South America

Previously Uncontacted Tribe Have Contracted Influenza

isolated indians 2

Earlier this month, Brazil’s National Indian Foundation (FUNAI) confirmed that an Amazonian tribe that had never before had contact with the outside world had made voluntary contact; a rare event that is usually brought on by threats of violence. Rather than be excited to learn more about the group’s ways and customs, anthropologists have been fearful that the tribe would ... Read More »

40 Trees in 1: The Tree with 40 Kinds of Fruit

Image: Sam Van Aken

This tree is a little peculiar to look at. It’s because this isn’t an ordinary tree, one might argue that it’s actually closer to 40 trees all wrapped up into one. Indeed, when this tree is in full bloom (as shown in the picture), you can find about 40 different types of fruit on its branches, from peaches to plumbs, ... Read More »

Putin’s L.America ‘big tour’, deals done

Screen Shot 2014-07-22 at 5.21.23 PM

A six-day tour by Russian President Vladimir Putin to Latin America ended with a long anticipated creation of the BRICS bank and the signing of energy agreements, as Russia looks to build alliances to counter Western influence. The Latin America tour started with the visit to Cuba, where Putin signed a new agreement on oil exploration in Caribbean waters which ... Read More »

The Detail In This Hummingbird Photograph Is Unreal

vg91k41iefnn4xgfaxwo

Scotland-based photographer Chris Morgan captured this remarkable macro shot of a hummingbird while visiting Bosque De Paz Nature Reserve in Costa Rica. In case you were wondering: Yes, that is Morgan’s reflection in the hummingbird’s eye. Morgan tells io9 the key to capturing this photograph was patience: My main method of taking the pictures was patience. I used a canon 100mm ... Read More »

Football superstars donate their World Cup prize money

Photo from www.facebook.com/mesutoezil

The World Cup may be over for Germany and Argentina, but players on both teams are putting their cash winnings to good use by donating them to worthy causes. According to the UK-based Express, 25-year-old German football star Mesut Ozil has donated his World Cup prize money – totaling more than $400,000 for winning the tournament – to various charity projects ... Read More »

Is the world economy booming until it hurts?

Are the storm clouds gathering over London's overheated house prices? Photograph: Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images

A growing concern that overheated asset and equity prices could cause another crash is a good thing … and a bad thing In recent months, concern has intensified among the world’s financial experts and news media that overheated asset markets – real estate, equities, and long-term bonds – could lead to a major correction and another economic crisis. The general ... Read More »

How Cultures Around The World Think About Parenting 

Asian young mother carring her child at her back 1a LLLLLLLLLL

What can American parents learn from how other cultures look at parenting? A look at child-rearing ideas in Japan, Norway, Spain — and beyond. The crisis of American parenting, as anyone who has looked at the parenting section of a bookstore can attest, is that nobody knows what the hell they’re doing. Yet despite this lack of confidence and apparent absence ... Read More »

Brazilian development cooperation: critical juncture or hiatus?

World Cup 2014 2b who profits LLLLLL

As the fans head home after the FIFA World Cup final, Brazil is preparing to be in the spotlight 2014 BRICS Summit.again, but this time for an event with major development policy implications, as host nation for the International interest in Brazil’s international development cooperation has soared in the last few years.Some hoped Brazil would blaze a new trail in international cooperation. This ... Read More »

Isolated Amazonian Tribe Reaches Out For Help

Isolated tribes in the Amazon basin stand exposed to diseases and loss of resources as they come in contact with the outside world. (Reuters)

After a gap of 20 years, an isolated Amazonian tribe has made contact with Brazilian scientists, according to an announcement from the country’s Indian affairs department (FUNAI). Emerging from the dense rainforests along the Upper Envira river, the group contacted the officials, who were in the area following complaints from local villagers about fearful strangers raiding their crops and tools. The officials ... Read More »