Startup Brasil – Brazil offers foreign startups visas and funding

Minister Marco Antonio Raupp releases the Start-up Brazil program.

The government in Brazil is offering foreign companies visas and funding to relocate to South America. Startup Brasil is a new program offering up to $78 million in investment for domestic and foreign high-tech companies. Firms that participate would have to relocate to Brazil and hire local employees; disbursement of funds would take place through a series of government-subsidized accelerators concentrated in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janiero. One of the participating accelerators, 21212, also has a New York office.



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Brazilian doctor caught using silicon fingers to hack biometric scanner

Silicon fingers

Finger-scanning biometric security technology as it turns out is pretty easy to hack,  A news report from the BBC reveals that a 29-year-old Brazilian doctor, Thaune Nunes Ferreira, working in a small town outside Sao Paulo was arrested over the weekend for allegedly using prosthetic silicone fingers to fake the presence of six of her colleagues.



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Scientists plan to clone Brazil’s endangered species

Black Lion Tamarin, the most endangered of the eight species in Brazil

Scientists in Brazil want to expand a mass effort to clone the populations of eight endangered species.  The Basilia Zoological Garden, along with Embrapa, the government’s agricultural research agency are spearheading the project.




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Brazil’s strong tobacco control policies have saved more than 400,000 lives

Brazil’s policies could result in as many as 7 million lives saved by 2050.

All a part of Brazil’s strong tobacco control policies are high cigarette prices, smoke-free air laws, marketing restrictions and other measures that are credited for a 50 percent reduction in smoking prevalence between 1989 and 2010. The reduction contributed to an estimated 420,000 lives saved during that time period. Those are the findings of a new study published in PLOS Medicine by a team of researchers from Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Brazilian National Cancer Institute.


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Chevron execs to face charges of environmental crimes in Brazil


It’s been less than a week since news went public of Chevron’s latest oil spill off the coast of Brazil, its second in less than 6 months, but troubles for the oil company and the environment are clearly escalating. Although early reports from Chevron sought to downplay the severity of the deepwater leak as an infrequent drip, a recent flyover of site by the Brazilian officials shows that the oil slick has already reached about 1 kilometer in length…

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Chevron admits oil leak in Brazil hasn’t stopped


When will the spill stop?

Things just keep getting worse for Chevron. First, a deepwater drilling mishap off the coast of Brazil last month caused thousands of barrels of oil to spill into the Atlantic, which only after some dodging did Chevron take responsibility for, followed by Brazil’s petroleum agency deciding to suspend the company’s drilling rights altogether. And then there are the fines which could end up costing Chevron close to $100 million. But lo, it get’s worst yet. Today, the oil giant admitted that the situation is far from resolved as many had assumed. That’s right, the leak continues, and Chevron’s not sure when it can be stopped…

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How 72 bags of cocaine fit in a drug smuggler’s belly


Medical images showing bags with cocaine inside the gastrointestinal tract of a 20-year-old Irish national arrested by police at Congonhas airport in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

 A graphic reminder of just how far drug smugglers will go to elude law enforcement to get their product over the border is seen in these guesome images. The images, which show an arrested man’s digestive tract that is literally stuffed with dozens of thumb-sized bags of cocaine, are also testimony to how far the digestive tract can expand.


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Brazil builds $127 billion “Offshore City” to harvest oil in the deep sea


Brazil is set to start gathering oil in new places.

Want to get a feel for how crazy the post-peak oil fossil fuels industry is getting? Here’s as good an example as any: Brazil’s state-owned oil company Petrobras is about to embark on an unprecedented oil-gathering mission. It’s about to attempt to extract 30 billion barrels of oil from reserves that are locked in deepwater sub-salt fields at least 60 miles off the coast and up to five miles underwater. In order to get at the incredibly hard-to-get oily good stuff, Brazil is spending an estimated $226 billion — and $127 billion will be spent on exploration and production alone.

The product of that venture is already taking shape: a veritable floating “offshore city” has sprung up over 100 kilometers (62 miles) off the coast of Brazil, and it will lead the effort to drill into the deep sea sub-salt…

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How fake money saved Brazil


Brazil has faced hyperinflation in the past.

Twenty years ago, Brazil found itself in the grips of hyperinflation. Its inflation rate hit 80% a month, and the country was in financial free fall.

Economists at the Catholic University in Rio came up with an unlikely – but ultimately successful – plan to rescue the country. And would you believe it, the plan calls for fake money..

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