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8 April 2014

Creating geological maps of Antarctica, water shortages in northern Chile, and using crustacean waste in Mexico.

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Argentina and Spain are working together to create new geological maps of Antarctica that are mobile-friendly. via USGS.

Argentina

An international study involving Argentine scientists studied the growth of more than 600,000 trees worldwide finding that most of them increase biomass accumulation with age and size. Argentina contributed to the study 7000 trees that had been monitored since 1991.

Argentina and Spain are working together to create geological maps of Antarctica. The ideas is to make them optimized for mobile phones.

An Argentine linguist analyzed the different forms of speech in telephone calls and how they define the identity of the caller and the youth group. He noted that the concept of “anti-courtesy” as being different from all others.

Chile

Chile’s Atacama desert region held a seminar entitled “Sustainability of Water Resources in the Productive Sector in the Atacama Region” to diagnose and identify the actors involved in water issues, conduct outreach activities and develop R&D to ensure efficient water use.

Brazil

Brazilian scientists are performing research in Antarctica . The work is focused on plant communities and especially the Antarctic hair grass Deschampsia antartica, which is resistant to cold. Basic science generated from these studies can then be applied to the development of new products.

Mexico

Researchers at the University of Sonora want to take advantage of crustacean waste in the food and pharmaceutical industries for the development of preservatives, texturizers or dietary supplements.

Mexico is promoteing renewable energy research with the launch of the Centers for Mexican Energy Innovation (CEMIE) which will consist of research and higher education institutes, businesses and local governments in the fields of solar, wind and geothermal power.

A team of Mexican and Japanese researchers have found four hantavirus variants in Mexican wild mice. Mexico’s UNAM issued a statement warning that more types and species of rodents that are viral reservoirs could be found.