Coco de Mer

By Erika, age 13 The Coco de Mer, or coconut of the sea, is a palm, endemic to the Seychelles islands of Praslin and Curieuse. The name comes from several hundred years ago when the nut was first discovered. Sailors…

Penguins

By Alexa, age 10 Have you ever been to the New England Aquarium? If so, then you've probably noticed that they have penguins. Now, if you have ever been there for a while, just watching the penguins, then you have seen…

Birds of Paradise

By Erika, age 13 In the animal kingdom, "it's usually survival of the fittest, but for Birds of Paradise it's survival of the sexiest," as the Perot Museum says. Birds of Paradise are isolated species, so they don't have to…

Macho Microbes

By Erika, age 13 Most people don't have positive opinions about bacteria. Take E. coli as an example. It is known for getting onto foods like lettuce and causing food poisoning. But has anyone ever tried to find a beneficial…