Health & Science

Health & Science
Friday, January 15th 2016 - 08:06 UTC

Strong hints of a vast canyon system hidden under the Antarctic ice sheet

If confirmed by a proper geophysical survey - now under way - the winding canyon network would be over 1,000km long and in places as much as 1km deep.

A vast, previously unrecognized canyon system could be hidden under the Antarctic ice sheet. Hints of its presence are seen in the shape of the white continent's surface, in a largely unexplored region called Princess Elizabeth Land. If confirmed by a proper geophysical survey - now under way - the winding canyon network would be over 1,000km long and in places as much as 1km deep.

Tuesday, January 12th 2016 - 06:30 UTC

Five cups of coffee a day good for the heart and to combat diabetes, says 10-year study

 The 10-year study found that the more coffee people drank, the less likely they were to die early. Results were similar with people who drank decaffeinated coffee.

A major US study has found that people who drink up to five cups of coffee daily are less likely to die from health issues such as heart disease and diabetes compared to those who don’t drink coffee at all. The 10-year study found that the more coffee people drank, the less likely they were to die early. The results were similar with people who drank decaffeinated coffee.

Thursday, January 7th 2016 - 09:27 UTC

Uruguay's 2016 Antarctic campaign takes off; ship to deliver 250 tons of fuel and 40 tons of supplies

ROU 26 'Vanguardia' is transporting gasoil and supplies to the 'General Artigas” scientific base

Uruguayan navy rescue vessel ROU 26 “Vanguardia” left this week from Montevideo for Antarctica loaded with fuel and provisions for the country's scientific base “General Artigas” at King George Island.

Monday, January 4th 2016 - 09:27 UTC

Lifestyles have a greater impact on cancer suggest latest findings; likewise they might be more preventable

It was previously thought that fewer than half of cancer could be prevented by lifestyle changes, but the new research indicates that it could be much higher.

Earlier this year, researchers sparked a debate by suggesting that random cell mutations, rather than lifestyle choices, played a significant role in the development of tumors, a finding dubbed the “bad luck hypothesis.” A new study has nevertheless led scientists to believe that external influences have a far greater impact, implying that many cancers may be more preventable than previously thought.

Friday, December 4th 2015 - 04:44 UTC

UK embassy sponsors three workshops in Uruguay on science and innovation

 The main objective of the Science and Innovation Fund is to create and strengthen links between researchers and institutions in Uruguay and UK

The British Embassy, the British Council and Uruguayan National Research and Innovation Agency (ANII) have announced the three workshops selected under the recent Researcher Links call for proposals, part of the Embassy’s cooperation funding for science and innovation in Uruguay.

Thursday, December 3rd 2015 - 11:33 UTC

Global advance of TB, a disease of poverty and inequality, warns world medical association

 Sir Michael Marmot, WMA President said that poverty is fuelling the alarming spread of tuberculosis.

Tuberculosis should be treated as a disease of poverty and inequality, the World Medical Association said on Wednesday. Against the background of the global growth of tuberculosis, the WMA is updating its training course for physicians to emphasize the relationship between poverty and TB.

Thursday, December 3rd 2015 - 07:48 UTC

Argentina will have a state of the art fisheries research vessel in 2017

Dr. Wöhler underlined that the sound proof issue was repeatedly discussed and the main reason for having the vessel built in Spain and not in Argentina

Argentina's Fisheries Research and Development Institute, INIDEP, has signed the contract for the construction of a new fisheries and oceanographic research vessel to be built at the Armon shipyard in Vigo, Spain. The financing for the vessel and refurbishing of INIDEP's offices and labs comes from the Inter-American Development bank with a 30m dollars loan.

Wednesday, December 2nd 2015 - 09:28 UTC

China and Brazil agree on further cooperation and on climate change

Xi and Rousseff met in Paris where they are attended the opening ceremony of the two-week conference on climate change

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Brazil's Dilma Rousseff met in Paris on the sidelines of the ongoing climate talks, and agreed to strengthen cooperation in a number of areas including a common position regarding global warming.

Tuesday, December 1st 2015 - 07:45 UTC

Brazil on alert on possible link between Zika virus and micro-cephalic babies

“We have three different clinical trials that for the first time show that Zika can cause death and that it causes severe deformations in fetuses,” Maierovitch told

Brazilian health authorities, who alerted the nation Monday to the rapid spread of the Zika virus, confirmed that up to now it has caused one death and that another six victims are in critical condition and under medical examination.

Sunday, November 29th 2015 - 09:51 UTC

Brazil plans to sue mining companies US$ 7.2bn on toxic mud spill

Izabella Teixeira said the suit will be filed on Monday and proceeds will be put in a fund and used for environmental cleanup in the Rio Doce valley

Brazil's federal and state governments plan to sue the owners of the Samarco iron ore-miner for 20 billion Reais ($7.2 billion) in damages caused by the burst of a tailings dam, Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira told reporters on Friday.

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