned to Battle Devastating Plague in Honduras

Wikimedia Commons By Anny Castro Tegucigalpa, Dec 14 (EFE).- Science, technology and awareness are required to control a plague of southern pine beetles, known as "gorgojos," that has spread over hundreds of thousands of hectares of Honduran woods and threatens plantations, experts said in Tegucigalpa. To contain the spread of the beetles (Dendoctronus frontalis), more rigorous controls ...

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