A plant fungus called coffee leaf rust is ruining some coffee crops across Central America. In the 19th century, the fungus devastated coffee plantations across Sri Lanka and transformed the island’s agriculture.
Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei’s unusual and outspoken art has surfaced anew on the Internet. His new music video, Dumbass, is a strongly worded song protesting China’s abuse of state power.
There’s a new study out about the risk of ocean pollution caused by shipwrecks. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has come up with a map of the many, many shipwrecks that dot US coastal waters.
A flower unlike any other flower is growing at The Ohio State University’s Botanical Greenhouse. After years of cultivation, what may be the worst smelling flower in the world, the amorphophallus titanum, has bloomed.
Being gay in Brazil has long been something of a paradox. Gay culture is openly celebrated at events like Rio’s Carnival. But being gay can bring taunting and ostracism. There’s one place though where it’s okay to be openly gay: the beach.
Many of the moon rocks brought back to Earth by Apollo space missions and given to foreign countries as gifts are missing. University of Phoenix law professor Joe Gutheinz has been investigating missing moon rock cases for years and tells The World us about his latest investigation involving an eastern Mediterranean island nation.
Back around 1800 a Scottish-Canadian farmer is said to have discovered the variety of apple now named after him: McIntosh. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Ontario apple farmer Phil Lyall, who explains why he had to hire a helicopter to try and save his McIntosh apple crop from a late frost this year.
Archaeologists are up in arms after learning that an ancient Mayan pyramid has been destroyed in the Central America.
Our Geo Quiz Monday takes us to a river in southern Africa where Paul Templer was leading a canoe safari back in 1996. He can’t easily forget what happened: He was half swallowed by a hippo and lived to tell the tale.
The London Zoo has two of the last three males left of the Mangarahara cichlid tropical fish species. Now they’re looking for a female in order to avoid the species going into extinction. The species takes its name from the Mangarahara River. For our Geo Quiz: Name the African country where the river is located.
The Scottish Isle of Lewis has been granted official EU food protection for one of its traditional delicacies. The recipe for the local sausage made of cooked pigs blood, oatmeal, and spices has been handed down for hundreds of years. Can you name it?
A gang of robbers was chased through the narrow streets of Zedelgem recently by a motorcycle policeman. The thieves tossed a stolen safe out the car window and it burst open spilling a million euros into the street. What would you do?
The Jewish Museum in Berlin wants to rename a street in front of it’s building for an 18th century German-Jewish philosopher. But district officials say no. According to an edict passed in the district, no street can be re-named after a man until there are an equal number of streets named after women. After a yearlong negotiation a compromise has been made. The street will be renamed after the philosopher and his wife. The quiz for today, name the 18th century philosopher and his wife.
The newly crowned King Willem and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands walked out of the Royal Palace in Amsterdam and were cheered on by crowds that gathered. BBC Mundo’s Ignacio de los Reyes has been gauging reaction in Latin America.