ED. 136 | JUNE 2007

S&T POLICY

Making Sense of Art

USP team joins international effort to recover documents on Latin American artistic movements

National paradigm

FAPESP reaches its 45th anniversary with stability and constancy in its support for research

Multiplied effort

FAPESP-Padtec agreement to mobilize researchers in order to improve optical communication systems

SCIENCE

Predictions for the forest

Models show that part of the Amazon is going to turn into savannah and suggest that the effects of global warming may be reduced if the clearance of vegetation is avoided

Technology versus global warming

Brazil takes the lead with ethanol, biodiesel and direct planting

The chemistry of biodiesel

New catalyst improves the production of bio-fuels

Fragments of the past

Indian ceramics reveal that the heart of the Amazon, today a demographic void, once housed vast and complex communities before the Europeans arrived

Banana connection

An electric signal sent directly to the brain gives monkeys a clue about where to find food

Enlarged sequencing

The presence of jumping genes increases the size of the genome of Aedes aegypti, the dengue and yellow fever mosquito

The origin of the controversy

São Paulo exhibition shows Darwin's path to the theory of evolution

Lost links

Quantum entanglement may disappear suddenly, a stone in the path of quantum computing

TECHNOLOGY

Opportune business

Companies create centers in Brazil to develop software and applications for the global market

Intelligence for the railways

System organizes railways and reduces by 18% the time trains spend at shunting yards

Multiple uses

Nanostrucutured resins act as bactericides and fungicides for the of washing machines and mattresses

HUMANITIES

The joyful dictatorship

Intellectuals defend changes to save Bahia’s most traditional celebration: Carnival

Between bits and paper

The modernization of the National Library emphasizes the importance of reading, in any format

It goes down very smoothly

There is a dangerous relationship between alcoholic beverage commercials and the consumption of alcohol by youngsters