In Brazil, a look at why health care declines around elections

Guillermo Toral PhD '20 finds health care quality drops in months leading up to mayoral elections, and if the incumbent loses, the quality continues to fall.

MIT Governance Lab • mit
Jan. 20, 2021 ~8 min

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Uruguay quietly beats coronavirus, distinguishing itself from its South American neighbors – yet again

Pandemic devastation surrounds it on all sides, but tiny Uruguay has COVID-19 under control – just the latest win for a country that's always stood out.

Jennifer Pribble, Associate Professor of Political Science and Global Studies, University of Richmond • conversation
June 15, 2020 ~7 min

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COVID-19 is deadlier for black Brazilians, a legacy of structural racism that dates back to slavery

In Brazil, black COVID-19 patients are dying at higher rates than white patients. Worse housing quality, working conditions and health care help to explain the pandemic's racially disparate toll.

Edna Maria de Araújo, Professor of Public Health and Epidemiology, State University of Feira de Santana (Brazil) • conversation
June 10, 2020 ~8 min

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Coronavirus: a warning to Latin America and the Caribbean to dramatically increase COVID-19 testing

A group of population experts have called on governments in Latin American and the Caribbean to urgently ramp up testing for COVID-19 before it's too late.

Marília R. Nepomuceno, Research Scientist, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research • conversation
April 8, 2020 ~6 min

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Mesoamerican copper smelting technology aided colonial weaponry

Spanish conquerors depended on indigenous expertise to keep up their munitions supplies, archaeologists have found.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
March 31, 2020 ~7 min

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Modern tomatoes are very different from their wild ancestors – and we found missing links in their evolution

Through genetic detective work, scientists have identified missing links in the tomato’s evolution from a wild blueberry-sized fruit in South America to the larger modern tomato of today.

Ana Caicedo, Associate Professor of Biology, University of Massachusetts Amherst • conversation
Jan. 30, 2020 ~6 min

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Can snails save coffee from fungus? It’s a risky idea

Coffee rust is a huge problem, but an invasive snail seems to eat its spores off leaves. Scientists say it's a potential strategy, but isn't without risks.

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
Jan. 23, 2020 ~6 min

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A closer look at the diabetes disaster

In a new book, Amy Moran-Thomas examines how diabetes is reaching epidemic levels in countries across the world.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 17, 2019 ~9 min

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Supporting students in Puerto Rico after a hurricane’s devastation

Postdoc Héctor De Jesús-Cortés works to build up the STEM pipeline from his homeland to MIT and beyond.

Fernanda Ferreira | School of Science • mit
Dec. 13, 2019 ~9 min

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Technology and policy pathways to Paris emissions goals

Two new MIT reports advance practical emissions-reduction strategies for Southeast Asia and Latin America at both the regional and country level.

Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change • mit
Dec. 10, 2018 ~9 min

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