The boomslang is an extremely dangerous, venomous snake found south of the Sahara Desert. Its name means “tree snake” in Afrikaans and Dutch. This quick-moving snake is diurnal (active during the day). It lives and hunts mostly in trees.
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From golden frogs to big cats to colorful birds, the national animals of Central America represent the geography and cultures of the region. For a quick sampling of creatures plain and beautiful, common and rare, read on.
31 Countries Biosphere
The Trifinio Fraternidad Biosphere Reserve is located at a spot where El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras converge. A biosphere is the layer of planet Earth where life exists.
THE LEGEND OF THE QUETZAL BIRD
A Mayan Tale retold by Pat Betteley illustrated by Amanda Shepherd
Semana Santa GUATEMALA'S HOLY WEEK
What if Easter preparations meant dyeing sand, collecting pine needles, and staying up all night to work on an art project that you knew would be ruined the very next day? Well, welcome to Guatemala’s Semana Santa, or Holy Week.
The Maya are groups of people who live in parts of Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala. Their ancestors created a great society. At its peak, from 600-900 C.E., the Maya civilization was more advanced than its neighbors in the Americas.
Playing Games Honduras-style
Would you play the same games in Honduras that you do in the United States? You might. Children in Honduras enjoy many of the same games North Americans do. They go fishing and shoot baskets. They play sandlot baseball—called bate (BAH tay). They fly kites and ride bikes. Their parents may go horseback riding or play golf or tennis.
LIVING A LONG LIFE IN THE Blue Zone
Most people would like to live as long a life as possible. No one really knows why some people live longer than others, but did you know that where you live can play a big part in how many years you’ll be alive? If you live in a Blue Zone, chances are that you will live much longer than people in other parts of the world.
ATTENTION WORLD: Belize Saves Their Coral Reef
Sea turtles float in clear waters, colorful corals hug the ocean floor, and aquatic animals glide among the mangrove roots. Welcome to the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, the second-largest coral reef in the world (Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is number one). Several years ago, this reef was in crisis, heading toward destruction. But the people of Belize fought back to save their reef’s health.
The Panama Canal
The Panama Canal is a 51-mile long canal that connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
This is Central America!
It’s time to visit Central America. But first, it helps to know exactly where Central America is. Despite its name, it is the southernmost part of North America, which can seem a little confusing. It makes up most of the isthmus dividing the Pacific Ocean from the Caribbean Sea. An isthmus is a narrow strip of land that connects two larger landmasses and has water on both sides.
FAMILY FARM TRUCK
JEREMY SCHMIDT’S 1948 CUMMINS-POWERED CHEVROLET LOADMASTER
Cómo encontrar un calamar gigante en un vaso de agua
A partir de unos pocos restos de material genético hallados en una muestra de agua de mar o en el suelo, es posible determinar si en la zona viven animales muy difíciles de avistar –como el calamar gigante, en el primer caso–, que suelen eludir los sistemas de detección convencionales usados por los científicos y, así, conocer datos clave sobre su biología.
Blue Hill Public Library
The Schmidt Ocean institute’s scientific vessel, Falkor, the world’s first year-round philanthropic research vessel, is the subject of the upcoming Slaven lecture at the Blue Hill public library. The institute’s website, schmidtocean.org, streams real-time video whenever it has equipment deployed to the ocean floor.
AI PANEL URGES US TO BOOST TECH SKILLS AMID CHINA'S RISE
An artificial intelligence commission led by former Google CEO Eric Schmidt is urging the U.S. to boost its AI skills to counter China, including by pursuing “AI-enabled” weapons – something that Google itself has shied away from on ethical grounds.
Surf Guitar's Next Chapter
SURF-ROCKER MARTIN SCHMIDT TALKS GW THROUGH THE SURF GUITAR BOOK, AN IN-DEPTH LOOK AT THE TONES AND TEXTURES BEHIND THE REVERB-DRENCHED GENRE’S MOST FAMOUS RECORDINGS, GEAR AND GUITAR HEROES
Pennsylvania Researchers Join Florida in Examining Industry With $500,000 Grant
Business/Unsual – Schmidt's Naturals – “Naivete Can Be Really Helpful”
Jaime Schmidt built and sold Schmidt’s Naturals for millions. Her advice: Don’t focus too much on the challenges ahead. Just get going.
Artists At Sea
ILLUMINATING THE MYSTERIES OF OCEAN SCIENCE
Toughness Key For GSA's Volleyball Success
BLUE HILL—The George Stevens Academy volleyball team has not lost a match since September 27 and has only dropped two sets in five matches.
FIGHT OF FANTASY
After its hit first season, fantasy series The Witcher and ‘grumpy snowman’ Geralt of Rivia return for some more magic and moody monster-slaying. As the franchise expands, Total Film gets enchanted by star Henry Cavill and the team.