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Bee population in Puerto Rico decimated by Hurricane Maria

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Gerardo E. Alvarado León

Between 80-90% of Puerto Rico's bee population did not survive Hurricane Maria, a devastating hit to the beekeeping and agricultural industries because bees are important pollinators.

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Asteroid named to honor Puerto Rican scientist

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The International Astronomical Union named an asteroid 33012 Eddie Irizarry, in honor of the Puerto Rican scientist and vicepresident of the Astronomy Society of the Caribbean.

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Two Puerto Ricans selected to be Solar System Ambassadors by NASA/JPL

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Josué Rodríguez Colón and Erica Correa Félix were recently selected to become “Solar System Ambassadors” to offer talks, workshops, and lead educational activities for the general public and academic institutions in Puerto Rico. Both will receive training by scientists working at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, CA.

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Local agricultural biotechnology industry is operating normally and at full capacity

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The seven companies that are part of the Puerto Rico Agricultural Biotechnology Industry Association (PRABIA) work at full speed in their work, in addition to contributing to the recovery of the country.

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Free public health training for volunteers

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The workshops will be at the INEDA facilities at UMET Bayamón.

The Metropolitan University in Bayamón will offer free public health disaster training for people who wish to be volunteer instructors in the reception centers of the World Cares Center, an organization in the United States that empowers communities to respond to disasters. The workshops will be offered on November 9 and 10 at the Institute of Environmental Education (INEDA) from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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Help efforts in disadvantaged communities

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Following the devastation left behind by Hurricane Irma and Maria, professors and students from the School of Environmental Affairs of the Metropolitan University (UMET) of Cupey are coordinating recovery efforts for disadvantaged communities of San Juan and Cataño. This initiative of the UMET impacts 15 community gardens in San Juan and Cataño.

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Discovery of biomarkers that identify cancer cells with low oxygenation

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Researchers of the UMET achieve a patent that benefits cancer patients.

Two professors from the School of Environmental Affairs of the Metropolitan University (UMET) discovered biomarkers that identify cancer cells with little oxygenation. This discovery was certified by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and will benefit in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients.

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The "rebirth" of two tree species in Puerto Rico

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Gerardo E. Alvarado León

A recently concluded investigation shed light on the history of two endemic species of trees, which now honor with their names a couple of important women in the dissemination of botanical science in Puerto Rico.

Pisonia Roqueae and Pisonia Bake are the new names that scientists Jorge Carlos Trejo Torres and Marcos Caraballo Ortiz gave to the trees, described for the first time in 1896 and the subject of taxonomic debates since then. Pisonia Roqueae recognizes Puerto Rican amateur ethnobotany Ana Roqué from Duprey, and Pisonia Bakes, to American illustrator Frances Horne.

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Three bronze metals for Puerto Rico

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Three Puerto Rican students won bronze medals at the XXXII Ibero-American Mathematics Olympiad, which was held recently in Iguazu, Argentina.

The students, trained by professors from the Mayagüez University campus (RUM), were Sebastián Latin, from the residential Center of educational opportunities of Mayaguez (CROEM); Omar Santiago, high school specializing in science, mathematics and technology (CIMATEC); and Miguel Tulla of the school Notre Dame, these last two in Caguas.

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Hurricane Maria wore out and cracked Ash mountain in Guayama

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The colossal mound of toxic coal ashes that the AES Puerto Rico Company keeps south of its plant in the Jobos neighborhood of Guayama was not immune to the effects of the powerful hurricane Maria.

As evidenced photographs taken by the Pearl of the South last Friday, September 29, the mountain was eroded because of the rains and winds winds.

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