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InterAguadilla team is the only one from PR in national agricultural competition "2024 Agricultural Export Market Challenge".

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InterAguadilla team has been selected as one of 19 U.S. institutions to participate in the "2024 USDA Agricultural Export Market Challenge" competition organized by the Federal agency of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), in collaboration with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), both in Washington, DC. Among the 19 U.S. institutions selected to participate, we are the only ones from Puerto Rico.
 

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Unraveling the ancient secrets of our caves

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Under the leadership of Professor Ángel Acosta Colón, students from the UPR at Arecibo collaborate with diverse research on caves in Puerto Rico.

Arecibo - Under the leadership of Professor Ángel Acosta Colón, more than 100 students who have participated in his research course at the Physics-Chemistry Department of the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo (UPRA) have immersed themselves in the past few years in projects ranging from mapping to the search for fossils, but above all they have dedicated themselves to understanding a mysterious world: the country's caves.

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Puerto Rican Marcos Berrios will graduate as an astronaut in March: "A great milestone for Puerto Rican science".

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Starting in March, Puerto Rico will have a new astronaut in the form of Marcos Berríos, who at the beginning of that month will graduate as part of the generation of candidates for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Artemis program, becoming the second Puerto Rican space explorer after Joseph "Joe" Acabá.

Colmena66’s call for proposals is back: Acércate al Grant

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Colmena66, the program of the Puerto Rico Science, Technology and Research Trust (PRSTRT) dedicated to connecting entrepreneurs and business owners with resources to start or sustainable grow their businesses, announces the launch of the second edition of the Acércate al Grant call.

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Wetlands: vital ecosystems threatened by climate change and human activity

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The Cabo Rojo Salt Flats are among the most affected, and their restoration will begin in March.


Despite the importance of wetlands for humans and other species, these ecosystems - historically and erroneously considered wastelands - face threats from climate change and from the citizenry itself, with actions such as drainage and landfilling, compromising their vital functions.

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The UPR will operate a center dedicated to research and entrepreneurship in science and technology.

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Pedro Pierluisi announced Monday the beginning of the construction of a center dedicated to research and entrepreneurship in the areas of science and technology, along with two other initiatives that, with an allocation of federal and state funds, seek to promote economic development through the Molecular Sciences Research Center of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR).

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Parallel18 launches the first local Life Sciences incubator: BioLeap

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The program will open its application process aimed for projects in biotechnology,
medical technologies driven by Ai and genomics, among others.

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Restoring an essential natural lung near the urban center of Ponce

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Conservation of El Samán forest came after an extensive struggle to prevent the construction of a drugstore

 

Ponce - A community struggle that lasted more than a decade ended recently with a resounding victory for environmental protection, resulting in the first acquisition of an urban forest by the conservationist organization Para la Naturaleza (PLN) and the rescue of an important lung near the urban center of this municipality.

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Some 60 groups ask Biden administration to provide Puerto Rico with access to clean energy credits

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The petition, led by the Center for American Progress, comes at a time when the island was excluded from incentives for the purchase of electric vehicles.

 

Washington D.C. - About 60 civil society organizations, led by the think tank Center for American Progress (CAP), have petitioned Joe Biden's administration to grant Puerto Rico and the other territories access to federal clean energy credits, including the purchase of electric vehicles.

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"Caribbean Climate Resilience" game created to educate on the effects of climate change

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The tool is part of an effort led by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Caribbean Climate Center

 

As part of an effort to educate about climate change, the USDA's Caribbean Climate Center developed the "Caribbean Climate Resilience" game, an interactive tool that shows the impact of climate on the region's agricultural industry.

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