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Brazilian researchers create an optical sensor to detect glucose
SDG 3, SDG 9
Brazilian researchers create an optical sensor to detect glucose

The device was developed by Brazilian scientists using nontoxic, biodegradable, low-cost materials. It can be used by people with diabetes to monitor blood sugar.


Technological platform increases cities’ fiscal efficiency
SDG 9
Technological platform increases cities’ fiscal efficiency

Brazilian startup develops software to optimize the budgets of small and medium cities. The project was selected in a call for proposals issued by FAPESP to support innovation in public administration.


Entanglement detects a transition that transforms superconductors into insulators
SDG 9
Entanglement detects a transition that transforms superconductors into insulators

Brazilian researchers used a computer simulation to investigate the phenomenon. The study, published in Scientific Reports, could have technological applications in the future.


Study refines computer simulation of crystal solids
SDG 9
Study refines computer simulation of crystal solids

Research led by a Brazilian scientist facilitates the analysis of materials comprising a large number of three-dimensionally structured atoms, such as barium molybdate, with potential applications in luminescence and organic compound degradation.


Magnetic materials to help clean up oil spills
SDG 9
Magnetic materials to help clean up oil spills

Collaborative research between Brazilian universities combined magnetic materials and biomass residues to create nanoparticles that remove heavy and light oil from surface water with great efficacy.


3D bioprinting is used to produce cellular structures
SDG 3, SDG 9
3D bioprinting is used to produce cellular structures

With FAPESP’s support, the flagship product developed by a Brazilian startup gains scale and is used in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.


Big data analytics tools provide clinical decision support
SDG 3, SDG 9
Big data analytics tools provide clinical decision support

Researchers at the University of São Paulo are developing computer systems to process and extract information from large datasets provided by public hospitals. Their goal is to create a database that can be queried by physicians and clinical specialists to help diagnose and treat patients.


Researchers create functional mini-liver by 3D bioprinting
SDG 3, SDG 9
Researchers create functional mini-liver by 3D bioprinting

Technique developed at Human Genome and Stem Cell Research Center, funded by FAPESP and hosted by the University of São Paulo, produced hepatic tissue in the laboratory in only 90 days and could become an alternative to organ transplantation in future.


An international research group is developing computer system for early detection of Alzheimer’s
SDG 3, SDG 9
An international research group is developing computer system for early detection of Alzheimer’s

In a lecture given at FAPESP Week France, Brazilian scientist Francisco Fraga da Silva spoke about developing a low-cost diagnostic alternative based on electroencephalography data.


Scientists combine nanotechnology and natural products to fight agricultural pests
SDG 2, SDG 9
Scientists combine nanotechnology and natural products to fight agricultural pests

In a search for more sustainable alternatives for agriculture, researchers at UNESP are developing systems to encapsulate synthetic pesticides as well as compounds of botanical, fungal, and bacterial origin; results were presented at FAPESP Week France.


Advances in machine learning enable new technologies based on image analysis
SDG 9
Advances in machine learning enable new technologies based on image analysis

A researcher from USP, Nina Hirata spoke during FAPESP Week France about deep learning techniques that make the machine training process more autonomous and open the way for applications of artificial intelligence in areas such as public safety, medicine, astronomy, and marine biology.


Human-machine interaction enables highly accurate decision-making systems to be created
SDG 9
Human-machine interaction enables highly accurate decision-making systems to be created

During a lecture at FAPESP Week France, Brazilian researcher who created a tool capable of automating parasite detection in stool analyses stressed that including experts from various areas in machine learning projects is essential for increasing the precision of results.


Optical systems and quantum information research may enhance computing efficiency
SDG 9
Optical systems and quantum information research may enhance computing efficiency

Technologies that enable light to be used to transmit information in quantum systems are presented by scientists from Lyon and São Paulo at FAPESP Week France.


Niobium used as catalyst in fuel cell
SDG 7, SDG 9
Niobium used as catalyst in fuel cell

Glycerol fuel cell can replace batteries in cell phones and laptops, and could be used in future to run electric cars and supply power to homes.


Startup develops automated materials handling system
SDG 9
Startup develops automated materials handling system

Retractable telescopic mast coupled to autonomous trans-stacker developed by startup Automni will read barcodes on pallet labels.


Brazilian startup creates a test to diagnose disease that affects cats and humans
SDG 3, SDG 9
Brazilian startup creates a test to diagnose disease that affects cats and humans

With support from FAPESP, BiDiagnostics plans to develop a methodology to detect the most prevalent and virulent species of the fungus that causes sporotrichosis. The number of notified cases in Brazil has increased 600% in the past five years.


New tool facilitates genetic mapping of polyploid plants
SDG 2, SDG 9
New tool facilitates genetic mapping of polyploid plants

Available online for free, polyploid mapping system developed in Brazil helps breeders of sugarcane, kiwi, blueberry, sweet potato and forages, among other crops.


Brazilian firm develops three-dimensional multilayer fabric for body armor
SDG 9
Brazilian firm develops three-dimensional multilayer fabric for body armor

Use of the composite is also being tested in manhole covers for sewers, water mains, power conduits, etc.


First South American insect that emits blue light is discovered
SDG 9, SDG 15
First South American insect that emits blue light is discovered

Larvae of a fungus gnat found in Iporanga, São Paulo State, Brazil, have bioluminescent properties previously observed only in species native to North America, New Zealand and Asia. This study paves the way for new biotech applications.


Cognitive training methodology can improve athletes’ performance
SDG 3, SDG 9
Cognitive training methodology can improve athletes’ performance

Systems that assess and train decision-making skills have been developed by a startup supported by FAPESP and tested on athletes belonging to top-tier Brazilian sports clubs. The researchers responsible say the technology can also be used in sectors such as healthcare.


University of São Paulo to host the new FAPESP-IBM joint center for Artificial Intelligence
SDG 9, SDG 17
University of São Paulo to host the new FAPESP-IBM joint center for Artificial Intelligence

USP has been chosen to partner with the new Engineering Research Center, which will start operating in 2020, with an investment of up to USD20 million in ten years.


Startup develops segmented probiotics for animal nutrition
SDG 9
Startup develops segmented probiotics for animal nutrition

Technology created by startup with FAPESP’s support helps customize formulations of microorganisms that promise to enhance livestock health and performance.


An electronic vision system wants to control everything from drones to automated guided vehicles
SDG 9
An electronic vision system wants to control everything from drones to automated guided vehicles

A system of cameras tracks eye movements, processes images and inputs them into a computer, where special software translates the data and sends commands to telemetry-controlled devices.


An online platform will facilitate beehive rental for the pollination of crops
SDG 9, SDG 12
An online platform will facilitate beehive rental for the pollination of crops

Brazilian tech startup develops app that will feature advanced tools for hive quality monitoring and georeferencing.


Material permits simultaneous, controlled release of drugs with different actions
SDG 3, SDG 9
Material permits simultaneous, controlled release of drugs with different actions

Researchers tested a material known as polyether siloxane, a flexible transparent hydrogel that can absorb large amounts of water without dissolving and is ideal for controlled-release drug delivery.


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