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Darwin Day Celebrations

By | February 13, 2012

As institutions around the world start celebrations of Darwin Day, New York reveals a digitized catalog of Darwin’s scientific manuscripts.

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How the Zebra Got Its Stripes

By | February 9, 2012

Zebras may have evolved their striped coat to avoid blood-sucking flies.

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Peppered Moths Re-examined

By | February 9, 2012

The textbook example of Darwinian evolution is tested and confirmed.

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C. diff Infection Source Unclear

By | February 7, 2012

Only a quarter of Clostridium difficile infections in one hospital system were traced to contact with a symptomatic patient.

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Indiana’s Creationism Bill a No-Go?

By | February 6, 2012

Support for legislation that would allow creationism and other religious views to be taught alongside evolution in science classrooms wanes in the state’s House of Representatives.

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Indiana Senate Backs Creationism Bill

By | February 2, 2012

Origin of life theories from a wide range of religions may be taught alongside evolution in the state.

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There and Back Again

By | February 1, 2012

A new study estimates the number of generations necessary to evolve from mouse-sized to elephantine, and shows that it’s quicker to get small.

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Federal Biosecurity Panel Speaks

By | February 1, 2012

The US National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity explains why it recommended redacting the details of studies reporting on a highly transmissible H5N1 strain.

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Book Excerpt from Pathological Altruism

By | February 1, 2012

In Chapter 1, editors Barbara Oakley, Ariel Knafo, and Michael McGrath introduce the concept of well-intentioned behaviors that go awry.

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Killing with Kindness

By | February 1, 2012

Studying the evolution of altruistic behaviors reveals how knee-jerk good intentions can backfire.

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