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British Ecological Society photo competition 2018

05/12/2018

Capturing Ecology: British Ecological Society photo competition – in pictures. Compiled by Eric Hilaire. theguardian.com. December 04, 2018. The BES photography contest features images by ecologists and students and captures rare flora and fauna from around the world. The overall winning picture, by Chris Oosthuizen, shows an adult king penguin surrounded by chicks on Marion […]


Prospective biomonitor and sentinel bivalve species in mangrove-lined Nicaraguan coasts

15/11/2018

Clams and cockles, sentinels of the environmental status of Nicaraguan coasts. eurekalert.org. Novemver 15, 2018. Researchers from the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country are seeking the best bivalves in the Nicaraguan mangroves for the purpose of monitoring pollution.  Manglares en Galápagos (SerTox) Collecting samples of bivalves in the Nicaraguan mangroves.CREDITIonan Marigómez / UPV/EHUThe Cell Biology […]


A new subspecies of sea snake, Hydrophis platurus xanthos, from Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica

31/07/2017

The new yellow sea snake assumes an unusual ambush posture. eurekalert.org. July 31, 2017. Carrying its petite frame and all-yellow skin, the recently scrutinized sea snake populations from Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica, already seem different enough to be characterized as a new subspecies. However, their most extraordinary trait is only exposed at night when the […]


Trivia # 359: Ruellia tuberosa

18/11/2016

Toxicological trivia from November 18, 2016: Ruellia tuberosa, also known as minnieroot,fever root, snapdragon root and sheep potato is a species of flowering plant in the Acanthaceae family. Its native range is in Central America but presently it has become naturalized in many countries of tropical South and Southeast Asia. Some butterfly species, like the […]



Trivia # 305: Epicrates cenchria

07/10/2015

Toxicological trivia from 07/10/15: Epicrates cenchria is a boa species endemic to Central and South America. Common names include the rainbow boa,and slender boa. A terrestrial species, it is known for its attractive iridescent sheen caused by structural coloration. Nine subspecies are currently recognized, like  E. crassus, E. cenchria, E. maurus, E. assisi, y E. […]


Trivia # 302: Spilotes pullatus

16/09/2015

Toxicological trivia from September 16, 2015:  Spilotes pullatus, commonly known as the caninana,chicken snake, yellow rat snake, or serpiente tigre, is a species of large nonvenomous colubrid snake endemic to Mesoamerica. It is found in southern Central America, northern South America, and Trinidad and Tobago.It tends to inhabit forested areas, and is often found near […]


Changes in kidney function among Nicaraguan sugarcane workers, study

12/02/2015

Occupational link in kidney disease epidemic in Central America. sciencedaily.com. February 2, 2015. Summary:Sugarcane workers in northwestern Nicaragua experienced a decline in kidney function during the harvest, with field workers at greatest risk, suggesting that heat stress or other occupational factors may be playing a role in the high rates of chronic kidney disease in […]


A new species of Andinobates (Amphibia: Anura: Dendrobatidae) from west central Panama, study

29/09/2014

New poison dart frog species discovered in Donoso, Panama.sciencedaily.com. September 26, 2014.Summary:A bright orange poison dart frog with a unique call has been discovered in Donoso, Panama. Because this new frog species appears to be found in only a very small area, habitat loss and collecting for the pet trade are major threats to its […]



Costa Rica: Intensive pesticide use in banana plantations leads to contaminated spectacled caiman

19/09/2013

Yellow peril: Are banana farms contaminating Costa Rica”s crocs?. eurekalert.org. September 19, 2013. Shoppers spend over £10 billion on bananas annually and now this demand is being linked to the contamination of Central America’s crocodilians. New research, published in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, analyses blood samples from spectacled caiman in Costa Rica and finds that […]



We also need….to see Llamas from a Rehabilitation Center in Washington, US

28/08/2013

Llamas, Friendship: Certified Animal Therapists Fight Loneliness At Wash. Rehabilitation Center. medicaldaily.com. August 27, 2013. Every few months, Bellingham Health and Rehabilitation Center welcomes three very special guests to its otherwise placid and unremarkable facilities in north Washington. Together with their trainer Niki Kuklenski, the two llamas Marisco and N.H. Flight of the Eagle prance […]


About the deaths of nine infants who were poisoned by a combination of heparin and benzyl alcohol

23/08/2013

Concerns raised about investigation into baby deaths. By Rosalía Simmons. prensa.com. August 23, 2013. There is little confidence among civic organizations that proper punishments will be handed out in the deaths of nine infants who were poisoned by a combination of heparin and benzyl alcohol in the neonatal unit of the Social Security Medical Complex. Fernando […]


Trivia # 200: Handbook of poisonous snakes in Guatemala

31/07/2013

Toxicological trivia from July 31, 2013:  a "Handbook for identification, prevention and treatment of poisonous snake bites in Central America, Volume I: Guatemala.OPS. 2009",  was developed by the Pan American Health-OPS-in coordination with the National Rabies and Zoonosis of Ministry of Public Health and Social-and the Museum of Natural History at the University of San […]


Honduran health authorities confirmed that 24 people died from drinking a liquor with methanol

17/07/2012

Sugar Cane Liquor with Methanol Kills 24 in Honduras.hispanicallyspeakingnews.com. July 11, 2012. Honduran health authorities confirmed Tuesday that 24 people died over the past two weeks in this Central American country from drinking aguardiente, a liquor distilled from sugar cane, that had been adulterated with methanol.The head of epidemicological security for the Health Secretariat, Tomas […]


Honduran health authorities confirmed that 24 people died from drinking a liquor with methanol

17/07/2012

Sugar Cane Liquor with Methanol Kills 24 in Honduras.hispanicallyspeakingnews.com. July 11, 2012. Honduran health authorities confirmed Tuesday that 24 people died over the past two weeks in this Central American country from drinking aguardiente, a liquor distilled from sugar cane, that had been adulterated with methanol.The head of epidemicological security for the Health Secretariat, Tomas […]


We need also…to know about global economic ‘superentity’

21/12/2011

Researchers spotlight global corporate control. cordis. November 17, 2011. The control network structure of multinational companies impacts market competition as well as financial stability on a global level. Researchers in Switzerland investigated the architecture of the international ownership network, as well as the computation of the control held by each global player. Their results, published […]


We need also…to know about global economic ‘superentity’

21/12/2011

Researchers spotlight global corporate control. cordis. November 17, 2011. The control network structure of multinational companies impacts market competition as well as financial stability on a global level. Researchers in Switzerland investigated the architecture of the international ownership network, as well as the computation of the control held by each global player. Their results, published […]


We need also…celebrate Gaucho National Day

06/12/2011

Gaucho National Day Festival – Argentina. demotix.com. Novewmber 28, 2011. A festival celebrating ‘Gaucho’ National Day took place at Las Flores. Gaucho is a term commonly used to describe residents of the South American pampas, and the event included horsemanship and displays of Gaucho culture. 4th December 2011. Gaucho is a term commonly used to […]


We need also…celebrate Gaucho National Day

06/12/2011

Gaucho National Day Festival – Argentina. demotix.com. Novewmber 28, 2011. A festival celebrating ‘Gaucho’ National Day took place at Las Flores. Gaucho is a term commonly used to describe residents of the South American pampas, and the event included horsemanship and displays of Gaucho culture. 4th December 2011. Gaucho is a term commonly used to […]





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