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Colorized satellite image of milky sea off Java
Milky Seas Can Be Spotted from Space
Analysis of data from a new satellite sensor helps researchers detect large patches of bioluminescence in the oceans faster than ever before.
Milky Seas Can Be Spotted from Space
Milky Seas Can Be Spotted from Space

Analysis of data from a new satellite sensor helps researchers detect large patches of bioluminescence in the oceans faster than ever before.

Analysis of data from a new satellite sensor helps researchers detect large patches of bioluminescence in the oceans faster than ever before.

Darwin
an illustration of multiple animals, including a parrot, flamingo, zebra, and leopard
Book Excerpt From How to Be Animal
Melanie Challenger | Apr 1, 2021 | 3 min read
In Chapter 1, “The Indelible Stamp,” author Melanie Challenger addresses the idea of human exceptionalism.
Lessons from Darwin’s “Mischievous” Birds
Jonathan Meiburg | Mar 1, 2021 | 3 min read
An unsung group of South American falcons yields clues to the prehistory of a continent, and hints at secrets of the avian brain.
Modern Synthesis, 1937
Chia-Yi Hou | Sep 1, 2019 | 2 min read
Theodosius Dobzhansky’s work in population genetics influenced how genetics and natural selection were combined in evolutionary biology.
Second Chance for Lost Galapagos Tortoises?
Bob Grant | Sep 14, 2017 | 2 min read
Researchers are trying to recreate an extinct species of the lumbering reptiles by breeding closely related species that contain traces of the lost lineage’s DNA.
iDarwin
Jef Akst | Feb 1, 2016 | 3 min read
A synthetic interview with the father of evolutionary theory, now available as a smartphone app, teaches students and the public about the famed biologist.
Chat With Charlie
The Scientist Staff | Jan 31, 2016 | 1 min read
See a preview of the app that lets you ask questions of a virtual Charles Darwin.
Finch Findings
Jenny Rood | Feb 12, 2015 | 2 min read
Full genomes of Darwin’s Galápagos finches reveal a critical gene for beak shape and three overlooked species.
Speaking of Science
The Scientist Staff | Sep 1, 2014 | 2 min read
September 2014's selection of notable quotes
Books on the Beagle
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Jul 17, 2014 | 2 min read
An online reconstruction makes the library from Darwin’s famed ship more accessible. 
Finch-Powered Fumigation
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | May 7, 2014 | 2 min read
Darwin’s finches use pesticide-treated cotton to line their nests and unwittingly protect themselves against parasitic fly larvae.
Review: The Origin of Species
Jef Akst | Nov 22, 2013 | 3 min read
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute this week released three short films to teach students about evolution and speciation.
How, If, and Why Species Form
Tim Rogers, Alan J. McKane, and Axel G. Rossberg | Nov 1, 2013 | 4 min read
Biologists have struggled for centuries to properly define what constitutes a “species.” They may have been asking the wrong question—many smaller organisms might not form species at all.
Speaking of Science
The Scientist Staff | May 1, 2013 | 2 min read
May 2013's selection of notable quotes
The King of Turtles
Christoph Irmscher | May 1, 2013 | 3 min read
American naturalist Louis Agassiz had a zeal for collecting that encouraged a nation to engage with nature.
Flying Frog, 1855
Kate Yandell | May 1, 2013 | 3 min read
Alfred Russel Wallace, Darwin’s unheralded codiscoverer of the theory of evolution by natural selection, found inspiration in the specimens he collected on his travels.
Book Excerpt from Louis Agassiz: Creator of American Science
Christoph Irmscher | Apr 30, 2013 | 5 min read
In Chapter 4, “Darwin’s Barnacles, Agassiz’s Jellyfish,” author Christoph Irmscher describes his subject’s obsession with marine organisms.
Charles Darwin for Congress
Dan Cossins | Nov 13, 2012 | 1 min read
Nominated as a write-in candidate as a protest against the anti-science incumbent, famed naturalist Charles Darwin won 4,000 congressional votes in a Georgia county.
Lamarck and the Missing Lnc
Kevin V. Morris | Oct 1, 2012 | 8 min read
Epigenetic changes accrued over an organism’s lifetime may leave a permanent heritable mark on the genome, through the help of long noncoding RNAs.
Sex Selection Not So Simple
Hayley Dunning | Jul 10, 2012 | 1 min read
Revisiting a classic study could overturn the idea that male competition rules reproductive choice.
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