Predator invasion had devastating, long-term effects on native fish
(Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) In 1969, 60 to 100 peacock bass imported from Colombia, were introduced into a pond in Panama for sport fishing. Several individuals escaped. By the early 1970s, they colonized the reservoir forming the main channel of the Panama Canal. Forty-five years later, native fish populations in the lake still have not recovered, Smithsonian reports. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - December 12, 2016 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Google Unveils 3-Decade Time-Lapse of the Earth
Google Unveils a 3-Decade Time-Lapse of the Earth By Jeffrey Kluger It doesn’t pay to take your eyes off the Earth for a second. Look away even briefly and who knows what it will get up to? That’s not how things usually seem to human beings living on the surface of the planet. The mountain that’s here today ought to be here tomorrow. The river that meanders along the boundary of your state or your nation will be meandering into the future. If you were in orbit, however, things would look very different—especially if you were in orbit for a few decades at a time. Since 1972, the Landsat satellites&m...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - November 29, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: climate climate change earth Google Mining natural resources space technology timelapse Urbanization Source Type: news

Three Killed in Late-Season Hurricane Otto; Costa Rica Evacuates Thousands
PANAMA CITY (AP) — Late-season storm Otto strengthened into a hurricane Tuesday as civil defense officials reported three deaths in Panama amid heavy rain and Costa Rica ordered the evacuation of 4,000 people from its Caribbean coast. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Otto was likely to gain strength as it headed for an expected Thursday afternoon landfall around the Nicaragua-Costa Rica border. It could become the first hurricane to make landfall in Costa Rica since reliable record-keeping began in 1851. The storm caused heavy rains in Panama as it moved off that nation's northern coast, and officials blamed Otto ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - November 22, 2016 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: News Major Incidents Source Type: news

Ant bridges connect shy tropical tree crowns
Internet and phone connections are essential for effective communicators and for success in business. New results from a study in Panama show that connections between trees may be important for maintaining the rich diversity of tropical forests. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - November 16, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

In rough times, some reasons for optimism: lessons from Latin America on REDD+
This article provides a summary of some important emerging lessons to date on REDD+ from the Latin American region. REDD+ has already proven to be successful, but under certain conditions A number of lessons on REDD+ can be learnt from the agreement between Norway and Brazil. First, REDD+ can achieve measurable results. While the deforestation trend in the Latin American country picked up a bit recently, the decrease from historical deforestation trends is clear. Second, a minimum level of readiness is required. Brazil had the in-house capacities on policy design, policy implementation, monitoring, and enforcement. If the...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - November 15, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

From the Panama Papers to an intelligence service for your own business
(Saarland University) In 2016 more than a hundred newspapers and others published revelations on tax avoidance and evasion. They were based on the Panama Papers, a collection of data that comprises 2.6 terabytes of information and 11.5 million documents. In 2015 this was leaked to the Sueddeutsche Zeitung; an international group of journalists evaluated it over the course of a year. Now, computer scientists at the Max Planck spin-off Ambiverse have analyzed the data with software in a few hours, obtaining new results. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - November 7, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

This Bird's Stunning Plumage Is Visible Only In The Right Light
Here’s one little bird that lives up to its billing. The fiery-throated hummingbird has plumage that’s mostly green and blue, but its throat is red, orange and yellow. You know, like a flame. The species lives in the mountains of Costa Rica and Panama, where it feeds on nectar and the occasional insect or spider. These photos were taken last April by Jess Findlay, a 24-year-old nature photographer from Vancouver, Canada. He explained the encounter in an email to The Huffington Post: “Several of these beautiful hummingbirds were visiting a nectar feeder at about 2,700-meter elevation in the Talamanca Moun...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - November 1, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Ant genomics help reshape biological history of the Americas
(Field Museum) Scientists have long believed that the Isthmus of Panama emerged three million years ago, triggering a massive interchange of species between the Americas. However, recent conflict in both geological and biological literature suggests that this simple story is insufficient to explain the available evidence. A new study explores questions fundamental to this interchange using genomic methods in army ants, finding that land bridges likely connected the Americas millions of years earlier than previously thought. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - October 25, 2016 Category: Biology Source Type: news

FDA: Discontinue use of Multidata RT devices
In a letter posted October 20, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Panama charges technologists with manslaughter Panama to review employee sanctions following nuclear accident Panama health ministry sanctions 12 employees Autopsies blame radiation for Panama patients' deaths (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - October 21, 2016 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Viveve wins FDA 510(k) for its Viveve System
Viveve (NSDQ:VIVE said today it won FDA 510(k) clearance for its Viveve System, now cleared for use in general surgical procedures for electrocoagulation and hemostasis. The company’s Viveve System is designed as a non-surgical treatment for post-partum laxity of the vaginal introitus. “FDA 510(k) clearance for the Viveve System represents a major milestone in our efforts to bring this safe and effective technology to patients in the United States who can benefit from it. We are grateful to all of the clinicians and researchers who have supported the development of the Viveve System over the past several year...
Source: Mass Device - October 6, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: 510(k) Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Women's Health Viveve Source Type: news

10 Of My Favorite Birth Practices Around The World
There is a lot of pressure for births to be a great experience, which can cause many women to feel inadequate. Cord Mama even speaks of the Dangerous Myth of an Ideal Birth: "just like none of our bodies can live up to that elusive standard of the "ideal woman," none of our birth stories will ever be perfect." And I agree with her wholeheartedly- I felt very ashamed for not giving birth without help the first time around. But it was not my fault- she was positioned the wrong way and had to turn, which meant that it was hard for me to give birth to her. It doesn't however discourage me from visualizing how a perfect bir...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - October 5, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Loneliest Frog On Earth Dies, Marking The End Of Yet Another Species
The loneliest frog on Earth is dead, taking with him the hope of an entire species. Toughie was a famed Rabbs’ fringe-limbed tree frog and the last known member of his species. He had mottled brown skin and a strange bird-like call. He was described as “handsome,” had his own Wikipedia page and won the hearts of race car drivers and movie directors. The United Nations projected Toughie’s image onto its headquarters in New York City in 2014, as part of a campaign to raise awareness about the world’s sixth mass extinction ― a period scientists warn we’re abo...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - October 4, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

26 jaguars killed in Panama so far this year
(Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) A combination of camera-trapping studies and interviews reveals that 26 jaguars have been killed this year in the tiny Republic of Panama. Panama connects North and South America and is an important bridge for wildlife and migrating birds. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - October 4, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

The Heart of Mental Health and Well-Being at the United Nations
In the normally staid halls of the U.N., energy exploded as Bolivian musician Hillario Soto entered a large conference room at the back, playing his home-made bass flute, followed Pied-Piper-style by a troupe of musicians, adult vocalists, and youth singers. Leading the revelry on keyboards was internationally-acclaimed composer and singer/songwriter Russell Daisey performing his original anthem "Happy People, Happy Planet" that celebrates a joyful connection between people and the environment. Bass flute player Hillario Soto leading the troupe in the event open. Photo: Mamadou Dabo. As they paraded down the aisle to...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 28, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Can Elon Musk Really Colonize Mars?
It’s extremely easy to get drunk on Mars. No, that doesn’t mean getting plastered on the actual planet. What it does mean is getting tipsy on the very topic of Mars, over the possibilities it offers us. By that non-literal measure, Elon Musk tied one on on Tuesday—and it was hard not to want to join him. Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, got his Mars high while delivering a talk at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico. The topic was larger than just how human beings could get to Mars one day, but how we can colonize it, populate it, build a self-sustaining colony of up to 1 million peopl...
Source: TIME: Top Science and Health Stories - September 27, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized colonize Elon Musk Mars space Source Type: news