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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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Jason Rodríguez y Omar Alfonso

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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After the footsteps of Hurricane Maria

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Odalys Rivera

"Chasing sand." This is how Dr. Maritza Barreto described one of the phases of the research she performed with her assistant Elizabeth Diaz on several beaches on the north coast that were impacted by Hurricane Maria.

Barreto explained to Diálogo during a tour of some beaches rammed by the hurricane that  the components of the sand shed vital information. They allow to identify if the waters of the surrounding rivers reached the zone. The bulk of the sediment also tells you how strong the swell was.

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Business organizations unite to help raise business in Puerto Rico

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A group of organizations of the Puerto Rico business ecosystem joined forces to launch the campaign "Raise your business PR ", aimed at supporting small and medium enterprises (SMEs) of all sectors to take the necessary actions after the impact of Hurricane Maria.

The initiative includes the collection of data on the needs of businesses around the island, guidance on the resources available to support them and how to access them, as well as efforts to identify other ways to help lift the Business sector.

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POST HURRICANE MARIA HELP FOR RESEARCHERS

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Puerto Rico Science, Technology & Research Trust, AAAS Caribbean, and Ciencia Puerto Rico offer grants initiative for students and researchers

The Caribbean Division of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Puerto Rico Science, Technology and Research Trust (PRSTRT) and Ciencia Puerto Rico have launched a funding program following the emergency of Hurricanes Irma and Maria to support researchers, professors, science teachers and students through grants and financial aid.

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Puerto Rico receives federal grant to support research on health disparities

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Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Ciencias Médicas

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, part of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded $19 million for the next five years to the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sci-ences Campus to continue facilitating the development of competitive research being conducted by the Center for Collaborative Research in Minority Health and Health Disparities.

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Hurricane Maria devastated the Island of Monkeys in Humacao

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As thousands of soldiers and government employees struggle to restore normalcy to Puerto Rico, a small group of scientists work against the clock to save more than 1,000 monkeys that could hold clues to some of the biggest mysteries about the human mind.

One of the first places hit by Hurricane Maria was Cayo Santiago, known as Isla de los Monos (Island of Monkeys), in Humacao, an outcropping of 40 acres off the east coast of Puerto Rico which is one of the  most important places in the world for research on how monkeys think, socialize and evolve.

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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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