Health & Science

Health & Science
Thursday, November 21st 2013 - 19:02 UTC

Dengue emergency in Brazil: 573 deaths so far this year says Health ministry

The mosquito Aedes aegypti spread the four strains of the virus

At least 573 people have died from dengue in Brazil so far this year, nearly twice the figure reported in 2012, according to official figures released Wednesday. Last year, 292 deaths were recorded and 473 in 2011, according to the health ministry.

Thursday, November 21st 2013 - 18:34 UTC

Falklands’ aquaculture advances with development of brown trout pilot farm

Simon at the pilot farm facility in Fitz Roy

One of the Falklands leading Seafood Companies, Fortuna, has invested in a pilot brown trout farm facility in the Falkland Islands. The project is lead by Simon Hardcastle, a Falkland Islander with experience of fish farming both in Scotland and in earlier projects in the Islands.

Thursday, November 14th 2013 - 19:20 UTC

Two UK scientists keeping track of Manhattan size iceberg moving in the Southern ocean

Professor Bigg is a leading iceberg expert from the University of Sheffield

An Iceberg, the size of Manhattan in area, was derived from the Pine Island Glacier, and is currently moving through the Southern Ocean. To keep track of its movements and melting Professor Grant Bigg of UK's University of Sheffield has been awarded a £50,000 grant from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) for the 6 month project.

Wednesday, November 13th 2013 - 06:27 UTC

Foreign Office analyzes OAS initiative on drugs policy: fears some Latam countries may dump coercive policies

OAS Secretary General Insulza presented a paper on “The Drugs Problem in the Americas” at the General Assembly in June 2013

The OAS’s June 2013 paper on the drugs problem in the Americas responded to a growing debate in Latin America and has been seen as groundbreaking. Its underlying message is that current approaches to drugs are not working and that change is needed. But there is no common view in the region on the way forward, according to a paper from the Foreign Office.

Tuesday, November 12th 2013 - 08:02 UTC

European satellite plunges into the Atlantic south of the Falkland Islands

Goce, the first Esa mission to make an uncontrolled re-entry in more than 25 years. The gravity mapping probe's plunge was inevitable once it ran out of fuel

European Space Agency's (Esa) Goce satellite has re-entered the Earth's atmosphere, burning up in the process. US tracking data suggests any surviving debris fell into the South Atlantic, just off the tip of South America, south of the Falkland Islands.

Tuesday, October 29th 2013 - 00:13 UTC

NASA solves the mystery of a “city of lights” in the South Atlantic night: jiggers

Over the course of nine nights, jiggers shift positions while hugging the borders of  EEZs of Argentina and the Falkland Islands. (Map by NASA Earth Observatory)

When in December 2012, the NOAA National Geophysical Data Center and the NASA Earth Observatory released a new map of the Earth as it appears at night they “found something fishy off the coast of Argentina” but now the mystery has been solved. About 300 to 500 kilometers offshore, a city of light appeared in the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean. There are no human settlements there, nor fires or gas wells. But there are an awful lot of fishing boats.

Wednesday, October 23rd 2013 - 00:09 UTC

British embassy in Montevideo to host Chevening-ANII scholarships Twitter Q&A

British ambassador in Montevideo Ben Lyster-Binns

The British Embassy in Montevideo will host a Twitter Q&A session where experts will be able to answer any questions applicants may have about the Chevening-ANII scholarships, using the hashtag #CheveningANII

Monday, October 21st 2013 - 23:45 UTC

Brazil and UK intensify scientific research cooperation and exchanges

The British Science and Innovation Network is hosting the Brazilian delegation (Pic. D. Arruda)

The British Science and Innovation Network and the Confederation of Brazilian Funding Agencies (Confap) have taken nine funding agencies to the United Kingdom for a week long of meetings with their counterparts and other scientific organizations and universities.

Tuesday, October 15th 2013 - 18:15 UTC

HMS Protector leaves for Antarctica from Portsmouth but will return to Davenport

The Royal Navy “Swiss army knife’ during her last season in Antarctica

Royal Navy’s newest ice patrol ship HMS Protector leaves Portsmouth this week on deployment to Antarctica, but she will be returning to Davenport, where she is to be based in the future.

Friday, October 11th 2013 - 18:19 UTC

WHO calls for the phase out of mercury fever-thermometers by 2020

Mercury is one of the top ten chemicals of major public health concern says WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan

The World Health Organization (WHO) and Health Care without Harm organisation have joined forces to launch a new initiative to get mercury removed from all medical measuring devices by 2020.


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