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  1. Science

    New Species of Wacky Monkey-Porcupine Hybrid Discovered In Brazil

    Biologists from the Federal University of Paraíba in Brazil have discovered a new species of porcupine that - to the uninitiated - basically just looks like an amazing, pug-nosed, spiky monkey.

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  2. Tech

    Edward Snowden Masks Donned By Brazilian Protesters And Senators

    Move over, Guy Fawkes. The new face of resistance to government authority is NSA leaker Edward Snowden, and we have the creepy masks to prove it. In Brazil, activists opposed to the NSA's spying programs made masks of Snowden's face, and like-minded senators borrowed them to wear to a hearing.

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  3. Weird

    Om Nom Nom: Watch as This Sinkhole Completely Devours a Car [Video]

    From the first few frames of this video, you can tell that something has gone wrong with the car being filmed, though it takes our intrepid videographer a little while to get to the bottom of exactly what happened. What happened seems to be a sinkhole opening in a Brazilian road and swallowing an automobile whole like an enraged mud elemental. For those of you who can spare 3 full minutes of your Friday afternoon to watch this hatchback be claimed by the proud and ingenious mole men who dwell just beneath out feet, we fully recommend watching the entire thing, for the sake of context and narrative. If you're busy folk like us, though, feel free to skip to about 1:30 to see the real fun begin as the hole widens and a full-sized automobile does it's best impression of a Hot Wheels car being flushed down the toilet by a toddler. Bye bye, car!

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  4. Science

    Snake-Like Amphibian Found In Brazil Is Extremely Rare, Makes Us Blush

    Last year, the Madeira River in Rondonia, Brazil was drained for a hydroelectric dam. At the very bottom, were six of these creatures, writhing about looking like penises, except that they're all about 30 inches long. Now, biologists have confirmed that they are Atretochoana eiselti, an extremely rare species of caecilian with no known living population.

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  5. Gaming

    Rumor: Newest Sony PlayStation 3 Model Outed by Brazil

    Recent filings with the Federal Communications Commission alerted hawk-eyed watchers to the existence of a new model of PlayStation 3: The "CECH-4001X." Up until now, however, it wasn't known exactly what kind of changes Sony would include in this new model. That's where Anatel, which is effectively the Brazilian version of the FCC, comes into play. Their own documents apparently included a series of images purported to be of this fantastical new design.

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  6. Tech

    Supersonic Fighters Shatter Every Window in Brazil’s Supreme Court Building

    So, let's say you're the nation-state of Brazil. And let's say that you're really keen on celebrating this year's exchanging of the national flag at the Praça dos Três Poderes in the capital city. Obviously you're going to need to have a sweet fly-over by some Mirage 2000 fighter jets. But what happens when you have those fighter jets go supersonic so low to the ground? The answer, after the break.

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  7. Tech

    India Is The Top Source For Spam Email

    According to a recent report from Internet security firm Kaspersky, India is currently the number one country in the world when it comes to generating spam email. According to Kasperksy, in the third quarter of last year, spam accounted for about 79.8% of email traffic, and the top three countries responsible for generating it were India at 14.8%, Indonesia at 10.6%, and Brazil at 9.7%. This is a little bit up from a reported low point this summer, and India might be to blame.

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  8. Weird

    Animation by Balloon Popping [Video]

    Modern animators are finding some really great ways to spice up the traditional approach to animation, and this video promoting MTV Brazil is no exception. This quick little cartoon uses balloons popping sequence filmed with a camera moving along a track, appearing to move flip-book style. Best of all? Ozzy eats a bat. (via Dude Craft)

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  9. Science

    New Species of Zombifying Ant Fungus Found

    The natural world is a terrifying place, and it just got a little scarier -- especially for ants. Wired reports that scientists have reported that they have discovered 4 new kinds of fungus in Brazil that infect ants, effectively turning them into zombies that serve the will of the fungal infector. Fungus of the genus Cordyceps are not new to science, though their surprising diversity and how they take control of their hosts is still quite mysterious.

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  10. Weird

    Brazilian Evangelical Group Bans USB as a “Symbol of Satan”

    Reports are circulating from Brazil that an evangelical cult known as "Paz do Senhor Amado" has banned USB devices from the homes of its followers on the grounds that the USB symbol looks like Satan's trident. The Guardian translates from the Portuguese:
    The evangelical cult "Paz do Senhor Amado" ("Peace of the beloved Lord") in the interior of Brazil forbids its followers to use any USB technology by contending that it uses a symbol that shows sympathy for the devil. According to its founder, the "Apostle" Welder Saldanha says that this is just another symbol of Satan, which is always present in all Christian homes. "The symbol of that name (a name which he doesn't even like to pronounce) is a trident, which is used to torture souls that go to hell. Use only a symbol of those shows that all users of that vile technology are actually worshipers of Satan" - explains the" Apostle". Measures were taken so that all the USB connections of his followers were exchanged for common connections and even the Bluetooth (sic), which according to Saldanha Welder is permitted, for "Blue was the color of the eyes of our savior Jesus Christ".
    Good thing Welder Saldanha hasn't heard about SATA. (Guardian via BuzzFeed)

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  11. Tech

    Steve Jobs’ Secret Lab … Inspired By Dystopian Torture Chamber Design?

    Following the surprise "Antennagate" conference during which Apple announced free bumpers for all iPhone 4 users, we got our first look at the company's secret Infinite-Loop lab, the multimillion dollar facilities where the iPhone 4's connectivity issues were tested. We were in awe, and the uproar about smartphone antennae soon faded into obscurity. We noted then that the antenna lab's 17 futuristic anechoic chambers would make for an awesome Half-Life map (modders, assemble), but Canada-based Geekosystem reader Max did us one better: He's discovered that Steve Jobs may have had some dystopic thoughts on his mind when designing the facilities' interior...

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  12. Geekolinks

    Geekolinks: 7/5

    Big Bang Big Boom (blu)

    The Facebook Economy (VisualEconomics)

    The Space Savingest Furniture (Core77Inc)

    Ereaders Take Longer to Read than Books (Mashable)

    Brazil Has More Fun Than You (Surf with Berserk)

    The ExtraLives Marathon UStream (UStream)

    Weird Japanese Thing of the Day (Wimp)

    (image via Threadless.)

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