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8 August 2014

55 million-year-old mammal fossils found in Antarctica, making hydrogen from banana waste in Ecuador, and the Caribbean’s tiny grasshopper

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SNOLAB neutrino detector in Canada. Photo from MIT

Antarctica

Researchers digging in Antarctica have found the remains of a sheep-like mammal that inhabited South America 55 million years ago.

Ecuador

Ecuador’s University of Cuenca is investigating how to produce hydrogen from banana waste.

Dominican Republic

The analysis of 20 million year-old amber pieces found in the Dominican Republic have yielded, among other things, the remains of a grasshopper that fed on moss, algae and fungi. It was named Electrotettix attenboroughi after naturalist Sir David Attenborough.

Costa Rica

The Costa Rican scientist Alvaro Chavarria has worked for two years at the SNOLAB neutrino detector in a laboratory built inside a Canadian mine to a depth of two thousand meters. Researchers there are trying to detect dark matter and provide more data on the origin of the universe.

Mexico

Mexican researchers are using artificial intelligence to develop a pair of eyeglasses for people with visual impairment, allowing them to move around avoiding obstacles and recognize colors. The lenses have sensors that detect objects using ultrasonic waves, GPS and two cameras.

Colombia

Two species of beetles were discovered in Colombia’s coffee-growing region.