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Project Loon globes deliver LTE internet to Puerto Rico

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Yalixa Rivera Cruz

It is very likely that next week most Puerto Ricans will gain access to the internet from their cell phones once the company Alphabet, through its subsidiary X, completes tests carried out by positioning the Project Loon balloons over Puerto Rico.

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Web page launched to speed aid after Hurricane Maria

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Marga Parés Arroyo

In order to expedite communications during the process of identifying damages and facilitating assistance to people affected by atmospheric phenomena such as Hurricane Maria, the nonprofit organization Caras de Puerto Rico launched a portal that aims to serve as a help tool.

Through a seed fund granted by the People's Bank Foundation, the website www.connectrelief.com was launched to aid in the relief efforts of Puerto Rico and in the Virgin Islands.

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Maria damages 15 plates of the Observatory of Arecibo

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Wilma Maldonado Arrigoitía

Although it is located in one of the highest areas of Arecibo, the hurricane winds of Maria did not cause havoc in the Arecibo Observatory, and as soon as this Friday, scientific activities should be normalized there.

"We had some minor damage ... We were very lucky," said the director of the Observatory's Center for Geospatial Studies, Tony Van Eyken.

 He explained that the telescope platform was not damaged, only an antenna that can be repaired was affected.

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Flora and fauna, the other victims of Hurricane Maria

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El Nuevo Dia

It has been several days since the Hurricane María hit the island. Now the authorities are dedicated to restore services and help gradually begins to arrive. Nevertheless the effects to the flora and the fauna will be the most difficult to restore, since the damages were quite considerable.

Tania Vazquez, Secretary of the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources pointed out that the scourge of Hurricane Maria affected the coasts, forests and mangroves of Puerto Rico, especially in Piñones (Loíza).

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Recommendations to separate and avoid the accumulation of garbage

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El Nuevo Dia

The Solid Waste Authority issued a series of recommendations to avoid the garbage accumulation that arises after the impact of a hurricane like Maria, where garbage collection is paralyzed for days or weeks.  

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Science students shine in China

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Liz Yanira Del Valle Huertas

Rocío del Mar Avilés Mercado, Daniel Alejandro Santiago Álvarez, José Luis Ramírez Colón and Karlos Lenniel N. Miranda Garcés had the opportunity to represent Puerto Rico by presenting their scientific projects at the  China Adolescents Science and Technology Innovation Contest (CASTIC).

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RUM's Nanotechnology Center benefits low-income students

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Kenneth Matos

In the past three years, the Nanotechnology Center from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez has impacted 1,512 students from 23 public schools where 73% of students are under the poverty level. Statistics show that in the past two years, students that participate in the Center are more likely to pursue careers related to STEM (science, technology, engineer and math) fields.

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New awards seeks to promote innovation

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Rut N. Tellado Domenech

The Puerto Rico Information Technology Cluster (PRITC) opened the period for nominations for the PRITC Innovation Awards, which seek to recognize individuals, products and organizations that are distinguished in the informatics technology industry in Puerto Rico.

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Puerto Rican engineer shines in NASCAR racing world

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José A. Delgado

Washington - Alba Colón, a Puerto Rican women who has stood out in the world of NASCAR car races, a world dominated by white men, received an award by the  Fundación de la Herencia Hispana.

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Injured beaches: erosion amplifies after Irma

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Kenneth Matos

Maritza Barreto Orta, marine geologist, explained that the damage caused by the wind and wave impact of Hurricane Irma, has led to an amplification in the beach erosion of the northeast of the Island.

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