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Armadillo, football hero

You may have heard about Fuleco, the official mascot of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Fuleco was inspired by a native Brazilian animal, the three-banded armadillo, one of eleven species of armadillos in Brazil. Find out more about it.

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Health

Pasta, anyone?

Spaghetti, taglierini, penne, fusilli, cannelloni, lasagna and other countless forms of pasta that are the favorite food of many people throughout the world.

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Health

Hansen's disease: explain to eradicate

Every 15 minutes there is a new case of Hansen's disease in Brazil. People end up not seeking help because they don't known the symptoms and the treatment or are embarrassed or afraid to be judged. But today the disease is curable and treatment is free!

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Mermaids in Nature

Are there really mermaids out there? In fact, we could even say that... yes, there are! For a long time, manatees were thought to be mermaids, probably because of their fish-like tails and their breasts, which can look like the breasts of a woman.

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Science

Real-life Wonder Twins

Have you ever heard of the Wonder Twins, superheroes that were famous in the 1980s? The two twin siblings were originally from another planet and had special powers, which they activated when they joined hands. But twins do not come from another planet: there are many of them throughout the world.

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History

The pioneers

In a normal day between the months of June and December of 1908, Oswaldo Cruz gathered his researchers for a picture in front of the tea house gazebo. It was a way of registering that two illustrious German scientists, Gustav Giemsa and Stanislas Von Prowazek, had visited the place.

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Looks like a lion; as big as a squirrel

Among all endangered species in Brazil, it is the one that calls the most attention. It is a symbol of the conservation movement in the country. It has a lion-like mane, but is as big as a squirrel. Do you know who that is?

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Environment

Ecosystems: life that blossoms

When we hear about ecosystems, we think of large biomes, such as tropical forests, deserts, savannas, etc.. But that is not it.  Life sprouts everywhere! Living beings are born and die, procreate and feet, collaborate and compete in ecosystems of different sizes.

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