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Striking Photos Capture the Unnatural Transformation of the Amazon Rainforest

There was this moment last year when I was sitting in the quietest place in the U.S. and a plane flew overhead, breaking the cocoon of natural sound. It was the sonic emulation of the world we’re creating, writ large. Humanity has crept into every nook and cranny of the planet, and now we’re being forced to confront…Read more...
Tags: Art, Photography, Science, Culture, Brazil, Amazon Rainforest, Anthropocene, Atmos


Rare Recordings of Elusive River Dolphins Show They Are Surprisingly Chatty

Discovered to be a unique species just five years ago, the Araguaian river dolphin of Brazil is a fascinating, yet poorly understood, aquatic creature. As new research shows, these dolphins produce a surprising array of sounds—an important clue in our understanding of how and why dolphins evolved the capacity for…Read more...
Tags: Science, Dolphins, Brazil, Evolution, Animal Behavior, River Dolphins, Dolphin Communication, Araguaian


Amazonian soils mapped using indicator species

Understanding the ecology and distributions of species in Amazonia is hampered by lack of information about environmental conditions, such as soils. Plant occurrence data are typically more abundant than soil samples in poorly known areas, and researchers from Finland and Brazil have now developed a method that uses both plant and soil data to produce a map of soil properties.
Tags: Science, Brazil, Finland, Amazonia


U.S. natural history museum will not host event honoring Brazil president

The American Museum of Natural History in New York said on Monday that it will not host a planned gala dinner that was set to honor Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro as "Person of the Year." The Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce's plans to honor Bolsonaro, who has suggested he would pull Brazil out of the Paris Accord on climate change and wants to develop the Amazon rainforest, at a museum dedicated to science and nature was met with outrage last week. "With mutual respect for ...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Brazil, American Chamber of Commerce, Jair Bolsonaro, Bolsonaro, American Museum of Natural History in New York


Brazilian president faces opposition in New York

NEW YORK (AP) — The president of Brazil may not be a welcome guest in New York — at least, not at one event.
Tags: New York, Science, Ap, Brazil


Natural History Museum May Still Host Gala For Brazil Leader Who Stripped Amazon Protections

The May 14 event will be a private gala organized by the Brazilian-AmericanChamber of Commerce, a business group that plans to honor Bolsonaro as theBrazilian of the Yea
Tags: Science, Commerce, Brazil, Bolsonaro, Amazon Protections


American Museum of Natural History Event Honoring Brazil’s Rainforest-Hating President Sparks Uproar

A museum dedicated to conserving nature and Brazil’s far right wing president intent on opening the Amazon rainforest to mining, logging, and fossil fuel exploration while kicking indigenous groups off their land may seem like odd bedfellows. And yet New York’s American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) is slated to…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, New York, Science, Awards, Brazil, Bad Ideas, Sparks, Amnh, American Museum of Natural History AMNH, Jair Bolsonaro, American Museum of Natural History Event


U.S. science museum 'concerned' by event to honor Brazil's Bolsonaro

The Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce is holding its annual Person of the Year gala at the museum on May 14, during which it will give the award to Bolsonaro, according to the chamber's website. Bolsonaro, who styled his campaign for office last year after that of U.S. President Donald Trump, has considered pulling out of the Paris Agreement on climate change and railed against what he sees as indiscriminate fines for environmental crimes. "The external, private event at which the current...
Tags: Science, Brazil, Donald Trump, American Chamber of Commerce, Bolsonaro


Biophotonic therapy eliminates bacteria and viruses from organs before transplantation

Method developed by scientists in Brazil and Canada can prevent transmission of diseases to organ recipients. The number of transplants could be higher if organs could be decontaminated.
Tags: Science, Canada, Brazil


SoftBank Taps Third Point, JPMorgan Executives for $5 Billion Tech Fund

Paulo Passoni, who until earlier this year was a managing director at Daniel Loeb’s hedge fund Third Point, will serve as investment partner with SoftBank’s own Shu Nyatta for the SoftBank Innovation Fund. André Maciel, who ran JPMorgan’s investment-banking advisory business for Brazil, is joining as a managing partner who will helm the fund’s Brazil office, the company said.
Tags: Science, Softbank, Brazil, Jpmorgan, Daniel Loeb, Shu Nyatta, Paulo Passoni, André Maciel


SoftBank Hires Three Execs for $5 Billion Latin America Fund

André Maciel, a former managing director at JPMorgan Chase & Co. in Brazil, will join the SoftBank Innovation Fund as managing partner, the people said, asking not to be identified because the details are private. Paulo Passoni, ex-managing director with Daniel Loeb’s hedge fund Third Point, and SoftBank’s own Shu Nyatta will serve as investment partners focused on finding and executing deals.
Tags: Science, Softbank, Brazil, JPMorgan Chase Co, Daniel Loeb, Shu Nyatta, SoftBank Innovation Fund, Paulo Passoni, André Maciel, SoftBank Hires Three Execs, Billion Latin America Fund


Swiss, Brazil intensify efforts to unravel Petrobras affair

Crimefighters in Switzerland and Brazil pledged to intensify cooperation to resolve the sprawling corruption case linked to state oil firm Petrobras in which around 700 million Swiss francs ($701 million) remain frozen in Switzerland. Switzerland has so far returned roughly 365 million Swiss francs ($365.6 million) to Brazil related to Petrobras and construction firm Odebrecht, the Swiss Office of the Attorney General (OAG) said on Tuesday, including 9 million francs in March.
Tags: Science, Switzerland, Brazil, Petrobras, Switzerland Switzerland


Brazil’s Bolsonaro plans to axe environmental panel that protects Amazon rainforest

Jair Bolsonaro’s administration is considering axing an independent panel for Brazil’s environmental policy in a move that activists warn could lead to increased deforestation, documents have revealed.Brazil’s president proposed creating a “government council” of political appointees to replace the National Council of the Environment (known as Conama), which has almost 100 members, including representatives of independent environmental and business groups.Conama helps protect the 60 per cent of ...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Brazil, University of Florida, Donald Trump, US environmental protection agency, Environment Ministry, BRASILIA, Brumadinho, Jair Bolsonaro, Bolsonaro, Mr Bolsonaro, Ricardo Salles, Rubens Ricupero, Associated Press Brazil, National Council of the Environment


Jaguar Mom Eats Dead Cub, and Zoo Caretakers Can't Explain Why

A newborn jaguar cub lived a mere two days before it died and -- to the horror of its caretakers at Associaçao Mata Ciliar in Brazil -- its mother gobbled it up.Why would a mother eat her cub? It's hard to say, because there's still much to learn about how jaguars act not just in the wild but also in captivity, said Howard Quigley, Jaguar Program executive director and conservation science executive director for Panthera, a global wild-cat conservation organization, who was not involved ...
Tags: Science, Brazil, Jaguar, Venezuela, Puma, Bianca, Cincinnati Zoo Botanical Garden, Quigley, Panthera, Panthera leo, Jaguar Mom Eats Dead Cub, Associaçao Mata Ciliar, Howard Quigley Jaguar Program, Acta Ethologica Sometimes, Wild Cats of Kruger National


Brazil's Bolsonaro eyes new body for environmental policy

MADRID (AP) — The administration of President Jair Bolsonaro is considering a dramatic change in the council that oversees Brazil's environmental policy, replacing a broad-based panel of independent voices with a small group of political appointees, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.
Tags: Science, Ap, Brazil, Madrid, Jair Bolsonaro, Bolsonaro


Petrobras agrees to sell pipeline unit to Engie for $8.6 billion

SAO PAULO/RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - A consortium led by France's Engie SA submitted the highest offer for a major gas pipeline unit owned by Brazil's Petroleo Brasileiro SA, the state-run oil firm said on Friday, as the company's biggest divestment draws to a close. In a filing, Petrobras, as the company is known, said the Engie consortium, which includes Canada's Caisse de Dépôt e Placement du Québec, presented an $8.6 billion bid for 90 percent of the TAG gas pipeline unit in northern and no...
Tags: Science, France, Canada, Brazil, Petrobras, Sao Paulo, Petroleo Brasileiro SA, Engie, RIO DE JANEIRO Reuters, EIG Global Energy Partners, Mubadala Investment Company, Engie SA


Amazon's Fight With South American Countries Over Control of '.amazon' Domain Name Comes to a Head

Back in 2012, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced that it would vastly expand the number of top-level domains, allowing hundreds of new ones to flourish. You can now buy domains for .mango, .luxury, and .republican if you’re so inclined. But there’s one top-level domain that’s…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Icann, Capitalism, Brazil, Peru, Jeff Bezos, Ecuador, Guyana, Bolivia, ACTO


Human history through tree rings: Trees in Amazonia reveal pre-colonial human disturbance

The Brazil nut tree (Bertholletia excelsa) is well known around the world today and has been an important part of human subsistence strategies in the Amazon forest from at least the Early Holocene. These trees can live for hundreds of years and are managed today by humans for their valuable, energy-filled nuts. Patterns in the establishment and growth of living Brazil nut trees in Central Amazonia reflect over 400 years of changes in human occupation, politics, and socioeconomic activities in th...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Brazil, Amazonia


Exclusive: Investors drop out of two groups vying for Petrobras' gas pipeline unit - sources

At least three investors left separate groups interested in acquiring a gas network pipeline that will be sold by Brazil's state-controlled oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA, three sources with knowledge of the matter said. The final bids for TAG, as the unit is known, are due on Tuesday. After the previously reported departure of Australia's Macquarie from one of the groups, which included Brazilian investment firm Itausa Investimentos SA and Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC, the other tw...
Tags: Science, Australia, Singapore, Brazil, Petrobras, Macquarie, Petroleo Brasileiro SA, GIC, Wren House Infrastructure, Itaúsa Investimentos SA, Adia Abu Dhabi Investment Authority


Brazil opens Israel trade mission in Jerusalem, short of full embassy move

The announcement came during a visit by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro - an outspoken admirer of President Donald Trump who broke global consensus by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital in late 2017 and moving the U.S. embassy there last May. Bolsonaro had suggested in January he would follow suit with the embassy. "Brazil decided to create an office in Jerusalem to promote trade, investment, technology and innovation as a part of its embassy in Israel," the Foreign Ministry in Brasi...
Tags: Science, Israel, Jerusalem, Brazil, Donald Trump, Foreign Ministry, BRASILIA, Jair Bolsonaro, Bolsonaro


Brazil's Bolsonaro begins Israel visit with embassy decision pending

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro began a visit to Israel on Sunday with a decision pending on fulfilling a promise to move his country's embassy to Jerusalem, a policy change opposed by military officers in his cabinet. The four-day visit by the far-right leader comes a week before Israel's closely contested election in which the right-wing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is battling a popular centrist candidate and corruption allegations, which he denies. "I love Israel," Bolsonaro said i...
Tags: Science, Israel, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Brazil, Benjamin Netanyahu, Netanyahu, Ben Gurion, Jair Bolsonaro, Israel Bolsonaro


International Red Cross ready for Venezuela humanitarian aid operation

President Nicolas Maduro in February blocked efforts by political opponents to bring U.S.-backed aid into the country across its borders with neighboring Colombia and Brazil, and has denied the country is suffering a humanitarian crisis. The IFRC "can count on the legal and technical conditions to work in the country, to gain access to humanitarian aid that is so needed," the group's President Francesco Rocca told a press conference. "This obviously will not resolve the problems in Venezuela a...
Tags: Science, Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, IFRC, International Red Cross, Francesco Rocca


International Red Cross says it will channel aid to Venezuela

President Nicolas Maduro in February blocked efforts by political opponents to bring U.S.-backed aid into the country across its borders with neighboring Colombia and Brazil, and has for years denied the country was suffering a humanitarian crisis. The involvement of the IFRC could signal that Maduro's socialist government, which has been subjected to crippling U.S. sanctions, may allow in much-needed food and medicine. Dozens of nations have recognized Juan Guaido, the head of Venezuela's Nat...
Tags: Science, Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, National Assembly, Maduro, IFRC, International Red Cross, Juan Guaido


UN talks on space peace treaty fail to reach consensus

United Nations-backed talks to prevent an arms race in outer space ended without agreement on Friday, delivering another blow to global disarmament diplomacy. Twenty-five nations -- including major space-faring powers such as China, Russia and the US -- held two weeks of negotiations that aimed to lay foundations for a treaty ensuring peace in space. Diplomats meeting within the so-called Group of Governmental Experts were not able to reach consensus on a set of recommendations, said Brazil's...
Tags: Science, US, United Nations, Brazil, Un, China Russia, Guilherme de Aguiar


Bummer: Marine invaders swarm Galápagos Islands

After Charles Darwin boarded the H.M.S. Beagle in 1831, the 90-foot ship visited 15 disparate lands — the likes of Brazil, the Canary Islands, and Chile — before eventually anchoring in the Galápagos Islands, four years later. For 500 years, in fact, ships from thousands of miles away landed in Galápagos, unwittingly carrying along seeds, insects, and critters picked up from around the globe. It's little surprise, then, that the famous volcanic land teems with foreign animals and plants. Bu...
Tags: Europe, Science, Maryland, Chile, Brazil, Charles Darwin, Great Lakes, Galapagos Islands, Carlton, Anderson, Darwin, Canary Islands, Galapagos, St Mary, Caribbean Sea, McKeon


Bummer: Galápagos Islands is swarming with marine invaders

After Charles Darwin boarded the H.M.S. Beagle in 1831, the 90-foot ship visited 15 disparate lands — the likes of Brazil, the Canary Islands, and Chile — before eventually anchoring in the Galápagos Islands, four years later. For 500 years, in fact, ships from thousands of miles away landed in Galápagos, unwittingly carrying along seeds, insects, and critters picked up from around the globe. It's little surprise, then, that the famous volcanic land teems with foreign animals and plants. Bu...
Tags: Europe, Science, Maryland, Chile, Brazil, Charles Darwin, Great Lakes, Galapagos Islands, Carlton, Anderson, Darwin, Canary Islands, Galapagos, St Mary, Caribbean Sea, McKeon


Bummer: Scientists find Galápagos Islands swarm with marine invaders

After Charles Darwin boarded the H.M.S. Beagle in 1831, the 90-foot ship visited 15 disparate lands -- the likes of Brazil, the Canary Islands, and Chile -- before eventually anchoring in the Galapagos Islands, four years later.For 500 years, in fact, ships from thousands of miles away landed in Galapagos, unwittingly carrying along seeds, insects, and critters picked up from around the globe. It's little surprise, then, that the famous volcanic land teems with foreign animals and plants. Bu...
Tags: Europe, Science, Maryland, Chile, Brazil, Charles Darwin, Great Lakes, Galapagos Islands, Carlton, Anderson, Darwin, Canary Islands, Galapagos, Jim, St Mary s College, Caribbean Sea


Astronomers Find Fossils of Early Universe Stuffed in Milky Way's Bulge

Astronomers peered into the dusky bulge of the Milky Way and found some of the oldest known stars in the universe.In a study to be published in the April 2019 issue of the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, researchers analyzed a cluster of old, dim stars called HP1, located about 21,500 light-years away from Earth in the gut of our galaxy's central bulge. Using observations from Chile's Gemini South telescope and archival Hubble Space Telescope data, the research...
Tags: Science, Hp, Earth, Chile, Brazil, Hubble Space Telescope, Souza, University of Sao Paulo Brazil, University of São Paulo, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Stefano Souza, Leandro Kerber, State University of Santa Cruz


Weekly Roundup, Friday 22 March 2019

Bet you can’t name this distinctive capital city. See item, below. Good morning“I’m sorry, I’m having difficulty understanding that right now.  Please try again later.”That was the regular response, during the last nightmarish couple of weeks, to my regular morning request “Alexa, turn on David Bed Light”.  An intermittent problem with my new Netgear router often meant it had frozen overnight, so when it came time to turn on the light in the morning as part of a regular getting out of bed routin...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, South Korea, Europe, England, Science, London, Australia, France, Scotland, Hotels, Senate, China, Air Canada, Miscellaneous, US


Brazil's ex-President Temer jailed, accused of heading 'criminal organization'

Temer was president from 2016 to 2018, taking office after the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff, who he served under as vice president for six years. Prosecutors alleged that Temer was the leader of a "criminal organization" that took in 1.8 billion reais ($472 million) in bribes or pending future kickbacks as part of numerous schemes, including one related to the Angra nuclear power plant complex on the Rio de Janeiro coast and other state firms.
Tags: Science, Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, Temer, Rio de Janeiro coast



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