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.
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.
June 15, 2020 • ~7 min
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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.
June 10, 2020 • ~8 min
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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.
April 8, 2020 • ~6 min
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Spanish conquerors depended on indigenous expertise to keep up their munitions supplies, archaeologists have found.
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.
Jan. 30, 2020 • ~6 min
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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.
Jan. 23, 2020 • ~6 min
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In a new book, Amy Moran-Thomas examines how diabetes is reaching epidemic levels in countries across the world.
Dec. 17, 2019 • ~9 min
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Postdoc Héctor De Jesús-Cortés works to build up the STEM pipeline from his homeland to MIT and beyond.
Dec. 13, 2019 • ~9 min
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Two new MIT reports advance practical emissions-reduction strategies for Southeast Asia and Latin America at both the regional and country level.
Dec. 10, 2018 • ~9 min
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