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After the footsteps of Hurricane Maria

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"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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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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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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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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Female monkeys live longer Puerto Rico due to strong social bonds

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A study from the The Caribbean Primate Research Center (CPRC) of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), Medical Sciences Campus, revealed that having a big family and strong community bonds prolongs the lifespan of  rhesus macaques. 

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Research team at the UPR-School of Medicine discovers how the brain responds to frustration

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San Juan - It has happened to us more than once that we find ourselves in a hurry and the elevator we are waiting for takes too long to arrive. Immediately, we proceed to press the up or down key repeatedly, until we give up and decide to take the stairs. From a research perspective, the explanation for this fenomena of frustation was unknown until today. Guided by Drs. Fabricio Do Monte and Gregory Quirk, a team of neuroscientists in the School of Medicine at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR-RCM), discovered how the brain reacts to a frustrating event.

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AERONAUTICAL INSTITUTE OF PUERTO RICO awarded for its educational quality

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The Aeronautical and Aerospace Institute of Puerto Rico (AAIPR), a non-profit corporate subsidiary of the University of Puerto Rico, received the Best Aerospace Educational Program 2016 award. 

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I-Corps returns with 15 teams of innovators

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Sharon Minelli Pérez

Grupo Guayacan and the Puerto Rico Science, Technology and Research Trust launched the fourth edition of I-Corps Puerto Rico, an intensive program for entrepreneurs searching for ways to validate their business ideas and how to serve their potential clients.

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