The Show of the Magic of Chemistry illuminated Christmas at the IUPI

By Ashlee Cruz Lebrón Reportera Communications Office Río Piedras Campus – UPR Last Friday, December 22, 2017 the Show of the Magic of Chemistry arrived with Santa Claus to the IUPI. The American Chemical Society (ACS) of the chapter of the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus (UPR-RP) brought the joy of Christmas through its first Christmas Show… Read More »

University students design clothes adapted for people with disabilities

IBERO students create tailor-made garments and specific needs of people in wheelchairs Students of the Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Design and Fashion at the Universidad Iberoamericana de México designed clothing adapted to the specific needs and measures of three people with disabilities, who require wheelchairs. The garments were designed and elaborated for: Enrique, a 67-year-old man with multiple sclerosis (autoimmune… Read More »

Origins of photosynthesis in plants dated to 1.25 billion years ago

Maybe the ‘Boring Billion’ wasn’t so boring, after all The world’s oldest algae fossils are a billion years old, according to a new analysis by earth scientists at McGill University. Based on this finding, the researchers also estimate that the basis for photosynthesis in today’s plants was set in place 1.25 billion years ago. The study, published in the journal Geology, could… Read More »

This artificial cartilage gets its strength from the stuff in bulletproof vests

High water content allows the new material to ferry nutrients, just like the real thing A new kind of artificial cartilage, made with the same kind of fiber that fortifies bulletproof vests, is proving stronger than others. The fabricated material mimics the stiffness, toughness and water content of natural cartilage, researchers report in the Jan. 4 Advanced Materials. This synthetic… Read More »

IITA commences confined field trials of transgenic cassava

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) was recently granted a permit to carry out Confined Field Trials (CFT) on genetically modified cassava (AMY3 RNAi Transgenic lines). This research, carried out in collaboration with ETHZ Plant Biotechnology Lab in Zurich, aims to reduce starch breakdown in storage roots of cassava after pruning the shoots, prior to harvest of… Read More »

Key to the Mysteries of Black Hole Formation

Radiative Feedback Shaping the Close Environments of Accreting Massive Black Holes Kyoto, Japan — How are black holes formed? We may now have a clearer picture. Yoshihiro Ueda and his international research group have completed a large systematic study of black holes in unprecedented detail. The results shed light on a longtime mystery regarding the location and evolution… Read More »

#CIENCIA ¿Por qué el calentamiento ártico agudiza el frío en nuestro país?

By: Dr. Alfredo Sandoval Villalbazo, coordinator of the Departmental Physics Service Program of the Department of Physics and Mathematics of the Ibero-American University of Mexico City. National Researcher Level II (SNI). The winter climate of the northern hemisphere is affected by the polar stratospheric vortex. This term is applied to very cold air flows in rotation that have their origin… Read More »

Re-programming inRe-programming innate immune cells to fight tuberculosisnate immune cells to fight tuberculosis

Canadian researchers’ innovative work promises to make vaccines more effective against tuberculosis and other infectious diseases like the flu Tuberculosis (TB), an infectious disease which attacks the lungs, claims someone’s life every 20 seconds and 1.5 million lives worldwide every year. A cure has eluded scientists for more than a century but, now, a Montreal team of researchers… Read More »