Brazil's President Announces He'll Allow International Assistance in the Amazon if President Macron Apologizes First
Brazillian President Jair Bolsonaro refused to accept $22 million worth of aid from G7 countries to extinguish the fires raging through the Amazon rainforest, which supplies a wealth of the world's most vital resources.
Bolsonaro then signaled that he would consider accepting the aid when French President Emmanuel Macron apologizes.
The Leading Candidate in Brazil's Presidential Election Is Currently Serving a 12 Year Sentence in Prison
Luis Inácio Lula da Silva, Brazil's former president and now presidential candidate, leads in a new poll, released last week, which found that 37.3 percent of Brazilians favor his candidacy. His opponent, Jair Bolsonaro, a longtime congressman in Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies, is a distant second, with 18.3 percent of Brazilians expressing their support. This would all be well and good if it wasn't for one little detail: Lula is in prison.
Eat an armadillo? Sure—if you live in Brazil, Tennessee, or other parts of the world where the armored creature is just another source of protein. Armadillo is an uncommon, but not unheard of part of many people’s diet. It is said to taste similar to chicken. Hunters capture wild armadillos, and some people also raise the animals in captivity like pigs, fattening them up on household scraps. But there’s a compelling case for leaving the strange creature alone.
Researchers have found a link between armadillos and a disease that has mostly disappeared in many parts of the world: leprosy. In a study published in the journal PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, researchers found that 62 percent of the nine-banded armadillos sampled in Brazil’s western state of Pará showed signs of exposure to the bacterium that causes leprosy, also known as Hansen’s Disease. They also found that people who eat nine-banded armadillo meat had higher concentrations of leprosy antibodies in their blood. (The team offered free treatment to those found to have the disease.)
The Real Reason Most Brazilians Importing Sperm From the U.S. Choose Donors Who Are Blond and Blue Eyed
A recent Wall Street Journal article describes a surge in imports of human semen from the United States into Brazil with a preference for sperm that will produce offspring with blue eyes and fair skin. This bias towards Caucasian traits is predicated on the belief that race has a profound impact on one’s economic standing in Brazil.
It is estimated that 80 percent of Brazil’s top wealthiest 1 percent are white. Unfortunately, there is a perceived correlation between social class and skin color in Brazil, which was the last Western country to ban slavery in 1888.
Deep in the forests of Brazil, a fungus known as Ophiocordyceps unilateralis is taking over the brains of carpenter ants and directing them to other parts of the forest that the fungus finds more hospitable.
"This so-called zombie or brain-manipulating fungus alters the behavior of the ant host, causing it to die in an exposed position, typically clinging onto and biting into the adaxial surface of shrub leaves," said the authors of a study published in the journal Plos ONE in 2011, which introduced the world to the concept of zombie ants.
Between 2014 and 2015, more than 381 new species were discovered in the Amazon rainforest — that’s as many as one about every two days. It’s the fastest rate seen this century.
The new species consist of 216 plants, 93 fish, 32 amphibians, 20 mammals, 19 reptiles and 1 bird — among them an endangered pink river dolphin, a freshwater stingray, and a small, red-tailed monkey called Milton’s titi. The wildlife was found across all nine South American countries that contain parts of the Amazon rainforest.