ED. 142 | DECEMBER 2007

S&T POLICY

A new plan for growth

Federal government will earmark R$42.1 billion for science, technology and innovation

Joining the 200 Club

USP and Unicamp climb the global ranking of universities

Winning recipe

Anvisa to regulate the import and export of research material

Cry for Independence

Survey evaluates the "Support to Young Researchers" program

SCIENCE

More people, fewer trees

Minas Gerais researchers develop index to identify Amazon Forest areas prone to deforestation

Words and weather

Natural disasters require new communication strategies among scientists in public administration

A voice for the planet

Time magazine names José Goldemberg one of the "environmental heroes" for his study on ethanol

Cosmic rays long journey...

... and the scientists who wanted to learn where the rays come from

Around the world

Biologists compare the genes of different peoples to try and explain how and when human beings appeared and spread around the world

Way beyond Cyborg

Communication between brains and machines brings robotic prosthesis closer to reality

The man who uncooked the egg

French researcher who invented molecular gastronomy wants to change the way humans cook their meals

TECHNOLOGY

Renewable plastic

Firms use ethanol and bacteria as the raw materials to make substitutes for oil products

Good bacteria

Enzymes degrade proteins and PET bottles and may have new industrial uses

Protein in oil

Researchers from USP use lipasis and ethanol in the production of biodiesel

Less waste

Discarded copper and nickel from metal plating parts are recovered

HUMANITIES

Those who don't know how to dance improvise

Hip-hop offers social existence to youngsters in poor suburbs

From the whale's belly into the fire

In mid-eighteenth century, a priest from Bahia wished to unite Jews and Christians.

Abortion and the origin of crime

Relationship between interrupted pregnancies and criminality, advocated by the Governor of Rio de Janeiro, is controversial and denied by academics who study both subjects