Monday, February 19, 2018

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Heineken is launching a so-called wild lager in October. Named H41, the beer is made with a yeast that has been identified as one of the parents of lager yeast, including the A-yeast that is used to make Heineken.

Yeast is essential to making beer, well, beer. Grains such as barley are combined with hops to create a sugary substance called wort. Yeast is then added to the mixture. It eats the sugar and releases carbon dioxide and alcohol.

There are many strains of yeast used to make beer, but they all fall into one of three categories: ale, lager and sour beer, according to Willem van Waesberghe, Heineken's global brewmaster. A category could emerge using wild yeast.

"When you look around the world, you see a lot of breweries varying in ingredients, and we love that. But yeast is something different," van Waesberghe said. "It's very difficult, and in this moment, until now, there were three types which you could use to make beer. And we discovered the fourth one."

Heineken tamed the wild yeast, but Diego Libkind, a scientist from Argentina, found it. He and his colleagues detected the strain growing on trees in the... (Read More)

By Scientific American

The Pierre Auger Observatory in Argentina finally has solid evidence that the most energetic particles in nature come from sources outside the Milky Way. Scientists have suspected this for decades, but weren’t able to confirm it—until now.

“For the first time, we have proof that the highest-energy cosmic rays are... (Read More)

By The Enterprisers Project

How do I deal with the war for technology talent? My background as a self-taught developer serves as the foundation of my approach to managing people and establishing career development programs.

I trained myself to develop software at 15 years old, at a time when there was no internet and I was growing up in the small town of Mendoza, Argentina. If you wanted to learn something... (Read More)

By Los Andes

Durante el año 1790, nuestra provincia fue invadida por la curiosidad de algunos científicos españoles que llegaron a estas tierras con el objetivo de conocer más sobre su geografía, flora, fauna y, en especial, sobre la mineralogía.

Esta expedición científica, que recorrió el mundo de 1789 a 1794, fue relevante para el reino de España. De hecho, cumplió con el objetivo propuesto por su inspirador, el italiano Alessandro Malaspina: acrecentar los conocimientos científicos de aquel tiempo.

Gracias a estos destacados hombres de ciencia, se generó... (Read More)

By La Nación

Más de 20 científicos observarán y medirán el asteroide MU69 mediante 12 telescopios especiales dispuestos en diversas zonas, como parte de la experiencia de la nave "Nuevos Horizontes" que sobrevoló a Plutón y sus cinco lunas.

Es una misión inédita para la humanidad. La NASA es la encargada de realizarla y eligió a la provincia de Mendoza para seguir en busca del objetivo: conocer los... (Read More)

By National Geographic

A newly named species of sauropod is not only the largest known dinosaur, it now also holds the record as the largest animal that has ever walked on land.

That's the conclusion of the first scientific description of an especially large titanosaur, which lumbered across what is now Argentina during the Cretaceous.

Dubbed Patagotitan mayorum, the long-necked behemoth lived about 102 million years ago and was likely more than 120 feet long and weighed 69 tons, or about the same as 12 African elephants (the current largest land dweller).

When paleontologists José Luis Carbadillo and Diego Pol from Egidio Feruglio Paleontology Museum  first saw hints of the fossil on a farm in the Patagonia region of Argentina, they knew it was going to be big.

The team spent over a year painstakingly excavating the fossil. Kenneth Lacovara, a paleontologist at Rowan University and the discoverer of Dreadnoughtus, commiserates with this task.

"I, more than most, I think, can empathize with them over the amount of sweat, toil, frustration, and aggravation experienced when attempting to get bones of this size and quantity out of the ground and safely to a museum."


A full model of the huge titanosaur found its way into a major permanent exhibit at the... (Read More)


The secretary of Scientific and Technological Articulation, Agustin Campero, visited the premises of the Earth Station for Study Missions concerning the Deep Space - Deep Space 3 (DS3) located in Malargüe, Mendoza; where the antenna for observation and control of interplanetary missions of the ESA is located, which may be used by the Argentine scientific community for... (Read More)

By The Next Web

Since the late 1980’s, Argentina has faced economic woes. Stemming from when the country was plunged into the deepest recession of its history, Argentina has weathered bond defaults, payment restructuring plans, and high inflation that would put a lesser country off of the investment map for good.

Yet Argentina has managed to stay afloat. Through hard work it has remained an economic and global power. Including Mexico and Brazil, Argentina is one of just three Latin American countries in the G20 and its startup ecosystem is promising. With a new government in place, the country is investing... (Read More)

By 1843 Magazine

It is one of wine’s cruellest ironies that there seems to be no perceptible relationship between the beauty of a landscape and the beauty of the beverages it bequeaths. The “first growth” reds of Bordeaux, revered since the 18th century, spring from martially spaced rows of grapevine monoculture parked on a featureless plain. In contrast, Spain’s Canary Islands offer a surreal panorama of deep pits dug into ebony-coloured volcanic ash, surrounded by crescent-shaped stone walls that each protect a lone, hardy plant from the fierce trade winds. The resulting tipple is a testament to nature’s resilience and man’s perseverance – and is generally consigned to supermarket discount racks.

Nowhere is this dissonance more jarring than Mendoza, in west-central Argentina. Nestled at the base of the jagged Andes mountains, its vineyards seem to run right up to the edge of the cordillera (Spanish for “chain”), which rises as much as 5,000 metres (16,400 feet) off the valley floor in just 50km (30 miles). On a clear day, it is hard to resist clichéd musings on the smallness of mankind while craning one’s neck to admire their majestic, serrated peaks; when it’s overcast, it’s easy to confuse the snow-capped summits for clouds. When you’re walking through the vineyards on a slight incline, a one-metre-tall T-shaped plant can obscure the view of a 6,000-metre mountain.

Cypress-like alamos trees shield the fields from the zonda, the biting gusts that blow off the peaks whenever someone flouts the wishes of Pachamama, the Mother-Earth deity of indigenous Andeans. With vast distances muffling human noise, the calls of the chimango, a brown bird of prey, reverberate across the vineyards, ranging from the rat-tat of machine-gun fire to the squeaks of a toy dog. Condors occasionally swoop across the sky on the world’s largest wingspan, over three metres across. And copper-skinned, moustachioed gauchos mutter... (Read More)


The Perlan 2 stratospheric glider, an Airbus-sponsored mission, has arrived in Argentina as the Airbus Perlan Mission II team bids to set a new altitude record for sailplanes.

The pressurized Perlan 2 is designed to reach 90,000 ft., but chief pilot Jim Payne is hoping to reach 60,000-65,000 ft. this year, enough to beat the record of 50,727 ft. set by Perlan 1 in 2006.

Perlan 2 has arrived by ship in Mendoza, Argentina, and on July 2 will begin... (Read More)

By Scientific Reports

Titanosauria is an exceptionally diverse, globally-distributed clade of sauropod dinosaurs that includes the largest known land animals. Knowledge of titanosaurian pedal structure is critical to understanding the stance and locomotion of these enormous herbivores and, by extension, gigantic terrestrial vertebrates as a whole. However, completely preserved pedes are extremely rare among Titanosauria, especially as regards the truly giant members of the group. Here we describe Notocolossus gonzalezparejasi gen. et sp. nov. from the Upper Cretaceous of Mendoza Province, Argentina. With a powerfully-constructed humerus 1.76 m in length, Notocolossus is one of the largest known dinosaurs. Furthermore, the complete pes of the new taxon exhibits a strikingly compact, homogeneous metatarsus—seemingly adapted for bearing extraordinary... (Read More)

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