World Cup 2014

Soccer chants are an important part of the World Cup. German fans sang while watching their national team play against USA back in June.

What Makes Soccer's Chants So Catchy?

Songs like "Olé, Olé, Olé" and "Seven Nation Army" are dominating soccer. Music experts weigh in on why that is

The yellow card is an elegant design solution that has been adopted by several sports.

Who Invented the Yellow Card?

Penalty cards are a surprisingly recent creation that were, perhaps unsurprisingly, inspired by traffic lights

Samba school Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel performs at the sambodromo during the carnival of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 03 March 2014.

Samba and Sway to These Brazilian Songs Compiled By Smithsonian Folkways

Take a virtual tour through the country's diverse musical traditions

Mixing caipirinhas, the popular Brazilian cocktail made with cachaça, on Ipanema Beach.

You Know Rum—But What Is Cachaça?

Get to know Brazil's most popular alcohol

University of Sao Paulo researcher Marcio Martins holds one snake while watching another, a deadly venomous snake living only on Queimada Grande Island, Atlantic Forest, Brazil.

This Terrifying Brazilian Island Has the Highest Concentration of Venomous Snakes Anywhere in the World

Brazil's Ilha de Queimada Grande is the only home of one of the world's deadliest, and most endangered, snakes

How Do Thousands of Clear Blue Lagoons End Up In These Brazilian Sand Dunes?

Every year during the rainy season, Brazil's Lençóis Maranhenses National Park treats visitors to an amazing sight

Some World Cup Teams Ban Sex Before Games, Even Though Science Says It May Help Performance on the Field

Other teams, however, are all in favor of pre-game sex

Moqueca, a soup found in northeast Brazil.

Five Brazilian Dishes to Make for Your World Cup Watch Party

Native to five World Cup host cities, these foods will bring South America to your kitchen

Nao robots race—slowly—to the open ball.

RoboCup: Building a Team of Robots That Will Beat The World Cup Champions

By 2050, robotic experts at the annual world robotic's championship hope to create a team of robots that can best the winning World Cup team

Exploring Brazil Beyond the Stadiums

The World Cup games are happening all across the South American nation, but what else is there to see besides futbol?

Sir Bobby, 2007

The Beautiful Game Becomes Beautiful Art as L.A. Museum Puts Soccer on Exhibit

The work of artists from around the world looks at players, fans and the ball itself

The colorful components of feijoada.

How to Make Feijoada, Brazil's National Dish, Including a Recipe From Emeril Lagasse

The acclaimed chef talks about how to make the South American classic

The mind-controlled exoskeleton developed by Miguel Nicolelis and his colleagues will allow a paralyzed teenager to make the ceremonial first kick of the 2014 World Cup.

Mind-Controlled Technology Extends Beyond Exoskeletons

A wearable robot controlled by brain waves will take center stage at the World Cup this week, but it’s not the only mind-controlled tech out there

A street mural in Brazil in celebration of the 2014 World Cup.

To Celebrate the World Cup, Brazilians Take To the Streets—To Paint Them

For the first time ever, Google Street View is letting users experience the artwork from anywhere

Residents walk near a destroyed house after a landslide in Teresopolis January 15, 2011.

Deadly Flooding Hits Brazil Two Days Before World Cup Begins

Flooding in southeastern Brazil has killed at least nine

Statistics Say That Brazil Will Probably Win the World Cup

Analyzing players' transfer values to calculate a team's overall market value, however, predicts that Spain will win

Interior view of the Amazon Arena.

Will Brazil’s World Cup Stadium in the Middle of the Amazon Pay Off?

The city of Manaus hopes that a new soccer stadium, built for the World Cup, will become a post-tournament boon to the economy

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