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San José, Costa Rica || Thursday Edition, December 14, 2017 || Vol. 17, No. 207
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San José registers record low temperatures

By A.M Costa Rica staff

On Wednesday morning the thermometer installed at the Meteorological Institute marked a temperature of 15.2 °C in Barrio Aranjuez, San José. This is a record 4 ° C lower than the usual average for December.

The National Meteorological Institute (IMN), confirmed that, although the cold front is gradually moving away, temperatures will not rise significantly in the next few days.

The temperature in the Poas Volcano area at that same time registered 6.9 °C and in Liberia, one of the warmest areas of the country, it was 26.7 °C.

The director of forecasts of the IMN, Werner Stolz, explained that although the speed of the winds has slowed down, that does not mean that temperatures will immediately rise.

Stolz added that it is not likely that a similar chill will remain for the rest of December, but the conditions are monitored week by week.

Other areas with very low temperature records were Cerro Buenavista, with 4.6 °C and Coronado, with 12.3 °C

The latest data from the IMN indicate that the highest wind speeds are expected for Nicoya, at 86 kph.

Due the chilly weather, the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS) asked that those responsible for older adults not expose them to low temperatures.

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Winds start to slow down but temperatures may not raise a lot, says the IMN.

Fernando Morales, director of the National Hospital of Geriatrics and Gerontology, urged the population to protect the elderly in the face of weather conditions.

Morales stressed that this population is very vulnerable to broncho-pneumonia and pneumonia.

According to the director of the medical center, in the last days there has been an increase in respiratory infections due to the low temperatures.

The CCSS also asked the people in charge of the elderly to keep them hydrated and not to forget the administration of their usual medicines and their nutritional needs.

Students design a spoon for those with Parkinson's disease

By A.M Costa Rica staff

Students Wilberth Mora Quesada, Rita Rojas Arias and Andrés Picado Cruz created a spoon with mechanical stabilization for patients with Parkinson's disease, which won the First National Contest of Appropriate Technology on December 7.

These students earned a fully paid trip to the Republic of Korea to participate in the AT Grand Symposium in the first half of 2018.

"We were quite surprised at the possibility of participating in the contest. When we came to carry out the patent study they told us about the contest and recommended that it could be a good project. That's how we enrolled," said Rita Rojas, a student of Engineering in Medical Devices at the Technological Institute of Costa Rica.

Second place was granted to Fabian Araya Ortega and Daniela Arias Quesada, who developed a wireless device to avoid “Forgotten Child Syndrome.”

Third place went to Allison Aymerich Pérez, a student at the Universidad Fidélitas, who created a mobile application that prevents possible flooding in river sewerage systems.

These three first places received a medal from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

According to a statement from the Department of Institutional Projection of the National Registry, people from Belén, Pérez Zeledón, Jacó, Calle Blancos, Dulce Nombre, Corralillo, Santa Bárbara and Hatillo participated in the contest in addition to students from the University of Costa Rica, the Technological Institute of Costa Rica and the National Technical University.

In total, 55 people participated. The objective of this contest is to motivate the participation of students in the development of innovative ideas that positively impact the day to day lives of people and help them improve their quality of life.

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The contestants came from both civil society and the academia.

Among the other finalist projects, the following stood out: a system of intelligent dumps, a mechanism for multipurpose energy use with recycled materials, a bicycle that produces electricity, also known as the Ecocleta, an integral system of visual location, and a camera that aids in avoiding traffic accidents.

The contest is organized by the WIPO and encourages people to develop projects to improve daily life, while being innovative and marketable within and beyond our borders.

The target audience is students from technical and scientific colleges, as well as university students. The launch of the contest was held in May of this year and is managed by the WIPO, the Intellectual Property Office of the Republic of Korea (KIPO) and the National Registry of Costa Rica.






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