Health & Science

Health & Science
Wednesday, March 23rd 2016 - 05:48 UTC

Panel of experts will name the new UK polar research vessel

The state-of-the-art £200m vessel will be launched in 2019 to replace Royal Research Ships (RRS) Ernest Shackleton and James Clark Ross.

The name of a new British polar research vessel will be chosen by a panel of experts, even if the public overwhelmingly votes to call it Boaty McBoatface. Lord West, ex-First Sea Lord, said he was rather proud “silly names” had been suggested but hoped none were chosen.

Saturday, March 12th 2016 - 05:40 UTC

Chile's challenge: disposing 27.700 tons of algae/bloom dead salmon

Sernapesca director José Miguel Burgos reported that the Chilean Navy authorized the dumping of 300 tons dead salmon at sea, 75 miles offshore

More than 27,733 tons, equivalent to 72% of the total salmon mortality caused by algae bloom, have been removed from the farms affected by this contingency, Chile's National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (Sernapesca) informed. In a new report on the emergency affecting the salmon farming industry in the Chilean southern region of Los Lagos, Sernapesca pointed out that 38 farms have been affected by microalgae bloom in the Concession Groups (ACS) 1, 2, 3A, 6, 7, and 10B, with a total mortality amounting to 23.8 million fish, equivalent to more than 38,500 tons.

Friday, March 11th 2016 - 05:29 UTC

Brexit would be “a disaster for UK science” warn 150 fellows from Royal Society

“Increased funding has raised greatly the level of European science as a whole and of the UK in particular because we have a competitive edge”

Stephen Hawking has called for Britain to stay in the EU, saying that a Brexit would be a “disaster for UK science”. A letter to the Times newspaper signed by more than 150 fellows of the Royal Society argues that leaving the EU would devastate research.

Wednesday, March 9th 2016 - 06:19 UTC

Mildronate (meldonium), a heart medication popular in Eastern Europe and..athletes

The drug is a heart medication developed by the Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis and popular with Eastern European athletes

When Maria Sharapova announced Monday that she had failed a drug test at the Australian Open by testing positive for the banned drug meldonium, it prompted many questions about what this substance is and how it affects an athlete's performance.

Wednesday, March 9th 2016 - 05:08 UTC

Sambo fish to combat mosquitoes in the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio

This fish, native to El Salvador, is known for feeding on mosquitoes—the same insects that transmit the virus said to be causing physical deformities to babies.

Governments have been using various tools to fight the spread of the Zika virus in Latin America: fumigation, spraying of insecticides and even a plan to distribute mosquito repellents to athletes during the upcoming Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Monday, March 7th 2016 - 14:33 UTC

UK/Uruguay training and academic exchange program in science and math's education

UK ambassador Lyster-Binns, with Education Minister Maria Julia Muñoz, and the head of the Education Training Council (CFE) Ana Lopater in Maldonado

The United Kingdom and Uruguay are implementing a program in science education and innovation, part of an ambitious umbrella project which consists of a series of training opportunities offered by British experts in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) for almost 100 teachers of primary and secondary school and teacher trainers, due to an agreement with CFE.

Saturday, March 5th 2016 - 10:33 UTC

Olympics organizers in Rio do Janeiro struggling with tickets, 50% remain unsold

Rio organizing committee spokesman Mario Andrada revealed that only about 47% of the 7.5 million tickets on offer have been sold so far.

With five months to go before the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazilian organizers are struggling to sell tickets for South America’s first games. The IOC president Thomas Bach said the locals will buy up tickets at the last minute.

Wednesday, March 2nd 2016 - 07:45 UTC

Brazil begins reconstruction of Antarctica base “Comandante Ferraz” lost to fire in 2012

 The new base will cost US$ 99.6m and will be built by a Chinese company which won the international bidding process.

A symbolic ceremony launching the reconstruction of Brazil's “Comandante Ferraz” Antarctic base was held at the Chilean Antarctic Institute in Punta Arenas with the attendance of top officials from both countries. The Brazilian base, located in King George Island was a total loss back in February 2012 caused by a fire that started at the power room.

Wednesday, February 24th 2016 - 05:53 UTC

Huge fireball plunged through the atmosphere into the Atlantic, off Brazil coast

As it burned up, the space rock released the equivalent of 13,000 tons of TNT. This makes it the most powerful event since Chelyabinsk in Russia in 2013.

The biggest fireball since the Chelyabinsk explosion has plunged through the atmosphere over the Atlantic Ocean. The event, which has only just come to light, occurred off the coast of Brazil at 13:55 GMT on 6 February.

Saturday, February 20th 2016 - 07:19 UTC

Francis admits contraception is morally acceptable in fighting Zika virus

“Abortion isn’t a lesser evil, it’s a crime,” said Francis. “Taking one life to save another, that’s what the Mafia does. It’s a crime. It’s an absolute evil.”

Pope Francis suggested that using artificial contraception may be morally acceptable in fighting the Zika virus. But the Argentine pontiff, speaking to reporters as he flew back to Rome from an exhausting visit to Mexico, categorically ruled out abortion as a response to Zika, comparing the practice to a “Mafia” killing.

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