ED. 132 | FEBRUARY 2007


What are we good at?

Studies indicate 11 areas of knowledge in which Brazilian research shines in the world

Women wanted

Award granted to researcher from Unicamp calls attention to the fall of women interest in computing

Breathing spell for the vaccine

Specialists declare 2007 the year of the fight against pneumococcal disease


Anatomy Lesson

"Bodies... the exhibition" shows a fascinating and painstaking spectacle of the human anatomy

Bacillus in the tribe

Tuberculosis is 20 times more common amongst Indians than in the rest of the population.

Poison in vitro

A Butantan team develops a recipe to cultivate jararaca glands in the laboratory.

The mother of all jararacas

The ancestor of the snakes that cause most accidents in Brazil was small and had a varied diet.

Textures of the forest

Genetic classification solves the evolutionary mystery of vines and could provide guidance for the preservation of tropical rainforests.

Below zero

Computer simulations explain the electrical properties of ice.


In small doses

Unesp researchers develop a less toxic and slow acting bait for the control of ants.

Clinical eye

Safety sensors with optical filters identify the contours of people and animals.

Vegetable Styrofoam

Biodegradable foam could substitute various types of plastic


The company Braskem is producing resins using nanotechnology that result in plastics that are more resistant.


Portrait in black and white

Image of the Black in Brazil was forged with the arrival of photography in the 19th century.

One is too few. Two is fine

Studies demystify prejudices about families with homosexual parents

Philosopher of the possible dialog

Bento Prado Jr. brought the philosophy of literature and of other human sciences closer, resized it in Brazil, and became respected all over the world