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The Surprisingly Noble History of the Much Maligned Common Street Pigeon

yesterdayHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

In a humorously informative episode of “It’s Okay To Be Smart“, host Joe Hanson shares the fascinating history of the common pigeon, noting Charles Darwin‘s intense fascination with the bird, its noble ancestry, excellent eyesight and internal homing system that still puzzles scientists to this very day. How are pigeons so good at finding their […]

Experiences leave behind epigenetic traces in our genetic material

An ideological dispute is taking place in biology. And it's about a big topic that's central to everything: heredity. In his epoch-making book On the Origin of Species of 1859, Darwin wrote of the reigning ignorance about how differences between individuals come about. Show More Summary

Big antlers shouldn’t exist. This math model explains why they do

Mathematicians tackle a question that once stumped Charles Darwin: Why do animals have antlers, manes and other ornaments? Continue reading ? The post Big antlers shouldn’t exist. This math model explains why they do appeared first on PBS NewsHour.

Biologists unlock 51.7-million-year-old genetic secret to landmark Darwin theory

(University of East Anglia) Scientists have identified the cluster of genes responsible for reproductive traits in the Primula flower, first noted as important by Charles Darwin more than 150 years ago.

The tree of life has its roots in Jena

(Friedrich-Schiller-Universitaet Jena) Drawing on Darwin's theory of evolution, Ernst Haeckel created the first Darwinian phylogenetic 'tree of life' of organisms exactly 150 years ago in Jena, and published it in his major work, the 'General morphology of organisms'. Show More Summary

How Did The Hugest Whales End Up With Baleen Instead Of Teeth?

In the middle of On the Origin of Species, Charles Darwin took a moment to note down one of the natural mysteries that dogged him most. "The Greenland whale is one of the most wonderful animals in the world," he wrote, "and the baleen,...Show More Summary

Study explains evolution phenomenon that puzzled Darwin

Why do some animals have extravagant, showy ornaments—think elk and deer antlers, peacock feathers and horns on dung beetles—that can be a liability to survival? Charles Darwin couldn't figure it out, but now a Northwestern University research team has a possible explanation for this puzzling phenomenon of evolution.

Study explains evolution phenomenon that puzzled Darwin

(Northwestern University) Why do some animals have extravagant, showy ornaments -- think deer antlers, peacock feathers and horns on beetles -- that can be a liability to survival? Northwestern University researchers have a possible explanation for this puzzling phenomenon of evolution. Show More Summary

Dead Zebra’s For Science Series 2 collectibles feature Charles Darwin and George Washington Carver

Dead Zebra is continuing their For Science line of Android Collectibles with their latest launch. Charles Darwin, George Washington Carver, and Rosalind Franklin are included this time around.

Apple releases macOS 10.12 Sierra open source Darwin code

2 weeks agoTechnology / Apple : 9 to 5 Mac

As it has done in the past, Apple has released the open source Darwin code for macOS 10.12 Sierra. The code, located on Apple’s open source website, can be accessed via direct link now, although it doesn’t yet appear on the site’s home page. more… Filed under: Apple

Hawaiian fruit flies had multiple ancestors

Like African cichlids and the Darwin finches found on the Galapagos Islands, Hawaiian drosophilids are a striking example of a single lineage diversifying by adapting to a wide variety of environments. The Hawaiian drosophilids are broadly divided into two main groups: the Hawaii-endemic genus Idiomyia and the Scaptomyza genus. Show More Summary

HMAS Darwin Completes Earthquake Relief

HMAS Darwin has completed her mission in earthquake ravaged Kaikoura, New Zealand. In the space of 36 hours, Darwin evacuated more than 60 civilians by sea boat to local ship, HMNZS Canterbury, and delivered approximately 13,500 kilograms of food, water and emergency supplies by helicopter.

Evolution Can’t Keep Up to the Blistering Pace of Climate Change

2 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

As Charles Darwin showed nearly 150 years ago, species can adapt to changing environmental conditions through the trial-and-error process of natural selection. A discouraging new study shows that climate change is happening too fast for evolution to keep up, placing countless plant and animal species at risk. Read more...

How are only 90 percent of drivers using seat belts?! - Roadshow

2 weeks agoVehicles / Cars : Car Tech

The pool of potential Darwin Award recipients is larger than we originally thought.

Cyber Monday, Microsoft, Toy Story, And World Of Warcraft Launched

This week's milestones in the history of technology from Einstein's accelerating modern physics to Darwin sparking the life sciences revolution to the origins of Microsoft and Cyber Monday, and the success of computer animation and massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPG).

HMAS Darwin completes support to Kaikoura earthquake relief

After helping to deliver 216 tonnes of disaster relief, HMAS Darwin has completed support to residents of the Kaikoura area following the earthquake that struck the South Island of New Zealand on Monday. The disaster relief stores flown by Australian and Coalition helicopters included 13…

Australian and Canadian Ships Tested

HMAS Darwin used a trans-Tasman voyage to brush up on her boarding drills with friends from Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Vancouver. The boarding practise took place during passage to Auckland for the Royal New Zealand Navy’s 75th Anniversary International Naval Review…

Australian Navy Frigate on Task in Kaikoura

Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Darwin has sailed to Kaikoura to provide humanitarian and disaster relief support at the request of the New Zealand government. Darwin is using her embarked S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter for the evacuation of civilians and the distribution of emergency supplies.

Darwin Sect Brings the Wonder of Nature Indoors Yet Again

You always love trips to the aquarium… until you actually get there. Then you remember how hot and crowded it is as you look at the animals behind smudged glass, wishing you could have the place to yourself. The Darwin Sect, a Belgium-based design company, has now made it possible for you to have the […]

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