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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

last monthNews : NY Daily News

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

In stingless bee species, queens control worker reproduction without castration

Scientists have studied the organization and function of social insect colonies since Charles Darwin (1809-1882) investigated beehives near his home in Kent with the help of his five children. Since then, prompted by the theory of evolution, researchers have scrutinized every conceivable aspect of the life of bees. Show More Summary

500 Million-Year-Old Trace Fossils Shed Light on Animal Evolution

Tracing the Traces of Early Animal Life Darwin was aware of the problem, Huxley and Owen had considered it too.  The American Charles Walcott, in 1909, literally stumbled across evidence to support the idea of a bizarre array of early animal forms, but the fossil evidence that helps to pinpoint and then map the evolution

The Tree Alphabet

2 months agoHumor / odd : Kottke.org

The Tree Alphabet was made by Katie Holten and was used in her book, About Trees (Amazon), which features writing from Jorge Luis Borges, Charles Darwin, Ada Lovelace, Elizabeth Kolbert, and Robert Macfarlane. In ABOUT TREES, Katie Holten invites us to enter some of these forests. Show More Summary

Australian scientists dispute whale evolution theory explored by Charles Darwin

Finding debunks long-held theory that teeth of prehistoric whales were shaped to allow water to sieve through them Australian researchers have produced new evidence disputing a popular theory of whale evolution proffered by scientists...Show More Summary

‘Radical’ new biography of Darwin is unreliable and inaccurate

A. N. Wilson's error-strewn and tendentious portrayal of Charles Darwin as a "Victorian mythmaker" falls into old traps and digs new ones, finds John van Wyhe

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

3 months agoHumor / 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

3 months agoArts : 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

4 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

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