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Nanotechnology arrives at Mayagüez Mall

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The Center for Excellence in Science and Technology Research (CREST) ​​of the Mayagüez University Campus (RUM) will hold an exhibition on the scope of nanoscience and its applications on Saturday, April 13, 9:00 am until 9:00 p.m. in the Mayagüez Mall. To learn more, read the Spanish version of this story.

Energy storage: "the fat cows" of our energy future

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Wilson J. González-Espada    

When different sources of energy are discussed, there are those who support fossil fuels and others who support renewable energy sources. It is common to hear people make fun of solar energy and wind. "What is the use of polluting less, if the sun does not shine at night and the wind does not blow all the time," they say.

The answer to the critics of renewable energy is found in the biblical parable of Joseph and the cows. Joseph advises Pharaoh to keep food reserves in times of abundance (fat cows) to cope with the times of lean times, that is, lack of resources.

Local organization to measure level of ocean plastics

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Gerardo E. Alvarado León

The Scuba Dogs Society created the Coastal Microplastics Monitoring Program of Puerto Rico. Through the program they will collect samples in 15 spots around Puerto Rico to measure the amount of plastics in the ocean.

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PRSTRT Launches Public Health Trust in Puerto Rico

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Opening the Public Health Week, the announcement of the Puerto Rico Health Trust was made in collaboration with governmental agencies, communities, both local and international health institutions and academia.  

Calls to rebuild Puerto Rico in sustainable ways

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Gerardo E. Alvarado León

The Puerto Rico Chapter of the Interamerican Association of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering urged federal and state authorities to use the the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as guidelines for the recovery from Hurricane Maria.

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Concerns about Puerto Rico's earthquake readiness

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Marga Parés Arroyo

The tremor of magnitude 4.6 on the Ritcher scale, which occurred on March 12 in southern Guayama, and caused structural damage to schools, buildings and homes in different parts of the country, has raised doubts among experts on whether Puerto Rico is ready to withstand a major earthquake.

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Natural spaces being restored following Hurricanes Irma and Maria

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Gerardo E. Alvarado León

The organization Mercy Corps, in collaboration with other entities, is leading several environmental recovery and rehabilition projects around Puerto Rico following Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The goal is to attract tourism and improve the economy.

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Project Sunroof in Puerto Rico

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Gerardo E. Alvarado León y Xuaem Tirado Ramos

The work of the community-based organization Casa Pueblo in favor of renewable energy and energy independence have led them to become the face of Google's Project Sunroofa tool created to calculate the potetial of solar roofs around the world.

 

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First Post Maria Resilience Summit: Caribbean Strong: Building Resilience with Equity

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Caribbean Strong; under the slogan of Building Resilience with Equity, is the first post Maria resilience summit to be held at the Sheraton Hotel of the Convention Center from February 27 to March 1, 2019.

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Researchers to Study Drivers of Asthma in Puerto Rico

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Nicholas Weiler and William Allstetter

Researchers at UC San Francisco, National Jewish Health and Centro de Neumología Pediátrica in Puerto Rico have been awarded nearly $10 million as part of a 5-year grant from the U.S. National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to address the root causes of asthma by studying 4,000 children in Puerto Rico, where asthma prevalence and deaths are among the highest in the world. The team plans to follow the children from birth through early childhood to study how genes and viral infections affect respiratory disease. 

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