June 7th, 2019.
The 2019 edition of the Women’s World Cup begins today, when France kicks off the soccer championship against South Korea. There is a growing interest from the public in the female sport, especially in Brazil, where there will be an unprecedented amount of TV coverage. During the visit of Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro to Argentina, a single currency for Mercosur countries was discussed, and a name has even been suggested: “peso real”. Russia and the US were once again involved in a military standoff; this time, warships from both countries nearly collided in the East China Sea, and both countries accused each other of making dangerous maneuvers. A new technology which involves the use of active oxygen is being used in post-surgery treatment of odontological procedures. Finally, NASA is considering the possibility of allowing tourists to visit the International Space Station.
Take a look at our highlights.
2019 edition of the Women’s World Cup starts today
The Women’s World Cup is about to begin. Starting at 4 p.m. today, when the French national team kicks off against the South Koreans in the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, female soccer players from 24 countries will face each other for a month. The Brazilian national squad will make its debut against Jamaica on Sunday, June 9th, in Grenoble. Interest in female soccer has been growing worldwide, and this will be the most publicized and broadcast edition of a Women’s World Cup ever, especially in Brazil. Major TV networks like Globo and Bandeirantes will not only broadcast the matches, but will also use their top commentators during their transmissions, like Galvão Bueno and Neto.
“Peso real”: Brazil and Argentina discuss the creation of a single currency
Brazil and Argentina are discussing the creation of a single currency for Mercosur, and it already has a name: peso real. The issue was debated between representatives of the government of both countries during Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro’s trip to Buenos Aires on Thursday. Bolsonaro himself confirmed the plans: “It is the first step towards the dream of a single currency. Just like it happened with the euro [in the European Union], we might have the peso real over here,” he said. The Central Bank, however, released a statement in which it denied any studies concerning a unified currency with other Mercosur countries.
Russia and the US exchange accusations after their warships nearly collide
Tensions are increasingly escalating between Russia and the United States. Today warships of both countries nearly collided in the East China Sea, and exchanged accusations of “dangerous” and “unprofessional” behavior. According to Russia, US guided-missile cruiser Chancellorsville blocked the path of Russian destroyer Admiral Vinogradov, positioning itself about 50 meters ahead and forcing the warship to perform a dangerous maneuver. The US, on the other hand, claims it was the Russian destroyer that carried out an unsafe maneuver against their ship, jeopardizing the safety of the crew and ship.
New technologies employ active oxygen to reduce pain
People who undergo odontological procedures – either to remove or implant a tooth – are aware that the cicatrization process always includes pain and the need for extreme care with oral hygiene. In order to minimize the suffering of patients, experts have developed several kinds of toothpastes, mouthwashes, foams, and gels which have in their formula active oxygen, in order to accelerate the cicatrization process and reduce pain. Active oxygen, when released in a gradual and controlled way, accelerates cell metabolism, increases the synthesis of collagen, and improves the mouth’s antibacterial activities, reducing the healing time of wounds in the mouth.
NASA will open the International Space Station to tourists
NASA plans on allowing tourists to visit the International Space Station from 2020 on. The decision represents a significant change of attitude for the agency, which has long forbidden visits from tourists to the station. Russia, however, has allowed the visitation of several private astronauts. The costs and arrangements of such trips will be organized by SpaceX and Boeing, two companies hired by NASA to transport groups to the station. The agency, however, will charge up to US$ 35 thousand per night for food, storage and communication costs.