A fossilized skeleton of an ancient crocodile-like organism that lived in what’s now Brazil.
Q&A: Paleontology’s Colonial Legacy
Archaeologist and paleontologist Juan Carlos Cisneros tells The Scientist that researchers frequently fail to involve local groups—and sometimes violate laws—when studying Latin American fossils.
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Q&A: Paleontology’s Colonial Legacy
Q&A: Paleontology’s Colonial Legacy

Archaeologist and paleontologist Juan Carlos Cisneros tells The Scientist that researchers frequently fail to involve local groups—and sometimes violate laws—when studying Latin American fossils.

Archaeologist and paleontologist Juan Carlos Cisneros tells The Scientist that researchers frequently fail to involve local groups—and sometimes violate laws—when studying Latin American fossils.

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“Godfather of Biodiversity” Thomas Lovejoy Dies at 80
Lisa Winter | Jan 12, 2022
The famous ecologist was a lifelong champion for conservation.
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As Plan S Takes Effect, Some Anticipate Inequitable Outcomes
Alejandra Manjarrez | Aug 3, 2021
The plan’s signatories seek to make the results of their funded research available to all, but some scientists say the transition to open access has led to climbing publication fees and could exacerbate global disparities.
Variant Found in Brazil Could Evade Immunity from Past Infection
Lisa Winter | Mar 2, 2021
The P.1 variant, which has also been detected in five US states, could be responsible for cases of reinfection, according to a preprint.
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Study Estimates 76 Percent of Brazilian City Exposed to SARS-CoV-2
Ignacio Amigo | Dec 14, 2020
The number, extrapolated from antibodies present in blood donors in Manaus, should be treated with caution, experts warn.
Yet Another Brazilian Museum Suffers Fire, Loss Of Specimens
Lisa Winter | Jul 3, 2020
The Natural History Museum and Botanical Garden is still assessing the damage from a June 15 fire.
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Researchers in Brazil Struggle to Get Solid COVID-19 Death Counts
Chris Baraniuk | Jun 4, 2020
After combing through data on public death notices in Minas Gerais state, scientists say the coronavirus death toll in the country is worse than reported.
Did Contaminated Water Exacerbate Brazilian Babies’ Zika Symptoms?
Ashley Yeager | Jun 1, 2020
Elevated levels of a neurotoxin in northeastern Brazil’s drinking water and a high incidence of microcephaly in the region led scientists to look for a link, and they found one.
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Brazilian Government Limits Academics’ Conference Attendance
Kerry Grens | Feb 11, 2020
The Ministry of Education’s new rule says only one federally employed researcher per institution can attend international scholarly meetings, Times Higher Education reports.
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GM Mosquito Progeny Not Dying in Brazil: Study
Kerry Grens | Sep 17, 2019
The biotech Oxitec had released the genetically engineered insects with the hope that they would breed with wild populations and produce offspring that die young. But that’s not always happening.
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Newly Described Electric Eel Has Strongest Voltage Yet Measured
Kerry Grens | Sep 10, 2019
The same study also finds there are three species of Electrophorus, rather than one.
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In Brazil, Thousands of Research Fellowships Are at Risk
Ignacio Amigo | Aug 20, 2019
A lack of funding for the country’s main research agency threatens the future of Brazilian scientific research.
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Amid Science Cuts, Brazil’s National Museum Tries to Recover
Ignacio Amigo | Jun 11, 2019
Nine months after a fire destroyed priceless collections, scientists are working restore the archives and keep their research afloat.
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Brazilian Academics Protest Against Budget Cuts
Ignacio Amigo | May 21, 2019
Blocked resources and the suspension of research scholarships threaten the future of Brazilian science, academics say.
Brazil’s Researchers Criticize Budget Freeze
Catherine Offord | Apr 9, 2019
Scientists have attacked the government’s spending policies after it locked down nearly half of the money that had been allocated for science funding.
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Humane Society Successfully Campaigns to End Pesticide Test on Dogs
Shawna Williams | Apr 8, 2019
After the release of an undercover investigation, Corteva Agrisciences announces it will release 36 beagles for rehoming.
The Biggest Science News of 2018
Kerry Grens | Dec 27, 2018
From disastrous scientific setbacks to the upending of scientific dogma and the end of a 40-year search for a protein
Celebrated Brazilian Bee Scientist Warwick Kerr Dies
Vijay Shankar Balakrishnan | Oct 2, 2018
Revered as a humanitarian and scientist, Kerr was also blamed for the introduction of aggressive Africanized bees to the Americas.
What Was Lost in the Fire that Destroyed Brazil’s Largest Museum
Marcia Triunfol | Sep 4, 2018
Scientists work to help relocate colleagues who lost everything.
Opinion: The Value of Collaborations in the Emerging and Developing World
Mohamed Boudjelal | Aug 20, 2018
Scientists can foster new talent, find new funding options, and tap into business opportunities by forging relationships between researchers in emerging, developing and developed nations.