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Public Health Fieldwork in Brazil

It's approaching noon in São Paulo, Brazil, and steps from the symphonic theater in the center of this city of 20 million, a ...

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The dengue detectives

“Daddy, Mommy! No more larvae in the house. I want to live and not die of dengue,” pleads a banner hanging from a soccer ...

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Focus on quality could save Brazil’s small coffee farms

  Can the world’s growing appetite for unique coffee save Brazil’s specialty coffee farms? Brazil, long known ...

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Failures of Brazil’s universal health care plan offer lessons for the US

Health is a legal right in Brazil. Ever since the country's constitution was rewritten after the fall of the military government in 1988, Brazil ...

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São Paulo razes crack cocaine shantytown

SAO PAULO__Hundreds of people were forced from their ramshackle homes in the heart of São Paulo this month, as legions of garbage men dismantled ...

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Stemming the rise of barley diseases

  IN THE 1930s, a fungal disease spread through America’s Northern Great Plains, tainting huge swaths of barley and wheat fields. The ...

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Yeast Ranching

A yeast grows in Brooklyn. Several strains of wild yeasts, actually. At home in his DIY laboratory in Sheepshead Bay in south Brooklyn, Dmitri ...

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Colombian coffee at a crossroads

“You should be getting red fruits with flower notes and, of course, some acidity,” says Jaime Duque, the owner of E&D Cafe, a specialty ...

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Back in Colombia

Victor Cañas is sitting on an old wooden bench in the shade across from Bar Quindio, a pool hall lined with waist-to-ceiling windows that opened ...

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Catching Fog in Lima

“This is the real Peru,” says eighteen-year-old Frank Rodas as he spreads his arms. He adjusts his baseball hat and looks down into a hazy valley ...

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Scientists In Search of the Perfect Pint

“Because beer is one of the most popular beverages in the world,” says Ken'ichi Ohtsubo, a professor of applied biological chemistry at ...

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Brewing in Thin Air

  On a clear September day in 1998, four guys carrying extra-heavy packs climbed to the top of Mount Whitney in California’s Sierra ...

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Munich Scientists Tinker with Yeast

A group of young scientists in Germany has managed to brew a beer with added flavors that doesn’t break the Bavarian Reinheitsgebot, the 1516 ...

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A Farm Run on Homemade Biofuel in Argentina

Just outside of Buenos Aires, upon a patchwork of cornfields and cow pastures where gauchos still roam, a grassroots movement is taking shape. One ...

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Hanging in the Balance: Diversifying Energy Portfolios in Latin America

Latin America has grown impressively over the last couple years. Argentina, Chile, Colombia—even Peru—have seen their economies expand by four to ...

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Colombia’s disappearing glaciers

Colombia has lost 50 percent of its glaciers in the last fifty years. Today, six glaciers remain nestled among the highest peaks of the three ...

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American companies cautiously optimistic about Argentina’s shale reserves

Argentina's recently-nationalized oil company YPF has announced “satisfactory” results coming from the first vertical well drilled in the Bajo ...

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Lager Yeast Genome Project

Renowned worldwide for her wine, Argentina is now adding craft beer to her long list of reasons to visit. Microbreweries are popping up all around ...

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The Challenge of Cutting Down on Excessive Medical Tests

Doctors have a term for it: “defensive medicine.” It’s when the rash on your hand leads to tests for syphilis—that sort of thing. And ...

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Glaciers in Chilean Patagonia tell a story of climate change

Slicing through the Andes mountains until they reach the saw-toothed fjords of southern Chile are a series of seventy glaciers that make up the ...

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Argentina’s Dead Sea and its susceptibility to climate change

Salt lakes are formed when the water's only exit is evaporation. Over time, the saline compounds left behind turn the water brackish. Among the ...