Science & Technology

feb, 12 2019 | Fiocruz, in Rio, proves drug efficacy against Chikungunya fever

Researchers at Fiocruz, in Rio de Janeiro, have proved the efficacy of drug “Sofosbuvir” against Chikungunya fever. The study, which has just been published in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology, is coordinated by Thiago Moreno, a Carioca researcher.

feb, 05 2019 | UFRJ research shows that exercises help to fight Alzheimer's disease

Researchers from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) have just discovered that a hormone produced by the body when we practice physical exercises may be a promising ally against Alzheimer's. The disease currently affects 35 million people worldwide, of whom more than one million is in Brazil. The study was published, in January, in scientific journal Nature Medicine.

jan 28, 2019 | Rio has new laboratory to multiply oil production

The laboratory that can guarantee an increase of 22 billion barrels of oil in Brazil’s reserves is already operating at Ilha do Fundão, in Rio’S Northern Zone. The Advanced Petroleum Recovery Laboratory, inaugurated by Coppe, a research unit of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), is ready to produce technology that will allow the country to expand the oil production border, extracting more resources from the already exploited reserves and those that will still be in operation.

jan 17, 2019 | The Oil industry is expected to create 400 thousand jobs and bring $ 1 trillion Reais to Rio

Interview - Milton Costa Filho, secretary general of the Brazilian Institute of Petroleum, Gas and Biofuels IBP
Brazil is leaving behind the crisis in the Oil & Gas industry. The change in the regulatory framework and the new rounds of auctions of pre-salt oil attracted not only large companies in the market and brought to the country approximately $ 30 billion Reais (USD 7 billion) in two years. In the next few years, the industry is expected to create 400 thousand new jobs and bring $ 1 trillion Reais (USD 258 billion) more in investments to Rio de Janeiro. The secretary general of the Brazilian Institute of Petroleum, Gas and Biofuels (IBP), Milton Costa Filho, spoke with Rio Press Office. Read below:

dez 18, 2018 | Rio professor leads the study of an unprecedented sunscreen for hair

Heedful to the products available in the market and searching for a solution to end the oily buildup caused by capillary sunscreens, a Rio professor and her team of students have just developed the first national product capable of protecting hair from sun radiation. According to Ana Percebom, of the Scientific Technical Center of University PUC in Rio, none of the products currently sold have substances that block sun radiation.

dez 10, 2018 | New study unveils the history of populations in the Americas

An unprecedented study, with the participation of researchers from the National Museum of Rio de Janeiro, found a direct relationship between the populations of North America and South America. The research, whose first results were published in November in the US magazine Science, shows that migrations to occupy the continent occurred quicker than what was imagined. The work is based on the genetic study of fossils found in Brazil, in populations of Lagoa Santa, in Minas Gerais, and of the Spirit Cave mummy, the oldest natural mummy in the world, found in Nevada, United States.

nov 27, 2018 | Startups factory arrives in Rio and plans to accelerate 130 initiatives per year

Rio de Janeiro has just won its Startups Factory, the first in Brazil. The accelerator, which will occupy one of the most modern buildings in the revitalized port region, was inaugurated on the 8th of this month. The expectation is to gather 550 entrepreneurs on site and accelerate 130 startups per year, with combined sales of R$ 50 million.

nov 13, 2018 | Companies choose Rio to set up innovation centers

The number of foreign companies choosing Rio de Janeiro to set up innovation centers is growing. Only in recent months the giant global beverage company Coca-Cola and the French Pierre Fabre, a manufacturer of dermo-cosmetics, arrived in the city and inaugurated their laboratories with an eye on the particularities of the Latin American market. The two companies join others such as GE, L'Oréal and Ambev, also developing researches in Rio.

oct 23, 2018 | Students from Rio develop app against panic attacks

How to deal with panic or anxiety attacks, which affects about 4% of the world's population, or about 280 million people, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In view of the lack of information and adequate treatment, students from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) have developed an application that brings together effective methods to help patients at the time of an attack. The tool, available for iOS and Android, is a success and already counts around 30 thousand downloads worldwide.

oct 16, 2018 | Rocket Journey invades the Rio de Janeiro countryside

The countryside of the state of Rio de Janeiro will be invaded by rockets in the coming days. From October 22 to November 8, Barra do Piraí, located 120 kilometers away from the capital, will be hosting the Jornada dos Foguetes (Rocket Journey), organized by the 12th Brazilian Rocket Show (MOBFOG) and the Brazilian Olympiad of Astronomy and Astronautics (OBA). The event will bring together hundreds of students and teachers from all regions of the country and will have the participation of the first Brazilian astronaut, Marcos Pontes.

oct 10, 2018 | Fiocruz and institutions from 13 different countries outline the evolution of the leprosy bacillus

A study including over 30 researchers from 13 different countries has just mapped the evolution of the Mycobacterium Leprae bacillus, which causes leprosy. According to the Oswaldo Cruz Institute, which associates with Fiocruz in Rio de Janeiro and partnered with them for this research, this is the largest, most comprehensive study ever performed on the sequencing of the bacillus genome. It allowed us to understand the global spreading of the microorganism and to broaden the view on an aspect that challenges the scientists: the resistance to the antibiotics used to treat the disease.

sep 27, 2018 | Fiocruz, in Rio, to test zika virus vaccines in humans in 2019

The zika virus vaccine will start being tested in humans by Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (Fiocruz), in Rio de Janeiro, in 2019. The tests performed on mice and monkeys, according to the Brazilian Ministry of Health, showed a positive result. The application of a single dose of the vaccine developed by Instituto Evandro Chagas (IEC) prevented transmission of the disease among these animals and infection of pups during pregnancy.

sep 25, 2018 | Rio students create app against fake news

You certainly have already received a text, audio or video message with dubious content. Or, who knows, the link for an article or post reporting something big that hasn’t been published by the media yet. Rumors or fake news have become a nightmare on the internet and in messaging apps over the last few years. They have already influenced elections, damaged the image of a few people or caused commotion. With an eye on the evil of the 21st century, students from Rio de Janeiro developed a tool to fight this wave of virtual lies: Fake Off.

sep 21, 2018 | Modified mosquito is a weapon in the battle against Aedes aegypti in Rio

Scientists from Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) have taken another step in the fight against the mosquito Aedes aegypti, a dengue fever, zika and chikungunya transmitter, in Rio de Janeiro. Since early September, the World Mosquito Program (WMP), which the institution is part of, has been releasing modified mosquitoes in eight districts of the city, an area covering 408,000 inhabitants. These insects carry a microorganism, called Wolbachia, which reduces the ability to transmit these diseases.

sep 11, 2018 | Rio and Oxford scientists map yellow fever virus trajectory

For the first time, scientists from Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (Fiocruz), in Rio de Janeiro, and the University of Oxford, in England, managed to map the trajectory of the yellow fever virus in the last outbreak of the disease registered in Brazil. The study, published in the journal Science, brings new genetic and geographic mapping and can, according to experts, help fighting future epidemics.

sep 06, 2018 | Brazilian pre-salt outperforms UK production

Brazilian pre-salt oil production is completing ten years, with 1.5 million barrels of oil per day (bdp) and 21 platforms operating. This number is higher than those registered by the UK or Oman, in the Middle East, each with an average production of 1 million bpd in 2017. Petrobras, which is headquartered in the city of Rio de Janeiro, expects that the volume produced in the pre-salt will increase progressively until 2022, with the start-up of 13 platforms and investments amounting to US$ 35 billion. Of every four Petrobras production projects planned for the next few years, three will be in this layer.

sep 4, 2018 | Rio’s largest technology park to have new research center

The Technology Park of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), located in Rio de Janeiro, will have another research center. Linked to the Ambev brewery, the space, that received an investment of R$ 180 million, will be dedicated to development of products for South America. Inaugurated in 2013, the UFRJ Technology Park, which houses companies such as Petrobras, Halliburton, L'Oréal and General Electric (GE), has already received R$ 1 billion in investments in the last ten years.

aug 22, 2018 | Pioneering study of Fiocruz, in Rio, analyzes effects of the zika virus in HIV patients

A pioneering study by the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), located in the city of Rio de Janeiro, shows that the effects of zika virus infection in patients with HIV are similar to clinical and laboratory manifestations observed in individuals who do not have the AIDS virus.

jul 11, 2018 | Rio de Janeiro is about to receive entrepreneurship and innovation center

Famous for its natural beauties, the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s second largest metropolis, will receive the country’s first entrepreneurship and innovation center in its newest postcard: the Porto Maravilha. The initiative, launched this month by the National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES), is part of a program that aims to create and accelerate startups and starts operating in November. One of the objectives is to turn the city into development pole.