What’s inside the box?
The latest instalment of leaks about the super-rich using offshore tax havens to hide their wealth has been published.
Smilodon meets the South American marsupial, Thylacosmilus. This is a classic image of supposedly ‘superior northerners’ outcompeting ‘inferior southerners’, but such meetings actually rarely happened as many of the southern species had already gone extinct.
'The rise of Smilodon', Hodari Nundu
Why were mammals travelling south through newly-formed Panama so much more successful than those heading north?
A yellow fever ward in Havana in 1899.
Will the COVID-19 pandemic change the global balance of power? It wouldn’t be the first time.
Some tropical frogs may be developing resistance to a fungus that has devastated species like
Atelopus varius, the variable harlequin frog.
A look at new research published in 2018 on fossa, deepsea corals and tropical frogs developing resistance to a deadly fungus.
Panama Canal construction in 1913 showing workers drilling holes for dynamite in bedrock, as they cut through the mountains of the Isthmus. Steam shovels in the background move the rubble to railroad cars.
The Panama Canal was a tremendous achievement by the U.S. and a display of their power and abilities. However, the health costs to the mostly Caribbean contract workers was enormous.
Workers wash freshly harvested bananas on a banana plantation near Parrita, Costa Rica.
AP Photo/Kent Gilbert
While Costa Ricans pride their country for being an oasis of stability in Latin America, the nation has struggled with restrictive laws and social attitudes toward immigrants from Nicaragua.
Wealth inequality is a bigger challenge than income inequality in South Africa.
When South African inequality is discussed, the focus tends to be on income brackets. But the main problem is wealth inequality
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The canal was under US control for nearly a century and was only recognised as Panamanian on New Year’s Eve 1999.
A Chinese ship makes the first commercial trip through the newly expanded Panama Canal.
The Panama Canal just celebrated the opening of its new expansion, which incorporates several engineering marvels to allow it to finally support the super-sized cargo ships that dominate shipping.
Panama City, Panama. The gleaming metropolis reflects a rapid economic growth with a marginal national investment in research and development.
Carlos A. Donado Morcillo
In the midst of a rapidly growing economy, research budget shortcomings threaten a young scientific community that struggles to stay afloat.
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Closing the passage between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans strengthened the gulf stream and helped kick off ice ages.
Lest we forget: Omar Torrijos’s mausoleum.
Hector Alcibiades via Wikimedia Commons
The junta that governed Panama from 1968 to 1989 was hardly Latin America’s deadliest. But that doesn’t mean it was benign.
The failed Darien venture is regarded as one of the greatest catastrophes in Scottish history.
Panama is no stranger to financial shenanigans … even in the 17th century.
A global collaboration of journalists has revealed massive offshoring of funds linked to some of the world’s most powerful people, including Vladimir Putin.
A boy contemplates the guns handed in during an amnesty for gang members in Panama City. How do communities respond to violence?
Many communities struggle with crime, violence and abuse, but they are not all the same. Those that look to local expertise for solutions offer hope in a world where success in preventing violence is rare.
Air pollution has been found to have affected coral growth in the Caribbean over many decades.
Lester Kwiatkowski, University of Exeter
Tiny particles of air pollution can stunt the growth of coral reefs, according to a [new study in Nature Geoscience](http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ngeo1780](http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ngeo1780). Using coral…