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A Darwin Day Resolution Has Been Filed in Both the House and Senate

Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) have introduced resolutions in the House and Senate honoring the birth of Charles Darwin.

Tolerance to saltwater and freshwater is key to survival

According to Charles Darwin the ability to adapt to new conditions is essential for survival of species. The capacity to cope with altered conditions is becoming increasingly important in the face of climate change. New evidence on salt...Show More Summary

Solving Darwin's 'abominable mystery': How flowering plants conquered the world

Scientists have found an explanation for how flowering plants became dominant so rapidly in ecosystems across the world—a problem that Charles Darwin called an 'abominable mystery'. In a study publishing on January 11 in the open access...Show More Summary

New Bestsellers and Reviews of Strong Opinions | Book Pulse

Only one new bestselling title this week, continuing children's author Dav Pilkey's great success. Roomies by Christina Lauren gets high praise while Charles Darwin: Victorian Mythmaker by A.N. Wilson gets slammed.

Wishlist: A Book That Evolves Before Your Eyes

Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species in 1859. But—not unlike the creatures he was writing about—it wasn't quite done. Over the next 14 years, he continued to revise his masterwork, tweaking words, refining phrases, and adding pages and pages of new ideas. Sure, you can read the sixth edition and get the gist. Show More Summary

A private letter from Darwin detailing his doubts about God is up for auction — here's what he wrote

Years after Charles Darwin published "On the Origin of Species," he responded to a reader who wanted the biologist to explain whether his theory destroys the argument for an all-creating God. Darwin wrote a three-page letter, citing his own ailing health as one of the reasons he couldn't definitively answer the question. Show More Summary

5 new books you won't want to miss this week

last monthNews : USAToday: News

Look for a new bio on Charles Darwin, a collection of new stories inspired by 'Alice in Wonderland,' and a new murder mystery set in a library.        

Darwin's hand-noted 'On the Origin of Species' to be auctioned

2 months agoLifestyle / Fashion : AOL: Style

It's estimated that Charles Darwin's copy of "On the Origin of Species" including the scientist's own hand-written notes could go for more than $660,000. Read more...

Sorry, Creationists: Scientists Witness New Species Develop in Two Generations

"Charles Darwin would have been excited to read this paper," said one researcher.

Today in History for November 24th

2 months agoNews : USAToday: News

Highlights of this day in history: Jack Ruby fatally shoots Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas; Charles Darwin publishes theory of evolution; Hijacker known as D.B. Cooper parachutes out of plane with ransom money; Queen's Freddie Mercury dies. (Nov. 24)        

How to Win Even When You Fail

What do the premier designer Vera Wang, the famous 1800s scientist and author of “On the Origin of Species” Charles Darwin, and NPR radio icon Terry Gross have in common? They all failed. And it wasn’t just the trial-and-error, have-to-pay-your-dues kind of failures that most […]

Darwin Was Right About Bird Vomit

Charles Darwin was a busy man. When he wasn’t advancing his groundbreaking theory of evolution by natural selection, he could be found carefully analyzing the contents of bird vomit and droppings. No, this wasn't an obscure hobby. He...Show More Summary

These crabs can grow up to 3 feet — and hunt birds, a biologist’s video proves

2 months agoHealth : The Checkup

Charles Darwin dismissed local reports that the giant crabs could climb trees. If only he knew.

On the origin of time travel in fiction

3 months agoHumor / odd : Kottke.org

Drawing from David Wittenberg’s book, Time Travel: The Popular Philosophy of Narrative, as a guide, Evan Puschak goes in search of the origins of time travel in fiction. Along the way, he connects Charles Darwin’s work on evolution to the largely forgotten genre of utopian romance novels to the depiction of time travel in modern sci-fi. P.S. Show More Summary

Bats and bugs do battle in the tropics

n the tropical rainforests of Panama, Dartmouth's Hannah ter Hofstede is witness to what Charles Darwin called a "struggle for existence." She studies a competition for survival that pits the cricket-like katydids rubbing their wings together to make their ultrasonic mating songs, and bats hearing that mating call as a dinner bell.

Alfred Russel Wallace's Grave in Broadstone, England

When Alfred Russel Wallace died aged 90 in 1913, it was suggested he be buried in Westminster Abbey alongside Charles Darwin. After all, the naturalist and explorer co-discovered of the theory of evolution by natural selection, an accomplishment...Show More Summary

Theoretical physicist rethinks how we differentiate organisms on the microbial scale

Even Charles Darwin, the author of "The Origin of Species", had a problem with species.

Uproar in Turkey over removing evolution from biology class

Students in Turkey are returning to school Monday where they will be taught evolution for the last time in their biology classes. Next fall, evolution and Charles Darwin will be … Click to Continue »

Scientists might be able to restore extinct Galapagos tortoise

4 months agoNews : NY Daily News

The species is thought to have disappeared shortly after Charles Darwin's celebrated visit to the treasured archipelago.

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