ED. 153 | NOVEMBER 2008


The chorus of the excluded

In recognizing Luc Montagnier for a prize and ignoring Robert Gallo, the Nobel organization adds another name to the gallery of those who feel they have been treated unfairly by the prize organization

The 2008 harvest

Scientific prizes are divided by researchers from the United States, France, Germany and Japan

United States

Seven support research foundations are working together to create a network for investigating malaria

Reinforcing public education

São Paulo is investing in distance teaching to guarantee university education for teachers

Medals in their bags

With more support Brazilian teams reap rewards in the international scientific Olympiad


Constructing a discovery

Brazilian strain of human embryonic stem cells opens up the way for new research in the search for therapies against disease

A versatile parasite

Besides the liver the protozoan that causes malaria also develops on the skin before invading blood cells

Death swarm

Brazilian group obtains the first serum against bee poison

Islands in the forest

Isolated stretches of the Atlantic rainforest are home to fewer species of plants and animals

Welcome impurities

Computer simulations explain how nanotubes detect toxic gases in extremely low concentrations


Memory of the future

A ceramics center will develop raw materials for a new chip factory in São Carlos

Diesel from sugar cane

Fuel to be produced by genetic transformations in yeast

Less waste

Two studies result in catalysts that can make biodiesel production more efficient and cleaner

Reinforced rubber

Company creates nanostructured material from polymer and clay for application in various industrial segments


With one eye on the fish and another on the cat

Brazilian mistrust of democratic institutions

Paranoia or mystification

Aleijadinho, if he existed, served many ideologies

Snapshots of knowledge

Author shows photography as an additional resource in social sciences, and one which is badly used and often despised by researchers