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Tasmanian Devil's genes evolving — Becoming resistant to cancer

In what is being called a "rapid evolutionary response," Australia's Tasmanian devils are developing resistance to the Devil facial tumor disease (DFTD), according to a new study.

How would auto technology impact evolution? 'Graham' shows us

Melbourne - From the first steam-powered automobile capable of human transportation built in 1768, to the Google self-driving car of today, automotive technology has evolved in leaps and bounds, leaving us humans in the dust, evolution-wise.

Likely ancestor of mystery 'hobbit' found

Paris - Half-sized humans who lived 700,000 years ago were almost certainly the ancestors of enigmatic "hobbits" whose fossils were found on the same Indonesian isle in 2003, scientists stunned by their own discovery reported Wednesday.

Review: Have researchers discovered the gene for aging? Special

Cracking the Aging Code: The New Science of Growing Old—And What it Means for Staying Young, by Josh Mitteldorf and Dorion Sagan, will be released June 14th, showing us how to increase the quality and quantity of our later years.

Interview: Narada Michael Walden talks new album 'Evolution' Special

Three-time Grammy and Emmy-winning producer and singer-songwriter Narada Michael Walden chatted with Digital Journal about his new studio album "Evolution."

This prehistoric puppy tells the story of canine evolution

Frozen in Siberian permafrost, this puppy died more than 12,000 years ago and is remarkably well-preserved. In fact, it's so well-preserved that scientists have performed an autopsy, in the hopes that it will solve the mysteries of canine evolution.

Extinction of species: humans are speeding up evolution

Vancouver - Scientists at the University of British Columbia (UBC) claim human actions are responsible for accelerating the evolutionary process by causing the extinction of “younger” species.

Neanderthal DNA redraws human out-of-Africa timeline

Paris - A group of modern humans that arrived in Eurasia far earlier than previously thought also had sex with Neanderthals, according to a study that redraws the migratory timeline for our species.

Students in Alabama will be required to learn about evolution

Alabama is updating its science standards to require students to learn about climate change and to understand evolution.

Why insects are the most successful creatures ever

Ever wondered why insects are the most successful creatures on the planet? The answer comes down to a newly discovered subfamily of molecular channels. These have given insects a survival advantage.

Breakups more painful for women than men, but men never recover

Research led by an evolutionary psychologist claims that women feel the pain of a breakup, emotionally and physically, more then men. But men's wounds never fully heal.

Op-Ed: What does Mike Huckabee get wrong about science? A lot, it seems

What does Mike Huckabee get wrong about science? I did some digging and came to the conclusion that perhaps the question should be: "Does Mike Huckabee ever get anything right about science?"

Another Earth is found — but will we ever be able to reach it?

NASA's announcement on Thursday of its discovery of a cousin planet to Earth was historic, breathtaking but are we destined to merely be admirers from afar, or will we ever be able to visit?

Human hand more primitive than chimp's: Study

Paris - Strong fists for defending ourselves and opposable thumbs for work as fine as threading a needle -- hand specialisation is widely believed to have given humans a major evolutionary advantage.

Op-Ed: Say no to creationism being taught in schools

Wake up Americans, our education system is under attack, and not by the government but by creationists who believe they have the right to indoctrinate your children with their version of intelligent design.

Chimpanzees show the skills necessary for cooking

A research group at Harvard studied Chimpanzees in order to gain an insight as to how humans evolved the skills to cook.

Early human ancestors were not alone

Scientists believe they have discovered a new species that could change the human family tree. The species may have lived during the same time period of the famous 'Lucy' fossil.

Op-Ed: Ever wonder why you're afraid of spiders? Evolution provides clue

San Jos - When you live in the tropics, the neighbors tend to invite themselves into your house. In my case, sometimes it's a two-toed sloth. Other times it's a beautiful morpho butterfly. And other times it's a large, hairy spider.

Universe's evolution recreated by mindblowing computer simulation

Described as a "time machine," scientists have recreated the history of the universe from near its birth to the present day, using a stunning computer simulation.

How were Neanderthals different? New remains give pointers

Leioa - A review of remains, originally recovered from a leading Neanderthal archaeological site in France over 40 years ago, highlights the differences between Neanderthals and humans.

Size matters: Evolution helps sea creatures, land animals get big

Stanford - A recent study suggests that sea creatures may follow a hypothesis known as "Cope's rule," and this rule states that in a lineage, animals grow larger in the passage of time.

Penguins love to eat fish, but they probably can't taste them

Penguins love fish, krill, squid and other sea life they catch while swimming underwater in the cold Antarctic oceans. But did you know they probably can't taste what they are gulping down their throats?

Op-Ed: Should a genetics company plan to create new creatures?

San Francisco - A San Francisco-based biotech wants to see its technology applied for inventing new organisms. This has raised concerns about so-called “Frankenstein science.”

Massive geographic event caused Cambrian explosion of species

Austin - Newly published research may help solve the puzzle of the Cambrian explosion, a period in Earth’s ancient past that saw a massive diversification of animal life.

Raising fish to walk on land

Researchers have turned to a living fish, called Polypterus, into a fish that can walk on land. This was carried out in order to see what might have happened when fish first attempted to walk out of the water.

When did Neanderthals become extinct?

By analyzing ancient remains across Europe, a team led by investigators have pinpointed the timing the Neanderthals’ extinction to between 39,000 and 41,000 years ago.

Dinosaur extinction the result of 'perfect storm' of events

Edinburgh - And if that perfect storm hadn’t come about, say scientists, dinosaurs might still be with us today — except their continued existence might have meant a very different "us" having evolved — if at all.

Dinosaurs 'were not' the ancestors of modern birds

An analysis of a sparrow-sized fossil has challenged the present status of dinosaurs as ancestors of modern birds. This is based on a new study of an archosaur fossil.

Creationism banned from UK schools

London - Britain's Conservative-led government has banned the teaching of creationism as a valid scientific theory in free schools and academies, the equivalent of public schools in the United States.

Scarlet kingsnakes are mimicking an extinct species

Chapel Hill - A harmless snake, mainly found in the Carolina Sandhills, has been mimicking a poisonous species for decades for protection. The odd thing is, the species that is is mimicking has been extinct for over 50 years.
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Graham has a number of evolutionary improvements, designed to protect the body from injury in a car crash.
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The Dell, the house of Alfred Russell Wallace.
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Single cells : credit to www.biology101.org.
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PAPAL VISIT: Pope Francis visits the Brazilian city of Varginha in 2013.
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Simplified universal phylogenetic tree of life. Notice the three main branches.
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Burmese python (Python molurus bivittatus)
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Richard Dawkins autographing a book for a fan.
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A representation of human evolution at Down House.
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Meet Graham, a redesigned human being created to keep pace with automotive technology.
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