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Essential Science: Galápagos finches becoming new species

Galápagos finches, famed for being the inspiration behind Charles Darwin’s pioneering work on evolution, have been observed, by research biologists, transitioning into and then becoming a new species.

Australia: Town invaded by 25,000-tarantula 'mega cluster'

Maningrida - A small town in Australia has, for reasons known only to tarantulas, become a hotspot for the hairy spiders — to the tune of more than 25,000 of the creatures. Experts have no idea why this is happening.

Gene discovered that makes finches distinctive

New research into the full genomes of Galápagos finches has revealed an important gene for the beak shape of the birds. The research has also revealed three previously overlooked species.

Darwin’s Beagle library digitalized

Singapore - An online reconstruction of the books that Charles Darwin took on the ship Beagle, has made the library from Darwin’s famed voyage more accessible.

New spiny rat discovered in 'birthplace of evolution'

The Spiny Mekot rat was discovered in the mountain forests of Halmahera in the Maluku archipelago. Some of its defining futures include bristly hair and a white tail tip.

Op-Ed: Cardboard castle for rent, $50 a week

Sydney - You know the rental market is no joke when you advertise a cardboard box for rent at $50 a week and you get serious inquiries. That’s what happened to one Darwin advertiser.

Naturalist Wallace's house for sale

The Victorian English country house, built by the naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace, has been put up for sale. The price is around $2.2 million.

Op-Ed: Genetic mutations challenges Darwin’s evolution theory

The death of Darwin's evolution theory continues due to the evidence found in genome deterioration, sickle cell anemia mortality, beneficial mutations elusiveness, disease proliferation, and recent genetic mutations.

The 'IKEA Monkey' to spend Christmas in animal sanctuary (videos)

Toronto - The well-dressed 'IKEA Monkey', seen ambling around the Toronto IKEA parking lot earlier in December, won't be spending Christmas with his family. Despite his owner's best efforts, he will remain behind bars.

The Ongoing Evolution of Humanity

Evolution is an ongoing process, changing and causing change in all animals in the natural world. Culturally we have come to believe that humans are no longer evolving, in fact we are and perhaps at a more rapid rate than ever before.

Post-Mortem of famous tortoise Lonesome George

Guayaquil - The famous Pinta Island tortoise (Chelonoidis abingdoni) known to the international nature community and all environmentalists as "Lonesome George" died on Sunday, under unknown circumstances.

60-year-old teacher stabbed by student

Darwin - Yesterday a relief teacher at the Nightcliffe Middle School in Darwin, Australia was allegedly punched and stabbed a number of times by a 14-year-old student.

Tall ship visits Cape Town on Darwin commemoration tour

Cape Town - A little-known aspect of Charles Darwin's epoch making voyage on HMS Beagle is the ship's stopover in Cape Town, South Africa. Now a tall ship is visiting the city to commemorate twin anniversaries.

Darwin’s tiny frogs could be saved from extinction Special

Santiago - Researchers in Concepción, Chile, have succeeded in ex-situ breeding of threatened Darwin’s little frog. Good news, as scientists commemorate the anniversary of Charles Darwin’s death, which occurred on April 19, 1882.

Vegetarians might want to think twice before eating tomatoes

It is difficult to not find a way that humankind uses plants. Think of all we derive from plants: food, medicines, clothing, paper products, furniture, homes, fuel for heat and cooking ... then there are the aesthetic benefits of plants.

Rare Darwin book found in a bathroom

The first edition of Darwin's "On The Origin Of Species" was found on toilet bookshelf in a family's home in southern England.

Northern Territory of Australia: Strategy for 2030 Released

Yesterday Chief Minister Paul Henderson released the Northern Territory 2030 Draft Strategy, a vision for the future of the Northern Territory of Australia.

Darwin ‘liked expensive shoes’

The famous biologist Charles Darwin spent more money on expensive shoes than he did on books during his time as a student.

Op-Ed: Teaching Evolution Sustains America's Competitive Character

The Texas Board of Education is planning to vote this week on an alternative science curriculum - fully ignoring modern science and implementing a God-oriented religious perspective. A win would hinder American competitiveness and foster ignorance.

What Do the Star Signs Say About Darwin, Lincoln and Palin?

Astrology is used to plot personality and destiny. Sarah Palin’s birthday was February 10 and Charles Darwin and Abe Lincoln on February 12. If the heavens tell us that people born in the same month have similar ways, are these folks compatible?

Paper Discusses How New Species Emerge

A new paper appearing today in the journal Science offers important insights into how new species come to be, just in time for the year's Darwin observances.

God or Ape, Louisiana Teachers Get New Handbook to Teach Both

This month Louisiana schools will start in earnest applying new rules. Those rules are in a handbook telling teachers how they can teach Intelligent Design. The law was passed allowing it last year, and this year are instructions on how.

Fraud Couple Face Court Over Husband's Faked Disappearance

John Darwin, better known as the “canoe-man” who most famously faked his own death and walked gingerly into a police station within the last year, claiming he knew nothing about his disappearance

First draft of Darwin's Origin of Species goes online

The original draft of Charles Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species” was recently published online along with his other manuscripts, papers, photographs and notebooks.

Ben Stein’s Movie Attacks Theory Of Evolution In Bible Belt Of America

Scientific theory of human existence questioned as movie debuts this weekend portraying the intolerance our nation has developed for Intelligent Design. The movie, Ben Stein Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, opens today.

Darwin's Theory Gets Scientific Backing, According To Canadian Study

A genesis study coming out of the Canada has substantiated, and possibly advanced the Origin of Species with its findings that altering a single factor within the environment could be the “start up” for speciation.

Darwin's Dust Samples Analysed; Air Traveling Bacteria Still Alive 200 Years Later

At the beginning of the 19th Century, Charles Darwin collected samples of aerial dust in the suspicion that this stuff enables bacteria to travel across continents. Now, some two hundred year later, scientists who studied the samples, say he was right.

More Americans believe in the Devil than Darwin

A new Harris poll has found that America remains a deeply religious country with more people believing in hell than Darwin's theory of evolution. America's deep level of religiosity sets it apart from the developed world and specifically Europe.

New Twist on Creationist Efforts to Refute Darwin

What weighs 12 pounds, has almost 800 pages, scores of beautiful fossil photos, and has been called "a load of crap" by one biologist? It's the Atlas of Creation, thousands of copies of which have been distributed all over the world by a mysterious Turk.

Darwin's Letters Now Archived on the Web

With the recent online launch of the Darwin Correspondence project, everyone can now have access to material that was once reserved for scholars.
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This may lok simple  but Darwin designed a device to measure how much soil earthworms shifted over t...
This may lok simple, but Darwin designed a device to measure how much soil earthworms shifted over time (about 2 millimeters per year, in case you were wondering!)
A recreation of one of Darwin s experiments: this one is designed to see which seedlings survive  an...
A recreation of one of Darwin's experiments: this one is designed to see which seedlings survive, and which do not in competition for soil resources.
The greenhouse in which Darwin collected specimens and conducted many botanical studies.
The greenhouse in which Darwin collected specimens and conducted many botanical studies.
Darwin s finches (also known as the Galápagos finches) are a group of about fourteen species of pas...
Darwin's finches (also known as the Galápagos finches) are a group of about fourteen species of passerine birds. The birds were used as the basis of the theory of natural selection.
A prefect English meadow at Darwin s Down House.
A prefect English meadow at Darwin's Down House.
One of the period features in Down House. Darwin probably filed specimen cards here.
One of the period features in Down House. Darwin probably filed specimen cards here.
The music room at Down Hall  where Darwin s children would play.
The music room at Down Hall, where Darwin's children would play.
Runner beans  gown from seeds provided by Kew Gardens in London  traceable back to the 1850s.
Runner beans, gown from seeds provided by Kew Gardens in London, traceable back to the 1850s.
An Orchard at Down House. To recreate an Orchard of Victorian times  the apple trees are planted ver...
An Orchard at Down House. To recreate an Orchard of Victorian times, the apple trees are planted very close together (much closer than a modern orchard would have the trees positioned.)
Some of Darwin s specimens  which he studied for variations to aid his concept of natural selection.
Some of Darwin's specimens, which he studied for variations to aid his concept of natural selection.
Darwin s study  perfectly recreated at Down Hose.
Darwin's study, perfectly recreated at Down Hose.
One of the maps studied by Charles Darwin on board HMS Beagle.
One of the maps studied by Charles Darwin on board HMS Beagle.
John van Wyhe
Charles Darwin s study at Down House  a perfect base for a Victorian naturalist.
Charles Darwin's study at Down House, a perfect base for a Victorian naturalist.
One of the many drawings studied by Charles Darwin when on board the HMS Beagle.
One of the many drawings studied by Charles Darwin when on board the HMS Beagle.
John van Wyhe
A selection of carnivorous plants. These types of plants  which rely on captured insects for nutriti...
A selection of carnivorous plants. These types of plants, which rely on captured insects for nutrition, were extensively studied by Darwin.
This tree diagram  used to show the divergence of species  is the only illustration in the Origin of...
This tree diagram, used to show the divergence of species, is the only illustration in the Origin of Species. (1859)
Charles Darwin
The writing desk used by Charles Darwin in Down House.
The writing desk used by Charles Darwin in Down House.
The bedroom of Charles and Emma Darwin  at Down House.
The bedroom of Charles and Emma Darwin, at Down House.
A representation of human evolution at Down House.
A representation of human evolution at Down House.
The front entrance of Down House.
The front entrance of Down House.