Species Number 7: Red Deer
Picture a herd of red deer in the woodlands of Europe. Many of them are lying down in the afternoon shade. After a while, one deer stands, and then another. Soon, more than half the herd is standing. If more than 60% of the red deer stand, the herd will move to another grazing ground. They have voted with their hooves, and the majority rules.
Species Number 6: Chimpanzees
Humans and chimpanzees are close relatives who share ideas about how groups can live and get along together. The most popular chimp leaders often gain power through the support of grandmas and moms, grooming their friends, and sharing their meat. In the same way, humans elected to office often help others and are helped by them. Although a few chimp thugs bully their way to the top, they are often killed or kicked out of the group. Both chimp and human leaders must have approval of the group to stay in power.
Species Number 5: Meerkats
Meerkats of the Kalahari Desert vote with their voices. If three meerkats make a “moving call” in a short time period, the group travels faster. If two or less animals call out, the group does not change speed.
Species Number 4: African Wild Dogs
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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.
CLOSE COMBAT V: INVASION NORMANDY
Twenty years later, this RTS is still just as innovative.
GOOGLE SAYS FLIGHT SEARCH TOOL CAN HELP YOU FLY ‘GREENER'
A basic search for flights will give an estimate of how many kilograms of carbon dioxide the flight will spew from start to finish.
See Which Countries Are Falling Behind On Climate Change
UNDER THE PARIS AGREEMENT, 190 countries and the European Union pledged to take steps to hold the global temperature rise to less than 2C (3.6F) from preindustrial levels—and preferably 1.5C.
SURGING NATURAL GAS PRICES: THREAT TO CONSUMERS THIS WINTER?
Brace for a rude surprise on your winter heating bills.
GOOGLE IN COURT TO APPEAL EU'S 2018 ANDROID ANTITRUST CASE
Google headed to a top European Union court this week to appeal a record EU antitrust penalty imposed for stifling competition through the dominance of its Android operating system.
Pip Hare on best practice crew communication
ONE TO CHARGE THEM ALL: EU DEMANDS SINGLE PLUG FOR PHONES
The European Union unveiled plans Thursday to require smartphone makers to adopt a single charging method for mobile devices.
Who Comes Next?
The race to succeed Germany’s Angela Merkel pits caution against boldness
HOT DATES: 2 SPACECRAFT TO MAKE VENUS FLYBY
Two spacecraft are set to swoop past Venus within hours of each other this week, using the maneuver to do a little bit of bonus science on the way to their main missions at the center of our solar system.
CHER'S SINGING IS ELE-PHANTASTIC!
Special recordings bringing peace to pachyderms