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A "boricua" with space citizenship

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viernes, 31 de agosto de 2012

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Overheated lizards – Radiocápsula Ciencia Puerto Rico

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The Puerto Rican lizard, "Anolis cristatellus", has two populations, one living in dry forests (Guánica, Aguirre, Boquerón and Ceiba) and one living in humid forests (Guajataca, Cambalache, La Vega and Mata de Plátano). Those living in dry forests are reaching their maximum temperature and could be a victim of climate change.


Call for papers and registration open: 2013 Geological Society of America - Southeastern Section Meeting in Puerto Rico

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The conference will be held on March 20-21, 2013 in the Caribe Hilton Hotel, San Juan, Puerto Rico. There are 23 exciting scientific sessions, 3-4 workshops/short courses, and 4 field trips proposed. Field trip participants will visit Mona Island, the Soufriere Volcano in Montserrat, the Northern Karst Belt in Puerto Rico, and will go snorkeling with leading researchers in various geology fields.





They'll be cooking up a Mars menu that's out of this world

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Six mock 'astronauts' to research what's best to feed space crew on long missions. Among these researchers is Dr. Yajaira Sierra-Sastre, a Puerto Rican nanomaterials scientist and member of Ciencia Puerto Rico. Yajaira has shared with us a recipe of Puerto Rican beans she created with some of the dehydrated ingredients an astronaut would have available in space. You can find her recipe here.


The Science Behind Earthquakes

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Earthquake in Puerto Rico
Ruins from Puerto Rico's earthquake in 1918.

Two months ago we received 2010 with the news that neighboring Haiti was struck with a 7.0 magnitude earthquake. Not recovered from Haiti’s situation, in the last days of February, Chile also experiences an earthquake; this time an 8.8 one and nowadays they are still getting aftershocks. After all these events have you ever asked yourself what causes an earthquake? Can Puerto Rico be struck by an earthquake? Fortunately, the answers to all these questions and the science behind earthquakes are the focus of the research of geologists like Dr. Daniel Laó Dávila and the Puerto Rico Seismic Network.

Aktiogavialis puertoricensis: fossilized history

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Gavialis gangeticus, from the Indian subcontinent, is the only living gharial species related to the Puerto Rican gharial

28 million years ago "pepinianos", as the residents from he Puerto Rican town of San Sebastián are known, could frolic in the shores of their hometown. This is because 28 million years ago the now landlocked town of San Sebastián was a seashore town. Pepinianos looked very different then, though. There were no plazas, or traffic jams, or town fairs... as a matter of fact, 28 million years ago there were no humans, not in Puerto Rico, not anywhere else.

What San Sebasti·n did have were gharial: very large crocodiles basking in its shores.


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