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Liberals Are For Science—Until They’re Not

(Steven Hayward) I think it was our pal Charles Kesler who first quipped that “social Darwinism” was the only kind of Darwinism liberals opposed—a line I have deployed to great effect many times. But it appears he may be mistaken about this. Show More Summary

Beauty and Profit

By Polly Cleveland Beauty and Profit: The Evolution of Beauty (2017) by Richard O. Prum In 1860 Charles Darwin wrote to his American colleague, Asa Gray: “The sight of a feather in a peacock’s tail, whenever I gaze at it, makes me sick!” What was Darwin’s problem? Darwin (1809 – 1882) had just published his … Continue reading Beauty and Profit

Wrong Hands shares a few examples of evolution that even Charles...

Wrong Hands shares a few examples of evolution that even Charles Darwin might agree are less than impressive. Well, except for the Platypus. Those Duck Puppies have always been awesome.

Study Uncovers the Universal Language of Arousal

Chilled out or worked up? Most of us can pick up pretty quickly on another human's state of emotional arousal. But Charles Darwin hypothesized that understanding emotional expression across species went way, way back, all the way toShow More Summary

You Can Now Make It Rain £10 Notes Featuring Jane Austen

last monthHumor / odd : Geekosystem

Replacing biologist Charles Darwin, the note will be issued on September 14th and more widely across the UK later this year. 

Chillier winters, smaller beaks

Although Charles Darwin lived and worked in the 19th century, modern evolutionary biologists are far from exhausting all avenues of inquiry regarding birds and evolution. For example, in the 1990s, researchers such as Russ Greenberg,...Show More Summary

Sotheby's to offer private collection of Charles Darwin material

last monthArts : Artdaily

Darwin enthusiasts will be thrilled to learn that Sotheby?s is set to offer The Garrett Herman collection, an extraordinarily comprehensive groups of works centred on Charles Darwin, his influences, and those he influenced in turn. One...Show More Summary

Some books in the sciences pretty cheap

At the moment, all these are anywhere from free to two bucks. The Darwin books are always cheap, the others are probably temporarily cheap. If you’ve not read The Autobiography of Charles Darwin, you should. It is always avaialable for next to nothing on the kindle, currently this version is 99 cents. Concerning his autobiography–written…

Darwin's dilemma: Bizarre ancient animal identified through DNA

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

What do you get when you cross an elephant, a llama, a camel, and a rhinoceros? If you have no idea, don't feel too bad – it puzzled Charles Darwin too, when he stumbled on the fossilized bones of just such a creature in 1834. KnownShow More Summary

Animal That Flummoxed Darwin Finds Its Genetic Home

An animal whose pedigree stumped even Charles Darwin has at long last found its place in the tree of life. A study released Tuesday in Nature Communications concludes that the Macrauchenia patachonica, or the "long-necked llama," is part of a sister group of the Perissodactyla placental order, which includes horses...

Scientists Use Ancient DNA To Identify Bizarre Species That Baffled Darwin

What has a body like a humpless camel, legs like a skinny rhino, and a face like the short-trunked saiga antelope? Until only recently, the accepted answer was Charles Darwin's, and I paraphrase. "I have no idea what the hell this is." More »      

Darwin's 'strangest animal ever' finds a family

Charles Darwin, Mr. Evolution himself, didn't know what to make of the fossils he saw in Patagonia so he sent them to his friend, the renowned paleontologist Richard Owen. Owen was stumped too. Little wonder. "The bones looked different...Show More Summary

What Charles Darwin Saw at the Zoo

It changed his thinking about our own species' past

Turkey to Remove Evolution from Schools

Turkey has expunged Charles Darwin's theory of evolution from its new national curriculum draft, which will be released after the Eid break, the education ministry has announced. Alpaslan Durmus, the head of the ministry's curriculum...Show More Summary

Explorer: In the Footsteps of Charles Darwin

2 months agoNews : NYTimes: News

A land-based vacation in the Galápagos offers snorkeling, cave exploration, mountain hikes, tortoises and, sometimes, a little mystery.

Scientists propose a new paradigm that paints a more inclusive picture of the evolution of organisms and ecosystems

In 1859, Charles Darwin included a novel tree of life in his trailblazing book on the theory of evolution, On the Origin of Species. Now, scientists from Rutgers University-New Brunswick and their international collaborators want to reshape Darwin's tree.

Reshaping Darwin's tree of life

(Rutgers University) In 1859, Charles Darwin included a novel tree of life in his trailblazing book on the theory of evolution, On the Origin of Species. Now, scientists from Rutgers University-New Brunswick and their international collaborators want to reshape Darwin's tree.

Seed conservation in the remote South Atlantic

Islands have long held a fascination for scientists studying evolution and patterns of biodiversity, from Charles Darwin and Alfred Russell Wallace in the 19th century, to Robert MacArthur and E.O. Wilson in the 20th century, and continuing in the 21st century. Show More Summary

A Happiness Reminder from Charles Darwin: “I Have Worked as Well as I Could.”

“Whenever I have found out that I have blundered, or that my work has been imperfect, and when I have been contemptuously criticized, and even when I have been overpraised, so that I have felt mortified, it has been my greatest comfort...Show More Summary

How the Galapagos cormorant lost its ability to fly

The flightless cormorant is one of a diverse array of animals that live on the Galapagos Islands, which piqued Charles Darwin's scientific curiosity in the 1830s. He hypothesized that altered evolutionary pressures may have contributed to the loss of the ability to fly in birds like the Galapagos cormorant.

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