Until now, no one had properly tested Darwin's hypothesis on the link between cleistogamy and bilateral symmetry in flowers.
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.
Jan. 15, 2021 • ~9 min
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.
Jan. 5, 2021 • ~4 min
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.
Dec. 14, 2020 • ~8 min
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.
Nov. 24, 2020 • ~5 min
Darwin's theory of evolution should be expanded to include consideration of a DNA stability "energy code"—so-called "molecular Darwinism"—say scientists.
Nov. 17, 2020 • ~4 min
Charles Darwin's theory about the formation of atolls is elegant, but doesn't reflect key information: sea level. Researchers now correct his work.
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.
Oct. 2, 2020 • ~10 min
Charles Darwin’s work arose in an era where many were thinking about the source of nature’s variety.
March 5, 2020 • ~6 min
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.
Oct. 11, 2019 • ~5 min