The Brink of Extinction: The Most Endangered Animals in the World

Sumatran Elephant

Like the orangutan, Sumatran elephants found in the tropical forests of Borneo and Sumatra are a casualty of the palm oil industry as expanding agriculture has greatly reduced their habitat and in turn, their population. Scientists upgraded their extinction status to critical in 2012 when it was found that half of the population of Sumatran elephants had been lost in a single generation.

Sumatran elephants play an important role in maintaining the delicate balance of the tropical forest ecosystem; not only do the elephants eat plants and redistribute the seeds through their excrement, but their existence affects a number of other threatened species including the Sumatran rhino, tiger, and orangutan. Scientists warn that urgent action is necessary in order to save the 2,800 remaining elephants and their fellow forest dwellers.




Cultured Palate: Dishes from Iran

Iranian cuisine uses a myriad of spices, dried and fresh fruits, herbs, and nuts to flavor dishes. These ingredients turn even the simplest meal of rice and stewed meat into a sensory explosion.

Around the World in Holiday Baking

Every December, millions of pounds of butter, sugar, and flour contribute to the creation of spectacular treats for holiday celebrations. Even if you’re not ordinarily a baker, many people venture into the kitchen before the holidays to make sure that they’ve got plenty of treats to offer to family and friends.

The Most Unusual McDonald’s Menu Items from Around the World

If you’re a fast-food connoisseur, chances are you’re already familiar with the McDonald’s menu that’s typical in North America. They bring in new choices fairly frequently. However, most people stick with their usual order of Big Macs, Quarter Pounders, fries, McFlurries, and Apple Pies. It’s familiar food, and the bulk of the menu is essentially…