• Volcano Jan 14

    Volcano Spews Lava on Galapagos Island

    A volcano on an uninhabited island in the Galapagos has begun erupting, spilling lava down its sides toward the sea. Ecuador’s Galapagos National Park said the La Cumbre volcano on Fernandina island began erupting Sunday night. The 1,476-meter (4,842-foot) volcano last erupted in mid-2018. The island is home to a number of species, including iguanas, penguins, flightless cormorants and...

  • Washington Jun 13, 2019

    Airbnb to Recreate Trip From ‘Around the World in 80 Days'

    A lucky few will be able to live the adventures of Phileas Fogg from Jules Verne’s classic “Around the World in 80 Days.” Hosted by Airbnb, a small number of guests will travel across 16 countries using eight modes of transportation, including a hot air balloon, to promote a new collection of available bookings called Airbnb Adventures.

  • Joe Michalitsianos Feb 21, 2019

    Tortoise Feared Extinct Found on Remote Galapagos Island

    A living member of species of tortoise not seen in more than 110 years and feared to be extinct has been found in a remote part of the Galapagos island of Fernandina. An adult female Chelonoidis phantasticus, also known as the Fernandina Giant Tortoise, was spotted Sunday by a joint expedition of the Galapagos National Park and the U.S.-based Galapagos...

  • author Oct 20, 2018

    New Snake Names Honor Darwin, Fire God, Louisiana Professor

    A Louisiana professor is in heady company, honored by having one of three newly identified species of snakes from the Galapagos Islands named after him. “They named one after Charles Darwin — that’s a no-brainer — and one after the Greek god of fire, and one after me, of all people,” said Robert A. Thomas, an environmental biologist and head...

  • Texas May 17, 2017

    Texas 8th Grader Wins National Geographic Bee

    A 14-year-old 8th grader from Texas with an impressive knowledge of rivers, mountain ranges, borders and cultures has won this year’s National Geographic Bee. Pranay Varada of Irving, Texas, won Wednesday after a tense contest against another 14-year-old, Thomas Wright of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Both answered five championship-round questions correctly, moving the bee into a sudden-death tiebreaker. Pranay won by correctly...

  • Florida Mar 20, 2017

    Boys Sneak Into Czech Zoo Enclosure and Stone Flamingo to Death

    A flamingo was beaten to death and another seriously injured by three young boys who snuck into the pink-feathered birds’ enclosure at a Czech zoo, according to a statement from the Jihlava Zoo. The trio of boys, ages 5, 6 and 8, kicked and pelted the flamingos with stones before escaping when employees at the zoo, located 80 miles outside...

  • California Sep 14, 2014

    Bay Area Fishermen Find Rare Sea Turtle Near Golden Gate Bridge

    A boat of salmon fishermen unexpectedly snagged a rare green sea turtle while fishing for salmon outside the Golden Gate Bridge.

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