How the pseudoscience of Social Darwinism nearly destroyed humanity

Following the publication of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species in 1860, many political theorists and opportunistic politicians applied his findings to human society. In the 20th century, these ideas were put into practice — and it nearly destroyed us. Here’s why Social Darwinism was one of the worst ideas ever. » 9/13/13 11:35am 9/13/13 11:35am

Hundreds of Charles Darwin's previously unpublished letters to be…

Charles Darwin's personal letters have a reputation for being quite revealing, and, at times, very entertaining. They're where he weighed the pros and cons of marriage, and berated himself for being "very stupid." Now, more than 1,000 letters between Darwin and botanist Joseph Dalton Hooker have been made available free… » 3/30/13 3:00pm 3/30/13 3:00pm

New resolution would see "Darwin Day" recognized this coming February 12

How cool would it be to set aside a day to celebrate the birth of one of the most important and influential scientists to ever walk this good Earth? That's exactly what U.S. House Democrat Russ Holt is hoping to establish — and he's introduced a resolution to Congress that would see February 12, 2013 officially… » 1/24/13 8:40am 1/24/13 8:40am

The book about earthworms that took Charles Darwin 44 years to write

For most of his adult life, Charles Darwin was mulling over the earthworm question. In the years before his famous adventure on the H.M.S. Beagle, he began investigating how these creatures creates soil-enriching mold during their digestive process. Off and on in the decades after that, he continued to ponder… » 1/23/13 4:50pm 1/23/13 4:50pm

5 Historical Myths About Real Scientific Discoveries

Scientific discovery may require reason, rationality, and a firm handle on the facts, but science history has its share of myths, urban legends, and tall tales. Thought experiments are misinterpreted as real experiments; the scientist with the most interesting story gets the credit for a discovery; misunderstandings… » 11/24/12 9:00am 11/24/12 9:00am

Charles Darwin ruminates on the pros and cons of marriage

Charles Darwin married his cousin, Emma Wedgwood, in January 1839 — but not before giving it some serious thought. In the months leading up to his marriage proposal in November of 1838, the preeminent naturalist maintained a number of lists, scrawled in his journal, dedicated to the pros and cons of marriage, and the… » 8/14/12 1:20pm 8/14/12 1:20pm