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  • BNDES Finances Stem Cell Research Centers / BNDES apoia a centros de pesquisa com células-tronco

    Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

    From the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES):
    BNDES approves R$ 6.6 million in financing to stem-cell research centers
    The Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) approved financial support in the amount of R$ 6.6 million to two projects related to the Brazilian Network for Cell Therapy. The non-reimbursable funding is from the BNDES Technology Fund (BNDES Funtec) and will be […]

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    Brazil Launches Unparalled Study of Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes

    Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

    Diseases of the circulatory system are the leading cause of death in Brazil. According to the Health Ministry (MS) there are 300,000 deaths and over one million hospitalizations per year, and hypertension and diabetes mellitus are major risk factors. Hypertension affects approximately 35% of the Brazilian population over the age of 40 years and of […]

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    R$6.5 milhões para pesquisa sobre sindrome metabólica em adolescentes brasileiros / R$6.5 Mil. to Research Metabolic Syndrome in Brazilian Teens

    Monday, September 29th, 2008

    The Brazilian Innovation Agency (Financiadora de Estudos e Projetos – FINEP) will finance a 3-year national study on metabolic syndrome among Brazilians aged 12-17 in large cities (i.e., over 100,000 inhabitants).
    Metabolic syndrome is a combination of disorders that increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease (heart attacks and strokes) and diabetes.  It generally is associated […]

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    “Eco-Sustainable” Packaging Made from Yucca

    Sunday, October 21st, 2007

    Synopsis in English: Brazil’s National Economic and Social Development Bank (BNDES) has announced that it will back a local firm that produces biodegradable packaging and products made from yucca (otherwise known as manioc or cassava, depending on where you are). BNDES will provide R$2.3 million in the form of fixed-income financing (bond) in CBPAK […]

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    Ecological Bricks Update

    Thursday, August 30th, 2007

    One of the most popular posts here on The Temas Blog, judging by stats, is one from many months ago entitled “Ecological Bricks.” It still receives a hit (sometimes several) every day.
    A rather unique version of “ecological bricks” discussed in that post involved entombing whole empty PET bottles filled with air. This brick was […]

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    Attention Eco-designers! Eco-diseñadores, ¡atención! Eco-desenhistas, atenção!

    Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

    For those interested in eco-design in a developing country context in general, or in sustainable design for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) in particular, listen up!
    The First International Symposium on Sustainable Design (ISSD), slated for Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil 04-06 September 2007, has issued a call for papers and speakers. Those wishing to present […]

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    More Coconut Recycling / Mais Reciclagem de Coco

    Thursday, March 1st, 2007

    In “Recycling Coconuts” Parts I and II, I mentioned that a number of Brazilian municipalities and states were looking at the experiences of Rio de Janeiro and Fortaleza (Ceará) in recycling green coconut husks — most of them collected after people sipped agua de coco from the coconuts — to make useful products (plant pots, […]

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    Brazil: FINEP to Invest R$80 mil. in CDM Projects / Brasil: FINEP investe R$ 80 milhões em Projetos de MDL

    Monday, December 18th, 2006

    Synopsis in English: Research and Projects Financing (FINEP), the public corporation linked to Brazil’s Ministry of Science and Technology (MCT) that likes to call itself the Brazilian Innovation Agency, has announced that through 2009 it will invest R$ 80 million (about US$ 37.3 million at the current rate of exchange), in clean development mechanism (CDM) […]

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