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London Olympics 2012 has hardly even had time to enjoy its success and already Rio is attempting to steal its shine, earlier this week releasing the official theme song for the 2016 Olympics

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London Olympics 2012 has hardly even had time to enjoy its success and already Rio is attempting to steal its shine, earlier this week releasing the official theme song for the 2016 Olympics. As can be expected, the new song and video showcase the typical laid-back, tropical style associated with the South American gem. The Gods of Olympus Visit Rio de Janeiro, as the song is called, was written...

Jennifer Lopez and boyfriend Casper Smart in the Brahma VIP box at the Sambadrome during the carnival on Sunday

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Jennifer Lopez and boyfriend Casper Smart spent a holiday in Brazil surrounded by the frenzy of the Rio de Janeiro carnival. After a day surrounded by loud music and dancing, the couple enjoyed some quiet time as they relaxed at their hotel before catching an evening flight back to the U.S. As they watched the sunset over Rio’s coastline, dancer Casper Smart, 24, planted a tender kiss on Je...

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...stimuli.” One of the three patients who took part in the clinical trial, Tami Morehouse, told how her vision gradually returned, opening up a whole new world for her. Even though she can’t see well enough to read or drive a car, she can now make-out her children’s faces, watch them play baseball and see the light change over Lake Erie, where she lives. Tami Morehouse said: ̶...

The emoticons were born on the 19th of September 1982, when Professor Scott Fahlman of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh sent an email with a sideways smiley face

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...as ten minutes of my life. I expected my note might amuse a few of my friends, and that would be the end of it.” However, the note spread across the fledgling computer networks of the early 1980s and within months the usage of smiley faces had become global. Today, emoticons are everywhere, with variations as little yellow computer graphics with faces that visibly express emotions by actually smil...

Researchers suggest smells could be used to calm fears while people sleep

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...inked to emotions, are thought to be processed. The researchers showed 15 healthy people pictures of two different faces. At the same time they were given a mild electric shock. They were also exposed to a specific smell, such as lemon, mint, new trainers, clove or wood. They were then taken into a sleep lab. While they were in slow-wave sleep they were exposed to a smell linked to one of the face...

James Holmes, the suspect gunman at Aurora cinema, has been formally charged with 142 criminal counts in one of America's worst mass shootings

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...y charged with 142 criminal counts in one of America’s worst mass shootings. James Holmes, 24, faces 24 counts of murder, two for each of the 12 people killed, and 116 counts of attempted murder, two each for the 58 injured. For each person killed he faces a count of murder with deliberation and one of murder with extreme indifference. If convicted, James Holmes could face the death penalty....

Pope Francis has met thousands of pilgrims at Copacabana beach to hold the greeting ceremony for World Youth Day

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...patrol as Pope Francis visited the area while school children waved flags and held up balloons. The Brazilian government has made the “pacification” of these communities, once a byword for poverty, crime and drugs, one of its priorities. Heavily-armed police have moved into some of the more lawless favelas, including Varginha, to “flush out” the criminals and drug dealers...

Crowds mobbed Pope Francis' car in Rio de Janeiro as it made its way from the airport

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...ruption and bad governance. Pope Francis refused to use an armored Popemobile, despite requests from Brazilian officials. Some 30,000 security staff – army and police are on duty throughout his visit. More than a million young Catholics are expected to gather in Rio for World Youth Day, which takes place every two years, and is a celebration of the Catholic faith. The Argentina-born Pope ...

Rio de Janeiro's world-famous Maracana stadium has reopened after nearly three years of renovations to prepare it for the World Cup finals in 2014.

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...acility will be a friendly between Brazil and England on June 2 before the Confederations Cup begins two weeks later. There has been criticism of the cost of the renovation – nearly $500 million – because the stadium has already seen a number of upgrades. A Brazilian indigenous group, the Aldeia Maracana (or Maracana tribe), have also protested at the site against their eviction from a...

A Mimi Beach officer attempted to photograph Justin Bieber while he was in a temporary holding cell

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...ting a wall. Defacing buildings is a crime in Brazil punishable by up to one year in jail or a fine. However, Brazilian officials described the case involving Justin Bieber as “a minor offence”. There was no immediate comment from his management team. In a statement, Brazil’s civil police force said Justin Bieber had been charged with “defacing a building or urban monument...

The Joao Havelange stadium in Rio de Janeiro that was due to host athletics at the 2016 Olympics has been closed indefinitely because of structural problems with its roof

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...dium is being renovated for the 2014 World Cup. It is an embarrassment for Brazil as it prepares for its two huge sporting events, say correspondents. The Joao Havelange stadium in Rio de Janeiro that was due to host athletics at the 2016 Olympics has been closed indefinitely because of structural problems with its roof Brazilian authorities have also acknowledged delays in work on the Maracana a...

Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff has criticized the US over allegations it carried out electronic espionage

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...’s UN General Assembly, Dilma Rousseff said Brazil would adopt legislation and technology to protect itself from illegal intercepts. She called Washington’s argument that spying on Brazil was to protect nations from terrorists “untenable”. Earlier this month, the Brazilian president cancelled a planned visit to Washington. Dilma Rousseff told the assembled leaders that Brazil had...

When Kate Middleton wore the sapphire blue Issa dress for her engagement announcement in 2010, she sparked one of the first of many Kate fashion frenzies

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Kate Middleton’s sapphire blue Issa dress worn for her engagement announcement in 2010 is a silk wrap design by Brazilian designer Daniella Helayel. The dress was reproduced in the same shade and went on to sell out again and again on net-a-porter and in Harvey Nichols, as “copy-Kates” rushed out to emulate their style icon. Now, a more purse-friendly version has been unveiled as the star piece i...

Cordao do Bola Preta parade, one of Rio de Janeiro's oldest and most popular carnival street parties has attracted a record 2.2 million revelers

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...Bola Preta parade is famous for attracting a diverse crowd, spanning all ages. For the first time in its 93-year history, the event allowed electric sound systems and reversed its normal route. Police said that despite the large crowds, the event had been peaceful. Dressed as the cartoon character Asterix, Elson de Deus, 65, told Brazilian newspaper O Globo he had been attending the parade ever si...

Nelson Novaes Neto, a Brazilian security expert has worked out a way to “friend” anyone using social network Facebook

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Nelson Novaes Neto, a Brazilian security expert has worked out a way to “friend” anyone using social network Facebook. Nelson Novaes Neto showed at the Silver Bullet information security conference in Sao Paulo how he managed to convince a target – another web security expert called “SecGirl” – to add the fake profile he set up as a friend. Being “friended” on Facebook not...

Police have arrested four people in connection with a fire at Kiss nightclub that killed 231 people in Brazilian city of Santa Maria on Sunday

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...lice have arrested four people in connection with a fire at Kiss nightclub that killed 231 people in Brazilian city of Santa Maria on Sunday. A co-owner of the Kiss nightclub handed himself in to police on Monday afternoon for questioning. Earlier, police held another owner of the club, a member of the band Gurizada Fandangueira, and its security chief. More than 50 of the victims are being buried...

Chagas disease, a little-known illness caused by blood sucking insects, has been labeled the ”new AIDS of the Americas” by experts

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Chagas disease, a little-known illness caused by blood sucking insects, has been labeled the ”new AIDS of the Americas” by experts. The parasitic illness has similarities to the early spread of HIV, according to a new study. Similar to AIDS, Chagas disease is difficult to detect and it can take years for symptoms to emerge, according to experts writing in the journal PLOS Neglected Tropical Disea...

The official Olympic flag has arrived in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, the host city of 2016 Games

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...rgio Cabral, and the country’s team of athletes. The official Olympic flag has arrived in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, the host city of 2016 Games Brazil finished 22nd in London 2012, winning 17 medals, two more than its previous best in Beijing. Rio de Janeiro will be the first South American city to host the Olympics. The city has yet to construct the Olympic Park and other venue...

Brazilian glamour model Nana Gouvea has been slammed for posing against the trail of destruction left by Hurricane Sandy

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Nana Gouvea, a Brazilian glamour model, has been slammed for posing against the trail of destruction left by Hurricane Sandy. Nana Gouvea, 30, who has reportedly graced the pages of Playboy, posted a series of images to her Facebook page showing her leaning against fallen trees and standing on top of wrecked cars in the streets of New York. The photographs instantly sparked outcry, and Gawker moc...

Sao Paolo has some of the worst congestion problems in the world

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...mong them is Victoria Ribeiro, whose job is to drive around town finding traffic jams – not in itself much of a challenge – and to find ways to escape the mess. “I have been working with the radio since its beginnings and we can see the traffic is only getting worse, as more cars are coming onto the streets,” Victoria Ribeiro says. The Brazilian car industry has been breaki...

Sophia Loren still managed to put the younger models in the shade at the launch of 2013 Pirelli calendar

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Five years ago, Sophia Loren became the oldest model to ever poise for the legendary Pirelli calendar at the grand old age of 72 and now she still managed to put the younger models in the shade at the launch of the 2013 iconic calendar. Sophia Loren, now 78-years-old, looked stunning in a glittering pearly-white gown in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday evening. With her brown hair worn over her shoulder...

A large plume of smoke billowed from the Latin America Memorial, a cultural centre which hosts an art gallery, an auditorium and other facilities

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Brazilian firefighters have fought a major blaze at Sao Paulo’s landmark building designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer. A large plume of smoke billowed from the Latin America Memorial, a cultural centre which hosts an art gallery, an auditorium and other facilities. At least 15 firefighters were injured as dozens of crews went to the scene. Oscar Niemeyer, who was behind some of the 20th Century&...

Brazil’s ex-president Juscelino Kubitschek was murdered by the 1970s military regime

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Brazil’s ex-president Juscelino Kubitschek was murdered by the 1970s military regime, an investigative commission has found. The Sao Paulo truth commission, a group of councilors from the city’s assembly, is due to present a full report into the case on Tuesday. The proof of the alleged conspiracy was found after analyzing more than 90 pieces of evidence, the group says. At the time, the fo...

Gradiente Eletronica registered iPhone name in Brazil in 2000, seven years before Apple

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...the INPI to cancel Gradiente’s registration through expiration – it is arguing that the Brazilian firm did not use the name between January 2008 and January 2013. The Manaus-headquartered company now sells its Android-powered iPhone Neo One for 599 reals ($304). Bloomberg previously reported that the chairman of Gradiente had said: “We’re open to a dialogue for anything, a...

Brazuca’s design is said to be inspired by vibrant colors, passion and heritage of Brazil

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FIFA has unveiled “Brazuca” – its official match ball for the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro. The official match ball made by Adidas was named “Brazuca” in 2012 following a public vote in Brazil which involved more than one million fans. Brazuca’s design is said to be “inspired by vibrant colors, passion and heritage of Brazil”. Its name is a term used by natives of the country, meaning “...