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New book reveals student life of Charles Darwin
Darwin's years in Cambridge were some of the most important and formative of his early life. This book is based on new research, including newly discovered Christ's College manuscripts and Darwin publications, and gathers together recollections of many of those who knew him as a student. This book reveals Darwin's Cambridge life in unprecedented detail. (2014-07-16)

Darwin convinced the world, but was he the first to describe evolution?
A new review of the ideas and work of Patrick Matthew, a little-known antecedent of Charles Darwin, argues that Matthew is under-appreciated even though he described the idea of large-scale evolution by natural selection decades before Darwin did. Some of his ideas were different from Darwin's but are equally valid. (2015-04-20)

Journalists invited to Darwin/Chicago 2009 conference Oct. 29-31
The University of Chicago will host a conference celebrating the 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth, the 150th anniversary of the Origin of Species and the 50th anniversary of the scientifically influential 1959 Darwin conference at Chicago, from Thursday, Oct. 29 to Saturday, Oct. 31. Journalists are invited to attend. (2009-09-22)

The man who introduced Darwin to beetles
One of the most important biographical sources for the life of Charles Darwin are the letters and diaries of Darwin's cousin William Darwin Fox. In the new book (2009-07-15)

Darwin's family tree rediscovered
The Galton-Darwin-Wedgwood pedigree, first exhibited in 1932, has been found in the archives of Truman State University. (2010-08-24)

Darwin's letters being sent to Galapagos Islands as part of Darwin Correspondence Project
The Darwin Correspondence Project has published 12 of a projected 32-volume set of Darwin's letters. Because the letters provide a good historical view of the way the scientist's ideas took shape, the project is sending each volume of Darwin's letters back to the Charles Darwin Research Station in the Galapagos as it is published. (2002-09-10)

Charles Darwin was right about why insects are losing the ability to fly
Most insects can fly. Yet scores of species have lost that extraordinary ability, particularly on islands. (2020-12-09)

150 years of Darwin's landmark book spawns international conference
An international conference that will explore Darwin's contribution to biology will be convened at McMaster University, May 25-29. (2009-02-12)

Lost and found: New beetle collected by Darwin 180 years ago published on his birthday
On Feb. 12, Darwin's birthday, scientists name a long lost new beetle genus and species after him to commemorate the legacy of the father of evolution. The beetle was collected by Charles Darwin in 1832 in Argentina during the Beagle's voyage. The specimen was considered lost for many years until it was rediscovered recently in the Natural History Museum, London. The study was published in the open access journal ZooKeys. (2014-02-12)

Research Describes Human Origins Debate Before Darwin
Common wisdom holds that Charles Darwin's Origin of Species was the spark that ignited the debate about human origins. But when Darwin's revolutionary work was published in 1859, the intellectual and spiritual controversy that colors nearly any discussion of where humans come from was already a two- decade-old phenomenon in the United States. (1999-01-23)

UCSF Psychologist Ignites Darwinian Renaissance
Is a dog's wagging tail or a cat's purring a sign of affection? Can animals experience emotions? Are expressions universal? Find out the answers in Charles Darwin's, The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals, edited by Paul Ekman, PhD, UCSF professor of psychology. (1998-04-08)

Celebrate Darwin's bicentennial by exploring how Darwin 'defined' evolutionary biology
For 40 years, Michael Ruse has written extensively on Charles Darwin, the scientific revolution that his work precipitated, and the nature and implications of evolutionary thinking for today. Now, in the 200th anniversary year of Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of his masterpiece, (2009-09-30)

Researchers revise Darwin's thinking on invasive species
Rebutting Charles Darwin, researchers writing in the latest issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences say the relatedness of native and introduced species is not as important as the details of how they go about doing their business. The model they've developed in analyzing Darwin's (2013-12-02)

Evolution of evolution: An NSF-sponsored webcast featuring Mohamed Noor
Please join the National Science Foundation on Monday, Nov. 23, at 10 a.m. ET for a live webcast featuring Darwin-Wallace Medal recipient Mohamed Noor of Duke University, who will answer media questions about current evidence for evolution and modern evolution theory. (2009-11-20)

Love songs from paradise take a nosedive
The Galápagos Islands finches named after Charles Darwin are starting to sing a different tune because of an introduced pest on the once pristine environment. New research shows that Darwin's finch males whose beaks and nostril (naris) have been damaged by the parasitic invasion are producing 'sub-par song.' (2019-06-11)

NASA Satellite catches a tropical cyclone forming near Darwin, Australia
NASA's Aqua satellite captured a low pressure area known as System 99S that appears to be strengthening very close to Darwin, Australia. Aqua satellite data indicated that the strongest thunderstorms were over the Timor Sea on Feb. 15. (2011-02-15)

Darwin Symposium at Field Museum offers broad overview of his science and its impact
World-class experts from the US and Great Britain will speak at The Field Museum for a one-of-a-kind symposium on Charles Darwin and evolution, which continues to excite the world and direct scientific research 125 years after Darwin's death. The free symposium will be Saturday, Nov. 3, 2007, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at museum's Simpson Theater. It will cover Darwin and his theory broadly and comprehensively and reveal new directions in cutting-edge research. (2007-10-16)

Charles Darwin and modern biology
The Springer journal Naturwissenschaften is publishing a special issue (2009-11-09)

Charles Darwin really did have advanced ideas about the origin of life
When Charles Darwin published (2009-10-27)

Setting the evolutionary record straight
Documentary evidence describing the theory of evolution by natural selection, which predates Darwin's Origin of Species by 60 years, has been unearthed by a Cardiff University scientist. (2003-10-15)

Menzies School of Health Research receives $5.3 million in Federal Budget
Australia's leader in Indigenous health research, the Darwin based Menzies School of Health Research, has received $5.3 million of infrastructure funding in the Federal Government budget, including $5 million for an extension to their current building. (2007-05-09)

Parasites mediate plant invasions
A new study in Ecology Letters, August, Anurag Agrawal tests the hypothesis that parasites are less effective in attacking non-native plants compared to native plants. In contrast to recent surveys, a field experiment with 30 locally occurring species, revealed that non-native plants typically received equal or greater levels of attack than native plants. Thus, invasive plants may be more likely to establish only if they lack close relatives in the new habitat. (2003-08-13)

Ancient flower fossil points to Core Eudicot Boom 99 million years ago
A group led by Professor WANG Xin from the Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology (NIGPAS) describe a flower, Lijinganthus revoluta, embedded in Burmese amber dating to 99 million years ago. The fossil is exquisite and complete, including all parts of a perfect pentamerous flower, namely, the calyx, corolla, stamens, and gynoecium, and belongs to the Pentapetalae of Core Eudicots. (2018-11-13)

Why didn't Darwin discover Mendel's laws?
Mendel solved the logic of inheritance in his monastery garden with no more technology than Darwin had in his garden at Down House. So why couldn't Darwin have done it too? A Journal of Biology article argues that Darwin's background, influences and research focus gave him a viewpoint that prevented him from interpreting the evidence that was all around him, even in his own work. (2009-02-27)

GEN joins Charles Darwin 2009 celebration
Theodosius Dobzhansky, the late great geneticist and evolutionary biologist, said it best: (2009-01-05)

Study supports the theory that men are idiots
The theory that men are idiots and often do stupid things is backed up by evidence in the Christmas issue of The BMJ. The findings are based on an analyses of sex differences in idiotic behaviour. (2014-12-11)

AIBS publishes Darwin articles open access
Two articles about Charles Darwin and his development of the theory of evolution by natural selection have been published in the AIBS journal BioScience and have been made open to the public in honor of the 150th anniversary of the publication of (2009-11-06)

Darwin's theory of gradual evolution not supported by geological history, NYU scientist concludes
Charles Darwin's theory of gradual evolution is not supported by geological history, New York University geologist Michael Rampino concludes in an essay in the journal Historical Biology. (2010-11-09)

NASA sees Tropical Cyclone Alessia make landfall near Darwin
Tropical Cyclone made landfall near Darwin, Australia on Nov. 24 as a weak tropical storm as NASA's TRMM satellite passed overhead and measured its rainfall. (2013-11-25)

AAAS Pacific division scientific conference to meet in San Francisco Aug. 14 - 19
The American Association for the Advancement of Science's Pacific Division will convene its 2009 Annual Meeting in San Francisco, bringing together scholars from the Western US to share their work. Marking 150 years since publication of Charles Darwin's (2009-07-27)

Darwin Correspondence project receives Queen's Anniversary Prize
The Darwin Correspondence Project, which is publishing the more than 14,500 letters written and received by Charles Darwin throughout his life, has received a Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education, recognizing the project's outstanding contribution the intellectual, economic, cultural, and social life of the nation. (2002-11-22)

Rockefeller University hosts 2-day evolution symposium, May 1-2, 2008
Beginning with the molecular origins of life and culminating with the latest findings on human evolution, 18 of the world's leading experts will report on research spanning three billion years of evolution at a two-day symposium at Rockefeller University. The symposium takes place on Thursday, May 1, and Friday, May 2, in the university's Caspary Auditorium. The meeting is free and open to the public. (2008-04-22)

Genomic analysis of finches identifies genetic locus associated with beak size
Nearly 200 years ago, based on observations of finches in the Galápagos Islands, Charles Darwin proposed that a species may diverge in traits when competing for resources, and now, supporting this concept, a new study identifies the genetic locus that controls changes in beak size of these finches. (2016-04-21)

Darwin, Wallace, and the overlooked third man
The horticulturist who came up with the concept of 'evolution by natural selection' 27 years before Charles Darwin did should be more widely acknowledged for his contribution, states a new paper by a King's College London geneticist. (2015-04-20)

Darwin: It's not all sexual (selection)
Scientists have long considered bird song to be an exclusively male trait, resulting from sexual selection. Now an international team of researchers says that's not the whole story. In Nature Communications, they write that 71 percent of songbirds in their extensive global survey had female song, and trait mapping revealed a common ancestor of modern songbirds also had female song. This research opens the door to explore alternative processes in the evolution of bird song. (2014-03-05)

Inbreeding may have caused Darwin family ills
An analysis of 25 families in the extended Darwin/Wedgwood dynasty in 19th-century Britain shows a link between childhood mortality and individuals' inbreeding coefficient. The result indicates that Charles Darwin's worries that the health of his children was affected by his marriage to his cousin were probably valid; three of his 10 children died by age 10. (2010-05-03)

NASA sees former Tropical Storm Carlos still a soaker in the Northern Territory
Now a remnant low pressure area, former Tropical Storm Carlos continues to move southwest inland over Australia's Northern Territory and dump heavy amounts of rainfall. NASA's Aqua satellite saw some of the high thunderstorms within Carlos over land and extending north into the Timor Sea. (2011-02-17)

With 'self-fumigation,' Darwin's finches combat deadly parasitic flies
Researchers have found a way to protect threatened Darwin's finches on the Galápagos Islands from deadly parasitic nest flies in a manner that's as simple as it is ingenious: by offering the birds insecticide-treated cotton for incorporation into their nests. The study shows that the birds will readily weave the protective fibers in. What's more, the researchers find that just one gram of treated cotton is enough to keep a nest essentially parasite-free. (2014-05-05)

New theory of human behavior takes internal goals into account
Why do we do the things we do? Is our daily behavior essentially a reaction to outside occurrences? Might our actions instead be primarily driven by what's inside us? Or maybe, does what we do emerge from a combination of both internal and external factors? Such are the questions that drive a University of Illinois professor in his new book, (2000-04-30)

Looking different to your parents can be an evolutionary advantage
Looking different to your parents can provide species with a way to escape evolutionary dead ends, according to new research from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). (2016-08-08)

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