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Jose Miguel Agrelot and his lessons for communicating science

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Communicating science is not too different from communicating humor. How Jose Miguel Agrelot successfully adapts a comedy sketch from the United States so that it works for a Puerto Rican audience provides a useful guide for science communicators. The full document is available only in Spanish.

Finding Sigatoka-resistant varieties of bananas and plantains

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An interdisciplinary team of scientists from the USDA, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez and University of Florida, completed a research study to determine the suceptibility of local varieties of bananas and plaintains to black Sigatoka, a disease cause by a fungus. They also identified new varieties that are more resistant to black Sigatoka and that could be planted in Puerto Rico in the future.

Using sounds to study astrophysics

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Frequently, science teachers ask their students to draw a scientist so that they can get a sense of what students think and imagine about scientists. Thousands and thousands of drawings show the same stereotypical characteristics: a male scientist, white, dressed in a lab coat, usually a chemist mixing liquids and generating explosions, and a person that does not have any physical limitations.

A Nobel Prize with a Puerto Rican connection

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This October 2013 science commemorates the 20th anniversary of Joseph Taylor and Russell Hulse’s Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery of the first binary neutron star. The scientists used the Arecibo Radiotelescope to collect their historical data, back in the 1970s.

The full article is in Spanish.

When technology jumps the gun

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The pages of history are full of cases when a new scientific discovery is commercialized without fully understanding the side effects or health risks involved. Examples such as x-rays, París green, radioactive materials, nanotubes, and genetically-modified crops must be carefully examined so that we can learn how to avoid deadly technologies.

 The full article is available in Spanish.

Puerto Rican students excel in scientific research

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The earliest school students get involved in authentic scientific research, the more likely it is for them to stay interested in the science. Michelle Pérez, Jessica Ríos and Netsha Santiago, three high school students, successfully completed a summer research experience as part of a partnership between the National Science Foundation, Universidad Metropolitana, and several universities in the United States.

The full article is available in Spanish.

Adsorption of carbon dioxide by microporous materials

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Por Wilson González-Espada, Ciencia Puerto Rico

Scientists from the Department of Chemical Engineering at UPR Mayaguez researched the ability of different materials to adsorb carbón dioxide at low and moderate pressures. The results of these experiments have imprtant practical applications.

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