Tag: Brazil

Local Residents Of Rural Brazil Town Report 'Rain Of Spiders'

A man visiting his grandparents in Brazil woke up to hundreds of spiders floating in the sky one sunny morning. According to experts, the spiders built a giant cobweb above ground to catch mosquitos overnight.

Animals January 13, 2019

Miracle Baby In Brazil Born From Womb Belonging To Dead Donor

A woman who was born without uterus has given birth in a hospital in Brazil. Doctors revealed in a recently published paper that the woman received a transplanted uterus from a deceased donor.

December 5, 2018

Britain-Sized Cluster Of Termite Mounds Found In Brazil

Researchers discovered 4,000-year-old termite mounds in a recently-cleared portion of a caatinga forest in Brazil. The termite mounds cover a vast area that it can be seen from space.

Animals November 21, 2018

Footage Of Last Surviving Member Of Isolated Amazon Tribe Released

The Brazilian government released a video showing the last living survivor of an isolated tribe. The man was the only one who survived an attack by cattle ranchers intending to encroach on tribal lands in 1995.

Earth/Environment July 23, 2018

Brazilian Gang Holds Medical Staff Hostage To Vaccinate Poor Neighborhood Against Yellow Fever

A Brazilian gang helped out a neighborhood by taking into hostage two medical professionals. The gang forced the staff to vaccinate the entire neighborhood against yellow fever.

Medicine February 15, 2018

Almost 400 New Species Found In Amazon Rainforest But Deforestation Threatens Discovery Of More

Latest WWF report shows the highest rate of species discovery yet in the Amazon rainforest. Though 381 new species were recently discovered, more are threatened due to deforestation and other large-scale projects in the rainforest.

Earth/Environment September 1, 2017

Building 428 New Hydroelectric Dams May Cause Major Damage In Brazilian Amazon

An extensive dam construction project in the Amazon river basin may threaten to damage the river’s biodiversity and disrupt regional climate, a team of scientists warned. The dam project includes building 428 new hydroelectric dams in the region.

Earth/Environment June 15, 2017

Brazil’s Zika Emergency Is Over With Drop In Cases Of Mosquito-Borne Virus

Brazil has lifted its public health emergency over the mosquito-borne illness Zika virus. This occurs 18 months after its worst outbreak, which causes severe birth defects like microcephaly in newborns.

Public Health May 12, 2017

Zika-Like Yellow Fever Raises Concern Despite Availability Of Vaccine: Here's Why

U.S. health officials have warned that advancement of Zika-like yellow fever in Brazil could pose another mosquito-borne health threat to the United States. They urged for closer monitoring of the outbreak, which is moving from less populated areas to cities.

Public Health March 11, 2017

Ancient Human Skulls Found In Brazil Gives New Insights On Migration Patterns In Americas

A study of ancient skulls found in Brazil reveals that human migration occurred in Americas through two waves of human population. It discloses that people came from Asia, across the Bering Strait to North America before settling in South America.

Ancient February 25, 2017

Tarantula Spotted Eating Snake In The Wild For The First Time

A rare case of a Tarantula spider eating up a snake in the wild has been reported from Brazil. This was surprising despite certain species of spiders are known for eating snakes.

Animals January 12, 2017

Dinosaur Rise More Gradual Than Previously Thought, Fossils Show

There was no sudden surge in the evolution of dinosaurs. Rather it was a slow process as evidenced by the discovery of fossils found in Brazil where two small dinosaurs were spotted together with a lagerpetid, which is the precursor of dinosaurs.

Animals November 11, 2016

Sega Genesis Back In Production In Brazil: Revived Console Supports Original Games And Controllers, Comes With 22 Games In SD Card

The Sega Genesis, known as the Sega Mega Drive outside the United States, is going back in production in Brazil. The new consoles, which will be officially licensed by Sega, will come with an SD card slot and 22 games.

Video Games November 8, 2016

Austroposeidon Magnificus: Brazil’s Biggest Dinosaur Announced

Austroposeidon magnificus has been proclaimed as Brazil's biggest dinosaur and its remains went for public viewing for the first time in more than 60 years. The fossils were under wraps for six decades because of the lack of staff and funding for the Museum of Earth Sciences in Rio de Janeiro.

Animals October 7, 2016

What's Really Going On Between Olympic Swimmer Ryan Lochte And The Brazilian Government?

Inconsistencies in the statements of Olympic swimmers Ryan Lochte and James Feigen about an alleged armed robbery on Sunday have raised questions about the veracity of their claims. Two of their teammates, Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger, were prevented by Brazilian authorities from flying out of Rio in connection with the incident.

Life & Style August 18, 2016

Olympic Games Rio 2016: Why So Many Empty Seats At Major Events?

Could empty seats at the Olympic Games Rio 2016 be a sign that interest is waning? Organizers have sold only 84 percent of Olympic tickets.

Life & Style August 10, 2016

A New Carrier Of The Zika Virus Has Been Discovered In Brazil

Brazilian health officials have discovered a new strain of mosquito that's capable of carrying the dreaded Zika virus — the common house mosquito.

Public Health July 22, 2016

WhatsApp Momentarily Got Blocked In Brazil Again: What Happened This Time?

WhatsApp found itself halting its services across Brazil just this July 19 after resisting orders that sought to gain access to its encrypted messages. The ruling was handed by the state’s judicial system following events of an ongoing legal battle.

Business Tech July 20, 2016

Zika Outbreak Peaked In Brazil But Still Looms Over US

The Zika virus outbreak in Brazil may have already peaked and will soon fizzle out, a new study suggests. Researchers say efforts to prevent its spread are 'futile.'

Public Health July 15, 2016

Capuchin Monkeys In Brazil Use Stone Tools For At Least 700 Years

Capuchin monkeys in Brazil use stone tools to open cashew nuts. Stone tools unearthed by archaeologists revealed these animals have been using tool technology for at least 700 years, before Christopher Columbus arrived in the New World.

Animals July 13, 2016

Super Bacteria Found In Rio Olympics Venues: Should Tourists, Athletes Be Worried?

Scientists in Brazil have found super bacteria CRE in the beaches of Rio de Janeiro, where Olympic games are set to take place. The superbug can cause gastrointestinal, pulmonary and bloodstream infections.

Public Health July 7, 2016

Facebook Funds Frozen In Brazil Over WhatsApp Encryption Controversy Surrounding International Drug Smuggling Investigation

Roughly $6 million in Facebook funds are now frozen in Brazil, as part of the encryption dispute between WhatsApp and local authorities investigating an international drug smuggling case. This move marks the latest attempt to get WhatsApp to turn over user data.

Business Tech July 1, 2016

Love Wood-Fired Pizza? Science Suggests It's Harming The Environment

Do you prefer feasting on good ol' wood-fired pizza? New research suggests that the process involved in making it may be harming the environment.

Earth/Environment June 23, 2016

'Super Bacteria' Detected In Several Rio Olympics Venues

Two separate studies have detected potentially dangerous 'super bacteria' in several venues for the 2016 Rio Olympics. What likely caused the contamination?

Public Health June 11, 2016

Health Authorities Estimate Risk Of Microcephaly From Zika Virus At 1 Percent To 13 Percent

Pregnant women infected with Zika virus during the first trimester will have children who are up to 13 percent at risk of developing birth defects, health officials reported. There is indeed a clear link between Zika virus and microcephaly.

Public Health May 27, 2016

WhatsApp Is Back Online In Brazil: Mark Zuckerberg Celebrates Victory, Calls For Support In Protecting Internet Freedom

The 72-hour suspension of WhatsApp in Brazil was lifted early, and it was welcomed by millions of users of the service in the country. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg then called on citizens to urge Congress to pass laws that will prevent such bans from happening again.

Apps/Software May 5, 2016

WhatsApp Gets Blocked In Brazil Again: What Happened This Time?

A Brazil judge ordered local mobile network carriers to block WhatsApp for 72 hours, Folha de S.Paulo newspaper reported. This is the second time in less than six months that WhatsApp has been blocked in Brazil.

Apps/Software May 3, 2016

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff Attacks Critics, Calls For International Support At UN Event

Currently facing possible impeachment, Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff traveled to New York and speak in the UN Assembly for climate change agreement. She has also strongly promised to fight the process.

Life & Style April 25, 2016

Mosquito Killer Billboard Helps Prevent Zika Spread In Brazil

Mosquito killer billboards installed in Rio de Janeiro attract and trap mosquitoes that carry Zika virus. This is how the billboards work.

Public Health April 24, 2016

Coral Reef Discovered At Mouth Of Amazon River Stretches Out For 600 Miles

The mouth of the Amazon River is home to a massive coral reef, previously unknown to researchers. How did this massive network of coral stay hidden from people for so long?

Earth/Environment April 23, 2016

BASIC Countries Oppose Airline Carbon Emission Tax

The four BASIC countries on April 7 expressed opposition towards the aviation industry's plan to propose carbon emission tax on airlines. Officials said it would place unfair economic burden on developing countries.

Earth/Environment April 11, 2016

Zika Virus May Have Entered Brazil Via 2013 Soccer Tournament, Genetic Study Reveals

Zika virus may have entered Brazil during a 2013 soccer tournament, a new study has found. Researchers were able to discover that Zika outbreak in the Pacific and increased airline passengers coincide with major events in the country, suggesting that such human mobility trend may play a role in virus introduction and emergence.

Life March 24, 2016

Discovery Of 250-Million-Year Old Reptile Could Answer Mysteries Of Dinosaur Evolution

A reptile skull from 250 million years before the present day could answer questions about the rise of dinosaurs. What makes Teyujagua paradoxa so special?

Animals March 12, 2016

This Penguin From Patagonia Swims 5000 Miles Every Year To Visit Man Who Saved Its Life In Brazil

A Magellanic South American penguin seems to have made a new best friend in a retired bricklayer in Brazil. Even when it disappears for months on end, the creature keeps dropping by the man's shanty located along the country's southeast coast.

Society March 11, 2016

BioCryst Zika Virus Drug Shows Promise In Mice Study

A Zika virus drug being developed by BioCryst Pharmaceuticals is yielding promising results, new research revealed. Scientists tested the drug in a preclinical mice study.

Life March 9, 2016

'Unlawful Coercion': Brazil Court Orders Release Of Facebook VP For Latin America After A Day In Jail

A high court in Brazil has ordered the release of the Facebook vice president for Latin America after spending a day in jail. The court judge believes the detention of the Facebook executive is an 'unlawful coercion.'

Legal March 3, 2016

Brazil Detains Facebook Executive Over WhatsApp Encryption

Brazilian federal police took Facebook VP in Latin America Diego Dzodan into custody for not providing information contained in a WhatsApp account involved in a drug-trafficking case.

Legal March 2, 2016

Pregnant Women Advised Not To Travel To 2016 Olympic Games In Brazil

In a statement, the CDC explicitly warns pregnant women against traveling to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil out of Zika outbreak concerns. A few athletes have also expressed worry, although it remains to be seen if the virus will deter them from joining the games.

Life February 28, 2016

Brazil, US Probe Potential Link Between Zika Virus And Microcephaly

Has the Zika virus been proven to be responsible for a rash of birth defects in Brazil? Teams of medical researchers from that nation and the United States are striving to find the answer to that question.

Life February 20, 2016

Latin America Sees Increase In Paralysis Syndrome Along With Rising Zika Virus Cases

Zika virus has been linked with the sudden surge of Guillain-Barre Syndrome. The World Health Organization reports increase GBS cases in Latin American countries.

Life February 16, 2016

Clearing The Air: Monsanto Breaks Silence On Zika Virus, Microcephaly And Sumitomo Larvicide

Amid allegations about Monsanto's link to a toxic larvicide that is believed to be the cause of Brazil's microcephaly outbreak, the biotech company spoke out on Monday to clear up 'rumors and misinformation.' Monsanto says it has no connection whatsoever to the Zika virus or microcephaly.

Public Health February 16, 2016

Larvicide Manufactured By Sumitomo, Not Zika Virus, True Cause Of Brazil's Microcephaly Outbreak: Doctors

A group of Argentine physicians claim that the sudden microcephaly outbreak in Brazil was not driven by the Zika virus, but by a larvicide injected into the country's water supplies.

Healthy Living/Wellness February 14, 2016

Zika Link To Birth Defects Microcephaly, Guillain-Barre Syndrome Could Be Confirmed Within Weeks: WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) said the link between Zika virus and two neurological diseases could be confirmed within weeks. This followed the sudden increase of microcephaly cases among infants born to mothers infected with the virus.

Life February 13, 2016

Exceptionally Hot And Dry Temperature In Northeast Brazil May Have Set Off Zika Outbreak

Extreme weather conditions in Northeast Brazil may have possibly driven the sudden surge in Zika virus cases in the country. They may have also caused the rise of the population of aedes mosquitoes, researchers said.

Life February 5, 2016

Here's How Brazil Plans To Protect Olympic Venues From Zika Virus Mosquitoes

Brazil's Olympics and Paralympics venues will undergo daily inspections to help prevent Zika transmission during the Rio 2016 games. A vaccine is the best way to stop the virus from spreading but it could take three years before one arrives.

Life January 25, 2016

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