Zika Virus Can Live in Your Saliva Too

Allie Jones · 02/05/16 10:44AM

Zika, the mosquito-born virus that shrinks babies’ brains, continues to alarm scientists as they learn more about how it can be transmitted from person to person. Earlier this week, someone in Texas got the virus from sex, and today, a Brazilian government health institute reported that it discovered for the first time the presence of active Zika virus in urine and saliva samples.

Brazil Is Full of Shit

Gabrielle Bluestone · 07/30/15 03:34PM

Brazil, which I’m sure is a perfectly lovely country, has an overload of naturally occurring resource. That resource, unfortunately, isn’t diamonds or oil—it’s human excrement, which Olympic athletes will have to swim through if they want to win a medal next summer.

Brazil Can't Clean Up Its Shit in Time for the Olympics

Gabrielle Bluestone · 03/24/15 06:20PM

Despite promises to clean the Rio de Janeiro bay in time for the 2016 Olympics, mayor Eduardo Paes was forced to admit this week that some of the athletes are just going to have to deal with competing in the raw sewage expelled by a large, poorly managed city.

Sony Was Hacked in February and Chose to Stay Silent

Sam Biddle · 12/11/14 05:50PM

Sony says the recent breach of its servers and weeklong cyber humiliation is an "unprecedented" strike and an "unparalleled crime." If they're shocked by these events, they've been shocked for almost a year: leaked emails obtained by Gawker show security troubles dating back to February.

Brazilian Trio Running Cannibal Bakery Go to Trial

Aleksander Chan · 11/14/14 12:43PM

Three people—a man, his wife, and the man's mistress—went on trial in Brazil yesterday after they were arrested in 2012 for allegedly killing women and then baking them into pastries they would eat and sell to neighbors.