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Tiny Brazilian frogs glow in the dark — under a UV lamp

Tiny Brazilian frogs glow in the dark — under a UV lamp

Science
March 29 (UPI) -- While studying the mating calls of pumpkin toadlets in the Brazilian rainforest, biologists realized the tiny frogs were deaf to their own songs. Further investigation revealed an alternate mode of communication, glow-in-the-dark bones. When scientists studied the miniature Brazilian frogs under an ultra-violet lamp, they found glowing patterns across the heads and backs of the tiny reptiles. "The fluorescent patterns are only visible to the human eye under a UV lamp," Sandra Goutte, an evolutionary biologist and researcher at New York University Abu Dhabi, said in a news release. "In nature, if they were visible to other animals, they could be used as intra-specific communication signals or as reinforcement of their aposematic coloration, warning potential predators of...
Paraguay may use army to control prisons plagued by Brazilian gangs

Paraguay may use army to control prisons plagued by Brazilian gangs

World
March 12 (UPI) -- Paraguay is considering the use of its armed forces to control detention centers housing the Brazilian gangs leading recent prison riots in the country. Vice President Hugo Velazquez, acting on behalf of President Mario Abdo, who traveled to meet with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, said officials are considering using the army to help dissuade violence. "We are going to use the armed forces dissuasively outside the jail, so as to avoid these things," he said. The recent incidents involve inmates in Paraguay that belong to the First Capital Commando criminal band, which operates in Paraguay and Brazil. The group has nearly 300 inmates in Paraguay. On Monday, the group took four jail guards hostage at the Concepcion jail. Released after several minutes, one of freed...
North Korean leaders 'used Brazilian passports'

North Korean leaders 'used Brazilian passports'

World
Kim Jong Un and his father Kim Jong Il - who died in 2011 - used fraudulently obtained Brazilian passports to apply for visas to visit countries in the West in the 1990s, according to five senior European security sources.The current North Korean leader was issued a passport under the name "Josef Pwag" and his father under the name "Ijong Tchoi". The passports were used to apply for visas in at least two countries.Although the ruling family is known to have used travel documents obtained under false pretences, the photocopies of the Brazilian passports have not been published before.One senior Western security source, speaking anonymously, said: "They used these Brazilian passports, which clearly show the photographs of Kim Jong Un and Kim Jong Il, to attempt to obtain visas from foreign e...
An overhaul of Brazilian labour law should spur job creation

An overhaul of Brazilian labour law should spur job creation

Finance
IN THE litany of bosses’ gripes about Brazil’s inclement business climate, rigid labour laws vie for pride of place with its convoluted tax laws and its licensing rules (on everything from health and safety to protection of cultural heritage). No wonder: Brazil ranks a miserable 117th out of 138 countries on labour-market efficiency, according to the World Economic Forum. Its rigid labour law was transplanted from Benito Mussolini’s Italy in 1943. Employers find it thoroughly unsuited to a modern economy and cheered on July 13th, when the president, Michel Temer, signed into law the biggest overhaul of the unwieldy statute in 50 years.The reform is a big victory for the unpopular Mr Temer, who is under investigation in a corruption scandal (he denies wrongdoing). It introduces more flexibl