Evidence backs Darwin’s theory about ‘runt’ flowers

Until now, no one had properly tested Darwin's hypothesis on the link between cleistogamy and bilateral symmetry in flowers.

Frederique Mazerolle-McGill • futurity
Feb. 3, 2021 ~6 min

Francis Galton pioneered scientific advances in many fields – but also founded the racist pseudoscience of eugenics

Smart people can have really bad ideas – like selectively breeding human beings to improve the species. Put into practice, Galton's concept proved discriminatory, damaging, even deadly.

Richard Gunderman, Chancellor's Professor of Medicine, Liberal Arts, and Philanthropy, Indiana University • conversation
Jan. 15, 2021 ~9 min

Islands may fix a flaw in Darwin’s theory of life’s origins

A new theory solves a problem with Charles Darwin's idea of early life evolving in "warm little ponds" despite the world being covered in oceans.

Jim Shelton-Yale • futurity
Jan. 5, 2021 ~4 min

W.E.B. Du Bois embraced science to fight racism as editor of NAACP's magazine The Crisis

As editor of the magazine for 24 years, Du Bois featured articles about biology, evolution, archaeology in Africa and more to refute the rampant scientific racism of the early 20th century.

Jordan Besek, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University at Buffalo • conversation
Dec. 14, 2020 ~8 min

See 2 new pages from Darwin’s ‘Origin of Species’ draft online

You can check out handwritten pages from Charles Darwin's draft of his famous On the Origin of Species online, including 2 newly added pages.

National University of Singapore • futurity
Nov. 24, 2020 ~5 min

Add ‘molecular Darwinism’ to theory of evolution?

Darwin's theory of evolution should be expanded to include consideration of a DNA stability "energy code"—so-called "molecular Darwinism"—say scientists.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
Nov. 17, 2020 ~4 min

Darwin’s theory about atolls is ‘beautiful’ but wrong

Charles Darwin's theory about the formation of atolls is elegant, but doesn't reflect key information: sea level. Researchers now correct his work.

Jade Boyd-Rice • futurity
Oct. 13, 2020 ~12 min

Evolution on the smallest of scales smooths out the patchwork patterns of where plants and animals live

Local adaptation allows plants and animals to thrive in a diversity of places. Sometimes adaptation sharpens patterns of where organisms live, but 85% of the time, it creates a more homogeneous world.

Mark C. Urban, Director, Center of Biological Risk; Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut • conversation
Oct. 2, 2020 ~10 min

Was Charles Darwin first? Kind of depends

Charles Darwin’s work arose in an era where many were thinking about the source of nature’s variety.

Alvin Powell • harvard
March 5, 2020 ~6 min

Sorry, Darwin, but bacteria don’t compete to survive

Bacteria buck Charles Darwin's theory of "survival of the fittest" and instead work together to lift up the weakest in their group to boost survival.

Michael Skov Jensen-Copenhagen • futurity
Oct. 11, 2019 ~5 min