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Lawmakers agree to fix
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Some 34 lawmakers agreed Tuesday that they will reform the nation's alcohol law to give a break to small merchants and restaurant owners and hotels.

The decision means that the lawmakers will make a major change to the law they passed a year ago.

This time they are trying to establish a difference between large firms and smaller ones. The measure also would eliminate the discretion that municipalities now have in assessing fees for the alcohol license or patente.

A number of merchants and bar owners have complained that they are being forced to pay unreasonable fees to keep their license. The law restructured the fees for licenses and the principal emphasis was on getting bar and package store owners to pay more because some were paying only 10,000 or 20,000 colons a year.

The proposal, which take the form of a bill sponsored by the 34 lawmakers, would create a special category for large firms, such as supermarkets. Alcohol licenses granted to hotels would be based on the number of rooms.

Some lawmakers agreed that some fees assessed were unreasonable and that some municipalities took advantage of the discretion they have to set the amounts. The proposal would eliminate the discretion and require municipalities to stick to the established categories.

The change may come too late for some merchants. Operators of small bars and even some restaurants have ceased doing business because of the high fees.
 
In one case, A.M. Costa Rica reported on the operator of a small restaurant on the Caribbean coast who has to pay 380,000 colons ($771 at the current rate of exchange) every four months even though he does not sell a lot of alcohol. Restaurant owners also pointed out that the law does not differentiate between tourism high season and the rainy season when the income is very different. Merchants also have to collect tax on their sales, and many either rent the license or paid a significant sum for it.


Security ministry finds silver lining to grim survey
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The security ministry said Tuesday that a new survey shows that crime is going down.

The ministry, in a news release, cited a national telephone survey done by  Cid Gallup for the  Cámara Norteamericana Costarricense de Comercio and  the accounting and consulting firm Deloitte.

The survey was done for a competitiveness summit by AmCham, and the question cited by the security ministry was "With relation to the subject of security. we ask you in the last four months have you or some family member who lives in the same house with you been a victim of a robbery or an assault.

The survey showed that 20 percent of the respondents answered affirmatively to this question. The security ministry noted that a similar survey three years ago elicited an affirmative response from 28 percent of the respondents. The ministry also credited the flagrancy courts for putting more crooks in jail.

These are the courts where those caught in the act of a crime or nearly so are quickly convicted and sentenced. The ministry said that 90 per cent of the cases the Fuerza Pública brings before such courts results in a conviction. There was no statistic of how
many are actually jailed because the courts usually give a break to first-time offenders.

The ministry also reported other statistics unrelated to the survey, such as a 14.5 percent decline in the number of vehicle hijackings.

A telephone survey probably is more accurate than law enforcement statistics because many victims do not report their crime.

Yes, as one commentator noted, the statistic, when projected on the entire population, means 200,000 robberies from February to June this year.

But there was more bad news, and not related to security. Some 79 percent of Costa Ricans who responded to the survey said that the country was on the wrong course.

And 39 percent said that the general situation of the country would be worse in five years. Some 70 percent said that actions by the government to combat this situation were insufficient.

Some 23 percent said that they used private medical care instead of the Caja Costarricense de Segruo Social and 56 percent of all respondents said they were dissatisfied by the Caja service.


Walmart gets wrist slapped by consumer agency
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A Walmart pricetag for a flat screen television for 17,800 colons has generated a case that resulted in a  4.4 million colons fine. That's about $8,800.

The  Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Comercio's consumer division said that company failed to give all the information to the public.

The incident happened at the San Sebastian store
Dec. 1, 2012, during a big sale. The company sold
some televisions at the stated price, which is about $36 and then changed the price to a more reasonable 178,000 colons, about $356.

The television in question was a 32-inch RCA. The ministry said that 51 shoppers filed complaints.

The low price appeared to have been inadvertent, and the consumer agency did not fine Walmart for changing the price. Instead, the fine in an administrative proceeding was for not giving more information to consumers.

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Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

Nuevo Arenal in a small town in Guanacaste best known for the largest lake in Costa Rica although it is man made. The combination of the lake and Volcán Arenal in the same scenic view lends to the beauty of the country. The original town of Arenal lies beneath this giant lake and it displaced many people that had to give up their homes and move.

The new town became know as “Nuevo Arenal” or “New Arenal.” This is a growing and a prospering community of proud people with a good mix of expats and locals. It continues to grow, and there are many changes taking place with a variety of new services. It is a very quaint and clean community. From 600 residents it has grown to 5,000 and still going strong. The town is a haven for many tourist and a nice stop on the way between the beaches and La Fortuna with Volcán Arenal.

Our little post office has stood for over 30 years servicing 600 and now 5,000. The building also houses the police. Some have postal boxes and others who don't can even receive a friendly call from the lady who works there to tell them that they have mail. I have a box there and use it quite often to receive and send mail and also when I order packages from the U.S. or here in Costa Rica, and so do many others. We want to continue forward and not have someone drag us backwards into the past that we have to travel up to and more that one hour just to receive mail.

Now this little building that is shared by the police and the post office is in need of roof repair or replacement. The answer from the powers to be is to close this office, move the police to another location and to do away with the post office completely just so they won't have to repair the roof.

If this is allowed to happen, to get your mail, you would have to travel to Tilirán by bus (one hour), or by car (45 minutes) just to get your mail. It would also take a job away from a lady who has filled this position for many years.

Many do not even have a car and would have to be using the bus. A petition is going around to sign to try and avoid this closing. I'm hoping this letter will spread the word and maybe even someone from the government here will take action so this doesn't happen. To let this happen to a very proud, prosperous and a  growing community will be a “Damn Shame”.

Thomas Ploskina
Nuevo Arenal


Expat with an interesting past
buried in  cemetery in Heredia


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Paul E. Noe said on an Internet page that his life experience was mainly in finance. That was a major understatement.

Noe, a member of the Escazú Christian Fellowship, was buried Tuesday in the  Jardines de Recuerdo in Heredia. He left behind a legacy of being one of the greatest con men of all times.

The South Florida Business Journal said that he and a younger brother  "worked with a loose network of nearly 100 international con men, systematically stealing at least $100 million in advance loan fees."

He was believed to have served at least three prison terms, including one in the same facility with Watergate felons, according to the newspaper. Noe was part of a network subsequently profiled in the book, "The Fountain Pen Conspiracy," said the Business Journal.

Noe was in his 80s.

Stacey Steck, pastor of the congregation, knew another side of Noe.  "I can tell you that he was a very devoted family man, whose faith I perceived as quite sincere," he said. Noe is survived by his wife of 30 years, Grace.


Color of the nightlight seems
to have an effect on moods


By the Ohio State University news staff

When it comes to some of the health hazards of light at night, a new study suggests that the color of the light can make a big difference.

In a study involving hamsters, researchers found that blue light had the worst effects on mood-related measures, followed closely by white light.

But hamsters exposed to red light at night had significantly less evidence of depressive-like symptoms and changes in the brain linked to depression, compared to those that experienced blue or white light. The only hamsters that fared better than those exposed to red light were those that had total darkness at night.

The findings may have important implications for humans, particularly those whose work on night shifts makes them susceptible to mood disorders, said Randy Nelson, co-author of the study and professor of neuroscience and psychology at The Ohio State University.

“Our findings suggest that if we could use red light when appropriate for night-shift workers, it may not have some of the negative effects on their health that white light does,” Nelson said.

The study appears in the Tuesday  issue of The Journal of Neuroscience.

The research examined the role of specialized photosensitive cells in the retina that don’t have a major role in vision, but detect light and send messages to a part of the brain that helps regulate the body’s circadian clock. This is the body’s master clock that helps determine when people feel sleepy and awake.

Other research suggests these light-sensitive cells also send messages to parts of the brain that play a role in mood and emotion.

“Light at night may result in parts of the brain regulating mood receiving signals during times of the day when they shouldn’t,” said co-author Tracy Bedrosian, a former graduate student at Ohio State who is now a postdoctoral researcher at the Salk Institute.  “This may be why light at night seems to be linked to depression in some people.”

What people experience as different colors of light are actually lights of different wavelengths. The cells in the retina don’t appear to react to light of different wavelengths in the same way.

“These cells are most sensitive to blue wavelengths and least sensitive to red wavelengths,” Nelson said.  “We wanted to see how exposure to these different color wavelengths affected the hamsters.”


Arrest made in rape attempt

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The  Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas detained a man Tuesday who is a suspect in the attempted rape of a British tourist. The incident took place on a beach near the biologicl reserve  Mondonguillo.

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The raw fruit should be boiled for about two hours. Many stores keep the fruit on display in warm water.

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These are little orange balls that rest well on your palate
By Connie Foss
Special to A.M. Costa Rica

Bactris gasipaes is the scientific name. So, what is it? Pronounced pay-he-buy-yay in standard English, it is a popular tropical fruit that is delicious and nutritious. It is a mainstay in the diet of natives in Costa Rica, and festivals are held in Colombia and Ecuador to celebrate pejibaye harvest.

Yet, many expats never venture to try these unique culinary treasures. Everyone has seen the tall palm trees with fringy branches, spiny trunks, and clusters of pretty balls near the very top.

I was in Costa Rica nearly a year before a friend urged me to try a sample (dipped in mayonnaise) at a farmers’ market. “Wow!” was my instant reaction. “This stuff is fantastic!” How could I have avoided it all this time?

This is why. Pejibaye is a small, roundish fruit that grows in clusters at the tops of peach palm trees. These clusters grow so high that many people barely notice them, or if they do, assume they are merely ornamental because of their bright yellow, orange and red colors. When these hard fruits are harvested, they are boiled for two hours in salt water brine that becomes a murky color resembling dirty dishwater. Vendors tend to keep the fruits in this icky-looking water to keep them warm until they are sold. Needless to say, this type of visual presentation does not create a mouth-watering appeal.

The first time I noticed pejibaye was at the local supermarket where I passed a vat of these strange-looking objects bobbing in dirty dishwater on my way to the produce section. I was curious, but not at all tempted to buy any.  In fact, I was actually curious as to why anyone wanted to buy them.

Then, at certain times of the year I would notice vendors along the roadsides pushing portable vats full of the colorful balls, selling them by the half-dozen in small plastic bags. Still, I had no urge to sample the merchandise.  I would notice stalks of bright, hard orbs vaguely resembling billiard balls, hanging from market stalls, but I never made the connection that these were the same things.  And what were they? I did ask, once, but quickly forgot what they were because of the unpronounceable name. And I was still not curious enough to buy any.

So, it was not until my Tico companion handed me a peeled slice of something that looked like winter squash that I looked up and made the connection. It was love at first bite. A friend was coming for a visit, so I bought a few to share with her. She liked them, too.

Pejibaye are not cheap. I was surprised, the first time I
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bought some, to find that they sell for around 200 colons each. In the towns and cities where people do not have their own farmland, people eat these fruits more as a delicacy: one or two with coffee, or sliced in a salad. But in the countryside where the palm trees grow wild, entire clusters of pejibaye are harvested at once, and shared among neighbors until everyone is sick of eating so many.

According to Purdue University, pejibaye can be dried and stored for several months. But most people cook the entire batch in a big pot and eat them all within a week.

Pejibaye or peach palm originated in the Amazon region and was brought to Costa Rica in prehistoric times. In the 1920s, it was imported from Costa Rica to the United States to be cultivated and grown in Florida and some territorial islands, including The Philippines. Now, it is grown all over the world.

The terminal bud of the palm is the source of another delicacy: palm hearts. Costa Rica grows the palms specifically for commercial harvest and export of palm hearts. These, too, are commonly seen in farmers’ markets, where it is sold in small bundles of whitish cylinders. Many delicious dishes are made from palm hearts, including raw salads, picadillo de palmito, empanadas filled with palmito, fish with lime and palmito sauce, and lasagna with palm hearts and cheese.

Pejibaye is a staple of the native peoples, replacing rice or potatoes. The product contains all but one of the essential amino acids, and is high in protein and fat, as well as vitamin C, phosphorus and calcium. An average pejibaye contains 60 calories. Adding a dab of mayonnaise or cream cheese makes it impossible to eat just one, and the calories add up.


Work continues to clear rivers and ditches in northern zone
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Work continues in the northern zone trying to prevent flooding similar to what happened over the weekend.

Heavy machinery was at work Tuesday removing broken trees and other trash brought into waterways by the heavy floods.

The national emergency commission said that the  Río La Tigra was one place where machinery was on the job. That is where some 75 homes were flooded.
There also was work in la Lucha, at Las Palmas, and a number of ravines. Two families were still reported to be in public shelters in Sarapiquí. Five families in La Tigra de San Carlos lost their homes, and they were being helped by the  Instituto Mixto de Ayuda Social.

The Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias said that the areas that were flooded are in high-risk zones and residents should take extreme measures of security.

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Dolphin can remember their buddies even after 20 years, study shows
By the University of Chicago news staff

Dolphins can recognize their old tank mates’ whistles after being separated for more than 20 years, the longest social memory ever recorded for a non-human species.

The remarkable memory feat is another indication that dolphins have a level of cognitive sophistication comparable to only a few other species, including humans, chimpanzees and elephants. Dolphins’ talent for social recognition may be even more long-lasting than facial recognition among humans, since human faces change over time, but the signature whistle that identifies a dolphin remains stable over many decades.

“This shows us an animal operating cognitively at a level that’s very consistent with human social memory,” said Jason Bruck, who conducted the study and received his doctorate in June 2013 from the University of Chicago’s program in Comparative Human Development. His study is published in the current issue of the Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B.

To establish how well dolphins could remember their former companions, Bruck collected data from 53 different bottlenose dolphins at six facilities, including Brookfield Zoo near Chicago and Dolphin Quest in Bermuda. The six sites were part of a breeding consortium that has rotated dolphins and kept records on which ones lived together, going back decades.
“This is the kind of study you can only do with captive groups where you know how long the animals have been apart,” Bruck said. “To do a similar study in the wild would be almost impossible.”

In recent years, other studies have established that each dolphin develops a unique signature whistle that appears to function as a name.

Bruck played recordings of signature whistles to dolphins that had once lived with the animals that made the calls. Determining whether the dolphins recognized their old companions required a methodical comparison of how they responded to familiar calls versus calls belonging to dolphins they had never met.

First, Bruck would play recording after recording of signature whistles that the target dolphins had never heard before. His initial studies showed that these “dolphins get bored quickly listening to signature whistles from dolphins they don’t know.” Once they were habituated to the unfamiliar calls, Bruck would play a recording of an animal with which the target dolphin had lived.

The familiar calls often would perk up the dolphins and elicit an immediate response.

“When they hear a dolphin they know, they often quickly approach the speaker playing the recording,” Bruck said. “At times they will hover around, whistle at it, try to get it to whistle back.”

 
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Magnetic field of sun said
about to make 180-degree flip

By the National Aeronautics
and Space Administration news staff

Something big is about to happen on the sun.  According to measurements from NASA-supported observatories, the sun's vast magnetic field is about to flip.

"It looks like we're no more than three to four months away from a complete field reversal," said solar physicist Todd Hoeksema of Stanford University. "This change will have ripple effects throughout the solar system."

The sun's magnetic field changes polarity approximately every 11 years.  It happens at the peak of each solar cycle as the sun's inner magnetic dynamo re-organizes itself.  The coming reversal will mark the midpoint of Solar Cycle 24. Half of solar max will be behind with half yet to come.

Hoeksema is the director of Stanford's Wilcox Solar Observatory, one of the few observatories in the world that monitors the sun's polar magnetic fields.  The poles are a herald of change. Just as Earth scientists watch this planet's polar regions for signs of climate change, solar physicists do the same thing for the sun. Magnetograms at Wilcox have been tracking the sun's polar magnetism since 1976, and they have recorded three grand reversals with a fourth in the offing.

Solar physicist Phil Scherrer, also at Stanford, describes what happens: "The sun's polar magnetic fields weaken, go to zero and then emerge again with the opposite polarity. This is a regular part of the solar cycle."

A reversal of the sun's magnetic field is, literally, a big event. The domain of the sun's magnetic influence (also known as the "heliosphere") extends billions of kilometers beyond Pluto. Changes to the field's polarity ripple all the way out to the Voyager probes, on the doorstep of interstellar space.

When solar physicists talk about solar field reversals, their conversation often centers on the current sheet.  The current sheet is a sprawling surface jutting outward from the sun's equator where the sun's slowly rotating magnetic field induces an electrical current.  The current itself is small, only one ten-billionth of an amp per square meter (0.0000000001 amps/m2), but there’s a lot of it: the amperage flows through a region 10,000 km thick and billions of kilometers wide.  Electrically speaking, the entire heliosphere is organized around this enormous sheet.

During field reversals, the current sheet becomes very wavy. Scherrer likens the undulations to the seams on a baseball.  As Earth orbits the sun, the planet dips in and out of the current sheet. Transitions from one side to another can stir up stormy space weather around this planet.

Cosmic rays are also affected. These are high-energy particles accelerated to nearly light speed by supernova explosions and other violent events in the galaxy.  Cosmic rays are a danger to astronauts and space probes, and some researchers say they might affect the cloudiness and climate of Earth. The current sheet acts as a barrier to cosmic rays, deflecting them as they attempt to penetrate the inner solar system. A wavy, crinkly sheet acts as a better shield against these energetic particles from deep space.

As the field reversal approaches, data from Wilcox show that the sun's two hemispheres are out of synch.

"The sun's north pole has already changed sign, while the south pole is racing to catch up," Scherrer said. "Soon, however, both poles will be reversed, and the second half of solar max will be underway."

When that happens, Hoeksema and Scherrer will share the news with their colleagues and the public.


Arrests aim to break up ties
of prisons gangs and Mexicans


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A coalition of federal, state and local authorities Tuesday morning arrested eight defendants named in a federal grand jury indictment that outlines an alliance between the Mexican Mafia prison gang and the La Familia Michoacána drug cartel that sought to protect and expand the cartel’s drug trafficking activities across the United States.

The seven-count indictment, which names six members of the Mexican Mafia, three associates of the prison gang, and four people directly linked to the La Familia cartel, outlines a venture between the criminal organizations that participants referred to as the Project, and which involved the highest levels of La Familia. The indictment alleges that participants in the Project sought to give La Familia members free rein to sell methamphetamine in southern California and to provide protection for incarcerated cartel members in exchange for money and methamphetamine going to Mexican Mafia members.

The indictment that outlines the Project and related drug trafficking activities names 13 defendants, eight of whom were arrested Tuesday morning. Four were already in custody prior to Tuesday’s arrests and one is a fugitive. During the course of this investigation, authorities seized more than 600 pounds of methamphetamine and charged an additional six defendants in state court.

The Mexican Mafia is a powerful prison gang that controls much of the drug trade and other criminal activities within California state prisons, county jails and some federal prisons, according to the indictments unsealed Tuesday. The Mexican Mafia also exercises control over and directs the narcotics trafficking activities of Latino street gangs across Southern California and in prisons. The indictment concerning the Mexican Mafia-La Familia Project represents the largest crackdown on the prison gang’s members since the United States Attorney’s Office brought a series of cases against the leadership of the prison gang in the 1990s.
       
La Familia Michoacana and it successor, Los Caballeros Templarios (the Knights Templar), is a major drug cartel based in the Mexican state of Michoacán and is responsible for the trafficking of hundreds of thousands of pounds of controlled substances, including methamphetamine, from Mexico into the United States,” according to the indictment.

       
Army major admits shootings
 in which 13 persons died


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Hasan has presented his opening argument in a Fort Hood, Texas, courtroom, telling jurors, known in military trials as panel members, that evidence will show that he opened fire on the base on Nov. 5, 2009.  He has been charged with 13 counts of murder for the shooting and could face the death penalty.  But, he may have shortened the trial process by not disputing the government's evidence.

In opening statements, Hasan, who is representing himself, conceded that the evidence would show that he was responsible for the shooting that resulted in the deaths of 12 fellow soldiers and a civilian.  Hasan said he had changed sides to defend his religion, Islam, from U.S. operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Former military lawyer Greg Rinckey of the Tully Rinckey firm in Washington says such an admission in court is highly unusual.

"It is very odd for a defendant to say, 'I was the shooter,' however; it appears clear that he is trying to make some religious rationale for the shooting.  He is trying to justify it in some sort of way as some sort of jihad," said Rinckey.

In their opening statement, military prosecutors summarized evidence that they said would prove that Hasan had planned and carried out the attack.  Later, they brought to the stand several witnesses who testified that Hasan had purchased weapons and practiced with them on a shooting range.  When they presented a handgun as evidence, Hasan said, "Your Honor, that is my weapon."

In capital cases, military law does not allow for a guilty plea and prosecutors are required to present evidence before a jury, which is called a panel.

In addition, military courts allow panel members to ask questions of witnesses, according to Rinckey, but not directly.

"Basically, they have to write out their questions, the judge has to review it and then the defense and by the government and, if there is no objection, the question is usually asked by the judge," he said.

Rinckey says the government has a large amount of evidence and testimony to present and panel members could slow down the proceedings considerably if they ask many questions.

"We do see panel members in these cases asking questions, usually they are very involved in the cases and it can sometimes take several hours to go through the questions, especially if there is an objection," he said.

Rinckey says it is probably too soon to tell how long this trial might last.  He says it should take at least two weeks for the government to present all its evidence, but it is difficult to speculate on what Hasan might do.  The presiding judge, Col. Tara Osborn, told the panel the trial could last months.
 

Purchase of Washington Post
seen as a hopeful sign


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

That Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is buying The Washington Post surprised many in the news industry.  But, as some analysts say, the deal may be good for the struggling newspaper business.

Known for breaking major stories, The Washington Post has been an icon of print journalism for decades.  But faced with declining circulation and a sharp drop in operating revenue, Washington Post Chairman Donald Graham told employees the paper stood a better chance with a new owner.

“We knew we could keep the Post alive, we knew it could survive.  But our aspirations for the Post have always been higher than that," said Graham.

Newspapers have been losing readership and advertising revenue to on-line rivals.

Bezos, the world’s 11th richest man, offered to buy The Post for a quarter of a billion dollars.   Some call it a smart move by Bezos and a timely one for the Washington Post.

Author and media studies professor Paul Levinson says it was time for the newspaper to dive into the digital age. 
 
“Because the future of newspapers is online.  This doesn’t mean that print newspapers will go out of existence. As a matter of fact, the best chance that printed newspapers have to continue is if they have a vibrant, active, growing, online presence and that’s what Amazon can do for Washington Post," said Levinson.

After decades of Graham family ownership, Bezos assured the family and Post employees that the paper's mission and character would not change - promising to leave operations to the paper’s managers.

Chris Tolles, the CEO of Topix, an online news community that reaches millions, says the Post is an important voice in the news business and U.S. politics. 

“I think it’s one of the top three or four big newspapers in the United States and its editorial pages carry weight. They’re read by presidents and Congress and their families," said Tolles.

The Post earned its strong reputation by breaking stories such as the Watergate scandal, the Pentagon papers and more recently, disclosures about the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs.
 
 
Obama says housing market
needs to be strengthened in U.S.


By the A.M. Costa rica wire services

In his latest speech on the U.S. economy, President Barack Obama has outlined steps he says need to be taken to strengthen the U.S. housing market. 

The president flew to Phoenix, which was among American cities that suffered the most from the housing market collapse of 2009, to deliver his latest speech on the economy and his proposals to help extend recovery and help the middle class.

At the beginning of his presidency,  Obama made a speech in Phoenix focusing on the bursting of the real estate bubble.

Tuesday he said the housing market is beginning to heal with home prices rising the fastest in seven years, sales and construction up and foreclosures down by two-thirds.

Obama told an audience at a high school that despite steps his administration took, Americans still need more help refinancing their mortgages, and overall the housing system needs more reform.

"We have got to turn the page on this kind of bubble-and-bust mentality that helped to create this mess in the first place. We have got to build a housing system that’s durable and fair and rewards responsibility for generations to come.  That is what we have got to do," said Obama.
 
Obama called on lawmakers to do more to help homeowners refinance at current rates, and urged simplification of regulations blocking qualified people from getting loans.

He said he supports efforts in Congress to wind down quasi-government institutions Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, companies whose lending practices were at the heart of the housing collapse.

The companies, he said, "made huge profits buying mortgages knowing that taxpayers would ultimately be left holding the bag if loans went bad."  Such practices, and Wall Street's collapse, helped to kill Main Street.

Fixing America's broken immigration system, Obama added, would help more people buy homes and increase values. 

Obama said "no program or policy will solve all the problems in a multi-trillion dollar housing market, but said steps he has outlined can restore stability and other things.

"If we take the steps I talked about today, then I know we will restore not just our home values, but also our common values.  We’ll make owning a home a symbol of responsibility, not speculation, a source of security for generations to come, just like it was for my grandparents, I want it to be just just like that for all the young people who are here today and their children and their grandchildren," said Obama.

Obama ended his speech in Phoenix with another call for an end to political gridlock in Washington and for lawmakers to set aside slash-and-burn partisanship to help the economy.


Curiosity marks a full year
in traveling around Mars


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

It has been 12 months since the Curiosity rover landed on Mars.

NASA says, in that time, the rover has driven across more than 1.6 kilometers of Martian terrain.  It has found evidence of an ancient stream bed and signs of wet conditions from multiple periods. 

Curiosity was the first rover to bore into Martian rock and reveal that the interior of the Red Planet is actually gray.

NASA scientists say Curiosity has already answered the mission's core question: Was ancient Mars capable of supporting simple forms of life, such as micro-organisms? 

"Mars was habitable in its past," said Jim Green, director of the planetary division at NASA's Science Mission Directorate.

"We found all the ingredients of life as measured in this material that's deposited in this ancient riverbed," he said, referring to Curiosity's findings of hydrogen, oxygen and other elements.

Curiosity has 10 scientific instruments, amounting to a roving laboratory. 

The space agency says the rover has fired more than 75,000 laser shots to vaporize rocks and soil and study their composition.  It also has provided more than 70,000 images to give a new view of Earth's neighbor. 

Curiosity is not a life-detection mission, but its findings provide the groundwork for the next Mars rover, to be launched in 2020, says NASA's Green.

"Knowing that Mars was an environment that was habitable in its past, we're going to start seeking the signs of potential life that could have existed on Mars," said Green. "And that, if we could answer that question, will change everything."

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden says Mars is the most Earth-like of the planets in the solar system.

"If life exists beyond Earth, and I am one who believes that it may very well, Mars, for me, is the most likely place that that life will be found," he said at an event to commemorate Curiosity's first anniversary on the Red Planet.

As NASA plans future Mars missions, Curiosity is traveling in the deep,150-kilometer-wide depression called Gale Crater.  It is heading toward Mount Sharp, where it will study the lower layers of that Martian peak and search for clues about the planet's evolution.


Two flu deaths in China blamed
on infection from live poultry

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Scientists researching a new strain of bird flu in eastern China are reporting the first case of probable person-to-person transmission of the so-called H7N9 virus.

The findings were reported Tuesday in the British Medical Journal and focus on the case of an adult woman and her 60-year-old father, who became ill in March after a routine visit to a live poultry market. Despite medical care and eventual hospitalization, the father died six weeks later. 

Researchers say most patients appear to have visited live poultry markets or otherwise had close contact with live birds seven to 10 days before the onset of the illness, which has sickened more than 100 people and resulted in 43 deaths since first appearing in March.

In the father-daughter case, the report says the previously healthy 32-year-old woman had no direct exposure to live poultry. But she provided direct and unprotected bedside care for her ailing father, and became sick about a week after her last contact with him. She died one month later.

Despite the fatalities, the report stresses that the ability of the virus to transmit itself still appears limited and non-sustainable.

It also says medical investigators interviewed 43 close contacts with the father and daughter. All were tested for the virus. All tested negative.

In April, Chinese scientists said they feared that H7N9 had in some cases spread from human to human. The World Health Organization later said there was no firm evidence, though, that this was the case.

Chinese scientists have scrambled to develop vaccines and other treatments for the H7N9 strain, while health authorities earlier this year slaughtered hundreds of thousands of birds in live markets to bring the outbreak under control.

China's official Xinhua news agency said emergency virus control procedures were lifted in May in eastern provinces and major cities, including Shanghai, Jiangsu and Shandong, where most of the infections occurred. 

A more common form of avian flu, H5N1, has killed more than 360 people worldwide in the past decade.


Immigration reform supporters
plan to pressure U.S. lawmakers


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Supporters of immigration reform say they will be out in force this month pressuring members of Congress to pass legislation that establishes a path to citizenship for most of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. The Senate has passed a comprehensive reform bill, but the Republican-controlled House of Representatives is moving more slowly.

Supporters of immigration reform rally near the Capitol in Washington, hoping to convince lawmakers to act. House Republicans appear to be in no hurry, though, including Rep. Steve King of Iowa.

King recently sparked anger when he dismissed many young immigrants as drug smugglers in an interview with Newsmax TV. “For everyone who’s a valedictorian, there’s another 100 out there who weigh 130 pounds and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they are hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert,” he said.

Among those condemning King was Republican Speaker of the House, John Boehner. “What he said does not reflect the values of the American people or the Republican Party. We all need to do our work in a constructive, open and respectful way.”

The immigration debate has divided Republicans in Congress, especially over a path to citizenship. Many conservatives see that as amnesty for those who entered the country illegally.

Carroll Doherty, with the Pew Research Center in Washington, said, “They look confused about which direction to head and even about some of the basic principles of their philosophy. Do they present a more moderate face on issues like gay marriage and immigration or not?”

Moderate Republicans favor passing some version of immigration reform, said Republican strategist Ford O’Connell. “This is a signal to Hispanics, to Asians, to other minorities that we care about your plight because we understand that you are not going to listen to what we have to say on policy if you think we are going to deport your grandmother.”

House Republicans say they will not follow the Senate’s lead and pass a comprehensive bill. Their first priority is shoring up the U.S. border with Mexico.

Despite the slow progress in the House, Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi remains upbeat. “I’m optimistic about it because it has to happen. We just cannot let this languish,” she said.

Failing to reach out to minority voters could have enormous consequences for a Republican Party trying to change its image, said O’Connell.

“That the Republicans are only concerned about white voters and they are not concerned about the rank and file voter, and I hate to tell people that if you kill immigration reform, in the long run you could wind up killing the Republican Party,” he said.

The House resumes debate on immigration when lawmakers return to Washington next month.
 

Japan marks anniversary
of Hiroshima bomb blast


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Japan observed a minute of silence Tuesday to mark the 68th anniversary of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima.

Survivors and relatives of victims were among 50,000 people gathered at a peace park in Hiroshima for a somber ceremony.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told the crowd Japan has a unique responsibility to push for the end of nuclear weapons.

"We Japanese are history's sole victims of the nuclear attack, and we have the certain responsibility to bring about a world without nuclear weapons," Abe said. "And it is our duty to continue to remind the world of inhumanity."

Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui made a similar pledge, calling nuclear bombs the "ultimate inhumane weapon and an absolute evil."

About 140,000 were killed in the days following the Aug. 6, 1945, U.S. bombing of Hiroshima. Three days later, U.S. planes dropped a nuclear bomb on Nagasaki, killing about 70,000 more.

The U.S. and its allies have argued the bombings were necessary and helped save lives by convincing Japan to surrender, bringing a quicker end to World War II.

The sensitive anniversary comes as Japan wrestles over a debate about the role of nuclear energy, following the country's 2011 earthquake and nuclear disaster.

Almost all of Japan's nuclear power plants remain shut down following the meltdowns at Fukushima, which spread radiation over a large area and forced thousands to flee.

Prime Minister Abe and his party want to restart the plants following safety inspections, but the plan has proved controversial for many in the energy-dependent nation.

Since the accident, there have been repeated safety concerns at the Fukushima power plant, where operators are struggling to contain radiation-contaminated water.
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Naranjo views

NARANJO VIEW PROPERTY READY TO BUILD: ALL PERMISSIONS

4254 msq. 1.2 acres - $59,000.00
• 10 minutes to the autopista and Naranjo centro
• Tranquil and Quiet
• Landscaped with fruit trees and flowering plants, and coffee#
• Incredible views - The Central Valley and nature reserve
• Close to public transportation - paved main road
• Building pad prepared and soil tested
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8034-8/19/13

Playa Palo Seco - Gorgeous beachfront 2-story home of roughly 2,000 square feet set on a half acre ocean front full of beautiful fruit and shade trees in Playa Palo Seco.
Playa Paol Seco
This home features two bedrooms, three full baths, high quality A/C units, huge front and backyard, and of course, a fantastic view of the Pacific Ocean just feet away from the front door! Playa Palo Seco is only minutes from  the tourist hot spot Jacó but far enough away to be quiet and tranquil. This is an incredible opportunity at $150,000! Owner financing is available! Visit Vistaricarealty.com for more information!
8033-8/19/13

El Castillo - Up to 60-acre tract with breathtaking views of Volcán Arenal and Lake
Catillo
Arenal are available. Multiple GORGEOUS home building sites are scattered throughout this area. This is definitely a one-of-a-kind piece of land that cannot be replicated. Perfectly suited for either real estate investment, homebuilding, or even a resort. Owner financing  is available! Please visit us at Vistaricarealty.com for more information!
8032-8/19/13

San Ramon - Beautiful tracts of land of all shapes and sizes for sale in the San Ramón
San Ramon
area. Vista Rica Realty has been in the business for over 20 years which allows us to outcompete in not only selection, but also price. Oceanview homesites from only $30,000 with easy access to San Ramón. Up to 90-hectare fincas perfect for raising cattle or an off-the-grid project. Owner financing is available! Please visit us at Vistaricarealty.com for more information!
8031-8/19/13

Guiones retreat
SURFERS PARADISE on PLAYA GUIONES, NOSARA
Approximately half acre on the beach with private path to the surf. Very private three-home complex with pool, spacious patios with two wet bars, barbeque and yoga area. Featuring a three-bedroom ranch style home plus a two story Mexican villa style home with two master suites, large kitchen and living area with ocean views and breezes upstairs and a garden apartment downstairs with separate entrance. A caretaker's or teenager's cottage and lots of space for expansion. PRICED FOR QUICK SALE: $899,000.  Call 506 8867-8883 or heidebob2@gmail.com
8027-1/12/14

Monte Mar
Hacienda Monte Mar
Gated Community near the beach
located halfway between Jaco and Quepos/Manuel Antonio
 BEST DEAL in Costa Rica!!! Lots starting at just $18,500 with financing available.
 Lot/ House packages from around $60,000
Great Retirement, Vacation, or investment option!
Lots of wildlife on the property. Gated front entrance, caretakers on site,
security and lawn maintenance, no time limit to build. Absentee Owner Friendly.
Water and power on site.
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7928-8/9/13


sold home

Beautiful fully renovated house in Bello Horizonte, Escazu, 446 sq. meters. Four bedrooms; four baths. Price includes all furniture and fixtures - ready to move in! Light, bright and airy....$550,000 USD. Telephone 2288.6451. More details HERE!
8010-7/28/13

Heredia land
San Rafael, Heredia, great opportunity, 17,000m2 land for development,
US$600,000 or best offer.  email: celigar53@gmail.com or call 8385-2542.
8008-7/24/13

music studio
Musicians dream!!!
Two-story house, 2,400 sq. ft. (223 sq. mt.) total with covered porches, 2-car covered parking, 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, open kitchen/living room, bodega, laundry room, upstairs sala. Separate 320-sq. ft. (29 sq. mt.) music studio that could be used as an art studio, workshop, or additional bedroom. Studio has a patio on top, partially covered with ozonated hot tub. Mature citrus trees, avocado, mango, pineapples, bananas, and many colorful flowers. Completely fenced, security system, Internet, cable TV, automatic gates, one-car additional secured gravel parking. Double lot, 7,320 sq ft (680 sq mt). Backs up to a large cafetal and looks up to Natural Reserve Madre Verde. Located in La Granja, Residencia Palma Real, Palmares, Alajuela. Walking distance to town, 5 minutes to pista, 35 minutes to airport, and close to bus service. Comes with kitchen appliances, washer and dryer, bed set in master bedroom, shoe cabinet just inside front door. Other furnishings negotiable. More pictures available upon request. House and property are in a corporation. $208,000. terrycr2007@gmail.com
7998-74/13

Flamingo
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Condo for sale in Flamingo

Ocean view 3-bedroom, 3 1/2-bathroom condo. Designer furnished 1,800 square feet, gated community. Only six units. Huge pool and balcony, pet friendly, parking, walking distance to Flamingo beach, banks, grocery store, farmacia, etc. New building. $349,000 asking. Ask for photos. 8705-0056. or 1-800-536-2322.
7986-8/6/13

Casa de Eden
For sale by owner Playa Conchal home. Reduced $329,000

Casa de Eden is an ocean view three-bedroom, 2.5-bath, with outdoor shower, private pool located only minutes from Playa Conchal.  The home is in a private, secure community surrounded by nature but still only 20 minutes to the resort towns of Flamingo & Tamarindo and less than an hour from the Liberia airport. There is 2,600 square feet under the roof, which includes a large outdoor terrace and has phone, Internet & satellite TV. The home boasts luxury finishings: AC & ceiling fans, Frigidaire professional series stainless steel appliances, granite kitchen countertops, marble bathroom vanities, custom wood cabinetry, ceramic tile.  Contact desmondproperties@gmail.com  U.S. 1-800-939-2617 or CR (506) 8349-2025.
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7982-6/30/13

San Pedro condo
Condo for Sale in Flor del Este
Lourdes, Montes de Oca San Jose

Located behind The Foundation Costa Rica Canada 500 meters north of Inglesia Lourdes. U Latina, UCR, and U Fieditas are located within 5 minutes.  Beautiful mountain view from roof covered 3rd floor terraza. Condo is a 3-story. Three/four-bedroom, three and half bath unit within a secure complex of 40 condos with high cement outside walls with only one entrance manned by an armed guard 24 hours per day. In addition, to security fencing, and electric wire, a recorded security camera system is monitored within the guard house. Residence has a telephone communication system to contact the guard house. In addition there is a green park area inside the complex for children to safely play and an outside parking area in from of guard house for visitors. Equipped with an independent wired security system in addition to iron bars on windows and patio doors. Equipped with circuit breaker box and 220-volt service for hot water heater, stove and dryer. Also has water storage tank under parking area and water pump to maintain high pressure on all three floors. American-style washer and electric dryer, Refrigerator, glass top stove, and kitchen cabinets included. $185,000. Other furniture items may be available for purchase.
Call Bill   (English) C.R. Phone: (506) 6011-6987
U.S. Phone:  6630-886-4458  or   (305) 848- 5577
Spanish  phone number: (506) 8799 4041
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7973-8/23/13

Guaancaate condos
Little Dreams La Colina Magnolias

Great Guanacaste Beach Condos Available

$28,500 - Little Dreams - Ocotal beach studio condo, furnished upper floor condo in great complex just 1 mile from Ocotal beach, 2 miles from Coco beach, great price for this complex.
$70,000 - La Colina - another Ocotal beach 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo, 80 m2 and fully furnished with upgraded kitchen, complex has Infinity pool, mountain views.

$75,000 Magnolias 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath townhome just 1 minute's walk from Coco beach and the 2 beach clubs in Coco. Nicely furnished, walk to town, 67 m2, perfect location.
Find out more information on these and other condos at my website WendyLovesCostaRica.com. All 3 of these condos are about 35 minutes away from Liberia Intl. airport, no need to drive a long way to get to your condo.  Call for more information, 1-415-670-9382 or 011-506-826-1211. Or email Wendy@WendyLovesCostaRica.com.
7971-6/23/13

Rich Coast Montage
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Central Pacific Coast Real Estate, from Jaco to Quepos/Manuel Antonio
- 2 Bedroom House in Gated Community near the beach, $89,000!!
 - Beachfront Residential Lots from $58,000
- Coffee Shop/ Bakery, Coastal Town, Great Location, Real Estate Office Upstairs, Turnkey $85,000 Great ROI
- Lots in Gated Community near the beach from $18,500,
with Financing Available!!
- 3 Bedroom House in Gated Community, furnished, walk to the beach, $120k
 1.25 acre + lots in ECO Development $39,000
- 58-acre Oceanview Property subdividable, $169k
and much more....
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7972-8/9/13

NOW REDUCED TO $680,000
ALAJUELA – PRIVATE COMPOUND OF 4 HOMES - $850,000 TURNKEY
Spectacular view property on a ridge near Alajuela.  Large home and 3 rental homes totaling 7,300 square feet (678 square meters) live-in construction.  Property area is 3,376 square meters (0.83 acres) including a vacant lot for expansion options.  In total there are 10 bedrooms, each with an ensuite bath.  Property has pool, rancho, mirador, courtyard and covered parking.  Homes have romantic fireplaces, built-ins, storage, other luxury features.  Turnkey sale includes all appliances, furniture, fixtures, equipment.  Call Gerry at (506) 2441-8796 or e-mail at gerrybuilt2000@yahoo.com.  See property video here:

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7967-7/17/13

Playa Octal home
Playa Ocotal Beach Home
This home is located in a residential resort complex made up of 40 luxurious, fully furnished beachfront villas, plus a clubhouse complete with poolside bar and restaurant. Bahía Pez Vela is located in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, one kilometer from Playa Ocotal on the North Pacific coast and just 30 minutes drive from Liberia International Airport and three miles to downtown Playas Del Coco. From this home you can hear and see the waves crashing on the rocks of this pristine beach. See it HERE! This is the best priced beach home in Costa Rica! Price $225,000   Contact: Bruce Hummel Bruce@bh-cr.com, www.bh-cr.com - Cell Phone: 011 (506) 8819-2119, From US/Canada: (816) 987-7166.
7965-6/16/13

hree peanel montage
This dream Costa Rica beach house overlooking Carara National Park and the Pacific has been rented continuously for two years. D.C. owners are on site at the house in May and prepping for June 1 Move in and/or vacation rentals and have an unbelievable offer. Already listed way under value, $150,000 Cash or $199,500 with owner financing through May 30th. Note: This was the owner's (14 year residents of Costa Rica) dream home before their relocation to Washington, D.C., Your own salt water Infinity pool, expansive sala and balcony, views from every room. Each room is individually air-conditioned, ceramic tiles, cathedral ceiling; three bedrooms in an international community. Scarlet macaws fly by your veranda each evening.
zen/natural contemporary design ideal for your location overlooking Costa Rica's biological corridor. 50 minutes from San José, minutes from beaches/20 minutes from Jacó Beach. Tour this property online first at www.dreamincostarica.com and if interested contact Barry in Costa Rica through May 30th for a tour. In Costa Rica: 8701-5639 or call Rosemary in the U.S. 239-910-3354. Note: On June 1 the price of this property will increase to over $200,000 after equipping, painting and acceptance of rental income. Don't wait!
7958-6/2/13

La Garita
                                  home
This home was built by a California contractor with all the amenities expected in a 3,000-square foot home.  There is a little less than one acre of land.  There is an 800-square foot shop easily converted to a rental unit or studio.  Located in La Garita de Atenas, 15 minutes to the international airport and 30 minutes to San José.  $225,000. 2487-4500.
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Arenal Colonial
Property for sale, great potential income
Turnkey business $350K. Rental $1,250/month This luxury home (4,000 square feet and two story private home) is a botanical paradise overlooking beautiful Lake Arenal. Only one block from the lake park and boat ramp. Close to Tabacón hot springs and Monteverde cloud forest. Caño Negro national park and many beautiful beaches along the Pacific are only a short drive away. Costa Rica bird watching, wind surfing, fishing, water sports, ecotourism adventures, hiking, tennis and mountain biking are out your front door. Also has a wonderful view of the Arenal Volcano, a safe 25 miles away. Electric gated entrance. Safe private home and entire property. To see more pictures and info, click here: http://www.intertica.com/homes/roy.htm
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7933-7/22/13

Jacó compound
Located in Jacó at Barrio Ricos y Famosos in Calle Europa, Casa Shangri La.
Main house: 3 bedrooms, 3 bath 270 square meters, 2 condominiums 2 bedrooms, one bath, 110 square meters, plus one small apartment. one bedroom, one bath. Huge pool, carport for five cars. plus double garage, rancho with pool bathroom,  gymnasium, laundry room, pool plumbing room, huge dog house in separate 500 square-meter garden with aviary for Guacamayas (we have three birds) 60 meters of river front of Río Copey with a 4 meter-high protective and retention stone wall. Eight surveillance camera CCTV system with Internet access from anywhere. Over 2 meter-high brick wall all around the property with two layers of razor wires on top, the safest place to be! Electronic entrance gate, door phone, five telephone lines, high-speed Internet wireless access everywhere. Beautiful gardens with many fruit trees. Price $ 1,350.000 negotiable. All fittings and furniture, included even a car. Owner financing available. German-built, excellent quality and well maintained. More photos on request. http://www.intertica.com/ocean/wolfgang.htm
7929-7/18/13

Nicoya views
Property with ocean and gulf view for sale
Tranquil million dollar view, 5,000-sq.meter property with 3/2 home built to American standards, artistically designed and decorated, 16-foot ceilings of mango and tamarindo, appliances, plunge pool, rancho, caretaker apartment, workshop, covered parking, views of Gulf of Nicoya and ocean, in countryside near San José to Caldera highway. Near the lovely town of Esparza. Can provide extra income from bed and breakfast room rental and stellar Tripadvisor reviews. www.oasisbytheseabandb.com $180,000 506-8869-9274.
7882-4/15/13

For Sale By Owner
1 lot (1.5 acres)  at SIBU (8 lots total) amongst 50 acres of protected jungle gardens with sunset ocean views of Playa Nosara. Underground electric and water.13 minutes from Playa Guiones. Gated. In house financing available. Home of SIBU Sanctuary. jungalow@gmail.com.
7845-8/18/13

just reduced
Just Reduced to $169,000!!!
58-acre oceanview and mountainview property

Segregated into 9 lots, Excellent Development Potential!
20 minutes from the beach Central Pacific Coast, between Jacó and Quepos.
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7766-6/17/13

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Lack of sleep cited as reason
for craving junk foods


By the University of California-Berkeley news service

A sleepless night makes people more likely to reach for doughnuts or pizza than for whole grains and leafy green vegetables, suggests a new study from the University of California-Berkeley that examines the brain regions that control food choices. The findings shed new light on the link between poor sleep and obesity.

Using functional magnetic resonance imaging, researchers scanned the brains of 23 healthy young adults, first after a normal night’s sleep and next, after a sleepless night. They found impaired activity in the sleep-deprived brain’s frontal lobe, which governs complex decision-making, but increased activity in deeper brain centers that respond to rewards. Moreover, the participants favored unhealthy snack and junk foods when they were sleep deprived.

“What we have discovered is that high-level brain regions required for complex judgments and decisions become blunted by a lack of sleep, while more primal brain structures that control motivation and desire are amplified,” said Matthew Walker, a  professor of psychology and neuroscience and senior author of the study published Tuesday  in the journal Nature Communications.

Moreover, he added, “high-calorie foods also became significantly more desirable when participants were sleep-deprived. This combination of altered brain activity and decision-making may help explain why people who sleep less also tend to be overweight or obese.”

Previous studies have linked poor sleep to greater appetites, particularly for sweet and salty foods, but the latest findings provide a specific brain mechanism explaining why food choices change for the worse following a sleepless night, Walker said.

“These results shed light on how the brain becomes impaired by sleep deprivation, leading to the selection of more unhealthy foods and, ultimately, higher rates of obesity,” said Stephanie Greer, a doctoral student in Walker’s Sleep and Neuroimaging Laboratory and lead author of the paper.

In this newest study, researchers measured brain activity as participants viewed a series of 80 food images that ranged from high-to low-calorie and healthy and unhealthy, and rated their desire for each of the items. As an incentive, they were given the food they most craved after the magnetic resonance scan.

Food choices presented in the experiment ranged from fruits and vegetables, such as strawberries, apples and carrots, to high-calorie burgers, pizza and doughnuts. The latter are examples of the more popular choices following a sleepless night.



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Site for innovations will debut today

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The technology ministry will debut a special Web site for innovation today that is designed to help business operators in locating financing and advice.

The site is  http://www.innovacion.cr/

The site also has a calendar of business-related events and a directory of institutions that can promote innovation in the country.

The Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología y Telecomunicaciones is involved in the project with the Sistema Nacional de Innovación.

The site also contains guides for protecting ideas. There also are opportunities for training and case studies of projects that have been a success.

The site also has an emphasis on exportation, too.