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Raising awareness of skin cancer and how to protect ourselves

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We live on a tropical island where it’s summer year around. We go to the beach in December and in July. When we go to the beach or play sports outdoors, we are aware that we are exposed to sunlight. But there are times when we are exposed to sunlight and are not always aware of it. For example, when we drive, work in the garden and every time we go out, especially at midday, between 10 am-3pm, we are exposed to sunlight too. Therefore,it is important that you educate yourself about the most common type of cancer, skin cancer, which is one of the most important consequences of exposure to sunlight.

New face of engineering is from UPR-Mayaguez

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One of the New Faces of Engineering at the international level is from UPR-Mayaguez. Yazeli Elizabeth Cruz Rivera, a first year graduate student in the Industrial Engineering Graduate Program was selected as one of the New Faces of Engineering 2016. 

For the full article, please refer to the spanish version of this site. 

 

 

 

How does alcohol affect your brain?

Francis Heber Gonzalez's picture

Alcohol consumption has some benefits: helps us relax and generally makes us have a good time. But not everyone has the same relationship with alcohol. There are some people who are more affected by alcohol consumption than others, either because of genetic predispositions, the environment they grew up in or behaviors they observed. Although for some, the two or three drinks on a Friday is no more than an escape without much consequence, for others it can be a sentence to constant suffering.

"A liver of steel"

Francis Heber Gonzalez's picture

Some will feel the like their chest is going to pop out because someone has told them that they have a “liver of steel” during their career as professional drinkers. What you haven’t been told is that the origin of this saying is because the liver hardens and loses its function for those who abuse alcohol.  Because we only have one liver, once you damage it, there’s no plan B, YOU lost the game. It’s not like the kidneys which if you remove one, there’s still another one and you can receive dialysis to ameliorate the symptoms.  But many people take the comment a joke. Now I’ll explain what happens to your liver every time you go drinking and abuse alcohol.  

The desire to write about science and how I became a volunteer for CienciaPR

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March 20th, 2007 is a unique day in my career.  That day I published my first lay science article in El Nuevo Día, Puerto Rico’s largest newspaper, entitled "Domestic birds a target for the bird flu”.  Three weeks later, on April 2nd, my third article was published. This one, entitled "Pluto goes to the psychologist," is special because it was the first of many in which I used science fiction and humor to educate about science concepts, in this case why Pluto was demoted from being a planet.

Educational program Déjala brillar/Let it glow is successfully launched

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Written by Xavier Valcárcel

Turn off the lights, turn on the lights: three children they appear developing interpretations through movements thinking of zooplankton.  Turn off the lights, turn on the lights: three girls appear interpreting phytoplankton.  Turn off the lights, turn on the lights: three girls appear, developing movements representative of ocean food chain; specifically about the relationship between humans and fish.  Then the lights go out one last time and the audience bursts into applause.

 

We are our volunteers

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Ciencia Puerto Rico exists and is a vibrant community thanks to the commitment, passion, and work of dozens of volunteers.  There are many who throughout the years have given their time, ideas and knowledge to make our organization what it is today.

To celebrate this, our tenth anniversary, we will be sharing stories of CienciaPR Team members. These anecdotes will highlight stories not only how our volunteers have played a leading role in the achievements of the organization, but also how they are an example that one can work for a better Puerto Rico, no matter where one lives.  

Student of UPR-Rio Piedras investigares the impact of coffee farming on erosion

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The effect of coffee farming on erosion and its impact on marine life is the research problem that Yasiel A. Figueroa Sánchez is studying as he completes his masters degree in Interdisciplinary Envrionmental Sciences at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras campus. 

For the full article, please refer to the spanish version of this site. 

 

 

One more beer and then we go...

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Today, April 7th, is Alcohol Screening Day. "Ugh!  Don’t sign me up for that one!  Alcoholism. What an ugly word!"  Yes, it is.  But the reality of life as an alcoholic or having a friend or family member suffering from this health condition is even uglier.  

Why does alcohol cause so much trouble and why is taboo to talk about alcoholism? After all, alcohol is a legal product and in Puerto Rico consumption often is glorified.

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El Instituto Internacional de Dasonomía Tropical presenta el Atlas del Bosque Nacional El Yunque

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Maricelis Rivera Santos

El proyecto colaborativo contiene más de 30 mapas y 57 estudios científicos

San Juan, P.R. (Martes, 5 de junio de 2018) — El Instituto Internacional de Dasonomía Tropical (IITF, por sus siglas en inglés), adscrito al Servicio Forestal federal, presentó hoy el Atlas del Bosque Nacional El Yunque que contiene información, datos científicos y mapas de este importante hábitat natural de Puerto Rico, informó el director Dr. Ariel Lugo.

FoCo Speaks Ciencia! to give Latina scientists a platform for personal stories

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FoCo Speaks Ciencia, a night of culture infusion, art and science is happening Friday, April 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Courtesy of 500 Women Scientists)

Latina women are underrepresented in the science community.

Despite Devastation, They—and Their Science—Go On

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In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, five students from the University of Puerto Rico continued their research at a national laboratory 1,600 miles to the north—thanks to Brookhaven Lab's Office of Educational Programs, mentors, and a scholarship fund created in honor of a late Brookhaven biologist

Agricultores y agrónomos se capacitan para manejar eficientemente el recurso agua y enfrentar eventos climáticos extremos

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Maricelis Rivera Santos

(Viernes, 2 de marzo de 2018) Toa Alta— Agricultores y agrónomos participan de una serie de talleres organizados por el Centro Climático del Caribe del Departamento de Agricultura federal (USDA) y la Oficina del Bosque Modelo de Puerto Rico (OBMPR), con el fin de fortalecer la capacidad de enfrentar los efectos del cambio climático.