ED. 130 | DECEMBER 2006

S&T POLICY

A warmer Brazil

The first scenarios using regional climate models point towards more severe droughts and floods under temperatures that will be higher and humidity that will be lower, with impacts upon human health and food production

The ethanol race

FAPESP and Oxiteno invite researchers to look for solutions that will reduce alcohol costs

A north star for the state of Amazonas

In only four years, the State sets up a state wide system of science and technology

SCIENCE

Behind the smoke screen

A study shows how to identify and treat high risk smokers

The trails of coke

A compound inhibits the effect of cocaine and helps to elucidate its action on the brain

Secrets of Nobility

Biologists begin to understand how the genes act in order to differentiate queen bees from workers

Mammals to the surface

Biologists find an average of eight new species of mammals a year in South America

Open, Sesame!

Bacteria contend with plants to control the pores of the leaves

The DNA from the caves

Genome of Neanderthal man brings clues about our origin

TECHNOLOGY

Constant innovation

Electronic voting machines with a digital identifier start being used in the 2008 municipal elections

Digital recognition

System developed by Griaule is amongst the best in the world

Space conquests

Uniespaço project develops technological innovations for rocket and satellite projects

Fortified eucalyptus

Partnership between USP and Suzano obtains wood that may result in better quality paper

Track-cleaner

Spraying system eliminates weeds that hinder the locomotion of trains

Functional fabrics

Santista launches products for workwear with nanotechnological properties

HUMANITIES

Eat me or drink me?

The dilemmas of Brazilian economic growth are far older and more complex than our vain philosophy supposes

Who will guard the guardians?

Crisis at the airports puts into the air the fragilities of the Ministry of Defense

Dance of the machine, body and mind

Doctoral thesis with DVD creates concept on quality of life in the virtual era