ED. 212 | OCTOBER 2013


Female Bailiwicks

Research shows that women are publishing more articles, but progress is slow in certain fields and in winning prestigious positions

An elite platoon

New indicator shows the countries and institutions that most frequently publish in journals produced by the Nature group

A warmer world

IPCC report reflects greater confidence in climate change assessment

Quality Collaboration

FAPESP Week London demonstrates a maturation of cooperation between São Paulo science and that of the United Kingdom


When eating increases hunger

High-fat diet reduces satiety

Worm may help put the brakes on aging

Drug improves cell function in C. elegans

Aluminum in the veins

Metal present in glass contaminates drugs and may harm premature babies and kidney patients

Stranger in the nest

Alien queen bee invades orphan colony and assumes command of the workers

Invisible threat

Small-scale environmental changes could jeopardize conservation of the world’s largest tropical forest

The last great rise of the Atlantic

Sea cliffs indicate that the ocean rose some 60 meters in the Brazilian North and Northeast between 25 and 16 million years ago

Why upset victories are common in the Brazilian soccer championship

Model proposed by physicists shows that randomness is important in championships based on total points accrued


The Future – NOW

Brazilian junior companies have revenues of R$8.5 million from more than 2,000 projects

From missiles to radar

Omnisys invests 20% of revenues in R&D to develop weapon, satellite and radar components

Fighting hospital infection

Microscopic silver filaments fight bacteria and fungi

Laser Mining

A light beam can be used to drill rocks to search for minerals and oil


Intercontinental modernity

Cornerstone collection of MAC USP reveals the importance of Italian modern art in Brazil