ED. 203 | JANUARY 2013


The New Scientists

Fair awards student projects in São Paulo and attracts public-school students to research

Biota goes to school

Conferences will take knowledge about biodiversity to high school students and teachers

Pioneering voyage

Alpha-Crucis brings together researchers from three countries to gather data on heat variation in the South Atlantic

Protecting science from bureaucracy

A growing number of universities and institutions are establishing offices that support researchers

The essence of rocks

USP starts using new electronic microprobe to analyze chemical elements in minerals


Dance of the river basins

Over the past 1.3 million years, the São Francisco River Basin has lost area to the Doce River Basin, which, in turn, has lost area to the Paraíba do Sul River Basin

Stars that the wind blew out

Gas expelled by stellar explosions interrupted the growth of dwarf galaxies

More uniform forests

Proliferation of native species resistant to environmental disturbances reduces biodiversity in the Atlantic Forest

Why are the whales dying?

Study identifies bone abnormalities commonly found in humpback whales on the Brazilian coast


Açaí: From the Ground to the Snack Bar

An increase in consumption is intensifying competition, causing a price crisis, and exposing the difficulties of moving from extractivism to agribusiness

Luzeia: The Superguaraná

Researchers plan to increase productivity with new varieties and adjustments in planting techniques

Relief during pregnancy

Brazilian scientists develop a pioneer drug for treating hypertension, which affects up to 7% of pregnant women in Brazil

Global reference

Innovations in women’s health care products and sunscreens at Johnson & Johnson are exported to the rest of the world


Ingenuity and art in Colonial Brazil

Book traces the role of Portuguese military engineers in the territorial expansion process

Niemeyer in the academic spotlight

Studies analyze the work of Brasilia’s creator