This week, we learned …
This collection of seeds is just part of a Brazilian seed bank’s enormous inventory.
Photograph by Patrick Eozenou, MyShot
What is a seed bank?
A Maasai tribesman talks on his mobile phone in Kenya.
Photograph by Sheri Mandel, MyShot
How might mobile technology help the Maasai conserve big cats and protect their livestock?
This pretty little petrel has a range that follows the Humboldt Current off the coast of South America. It has breeding colonies in the Atacama Desert, the driest place on Earth!
Illustration by Joseph Smit, courtesy Wikimedia. Public domain
How do birds navigate?
Students in Moore Haven, Florida, graduate in 1969.
Photograph by Otis Imboden, National Geographic
What other requirements are new for graduates?
The oldest image of a witch riding a broom is from a 1491 French manuscript called Le Champion des Dames by Martin le France.
Illustration by Martin le France, courtesy Wikimedia. Public domain
Be careful what you translate …
Ah, the city of (tail)lights …
Photograph by James L. Stanfield, National Geographic
How do cars use fuel?
“Our goal is for this project to serve as a model for other countries, and that we can help create a fully-fledged African digital library,” says the director of the National Library of Norway.
Photograph courtesy National Library of Norway
Get a great list of books from and about Nigeria and the rest of Africa.
The historic items painstakingly retrieved from the wreck of HMS Erebus were taken without permission from waters now owned by the Inuit people in Canada. Painting by Michael Hampshire, National Geographic
What was the Franklin expedition?
The big, better vision of Tiktaalik and other Devonian fish may have allowed them to hunt in shallow water.
Photograph by Nobu Tamura, courtesy Wikimedia. CC-BY-SA-4.0
How might sharper eyesight benefit ocean animals?
Game hunted by oilman Kerry Krottinger surrounds him and his wife, Libby, in their Dallas home.
Photograph by Robert Clark, National Geographic
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