Thursday, February 22, 2018

Thursday, Feb


A prominent glaciologist, Ricardo Villalba, has been indicted on criminal charges for allegedly favoring a mining company as a consequence of how his former institute designed Argentina’s national glacier inventory.

The 27 November federal criminal court indictment also includes three former environment ministers. All four have been charged with “abuse of authority” for failing to protect water sources under a 2010 law aimed at preserving glaciated areas. The law prohibits mining in those areas.

The lawsuit was filed by a grassroots group after the Veladero mine in northwestern Argentina spilled...[Read More]


El museo Juan Cornelio Moyano, en el edificio Playas Serranas del Parque, está abierto y es una gran oportunidad para el conocimiento.

Estuvo casi cuatro años cerrado por remodelaciones, pero finalmente, abrió en toda su magnitud en 2015. Tiene más de 100 años de vida que le han servido para coleccionar las piezas de sus tres salas principales y ser exhibidas al público, con unas 150 mil piezas.

Con un diseño moderno e interactivo, el Museo Moyano es uno de los más antiguos y prestigiosos del país.  Las exposiciones están destinadas al...[Read More]

By Wind Power Monthly

The country may be a latecomer to the Latin American wind boom, but ambitious targets and radical economic reforms mean this is the perfect time to grab a slice of the pie.

Argentina has long lagged behind its neighbours in adopting new technologies, including wind power, even though the country depends on imported fossil fuels that have been draining state coffers. Today, wind represents less than 1% of Argentina's electricity supplies, compared with 5% in Chile, 8% in Brazil and 23% in Uruguay.

But renewable energy is finally taking off. In September 2015 congress approved a law setting the...[Read More]


Godoy Cruz, a pioneer, and protagonist in the care of the environment, participated in the United Nations Conference on Climate Change, COP 23 in the Bonn, Germany.

As a member of the Argentina Network of Municipalities Against Climate Change (RAMCC), the community forms part of the official delegation of Argentina with Mayor Tadeo García Zalazar as their representative.

At COP23, which was the first meeting of this kind since the United States left the Paris Agreement, countries and cities reaffirmed their commitment to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases by 2030.

The leader of the meeting, along with local authorities from cities around the world, recalled the general experience of the department regarding changes concerning...[Read More]


By Americas Society Council of the Americas

"I don't think anyone in Latin America has ties to Silicon Valley like the Argentines do," said AS/COA President and CEO Susan Segal as she kicked off the November 6 event convening CEOs and government officials to discuss Argentina's growing digital economy. Executives from Grupo ASSA, Viacom, and Neoris shared their respective companies' projects in the sector and how each is taking advantage of...[Read More]

By Los Andes

En febrero de 1989 era un joven estudiante cuando, junto a un compañero, puso a la provincia en el mapa de lo que aún no se conocía.

Luis Canessa habla con pasión del tema. Se nota que no sólo lo conoce sino que es su vida. La tecnología, y más específicamente las telecomunicaciones, le han dado una carrera internacional -hoy trabaja para el gigante de la aviación Airbus- pero sobre todo le han dejado experiencias imborrables que él atesora no sólo en su memoria sino en un profuso archivo gráfico que no duda en mostrar. 

Entre esos papeles hay uno muy especial, que hoy es un hito histórico olvidado: el primer mensaje de correo electrónico que se envió desde Mendoza. Fue el 22 de febrero de 1989 a las 21.25.

Salió al “ciberespacio” desde la facultad de Filosofía y Letras de la UNCuyo y el destinatario estaba en...[Read More]

By GlacierHub

The glaciers of the Andes are retreating and researchers are taking notice. Participants of UNESCO’s Impact of the Glacial Retreat in the Andes: International Multidisciplinary Network for Adaptation Strategies project met in Mendoza, Argentina, from August 23-25, to address challenges of glacial retreat in the Andes.

The meeting took place at the IANIGLA Institute (The Argentinean Institute of Nivology, Glaciology and Environmental Sciences), and served as the final synthesis of the project. The project, which was established under UNESCO’s International Hydrological Program in 2012, focuses on developing a multidisciplinary network of professionals in the area of snow and glacial management to improve climate change adaptation strategies in the Andes. Presentations at the meeting, many of which were on research conducted from the beginning of the project, covered a range of topics. Researchers from Chile detailed the...[Read More]


A study that aimed to gain insights into the management of the estimated 500,000 horses kept on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, in Argentina, identified the outdoor storage of manure-filled bedding waste as one of the biggest issues.

Mariana Vaccaro and her colleagues, writing in the Journal of Sustainability, Agri, Food and Environmental Research, said proper management, involving good practices, was an important factor in minimizing the environmental impact of keeping horses.

Argentina has an estimated 2.4 million equines, around 500,000 of whom are kept in the area where...[Read More]


Conservation groups say a record number of Southern right whales were counted this year in Argentina's Patagonia region

Thousands of tourists have enjoyed watching the whales and their calves this season swimming near the shoreline of El Doradillo area.

The Whale Conservation Institute says 788 Southern right whales were counted in the region this year. It says that is the highest since records began to be registered in...(Read More)


By BN Americas

Telefónica-owned operator Movistar and Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) have brought the first 5G test system to Argentina, allowing telecom operators and ecosystem partners such as academic institutions and industry representatives, to test 5G capabilities in a live network.

Trial conducted during launch of the first 5G lab in Argentina

Ericsson's 28GHz mmWave 5G Test Bed used for the trial showed a record speed of 20Gbps

Live 5G trial seen as first step in preparing Argentina for the next-generation technology

The trial, which took place in Buenos Aires, used Ericsson's mmWave 28GHz 5G Test Bed solution, reaching a record speed of 20Gbps.

Base stations and device prototypes were used to show advanced 5G technologies, including Massive MIMO, massive beamforming, Distributed MIMO, Multi-user MIMO, and beam tracking, which together offered multi-gigabit data rates and ultra-low latency that are key requirements for future consumer mobile broadband and industrial use cases.

Federico Rava, Executive President of Telefónica in Argentina, says: "Ericsson and Movistar are already working in a coordinated way to test the design of this 5G network and training the teams so that when it is deployed, that process is already complete. It should be noted that the city of Buenos Aires was chosen as the venue for this trial because it has the geographical, building, population density, and high radio electric characteristics that enable an efficient test of this technology for the future, which will allow customers and society to live up to connectivity experiences that will open doors to countless possibilities."

Nicolás Brancoli, President of Ericsson in South America, says: "With 5G consumers can enjoy applications such as augmented reality and 4K video streaming, while industries will benefit from innovative Internet of Things applications such as smart transport and remote healthcare, creating significant business opportunities. We expect 5G to be introduced around 2020 globally, and this trial is the first step in Argentina to prepare for the next-generation mobile technology."

Telefónica, through its Movistar brand, is the leading company in integrated communications that provides fixed and mobile services to more than 26 million users in Argentina.

Ericsson is leading 5G innovations globally and was first to market with combined core and radio for 5G use cases, accelerating the journey to...[Read More]

By The Bubble

Interconnected coletivos, 3D printers at classrooms, AR apps capable of recreating historic battles at the Casa Rosada, and sensor-equipped garbage containers are already paving their way to making Buenos Aires a smarter city.

Old-time Porteños were secretly futuristic. Even when they had probably never heard such thing as “sustainable development,” – the term was coined in 1983 – they sow the seeds for what would later become the smartest city in Latin America. The first example came in the 1920’s, when local manufacturers came out with a... (Read More)

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