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Old 10-08-2008, 06:47 PM
 
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Hello!

I found this website by doing a search on Mexico's science and technology and I haven't had any luck lately.

May someone provide me with links as to where I can obtain information about Mexico's science and technology innovations.

Thank you, I appreciate the help.
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Old 10-09-2008, 09:26 AM
 
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We are not google! :lol:
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Old 10-09-2008, 03:08 PM
 
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hahaha google was of no great help, I don't want you to be google
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Old 10-09-2008, 03:29 PM
 
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one of the inventions that was developed by mexican inventors was the color tv

Guillermo González Camarena - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 10-14-2008, 05:05 AM
 
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Hi all,

dunno what kinda information u r looking for, i have some useful addresses :-

www.conacyt.mx
www.cenam.mx
www.ciateq.mx

hope it helps..

cheers
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Old 10-18-2008, 03:19 PM
 
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Hi guys,

Thank you for the replies!

Travelling fella, we have been warned by our professor not to use Wikipedia as a source because information can be altered and we will not be able to find creditable source. He even said that if he sees Wikipedia on the paper, he's going to scratch everything and a project worth 40% of my final mark, I'm not even going to move my cursor over Wikipedia's link lol But thank you for your help.

diegotr, those websites seem great. I have found the first website but the problem is, I don't speak Spanish. I see familiar words like scientific investigation and technology (something) innovation lol Thank you for your help as well.
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Old 11-01-2008, 08:42 AM
 
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For Researchers in Mexico, Apathy Has Been the Smotherer of Invention

By Chris Kraul

When Mexican physicist Victor Castano came up with a novel way of extracting a substance from crude oil so strong it may end up replacing steel in car manufacturing, he notified the country’s energy secretary.
He thought his government could profit from it.

All he got was the cold shoulder – although oil giants Repsol, ExxonMobil and Shell subsequently approached him about commercializing his idea. The experience was far from unusual in Mexico, where institutionalized indifference to innovation is costing the country jobs, investment and economic growth.

“You can’t be a prophet in your own land,” Castano, 43, said as he walked around his research center here in this city 120 miles northwest of Mexico City.

Especially, it would appear, if that country is Mexico. The nation’s scientific output has been abysmal for years – as has the working environment for innovators such as Castano. Faced with scant research funds, Mexico’s old-boy scientific network, lack of monetary incentive and entrenched complacence, many scientists pack up and leave for institutions in Europe or the United States.

Now it is dawning on the government that its economic future may depend on improving its home-grown technology, and the care and feeding of its inventive scientists.

A World Bank report published last month warns that Mexico must seek “creative policies to spur productive innovation and entrepreneurship” or continue to watch jobs drain away.

“Innovation is important because it lies at the heart of productivity growth in the long run,” World Bank economist Daniel Lederman said. “In the age of global capital flows, only centers of innovation will be able to permanently capture the interest of investors.”

Foreign investment dedicated to new factories and offices in Mexico declined this year for the first time in a decade, with much of it diverted to China and elsewhere. Not only does an “innovation gap” cost Mexico points in the global battle for jobs, it also raises consumer prices and hurts efficiency, said Nobel Prize-winning scientist Mario Molina.

“Mexico is certainly paying the price, which is that it has to rely on outside science and technology. You have to import all this,” said Molina, a Mexico City native who is now a professor at MIT. He won the 1995 Nobel in chemistry for his work on ozone layers.

Our worst problem has been one of attitude. Mexican companies were for decades dedicated to exploiting the right to make something licensed by a foreign company, not to developing their own technology,” said Guillermo Aguirre, the commission’s deputy director for technology. “Science and innovation were divorced.”

Aguirre said the Mexican research establishment has been too focused on pure science and not enough on how to make it useful or marketable.
The country faces an uphill struggle. In patent awards, publication of scientific papers and dollars spent on research and development, Mexico usually lags behind countries such as Brazil, Chile, India and China that compete with it to attract jobs and industry.

As a percentage of total economic output, Mexico’s government and private industry combined spend one-seventh of what the United States does on research, and less than half of what Brazil spends.

One of Mexico’s big disadvantages is that it lacks the infrastructure to support innovation, such as venture capital financing, and the small-business research grants that exist in the U.S., said Rodney Ruoff, a mechanical engineering professor at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.

But others say the problem goes deeper. Living in the shadow of the U.S. technology dynamo has bred complacency among Mexicans, said Molina.
“Mexican students are not educated to be innovators or to create their own science or inventions,” he said. “Even the best scientific university in the country, the Technological Institute of Monterrey, does very little research, although it is starting to do more.”

Manuel Villagomez, a Guadalajara inventor of tortilla-making machines that he sells in 20 countries, says the best thing the government could do is simply speed up the patent approval process, which can take up to 10 years – compared with an average of two years in the United States – and enforce intellectual property rights against the swarm of “pirate” companies, which he says steal his technology.

“It’s difficult enough to get one, and then you can’t make it stick because the professional pirates are good at finding loopholes in them,” said Villagomez, 67, a self -educated inventor with a third-grade education and 17 patents. “That’s why many Mexicans just go to the United States to get their patents.”

No one knows better than Castano the Mexican obstacles to innovation. He’s been butting his head against them for 16 years as a physics researcher at Mexico’s National Autonomous University, with which his Queretaro center is affiliated.

The problems will take generations to fix, Castano said, citing the entrenched old-boy network and a dependence on foreign innovation. Mexican researchers most adept at receiving government grants are those who follow the innovations of foreigners, he said, not those who propose original projects

Jorge Jose, a Mexican physicist who heads an interdisciplinary research program at Northeastern University in Boston, said it is hard for any country to duplicate the U.S. research environment, which “encourages innovation, creativity and a critical approach to each other’s work.”
“There is no way of saying here that your friend is doing a great job when he isn’t,” Jose said. “That’s not always the case in Mexico.”
Castano’s research revolves around a super-strong and ultralight carbon molecule called a nanotube that is touted for future use in auto parts, marine coatings and semiconductors.

Because of its potential for transforming industry and lifestyles, the field of nanotechnology is one of the hottest areas of scientific research. This year, the National Science Foundation, a leading U.S. government research arm, is granting $770 million in funds to public and private researchers pursuing nanotechnology discoveries.

That kind of money is nowhere to be found in Mexico. Still, Castano and his partner, Rogelio Rodriguez, have already succeeded in commercializing nanotube technology for use in anti-graffiti paint. Last week, their university licensed the technology to Mexico’s biggest paint company, Comex.

For Researchers in Mexico, Apathy Has Been the Smotherer of Invention - Los Angeles Times
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Old 11-01-2008, 10:23 AM
 
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Mario J. Molina - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Winner of Chemistry Nobel Prize...
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Old 12-03-2008, 05:10 PM
 
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Here's a couple of sites about some of the info about some of the high tech news in Mexico.

Technology, Society and Economics in Latin America | altate.ch

Year 6, No 36 | September-October, 2008 - MEXICONOW
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Old 12-03-2008, 05:23 PM
 
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