By Katu

A Portland man has begun his adventure of traveling to the North and South poles and climbing the tallest mountain on each of Earth's seven continents. His trip is called the Explorers Grand Slam. Less than 50 people across the world have every completed it.

Not only does Colin O'Brady want to finish, he wants to do it faster than anyone else.

"If everything goes to plan, I will complete it in around five months or just over," said O'Brady in a Skype interview from Mendoza, Argentina. "Anything under six months and eleven days would be a success, but I'm aiming for... (Read More)

By Los Andes

Los deshielos en la montaña mendocina dejaron aisladas a 21 personas en la reserva Laguna del Diamante en San Carlos, cuya temporada dio inicio este fin de semana. Además, dos arroyos se desbordaron y se destruyeron puentes. Los turistas fueron rescatados pero por precaución el acceso a ese paseo sigue inhabilitado.

Fuentes oficiales aseguraron que los 21 visitantes aislados llegaron... (Read More)

By Global Post

In the depths of the northern winter, spare a thought for Southern Americans suffering from too much sunshine.

No, really. It’s a serious problem. Parts of Peru, Bolivia, Chile and northern Argentina are experiencing such ferocious ultraviolet radiation right now that doctors are warning locals to stay inside during much of the day.

Exposure to excessive UV radiation can cause a long list of serious health problems, including... (Read More)

By The Wall Street Journal

Foreigners stepping onto Argentine soil are usually puzzled by locals’ language idiosyncrasies. A nation of immigrants, Argentina is also a country of blatant—albeit kindhearted, for the most part—broad categorizations of its people.

For example, Argentines call anyone from the Middle East a Turco (“Turk” in English). You can be a fourth-generation Lebanese, but you will still be considered a Turco. This stems from the fact that Middle Easterners who emigrated to the South American nation in the early 20th century had Ottoman passports regardless of their ethnic origin. (They all came from the Ottoman or Turkish Empire, which was dissolved in 1922.)

Similarly, whether Indonesian, Vietnamese or Japanese, Argentines call all Asians Chinos (“Chinese” in English). You can be a third-generation Korean owning a Korean restaurant and serving Korean food, and an Argentine will... (Read More)

By Post-Gazette

A series of fossil discoveries have revealed giant dinosaurs that, head to tail, extended a third of a football field and weighed as much as a dozen elephants or the largest humpback whale.  

And a Pittsburgh paleontologist was on one team to study newly discovered fossils of two such titanosaurs — gigantic creatures that likely shook the ground with each step in what is now modern-day Argentina. Those behemoths were 82 to 92 feet and up to 66 tons -- 132,000 pounds.

“You’d definitely feel vibrations when lots of them were moving, just like a herd of buffalo shakes the ground,” said Matthew Lamanna, assistant curator of vertebrate paleontology at Carnegie Museum of Natural History. “But they definitely walked rather than ran. I don’t think titanosaurs could move very quickly.”

The dinosaurs known as Notocolossus gonzalezparejasi roamed the outskirts of Patagonia during the Cretaceous Period about 86 million years ago. Their necks were long enough to eat from the ground to the tree tops, with similarly long tails other creatures likely strived to stay clear of.

Mr. Lamanna, who holds a Ph.D. in paleontology, worked on the team led by Bernardo Gonzalez Riga of the National University of Cuyo in the Mendoza Province of Argentina, who first spotted a fossil partially sticking up from... (Read More)

By Fresh Plaza

t's another bad year for Mendoza's pear. According to benchmarks in the sector, the sector has lost more than 40 million kilos of fruit for fresh consumption by the start of the harvest season. Thus, this fruit, for which there still is no reference price, will have a poor performance in 2016.

The IDR predicted this crop's volume would be around... (Read More)

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By Ámbito

El levantamiento del cepo tendrá esta semana su segundo gran test. El trabajo de empezar a liberar las restricciones se vio favorecido en estos dos primeros días por una baja demanda de dólares, que se registró momentáneamente por las dificultades de muchos bancos del sistema financiero para adecuarse a las nuevas normativas y para dar curso a las compras de ahorristas e importadores. En el sistema financiero hubo calma y, en este orden de cosas, la oferta de divisas resultó excesiva.

Ahora, sin embargo, habrá una mayor presión. En el mercado desembarcarán a partir de estas jornadas las compras de los importadores que tenían sus trámites demorados por el Gobierno anterior y que recién fueron autorizados a fin de la semana pasada. Además, la economía deberá... (Read More)

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