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17 July 2014

Argentina and Brazil to build LLAMA radiotelescope, Uruguay’s “renewable energy revolution,” and world’s most intense UV radiation measured in Bolivia.

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Argentina and Brazil's new LLAMA radiotelescope will look similar to the ALMA array in Chile. Credit: ESO

Argentina

In the northern Argentine province of Salta, at 4825 meters altitude, Argentina and Brazil are set to build a radiotelescope called LLAMA (Long Latin American Millimeter Array) which will allow the study of the evolution of the universe, black holes, and the formation of galaxies and stars.

Uruguay

84% of Uruguay’s energy comes from renewable resources, which has led to a 5.5% reduction in the electric bill for small and medium enterprises.

Bolivia

The highest levels of ultraviolet radiation on Earth have been measured in the Bolivian Andes. The study, conducted by German meteorologists and NASA scientists, indicates that the region’s altitude, thin ozone layer and clear sky produce this intense radiation.

Chile

A team of astronomers has followed interstellar dust in real time from Paranal, Chile.

Ecuador

A team of Mexican and Ecuadorian scientists has discovered two new species of fish in the Galapagos Islands.

Peru

The UN’s FAO has launched in Peru a project called Andean Seeds that works to provide farmers with certified quinoa, potato and corn seeds. These seeds purportedly allow them to increase yields three-fold.