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In Brazil on November 12, 2010 at 11:34 am


Render of the Bossa Nova twin residential towers currently under construction in the city of Fortaleza, Ceara state (more pics).


The Rio Times goes down south to Curitiba, capital city of the state of Paraná, as our series examining the 2014 FIFA World Cup city hosts draws to a close. The former capital of Brazil (the city held the honor for all of three days in March 1969), is a far cry from many of the cities we have explored in this series (The Rio Times).



The expansion of the favelas of Rio is a heavily discussed topic. The rapidly growing slum areas provide homes for a rising number of people at an alarming rate, at the expense of the surrounding rainforest. However, the actual process of building a house in a favela often takes years of patience and hard work (The Rio Times).

If you are looking for music, culture, and numerous nightlife options, you can count on finding it all in Lapa. The diversity in Lapa serves as its own niche for tourists looking to have a complete cultural, less ostentatious (and beachless) experience in the marvelous city (The Rio Times).


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The Rio Times reviewed what the housing market offered with a R$700K budget in Rio de Janeiro, and now they ‘re upping the stakes to see what R$1 million will afford in São Paulo. Following last week’s review of what R$300K can buy in Brazil’s largest city; The Rio Times take a look what SP has to offer, apartment wise, further up the price scale.


The precarious schooling of Brazilians helps sustaining social disparities and imposes severe obstacles to the country’s economic development. That is what Jailson Bittencourt de Andrade, professor of the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA) and member of the Brazilian Science Academy (ABC), stated during a public hearing at the Committee on Science, Technology, Innovation, Communication and IT (Senado Federal).

A worrying situation for Science and Technology in Brazil was pointed out by participants of the public hearing that celebrated the World Science Day for Peace and Development in the Senate. Indicators such as the decrease in the number of researchers who work in companies, the stagnation of Brazilian participation in patents’ record in the world and the decrease in the number of people who finish their studies in federal universities were named as symptoms of crisis in the area (Senado Federal).

General Electric Co, plans to invest $500 million in Brazil to build a research center and expand its operations in Latin America’s largest economy (Reuters).


Brazil, the country with most territory in Latin America also has the largest population, almost 186 million according to preliminary figures from the latest census, released by the Brazilian Geography and Statistics Institute, IBGE. The exact figure is 185.712.000 and represents a 9.5% increase over the last census in 2000. However this was 3% less than the 191.5 million calculated by IBGE for this year based on birth and death rates and immigration figures (MercoPress).