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Age of Wonder: Mistaken ideas about Darwinism

Fortey believes that the natural progress of evolution is always towards greater richness, and that this is the way our planet is meant to be when Darwinian evolution is allowed to play out naturally. Mistaken ideas about Darwinism have contributed to a view of human life that diminishes rather than enhances richness, particularly in the Weltanschauung of market capitalism

The story of animal domestication retold

Many of our ideas about domestication derive from Charles Darwin, whose ideas in turn were strongly influenced by British animal-breeding practices during the 19th century, a period when landowners vigorously pursued systematic livestock...Show More Summary

Australian Navy Assists French Fishing Vessel

While patrolling in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Africa, Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Darwin provided emergency medical assistance for a heart attack victim on a French fishing vessel.

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It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. - Charles Darwin

Swann Galleries announces auction of early printed, medical & scientific books

2 days agoArts : Artdaily

On Thursday, May 1, Swann Galleries will auction a fine selection of Early Printed, Medical & Scientific Books that offers scarce examples of incunabula, books on anatomy by Vesalius and others, dentistry books, Charles Darwin?s Origin of the Species and more. Show More Summary

Darwin Streaming Server 6.0.3 - setup, customization, plugin or module development, performance and load tests on 32 & 64 bit Redhat Linux

How to setup Darwin Streaming Server 6.0.3 on 32 or 64 bit Linux platforms, add custom functionality by developing plugins ("modules" as Apple calls them), and results of some performance and load tests I ran

Beautiful steam-powered mechanical models on auction block

3 days agoOdd : Boing Boing

Leavitt Pumping Engine. Very finely built and presented vintage exhibition model of a massive American steam powered waterworks pump designed by Erasmus Darwin Leavitt circa 1895.

Did he mean it? Golazo! Darwin Quintero (Santos Laguna) whips in 30 metre free kick from impossible angle

Santos Laguna’s Colombian striker Darwin Quintero lit up their win over Atlante in the Liga MX with a hat-trick, the stand-out goal of which was this awesome whipped free-kick from 30 metres, and an impossibly acute angle. The obvious question is: did he mean it? It was a ridiculous distance and angle to try to [...]

'Cosmos: The Spacetime Odyssey' Preview of Episode 6 "Deeper, Deeper Still" --Hydrogen Molecule, Darwin, and the Universe

In this week's Sneek Peek of "Deeper, Deeper, Deeper Still," Neil de Grasse Tyson takes us on a journey into the the very fabric of our existence, exploring the atomic and sub-atomic structure of the Universe. In documenting the emergence...

This Fish Crawled Out of the Water…and Into Creationists' Nightmares

We all know the Darwin fish, the car-bumper send-up of the Christian "ichthys" symbol, or Jesus fish. Unlike the Christian symbol, the Darwin fish has, you know, legs. Har har. But the Darwin fish isn't merely a clever joke; in effect, it contains a testable scientific prediction. Show More Summary

Darwin's Claim of Universals in Facial Expression Not Challenged

Co-authored by Dacher Keltner, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley Lisa Feldman Barrett's Feb. 28 New York Times op-ed seeks to undermine the science showing universality in the interpretation of facial expressions. Show More Summary

Couple Unveils True-Crime Mystery in Galapagos Affair

A pair of married San Francisco filmmakers stumbled on an unexpected mystery at the Galapagos Islands—and it had nothing to do with Darwin, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller were visiting for a film project when they read about a German philosopher and his mistress...

Darwin Yang wins HS Championship

Dallas junior is chess champ By Teri Figueroa10:08 P.M.APRIL 6, 2014MISSION VALLEY — A Dallas junior walked away Sunday with top individual honors in the 2014 National High School (K-12) Championships, a chess tournament that draws hundreds of players.Darwin Yang, a chess grandmaster-elect, was the No. Show More Summary

Solar Lamps Double As Cute Robotic Pets

The Species of Illumination lamps (that's Darwin and Wallace to you) can autonomously provide light in a dark room. "As Plato said, 'You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.'" That's designer...Show More Summary

Movie Review: The Galapagos Affair needlessly pads a fascinating historical mystery

Located 575 miles west of Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean, the Galápagos Islands are known primarily as the birthplace of Charles Darwin’s ideas about natural selection, which were inspired by his observations of the local fauna (notably its many distinct species of finches). Show More Summary

The daily schedules of the world's greatest geniuses

How did Beethoven, Mozart, Freud, Dickens, Darwin, Le Corbusier or Benjamin Franklin managed to be so productive and create some of the most important work in the history of art and science? Check out this great visualization by Info We Trust and find solace in the fact that some of them didn't actually work that much. Read more...

The surprising reason why zebras have stripes

2 weeks agoTechnology : Tech Talk

Scientists finally have an answer to the evolutionary riddle that has puzzled the world since the days of Charles Darwin. Contrary to earlier theories, the stripes are not a form of camouflage.

This Day in Blogging History: April Fools for Darwin; Unicorn Chaser beverage; Embarrassing Word metadata

2 weeks agoOdd : Boing Boing

One year ago today In which Charles Darwin gets trolled: From Darwin's diary written aboard the HMS Beagle, an accounting of an epic April Fool's prank of 1832.

Extraordinary Claim: A Gamma Ray Burst CAUSED the Cambrian Explosion?!

Did Gamma Ray Burst Induce Cambrian Explosion?Authors:Chen et alAbstract:One longstanding mystery in bio-evolution since Darwin's time is the origin of the Cambrian explosion that happened around 540 million years ago (Mya), where an extremely rapid increase of species occurred. Show More Summary

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