NEW YORK and SÃO PAULO (March 17, 2009) – ScienceBlogs.com, the web’s largest science community, announced today the launch of its newest international site, ScienceBlogs Brazil.
ScienceBlogs Brazil brings together the most original and influential voices within the Brazilian science community, some of whom have already won accolades for their blogging. Edited from São Paulo by Carlos Hotta and Atila Iamarino, ScienceBlogs Brazil launches today with 23 Portuguese-language blogs on topics ranging from genetics to the environment. “I think we need people committed to raising scientific awareness in Brazil,” said Carlos Hotta, “and I am certain that ScienceBlogs Brazil will turn our local voices into global ones.”
With its growing science community and emphasis on science as a cornerstone of economic growth under a multi-year, multi-billion dollar Science, Technology and Innovation Plan of Action for National Development, Brazil is emerging as a vital player in global science culture. The country is the fifth most populous in the world and has over 67 million Internet users.
“We are thrilled with the growth of ScienceBlogs around the world and the rich conversation that it engenders,” said Fabien Savenay, Senior Vice President for Seed Media Group, the parent company of ScienceBlogs. “We are excited to now bring this conversation to South America.”
And the most surprising thing must be that this Fortean blogger is now also part of ScienceBlogs Brazil, with 100nexos – in Portuguese, of course. Many of the posts I originally write for 100nexos in Portuguese end up here in English in the science section. And vice-versa.
The paranormal ones usually come from or go to my other project, CeticismoAberto, meaning “Open Skepticism”, which I’m also very proud to say is the most visited Brazilian website in its genre. That is: a “skeptical” website is the most visited website about ufology and the paranormal in Brazil. It has more than double the pageviews of the second-place.
This week, besides being BoingBoinged two times, I was also thrilled to be recommended by Richard Wiseman. As well as links from Posthuman Blues and the many from Anomalist and others. I can only thank them. And please forgive me for being so full of myself, but I’m amazed that these varied sources I enthusiastically read everyday… they actually read what I write and even suggest it to others.
It’s really unbelievable! I wouldn’t believe it, and yet, the extraordinary evidence is there!
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