Thanks to conservation efforts, the critically endangered Pinzon Island tortoise (C. duncanesis) reproduced in 2015 for the first time in 100 years, and many of the offspring are now adults.
One more organism has taken a giant leap and gone into space, the humble lichen (really more than one species, as we all know that lichens are composites of algae and fungi). The European Space agency removed the lichens from the comfort of their rock dwelling and blasted them off on a Soyuz rocket where they were subjected to the cold vacuum of space for just under 15 days. Their tough mineral coating seemingly protecting them from the whole spectrum of UV radiation and cosmic rays. The two
November 10, 2005|