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What causes albinism?

Albinos around the world face day-to-day health issues, but in Africa they have a bigger problem: being hacked to death for body parts

February 18, 2009 — Coco Ballantyne

Six Ways to Boost Brainpower

The adult human brain is surprisingly malleable: it can rewire itself and even grow new cells. Here are some habits that can fine-tune your mind

February 1, 2009 — Emily Anthes

A living fossil found in Namibia

Researchers have discovered two living species—so recently that they have yet to be named—of this Alavesia fly, a genus that had previously only been seen preserved in Cretaceous-era amber in Spain and Burma.

February 18, 2009
Monkeys Hate Others' Bonuses, Too

Monkeys Hate Others' Bonuses, Too

Speaking at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Chicago on February 16th, primatologist Frans de Waal noted that the public's distaste for Wall Street bonuses has its counterpart, and perhaps roots, in other animals' perceptions of inequity. Steve Mirsky reports

February 17, 2009
Ancient Whales Birthed on Land?

Ancient Whales Birthed on Land?

In a study in the journal PLoS ONE, researchers report the first fossil find of a pregnant whale--which offers tantalizing clues that the marine mammal returned to land to give birth. Karen Hopkin reports

February 16, 2009
Charles Darwin's Travels on the HMS <i>Beagle</i>

Charles Darwin's Travels on the HMS Beagle

When Darwin reached the Galapagos Islands in September 1835, he was certain that the archipelago had rather recently risen from the sea, and had become home to birds from the South American continent. The animals would have evolved over time and adapted themselves to their respective environmental conditions

February 12, 2009 — Christoph Marty
Darwin, Cuvier and Lamarck

Darwin, Cuvier and Lamarck

The finches of the Galapagos Islands, Darwin was convinced, all had a common ancestor. Their variety was proof that species adapt themselves to their special living environment in the course of time

February 12, 2009 — Christoph Marty
Darwin Day Special: Bicentennial of the Birth of Charles Darwin

Darwin Day Special: Bicentennial of the Birth of Charles Darwin

In part 1 of this special Darwin Day podcast, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Darwin on February 12th, Richard Milner performs part of his one-man show about Darwin; Scientific American Editor in Chief John Rennie and Darwin descendant Matthew Chapman read from The Origin of Species; and Chapman talks about his book 40 Days and 40 Nights, about the Dover intelligent design trial as well as about his efforts to get presidential candidates to discuss science--a project called ScienceDebate

February 11, 2009 — Steve Mirsky
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