ED. 193 | MARCH 2012

S&T POLICY

The world in a trance

Metropolises have transformed themselves, along with paradigms of research on urban problems

The meeting of two worlds

Workshops discuss ways to expand the participation of physicists in efforts at innovation in companies

SCIENCE

Visceral connections

Changes in the profile of the intestinal microbiota favor the development of diabetes and obesity

Brazilian forms of toxoplasmosis

Local types of encephalitis-causing protozoa are beginning to appear

Skin color written in the DNA

Tests discover racial characteristics without the presence of people

The climate equation

Study evaluates the real impact of native and cultivated plants in the Americas on global temperatures

The new wave of qubits

Systems at room temperature could have a quantum feature useful for computer sciences

Tiny, but hefty

Organisms invisible to the naked eye are able to survive interplanetary trips

Uninterrupted activity

Chemist Blanka Wladislaw did research and taught classes with the same intensity

TECHNOLOGY

Productive option

Sorghum is planted to produce ethanol during the sugarcane off-season

Totally white

Small company develops enzyme to bleach pulp without harming the environment

Luminescent yeast

Researchers use microorganism to detect hormone in rivers

State of the art images

System stores and transmits films in ultra high definition

HUMANITIES

When to stop is moving forward

The cycle of strikes from 1978 to 1992 was crucial for the democratization of Brazil

The clothes that Brazilians wore during the ‘coffee with milk’ part of their history

Old outfits reveal what the First Republic hid beneath its clothes

The man who had to invent a Brazil

Research challenges the view of Villa-Lobos’ work as mere exotic nationalism