Scientists discover new species off Chilean coast

Chilean scientists discover a new species of clam off the coast of Chile. The authors of the study decided to name it after Nobel Prize for Literature winner Pablo Neruda.

Fighting Chagas Disease in South America: 15 million infected

A new report published today in the scientific journal PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases details the progress made in combattingĀ  the most socially and economically impacting parasitic disease in Latin America. Chagas disease, a highly prevalent and pot…

Nicotine mummies of Chile

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

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…

Where galaxies collide: star-forming regions of NGC 92

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

Discovering planets from the Chilean desert

The European Southern Observatory (ESO) is an intergovernmental astronomy organisation supported by many countries including the UK, with three sites in Chile: La Silla, Paranal and Chajnantor. The site at La Silla at 2,400 metres above sea level in the…

Spend more on research to avoid crisis

Recently published in the highly respected academic journal Science a group of scientists in Chile have issued a warning that the country may be falling behind others in their planning and spending for research. The authors, lead by Pablo Astudillo of t…

Is violence in schizophrenia on the increase?

According to research in the new Psychiatry journal from The Lancet, schizophrenia is associated with violent crime, premature death and suicide and the trend is rising. Matthew Owens reports.

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?