Kristi Rich

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I Heart My City: Vishwa’s Nairobi

<b>Vishwa Shah</b> was born in Mombasa, Kenya, but has been based in <b>Nairobi</b> since the age of six. The current University of Illinois student has traveled all over the world, but, for Vishwa, nothing compares to the quiet beauty of Kenya’s capital city. “It is a fertile, hilly Eden in which I could live …

Dolphin Slaughter Fueled by Illegal Shark Trade

<b>Dolphins in Peru are having their lives cut short as fishermen take to the seas, illegally harpooning and killing the animals in order to harvest their skin for shark bait.</b><p>Sharks are a profitable commodity to fishermen, as their meat has long been considered an expensive delicacy in Asia, and now, …

Alaska’s Lost Coast: Dog Sharks, Bears, and Cape Fairweather

<b>See Cameron Lawson’s previous dispatches on Alaska’s Lost Coast >></b><p>Thousands of dead dog sharks are scattered along the beach from a high tide that vanished hours ago. The sun is intense today and the fish are literally baking in the heat. Wafts of decay fill the salt air as we weave around twisted …

Drought Led to Collapse of Civilizations, Study Says

Study of fossilized pollen helps solve an intriguing historical mystery.<p><b>What happened about 3,200 years ago to bring about the collapse of not just one but a number of flourishing civilizations on the eastern shores of the Mediterranean?</b><p>A study of fossilized pollen particles taken from sediments at …

How to Put a Camera on a 1,000-Pound Bison

Wildlife<p><b>Ever wondered what a bison’s beard tastes like? Marine biologist and filmmaker Greg Marshall was lucky—or not so lucky—enough to find out recently.</b><p>Marshall got a mouthful of the thick, coarse hair while downwind of a fellow researcher who was trimming the beards of two American bison at the …

Purring Monkey? Flamboyant Lizard? New Amazonian Species Are Totally Wild

More than 400 shiny new species, ones completely unknown to science, have turned up in the Amazon rain forest, according to the latest report from the WWF. The list of novelties includes 45 orchids, a thumbnail-size frog (already highly endangered, with a Latin name that means “that may be lost”), …

"Lost World" Pictures: New Leaf-Tailed Gecko, More

Scientists have explored a remote rain forest that has been cut off for millennia and that's home to at least three new species that live nowhere else.

Los Cabos: A Window to Paradise

When I landed in Los Cabos, I almost immediately started daydreaming. You will too, if you come here. It’s rare that I arrive at a destination and start planning my return trip. Cabo hooked me in an hour.<p>Why? It’s something I started calling “Baja Soul” — a feeling of complete tranquillity. I …

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Message From a 50-Year-Old Flamingo

On Wednesday 13th February 2013, a British tourist, Nick Armour, recovered a dead flamingo bearing a metal ring near Lake Bogoria (Kenya). This lesser flamingo (<i>Hoenicopterus minor</i>) was described as looking very old and the ring number confirmed an age of 50 years! This flamingo was a messenger …

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Celebrating Dia de los Muertos

In the vibrant, bustling Mercado de San Juan in Mexico City, I saw all the usual produce that I’d pick up at home — apples, raspberries, blueberries — along with exotic fruits I’d never seen before — creamy <i>mameys</i> and spiky <i>guanabanas</i>. As I made my way through the crowd, the edible merchandise was …

Ötzi the Iceman Leads a Wave of Genetics Buzz

<i>The popularity of recent news reports on the DNA of the mummy Ötzi remind us that genetic breakthroughs are reaching far beyond white-lab-coat laboratories. Right now, the cost of DNA testing is affordable, genetic research is growing exponentially, and finally—legally speaking—your DNA is yours.</i> …

New Species of Giant Air-Breathing Fish: Freshwater Species of the Week

Wildlife<p>These three fish in an aquarium in the Ukraine actually belong to a newly identified species of arapaima, a giant, air-breathing dweller of the Amazon. Photo: George Chernilevsky, Wikimedia Commons<p>Water Currents previously reported on Donald Stewart‘s ongoing efforts to reclassify a giant …