DIY dis­as­ter so­lu­tions

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Sci­en­tists in Puerto Rico have se­cured fund­ing from the US Na­tional Sci­ence Foun­da­tion to teach stu­dents to de­velop their own sci­en­tific so­lu­tions to the chal­lenges cre­ated by nat­u­ral dis­as­ters. Cat­e­gory four hur­ri­canes Irma and Maria caused mass dev­as­ta­tion to Puerto Rico and neigh­bour­ing is­lands in Septem­ber 2017. Tens of thou­sands of in­hab­i­tants as well as vis­it­ing aca­demics and schol­ars are said to have fled the Caribbean re­gion as a re­sult. Now sci­en­tists from Cien­cia Puerto Rico aim to launch school-based projects ex­plor­ing how sci­ence can be used to ad­dress the press­ing needs of com­mu­ni­ties af­ter a dis­as­ter. It is hoped that grow­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween sci­en­tists and stu­dents could help re­verse the ef­fects of a brain drain.

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