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Not for plucking

6 days agoTechnology : Babbage

AROUND 150m years ago, in the late Jurassic period, one of the earliest-known birds lived among the tropical islands in an area of the world that is now Europe. The fossilised remains of Archaeopteryx so struck Charles Darwin that he...Show More Summary

The Library That Kept Darwin Company for Five Years, Reconstructed

last weekArts : Hyperallergic

For the five years Charles Darwin spent sailing on the HMS Beagle the budding naturalist had around 404 books for company. After the ship returned to England on October 2, 1836, the books were dispersed, only now reassembled in a digital form.

Barnacle Superglue Finally Comes Unglued

Barnacles have been attaching themselves to ships for as long as humans have been sailing and the strength of their natural glue is both frustrating and amazing. Charles Darwin figured out where it came from (cement glands in barnacle larvae) but how this superglue works so well...

After 150 Years, Scientists Finally Know How Barnacle Glue Works

Over a century and a half ago, Charles Darwin first described the remarkable adhesive capabilities of barnacles. He couldn’t figure out how their natural superglue worked though. And it took until now to finally unlock the barnacle glue’s mysteries. More »      

After 150 Years, Scientists Finally Know How Barnacle Glue Works

Over a century and a half ago, Charles Darwin first described the remarkable adhesive capabilities of barnacles. He couldn't figure out how their natural superglue worked, though. And it took until now to finally unlock the barnacle glue's mysteries. Read more...

Darwin's Entire Library Aboard The HMS Beagle Is Now Available Online

This from the usually forward looking site io9, "A historian has reconstructed the lost library of books that accompanied Charles Darwin during his five-year scientific voyage across the world, allowing the public to read the more than...Show More Summary

Darwin's Entire Library Aboard The HMS Beagle Is Now Available Online

last weekGenres / Sci Fi : io9

A historian has reconstructed the lost library of books that accompanied Charles Darwin during his five-year scientific voyage across the world, allowing the public to read the more than 400 volumes that served as reference and inspiration for the young naturalist whose theories would revolutionize biology. Read more...

SciShow Explains Why Humans Blush But Animals Don’t

2 weeks agoOdd : Laughing Squid

Michael Aranda explains why human beings blush, while animals don’t, in the latest Quick Questions by SciShow. Charles Darwin referred to the trait as, “the most peculiar and most human of all expressions.” Your face turns red because your sympathetic nervous system kicks in. That’s the network of nerves that controls your fight-or-flight response. When [...]

Domestication syndrome: White patches, baby faces and tameness explained by mild neural crest deficits

More than 140 years ago, Charles Darwin noticed something peculiar about domesticated mammals. Compared to their wild ancestors, domestic species are more tame, and they also tend to display a suite of other characteristic features, including floppier ears, patches of white fur, and more juvenile faces with smaller jaws. Show More Summary

FIFA Whiffs at Conservation Effort of Endangered World Cup Mascot

Charles Darwin ate one on his trip to Brazil. Apparently it tasted more like pork than chicken. My nine-year-old, football-mad, half-Brazilian son could identify one on his World Cup merchandising and my Brazilian biologist wife knew it was some kind of armadillo, but not which species. Show More Summary

How Evolution Gave Some Fish Their Shocking Electric Powers

The electric eel is one of the many creatures Charles Darwin sliced up and examined in his years aboard the H.M.S. Beagle. When he cut it open, he found that 80 percent of the fish’s body was taken up by three organs made of what looked like muscle tissue, but not quite. This is where […]

History of "Color Dictionaries"

last monthOdd : Boing Boing

In 1831, Charles Darwin carried a book called the Nomenclature of Colours aboard the HMS Beagle. Scientists used this book and other "color dictionaries," predecessors to today's Pantone swatch books, as a common reference when describing the appearance of whatever they were studying. Read the rest

"Baroque-Era Drawings Reveal Early Ideas About Evolution."

"Charles Le Brun (1619-1690) used his artistry to compare human and animal faces, later inspiring Charles Darwin to write The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals."

Maybe birds can have it all: Dazzling colors and pretty songs

ITHACA, N.Y. – A study of one of the world's largest and most colorful bird families has dispelled a long-held notion, first proposed by Charles Darwin, that animals are limited in their options to evolve showiness. The study – the largest of its kind – was published today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. read more

Renaissance-Era Drawings Reveal Early Ideas About Evolution

last monthGenres / Sci Fi : io9

These are works by "the greatest French artist of all time," according to Louis XIV. Charles Le Brun (1619-1690) used his artistry to compare human and animal faces, later inspiring Charles Darwin to write The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals. Read more...

Darwin, Lincoln, and the Lost Cause of the American South

John Barr has written a fascinating essay for the "U.S. Intellectual History Blog." He suggests that proponents of the "Lost Cause" of the Southern Confederacy have loathed both Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin, because both challenged...Show More Summary

When genes play games

Berkeley — What do you get when you mix theorists in computer science with evolutionary biologists? You get an algorithm to explain sex. It turns out that 155 years after Charles Darwin first published "On the Origin of Species," vexing...Show More Summary

Yes, Humans Are Animals -- So Just Get Over Yourselves, Homo sapiens

2 months agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Even though you are reading this on a sophisticated electronic device, you are an animal. That's the most radical idea to come out of Charles Darwin's groundbreaking studies of evolution, and even today, it still freaks people out. Read more...

Rats Regret What They Didn't Do: Behavioral Neuroscience

Research shows that rats feel regret and can recognize what-might-have-been. Consistent with Charles Darwin's theory of evolutionary continuity, this result is not all that surprising. In essence, rats regret what they didn't do. Although...Show More Summary

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