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13 August 2014

An app to track mosquitoes that transmit dengue, a Venezuelan dinosaur, and an unstealable bike

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Mosquito via Flickr.

Costa Rica

A free mobile phone app helps citizens georeference and warn authorities of potential breeding sites for the mosquito that transmits dengue. The developer joined the Costa Rican Ministry of Health to help prevent the disease.

Venezuela

The remains of a dinosaur have been found in the Venezuelan Andes. Dubbed Laquintasaura venezuelae , it is the first dinosaur found in northern South America that exhibits social behavior.

Chile

A group of students designed a unstealable bicycle. The model, called the Yerka Project, has the peculiarity that the vehicle itself will break if you try to steal it.

Argentina

A group of innovative Mendozans appeared before the provincial legislature to debut their electric car prototype.

Brazil

Fossils of 47 flying reptiles have been discovered in southern Brazil. Among them is a new species of pterosaur called Caiuajara dobruskii that lived in the Cretaceous period.