Biodiversity Archive

The Secret of Vanilla

What is Vanilla? Vanilla, a staple in the kitchen and a scent that reminds many of warmth and cookies, is often thought of only as the small black beans that are scraped out of vanilla …

Why Vaccinate?

We live in a world fraught with dangers, but widespread death due to infectious diseases should not be one of them. These days we tend to worry about newly emerging infectious diseases like Ebola or …

The Mystery of Homo naledi

A new human species possessing traits of both ancient hominids and modern humans has been found to have lived far more recently than scientists initially believed—pointing to the existence of a “shadow lineage” of primitive …

Whale Sharks in Belize

In Vietnam, it is known as Ca Ong, or “Lord Fish,” and is considered a deity of the seas. In the Philippines, it is called a butanding, while most of Latin America refers to it …