Evolution

Why is it nice to be nice? Solving Darwin’s puzzle of kindness

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World Kindness Day is a global 24-hour celebration dedicated to paying-it-forward and focusing on the good Eva M Krockow Andrew M Colman Briony Pulford We are encouraged to perform acts of kindness such as giving blood, cleaning a communal microwave at work, or volunteering at a nursing home. The Conversation Of course, even without the encouragement of an international awareness day, kindness and selflessness are widespread among both humans and animals. Many people donate to charity and feel significantly happier ... Read More »

Turkish schools to stop teaching evolution, official says

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Board of education chairman says subject is debatable, controversial and too complicated for students Kareem Shaheen and Gözde Hatunoğlu in Istanbul The Guardian Evolution will no longer be taught in Turkish schools, a senior education official has said, in a move likely to raise the ire of the country’s secular opposition. Alpaslan Durmuş, who chairs the board of education, said evolution was debatable, controversial and too complicated for… Turkish schools to… Read More »

Europe was the birthplace of mankind, not Africa, scientists find

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The history of human evolution has been rewritten after scientists discovered that Europe was the birthplace of mankind, not Africa. Sarah Knapton The Telegraph Currently, most experts believe that our human lineage split from apes around seven million years ago in central Africa, where hominids remained for the… But two fossils of an ape-like creature which had human-like teeth have been found in Bulgaria and… Europe was the… Read More »

The 100 best nonfiction books: No 60 – On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin (1859)

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Darwin’s revolutionary, humane and highly readable introduction to his theory of evolution is arguably the most important book of the… Robert McCrum The Guardian When Charles Darwin first saw On the Origin of Species by means of Natural Selection, or The Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life in book form, he is said to have remarked that he… Actually, the book, composed in a hurry to forestall his… The 100 best… Read More »

Life may actually be getting better at evolving

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The networks of genes in each animal is a bit like the network of neurons in our brains, which suggests they might be “learning” as they go Chris Baraniuk BBC News In 1996, a young graduate student called Richard Watson sat down to read a paper on evolution. The article was… Life may actually… Read More »

Hello, again, Dolly

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Twenty years ago the world met the first adult clone, a sheep called Dolly. Her legacy lives on.. The Economist IN THE summer of 1996 Karen Mycock, a cell biologist, was attending a wedding in the Scottish highlands. Returning to her hotel to change her hat, she found a fax pushed under her door.. It said: “She’s been born and… Hello, again, Dolly… Read More »

Aboriginal Australians co-existed with the megafauna for at least 17,000 years

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Australia was once home to giant reptiles, marsupials and birds (and some not so giant), but the extinction of this megafauna has been the subject of a debate that has persisted since the 19th century. The Conversation Despite great advances in the available scientific techniques for investigating the… Aboriginal Australians co… Read More »

Humanity may self-destruct, but the universe can cope perfectly without us

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Chances are that the cosmos neither treasures nor regrets humans. Lionel Shriver The Guardian It permits us, with marvellous neutrality, and could do without our interference. In a Scandinavian hotel a… Humanity may self… Read More »

Hip pain may be ‘hangover from evolution’

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Scientists at the University of Oxford say a hangover from evolution could help explain why humans get so much shoulder, hip and knee pain. BBC Smitha Mundasad And if current trends continue they predict the humans of the future could be at even greater risk. They studied 300 specimens from… Hip pain may be ‘hangover from… Read More »

Indigenous Australians most ancient civilisation on Earth, DNA study confirms

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Clues left in genes of modern populations in Australian and Papua New Guinea enable scientists to trace remarkable journey made by first human explorers Hannah Devlin Science correspondent Claims that Indigenous Australians are the most ancient continuous civilisation on Earth have been backed by the first extensive study of their… Source: Indigenous Australians most ancient civilisation on Earth, DNA study confirms | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Elephants are the end of a 60m-year lineage – last of the megaherbivores

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Four-tuskers, hoe-tuskers, shovel-tuskers are all wiped out – now only a fragment of this keystone species remains Large ivory seizures in Singapore make it a smuggling hub of ‘primary concern’ If, just 800 generations ago, we took a summer holiday to Crete, Cyprus or Malta, we would have found familiar-looking islands, filled with the flowers and… Source: Elephants are the end of a 60m-year lineage – last of the megaherbivores | Environment | The Guardian Read More »

Creationism Banned From UK Schools

The United Kingdom government has banned the teaching of creationism as a scientific theory in free schools and academies, which are the equivalent of a ‘public’ school in the United State. The move was done in the interests of having a “broad and balanced curriculum,” according to UPI. The remarkable decision was part of a document published on June 9th that laid out new clauses for church academies and stated that creationism is not widely accepted as a scientific theory. ... Read More »