In the 19th century, hungry pirates and sailors, along with invasive species like rats and goats, took a toll on many Galapagos Islands animal populations. One of those species became extinct in 2012, when a roughly 100-year-old giant tortoise named Lonesome George died after 41 years at the Charles Darwin Research Station. But the 5-foot (1.5-meter) long Pinta Island specimen … [Read more...] about Lonesome George Lived to Be 100 Years Old. Genome Sequencing Is Figuring Out How
You probably have a favorite sea cucumber and don't even know it. There are over 1,200 species in the world's oceans — so many that scientists are even confused about how many there are —- so there's probably one you'd like a lot: some of them are decked out with the colors of your favorite sports team, others look like somebody crocheted an oversized zucchini out … [Read more...] about Sea Cucumber: Animal or Vegetable?
Each day in America, around 2,500 individuals and businesses file for bankruptcy [source: ACA International]. The ranks of the financially belly-up include former professional athletes, glitzy Atlantic City casinos and lots of regular folks who are simply drowning in debt. By the second quarter of 2014, American households carried $669 billion in high-interest credit card debt … [Read more...] about 10 Pieces of Bankruptcy Information Everyone Should Know