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Científicos y miembros de la comunidad controlan la población de helecho flotante en Las Curías

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Gerardo E. Alvarado León

After almost two years in progress, the project for the biological and mechanical control of the floating fern "Salvinia molesta" in Lake Las Curías, in Cupey (San Juan), has resulted in the elimination of this invasive species by 90%, which for Dr. Jorge Ortiz, one of its researchers, demonstrates the success of the initiative.

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Investigadora boricua quiere esclarecer el efecto del COVID-19 en la salud menstrual

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Research by Dr. Idhaliz Flores, a molecular biologist at Ponce Health Sciences University, seeks to survey at least 500 women to determine if COVID-19 has affected their menstrual health.

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La pandemia desmejoró la salud mental de los puertorriqueños

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Charlene Rivera Bonet

"It was an accumulation of many things that lead one to find oneself in that black hole where one falls." This is how Juan Ortiz described his battle against depression during the COVID-19 pandemic. "The thing is that you are slowly falling and you don't realize that you are there," he added.

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Miden los niveles y tipos de bacterias en el Caño Martín Peña

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El Caño Martín Peña, in San Juan, still maintains levels of coliforms above the standards of the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and a recent investigation by the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón identified three different types of these bacteria in said body of water ..

The coliforms Escherichia coli, Enterobacter ssp, and Salmonella were identified in the water samples taken from the pipe, a 3.27-mile-long channel that connects the San Juan Bay with the San José Lagoon.

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Miden los niveles y tipos de bacterias en el Caño Martín Peña

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El Caño Martín Peña, in San Juan, still maintains levels of coliforms above the standards of the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and a recent investigation by the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón identified three different types of these bacteria in said body of water ..

The coliforms Escherichia coli, Enterobacter ssp, and Salmonella were identified in the water samples taken from the pipe, a 3.27-mile-long channel that connects the San Juan Bay with the San José Lagoon.

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Joven empresario crea un robot que recicla y reutiliza plástico

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An environmental conservation initiative developed by Santiago Ramírez Ávila, a recent graduate of the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, received a $ 12,500 grant for the design and manufacture of a robot that recycles plastic water bottles to give them a new life through the creation of long-lasting works of art and materials

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Grupos defensores de costas exigen protección de especies y de los bienes de dominio público

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San Juan, Puerto Rico (Wednesday, July 28, 2021) - Organizations that protect the coasts, as well as turtles and other marine species, demanded that the government put into effect a cease and desist in the area of the construction of a swimming pool on Los Almendros beach, in Rincón, and protect the rest of the nesting areas and public domain assets in the maritime-terrestrial zone (ZMT) of Puerto Rico.

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Laboratorio científico de los Centros Sor Isolina Ferré impacta a más de 300 estudiantes

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Some 370 students and teachers from public schools in low-income communities in CoamoGuayamaJuncosPonce San Juan benefited from the free virtual works

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UPR Humacao recibirá $4.2 millones de la Fundación Nacional de las Ciencias

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Dr. Aida I. Rodríguez Roig, rector of the University of Puerto Rico at Humacao (UPRH) announces a new allocation of $ 4.2 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the extension of the Partnerships for Research and Education in Materials (PREM) project, which brings together professors and students from the UPR of Humacao and Cayey, in collaboration with colleagues affiliated with the Materials Center of the University of Pennsylvania (Penn).

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Boricua scientist defends with art the representation of women of color in science

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By Dr. Wilson González-Espada, Ciencia Puerto Rico

In January 2021, the American Chemical Society and its professional magazine Analytical Chemistry led the initiative "Art, Diversity and Inclusion". In it, the monthly cover highlights groups that are not commonly represented in science.

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