ED. 237 | NOVEMBER 2015


The DNA of innovation in the metropolises

Researcher shows how big universities influence the economy and environment of the urban regions where they are situated

Precision Medicine

FAPESP-funded research centers establish a shared genetic data platform to support the search for patient-tailored therapies

Organ donation: The art of giving bad news

Study says that poor training of health professionals helps explain the increase in the number of Brazilian family refusals

From deforestation to urban pollution

Forest code is expected to help Brazil reduce greenhouse gases, but goals for 2030 are tied to industrial modernization, report says

The 2015 Nobel Prizes

Parasitic diseases and DNA repair are among the recognized research subjects; Scottish economist, Belorussian writer and peace negotiators in Tunisia are laureates


Race against malaria

Doctors monitor parasite's resistance to currently used drugs, while biochemists seek alternatives

The brain and the ravages of time

Even when there are no changes due to disease, aging leads to changes in the brain’s organization and function

The metrics of urban growth

Groups in Brazil and abroad use new metrics to identify trends in city growth

A new chance for the Atlantic Forest

Studies identify ways to restore the forest and promote social well-being in the region

The source of solar flares

International team maps the energy released in unstable regions of the Sun


Catching cancer in the act

A new generation of tests is attempting to identify the disease much earlier, assess treatment effectiveness and assist in the choice of therapy

Courses for innovative leaders

Small business researchers return from London and Oxford with new ideas for marketing their products

More sustainable buses

A Brazilian company launches a cleaner hybrid electric vehicle in line with a trend among multinational manufacturers


Literacy for real

A four-year project implemented in three schools encourages improvements and discovers failures in public education

Altered cities

A statistical model indicates that building a hydroelectric plant does not, in the long run, benefit the surrounding area

Negotiated Christianity

Between the 17th and 18th centuries, Jesuit missions in the Spanish Amazon had to deal with indigenous versions of Catholicism