A Fire and a Spark in South America


Half of the 234 victims of the horrific fire that swept through a nightclub in the southern Brazilian town of Santa Maria in the early morning of Jan. 27 were science students at a local university. The deaths of so many future agronomists and engineers carries potent symbolism for Brazil--especially for President Dilma Rousseff, who pledged to produce tens of thousands more science and tech grads as the South American giant reaches for a developed future that seems so close but in many ways remains so far off. Rousseff arrived...

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