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…

Where galaxies collide: star-forming regions of NGC 92

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

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.

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…

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 combatting  the most socially and economically impacting parasitic disease in Latin America. Chagas disease, a highly prevalent and pot…

Intelligent crows rival 7 year old children in tests of logic

Study shows that New Caledonian crows may be smarter than 7 year-olds.

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.

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.

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…

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.