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Puerto Rican scientist studies meteor impact

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Cristina Lugo Centeno, graduate student in earth sciences at Syracuse University has discovered evidence of a meteor impact in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

 

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Possible benefits of the iguana

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The green iguana (Iguana iguana) is an invasive species in Puerto Rico. Although it is mostly perceived to have a negative impact on the ecosystem, two scientist set out to study whether the iguana has any ecological benefits in Puerto Rico.

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Alarming health disparity between Puerto Ricans in Puerto Rico and the United States

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A new study found significant differences in mortality rates between Puerto Ricans living in Puerto Rico compared to those on the U.S. mainland.

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Natural products that really repel mosquitoes

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Lymari Calero Toledo

El Aedes aegypti is the vector for viral diseases such as: dengue, chikungunya and zika. Although there are manufactured products that can be used to repel mosquitoes, some prefer the use of naturally ocurring oils from plants. Various botanical oils have proven effectivity as mosquito repelants, such as the Ylang ylang (Cananga odorata), citronela (Cymbopogon nardus) and  “lemon grass” (Cymbopogon citratus).

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Puerto Ricans educate about science in New Jersey

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Emmanuel Serrano-Pérez

The "Rutgers Science Explorer” or RSE program, created by Dr. Kathleen Scott from Rutgers University, has been functioning for more than 10 years. It consists of a 40 feet bus that visits middle schools in New Jersey with the goal of awakening curiosity for STEM disciplines by exposing students to real research experiences and awakening curiosity for STEM disciplines. Throughout the years, hispanic students have particpated in the program

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Efforts to develop an HIV vaccine in Puerto Rico

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Manuel Delgado-Vélez

Recently, the Molecular Science Research Center at the University of Puerto Rico, begun a multisectorial effort directed at developing and manufacturing a vaccine against HIV. This effort is possible thanks to a collaboration between the academy, biotechnology industry and the federal and state goverment. 

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The new urban bird: Scaly-naped pigeon

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Raúl A. Pérez-Rivera

Doves have lost their fear of humans in urban areas, therefore we can now observe four species of doves with regularity: Rolita Ground Dove, Zenaida Dove, White-winged Dove and the new urban species, the Scaly-naped pigeon. 

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Creating awareness about skin cancer

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With the summer already here, this article offers tips about how to protect ourselves from the sun to prevent skin cancer.

This article is modified from this entry on our blog Conocimiento: A Tu Salud.

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What is a stroke?

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A stroke is a cerebrovascular incident in which there is a lack of oxygen being supplied to the brain.

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Conservation Efforts for the Puerto Rican Mountain Coqui

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Conservation Efforts for the Puerto Rican Mountain Coqui (Anura: Eleutherodactylidae: Eleutherodactylus portoricensis Schmidt, 1927): Reproductive Biology in Captivity

Neftalí Ríos-López, Eliacim Agosto-Torres, Rayza M. Hernández-Muñíz, Coralys Vicéns-López, Ashley Bernardi-Salinas, Waleska N. Tirado-Casillas, Yvonne M. Flores-Rodríguez

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