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Delaware Governor Issues Proclamation in Honor of Darwin Day

It has no legal weight, but Delaware Governor Jack Markell issued a proclamation in advance of Darwin Day (on Charles Darwin's birthday) recognizing his accomplishments:

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“Through his powers of intellect, articulate language has been evolved; and on this his wonderful advancement has mainly depended.” – Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man, 1874 (p. 49)         Language We are in the midst of exploring development and its three pillars: affects (feelings), language, and cognition. Show More Summary

Great Britons: Charles Darwin – The Naturalist That Changed The Way We Look at the World

Charles Robert Darwin was an English naturalist and geologist, best known for his contributions to evolutionary theory. He established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors, and in a joint publication...Show More Summary

Predictive text: Darwin’s computers

Charles Darwin’s IBM computers There are lots of quotes around attributed to the great and the good throughout the years, but often these are anything but direct quotes and in some cases turn out to have far more intriguing origins. For example, the quote often attributed to Thomas John Watson, Sr. Show More Summary

Read and see what Darwin read and saw on the HMS Beagle

Charles Darwin boarded the HMS Beagle in December of 1831 as a self-funded (Josiah Wedgwood II, son of the potter/industrialist and Charles’ uncle by marriage actually did the funding) gentleman naturalist on what was supposed to be a two-year survey of the South American coast. He wound up spending five years on board circumnavigating the [...]

Literary visitor to Australian shores: Anthony Trollope

In this blog I've been interested in many famous citizens who made the long and dangerous trip to Australia by ship. In 1836 Charles Darwin visited Australia and wrote up the experience. Lola Montez knocked the socks off the diggers in the Victorian goldfields in 1855. Show More Summary

Lost Mars Probe Found Intact After 11 Years

The British-built Beagle 2 began its fall to Mars on Dec. 19, 2003. It was expected to land on the Red Planet on Christmas Day and begin its search for alien life (its name is a nod to Charles Darwin's HMS Beagle). But it was never heard from again. Now,...

Can Charles Darwin’s Birthday Become a New Holiday?

International Darwin Day celebrates the birth of Charles Darwin (February 12, 1809) by encouraging groups to put on lectures or events educating others about evolution. More generally, the purpose is:... to inspire people throughoutShow More Summary

I'm Tired Of Seeing This Charles Darwin Quote Taken Out Of Context

2 weeks agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

In the sixth chapter of On The Origin of Species, Charles Darwin addresses "Organs of Extreme Perfection" – organs like the eye, the formation of which due to natural selection, Darwin "freely confessed," seems "absurd in the highest possible degree." But this is only part of a much longer quote. Read more...

The Daily Routines Of Famous Creative People, Charted

2 weeks agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Every wonder if you'd be more productive if you could schedule your time properly? Take a look at how folks like Benjamin Franklin, Kurt Vonnegut, Charles Darwin, and Pablo Picasso divided up their days. Read more...

How Do You Compare To Famous Creatives And What Does It Say About Your Own Creativety?

A cool interactive infographic displays the Daily Routines of Famous Creative People, allowing you to compare your lifestyle to the likes of Pablo Picasso, Charles Darwin and Haruki Murakami. Next, find out what sharing a daily routine with Franz Kafka or Victor Hugo says about your creativity and intelligence. The information in the chart shows [...]Show More Summary

When did Carnivory Arise in Modern Plants?

New evidence on the origin of carnivorous plantsAuthor:Givnish Abstract:Carnivorous plants have fascinated scientists and the general public since the pioneering studies of Charles Darwin (1). No doubt part of their wide appeal is that...Show More Summary

BOJ’s Kuroda Cites Darwin’s Theory of Evolution to Spur Higher Wages

In a Christmas Day speech, Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda drew on Charles Darwin to make a point about wages.

Charles Darwin’s voyage on Beagle unfolds online in works by ship’s artist

last monthNews : The Raw Story

Digitised sketches and watercolours by Conrad Martens have been placed online by Cambridge University library On Christmas Day 1833, Charles Darwin and the crew of HMS Beagle were larking about at Port Desire in Patagonia, under the keen gaze of the ship’s artist, Conrad Martens. The crew were...

Fantastically Wrong: What Darwin Really Screwed Up About Evolution

It’s hard to overstate just how brilliant and huge an idea Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection was and continues to be. It absolutely rocked Victorian England, to the extent that stuffy old Victorian England could be rocked past people just barely raising their voices in polite protest. Show More Summary

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We’re having a holiday sale! Over 50 holiday items on our website are 20% off for the next week. They include our Charles Darwin Ornament, Krampus Stocking, Atheist Stocking and Super Awesome Christmas Wrapping Paper Book. Click through and browse! Your likes and reblogs on this are appreciated. Thank you!

The Galapagos might lose some of their best researchers, and they’re blaming the gift shop

2 months agoHealth : The Checkup

It is the gift shop that will not keep on giving. For years, the Charles Darwin Foundation's Research Station on the Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador operated a small store to help it get by in lean times -- selling mostly clothing with the foundation's logo. Show More Summary

Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages.

Matt at No-sword posts about a wonderful site: The Charles Darwin University Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages is “a digital archive of endangered literature in Indigenous languages of the Northern Territory”. This site is amazing; I’m sure that pretty much everyone reading this will understand the appeal of a giant headline reading “Click on the […]

The Darwin Manuscripts Project, An Ongoing Effort to Transcribe & Share Scientific Work of Naturalist Charles Darwin

2 months agoOdd : Laughing Squid

The Darwin Manuscripts Project at the American Museum of Natural History has released “the world’s first and only large collection of full color, high-resolution images of faithfully transcribed Darwin manuscripts.” The project designed to share the work of famed naturalist Charles Darwin is ongoing with frequent additions of new material. In these documents, you can […]

Eureka: Collecting the Origin

Almost everybody, regardless of what side they favor in the culture wars, knows that Charles Darwin was the first scientist to come up with the theory of evolution. At least, they think they do. In fact, lots of people had the general idea long before Darwin, including his own grandfather. We remember Darwin not because…

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