Darwin's Kids Doodled All Over His "Origin of Species" Manuscript

We may have Charles Darwin's children to thank for the surviving handwritten pages of the naturalist's "On the Origin of Species" manuscript. Most of the original 600 pages are lost, and of the 45 pages that exist today, many were repurposed by Darwin's brood of 10 children as art supplies. » 2/12/15 11:51am 2/12/15 11:51am

I'm Tired Of Seeing This Charles Darwin Quote Taken Out Of Context

In the sixth chapter of On The Origin of Species, Charles Darwin addresses "Organs of Extreme Perfection" – organs like the eye, the formation of which due to natural selection, Darwin "freely confessed," seems "absurd in the highest possible degree." But this is only part of a much longer quote. » 1/11/15 10:30am 1/11/15 10:30am

Darwin's Entire Library Aboard The HMS Beagle Is Now Available Online

A historian has reconstructed the lost library of books that accompanied Charles Darwin during his five-year scientific voyage across the world, allowing the public to read the more than 400 volumes that served as reference and inspiration for the young naturalist whose theories would revolutionize biology. » 7/17/14 6:55am 7/17/14 6:55am

"Darwin Day" is being officially considered by Congress!

Resolution HR467 has been reintroduced into the US House of Representatives. If passed, it would officially designate February 12, 2014 as "Darwin Day," recognizing "the importance of science in the betterment of humanity." » 1/31/14 1:40pm 1/31/14 1:40pm

Predict the weather the way Darwin did on The Beagle

Charles Darwin’s expedition on The Beagle allowed the naturalist to gather evidence for his theory of evolution. The Beagle's commander, Admiral Robert Fitzroy, also had a theory. He used a special jar to help him predict weather. » 8/12/13 10:20am 8/12/13 10:20am

Iconic Black and White Photographs, Colorized

A sizable number of history's most unforgettable images were photographed in black and white. Now, through the digital process of colorization, we can see how these scenes might have appeared in person. » 7/27/13 3:00pm 7/27/13 3:00pm

The psychological test that Darwin first invented

An idle idea of Darwin’s has turned, over the years, into a rather controversial psychological test. A seemingly random list of animals “pass” this test, but some recent results call into question what a passing result means. And it's all what what you see when you look in a mirror. » 4/04/13 8:00am 4/04/13 8:00am

Why "Survival of the Fittest" Is Wrong

You've probably heard it a million times in descriptions of evolution and natural selection. Charles Darwin even liked to say it. But the phrase "survival of the fittest" is wrong, and understanding why can help us better understand what it means to be human. » 3/05/13 1:34pm 3/05/13 1:34pm

Clever minimalist posters pay tribute to scientists and their…

In observance of India's National Science Day, graphic designer Kapil Bhagat created a series of simple typographical posters that creatively recognize scientists for their various inventions or discoveries. » 3/05/13 9:00am 3/05/13 9:00am

Happy Darwin Day, you damn dirty ape-cousins!

It's Darwin's birthday, and that means it's Darwin Day! Founded in 1993 by molecular biologist Robert Stephens, Darwin Day is recognized as a global celebration of science, humanity, and reason. A day to revel in our evolutionary nature. To marvel at the Universe. To celebrate life, new and old. » 2/12/13 1:49pm 2/12/13 1:49pm

New Orleans schools ban creationist curriculum, shun Texas revisionist…

Sanity wins this round — at least for six schools in New Orleans. By a unanimous vote, N.O.'s Orleans Parish School Board voted on Tuesday to keep creationism out of its classrooms. Hallelujah. » 12/21/12 12:50pm 12/21/12 12:50pm

South Korea will keep evolution in its high school textbooks!

Good news, everyone. In the battle over whether or not to include examples of evolution in South Korean textbooks, evolution has finally achieved a much-needed (if somewhat belated) victory. » 9/11/12 1:30pm 9/11/12 1:30pm

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

Korean scientists push to keep evolution in schools

A small cohort of Korean scientists is fighting to reintroduce some sanity to the country, after creationist group Society for Textbook Revise successfully campaigned to see examples of evolution removed from high school bio textbooks. » 6/22/12 6:50am 6/22/12 6:50am

South Korea will remove evolution from its high school textbooks

It appears that the United States is not the only country having a hard time accepting evolution. According to a report in Nature, a South Korean creationist campaign has achieved victory in its efforts to see specific examples of evolution removed from high school text books. Their breakthrough is part of a larger… » 6/05/12 2:30pm 6/05/12 2:30pm

New research demonstrates how humans are still evolving

Since the dawn of agriculture, humans have been making technological advances that insulate us more and more from the selective pressures that once shaped our evolution — but they've also made the question of whether and how human populations are still affected by Darwinian evolution increasingly unclear. » 5/01/12 8:45am 5/01/12 8:45am

One of Darwin's "extinct" Galápagos tortoise species probably isn't…

When Charles Darwin visited the remote Galápagos archipelago in 1835, the observations he made of the islands' various species of long-lived tortoises would play a pivotal role in helping inform his theory of evolution. » 1/09/12 3:13pm 1/09/12 3:13pm

10 Awesome Online Classes You Can Take For Free

Back in August, we told you about a free course on artificial intelligence being offered by Stanford University, and co-taught by two world-renowned AI experts. The class officially started today, so if you managed to register for it on time, then good on you. » 10/10/11 10:25am 10/10/11 10:25am

Cambridge University Library lets you read all the notes Charles Darwin…

Want to know what Charles Darwin was thinking when he read books about natural history? Now you can, thanks to a massive project at Cambridge University Library where Darwin's book collection — complete with his notes in the margins — have been digitized, indexed, and put online. » 6/23/11 9:30am 6/23/11 9:30am