The abortion controversy

Regular readers will be aware of the study recently published in PLoSONE on maternal mortality rate (MMR) trends in Chile and the American  continent. Professor Koch from Universidad Católica, Concepción and colleagues from Universidad de Chile and othe…

Maternal death rate in Chile lower than US

A new study published in the open access to all scientific journal PLoSONE has shown that the maternal mortality rate (MMR) in Chile has dramatically reduced over the last 50 years and now compares favourably with the rest of the American Continent. Stu…

Science in Chile: Falling short or aiming high?

You may have seen our recent post where the pressure group mascienciaparachile argued for more planning and spending on research in Chile. The group published a letter in Science which can be found here outlining their argument. On Friday the Chilean go…

Chile: One of the fattest nations on earth

Chilean children are the fattest in Latin America according to international research published today in the The Lancet. The results show a disturbing global trend of rising obesity.

Nicotine mummies of Chile

Chilean scientists find evidence for tobacco use in mummies found in the Atacama Desert.

New population of critically endangered Darwin’s fox discovered in Chile

Chilean scientists have been on the trail of the elusive and critically endangered Darwin's fox endemic to the temperate forests of southern Chile. A new population has been discovered, raising questions over the conservation status of the species.

Citizen divers help to count sharks

Non-scientist divers are as good as acoustic telemetry in detecting and recording the profusion of shark populations, according to new research by Australian scientists.

Fog-catchers in the desert: Confessions of a cultural anthropologist

Professor Horacio Larrain reflects on his time working on the fog-catching projects in northern Chile and asks whether enough has been done to help local communities in providing them with water. What is the end point of science? Should it also be applied?

Where galaxies collide: star-forming regions of NGC 92

Chilean astronomers unlock some mysteries of the universe by studying an interacting galaxy.

Meningitis vaccine breakthrough

Around one in ten victims of meningitis die in the UK. Now Chilean scientists have tested a newly developed vaccine that brings hope of eradicating the disease.