A river runs through the Geo Quiz: The Central American river on our radar today has been a busy waterway for the past five centuries. Pirates and traders famously plied these waters including the famed Captain Henry Morgan.
Ex-Panamanian strongman Manuel Noriega is sitting in a minimum security prison in Panama these days. A US military invasion toppled the dictator in 1989 and he's been tucked away in prison cells in Miami and France ever since.
In Panama, scientists are racing to find and save frogs before they succumb to a virulent fungus that's been killing amphibians around the world. Sabri Ben-Achour reports on the effort to get frogs into what they're calling 'amphibian arks.'
The Darién Gap is an impassable tangle of jungle and swamp between Panama and Colombia that forces journeys along the Pan-American Highway to come to full stop. Only a few hundred travelers annually make this trip.
A multibillion-dollar expansion of the Panama Canal is proving a boon to scientists. The construction has revealed a trove of fossils, revealing a wide array of creatures that lived at the southern end of North America 20 millions years ago.