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4 February 2014

Mexico’s coffee feels the heat, Colombia to open its first aviary, and a Puerto Rican scientist finds capybara fossils.

COLOMBIA

Colombia plans on opening its first aviary off the Caribbean coast of the city of Cartagena and will harbor around 1,850 species.

Colombia plans on opening a 1,850 species aviary off the coast of Cartagena. Credit: julian londono via Flickr.

MEXICO

Climate change is affecting coffee production in Mexico’s Chiapas region. More moisture means more coffee rust, a fungus that is currently spreading through South and Central America.

PUERTO RICO

A Puerto Rican researcher has found fossils from an ancient capybara that sheds light on when and how these rodents made it to the Caribbean.

ARGENTINA

Argentine researchers have patented software that teaches the guarani indigenous language. An estimated 5 million people speak the language in Paraguay, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil and Uruguay.

ANTARCTICA

A new species of sea anemone has been found living in a previously undocumented ecosystem: inside the continental ice sheet.

BRAZIL

Soy producers in Brazil have agreed to extend the moratorium on deforestation for another year.

URUGUAY

Scientists in Uruguay want to study marijuana and create a national bank of strains. The plant was recently legalized in that country.

CHILE

Chile has loosening restrictions for foreigners who want to do science in that country.