When Blimps Ruled the Air

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A dirigible balloon is a lighter-than-air floating airship, also known as a blimp. Balloons filled with hot air large enough to carry humans have been around since the 1600s. However, no blimp has ever been as large as the “zeppelins” that were built in the early 1900s. Brazilian aviation pioneer Alberto Santos-Dumont built 18 of the powered balloons More...

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On March 31, 2018
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Technology Fights Crime

Two years ago, when entrepreneur Federico Vega launched a startup offering Uberlike services for the freight industry, the trucking business in Brazil was in the midst of a wave of cargo theft. Across Brazil, but More...

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On March 22, 2018
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Brazil Enters Space Industry

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On January 5, 2018
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Government Suspends Mega-Dams

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On October 1, 2017
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Free Training from Facebook

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On September 22, 2017
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Russian Hacking Mystery Solved

When Russia created Facebook profiles of fake Americans to influence the 2016 American election, it could make up fake names and biographical details, but it needed photos, too. Now a salesman in Brazil has stepped More...

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On September 1, 2017
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Business Gets Smart

Marcio Kumruian opened a shoe store with his cousin in an empty part of a São Paulo parking garage in 2000. What started as a word-of-mouth operation serving the university next door eventually moved to a mall More...

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On August 21, 2017
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A Girl’s Dream of Outer Space

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On August 2, 2017
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Não Means No

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On August 1, 2017
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The End and the Beginning

“When I was young,” a grandmother says, “life was much easier.” How many times have we heard this proclamation? Altering Charles Dickens’s famous phrase for Brazil today: “It was the worst of times More...