The oldest thing in the world

The oldest living thing on Earth is a massive "meadow" of sea grass growing in the Mediterranean between Spain and Cyprus. It's somewhere between 100,000 and 200,000 years old and reproduces by cloning itself. Also, it's being killed by climate change.

Via Beth Buczynski

Sad story about a chimp in space

The life story of Enos, the second primate to orbit Earth, is extremely depressing. In fact, it's significantly more depressing than the life story of Yuri Gagarin, the first primate to orbit Earth. Which is saying something.

Today in lost diversity

It's October 25, 2011, and another subspecies of the Javan rhinoceros has gone extinct. There's only one subspecies left, and it's down to 50 individuals.