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7 of the most popular science books of all time

Chaos theory, evolution and the cosmos make for an eye-opening read. Carl Sagan paints a sagacious picture of humanity's place in the universe.Great scientists give us a glimpse into their minds and their theories.Scientists have been sleuthing through the mysteries and secrets of the universe since humankind first started asking questions. Just what is going on in this grand amphitheater of reality? The courageous and curious sometimes leave their ivory towers to translate their arcane works ...
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The world's largest bee has been rediscovered, and it's HUGE

In January 2019, a clan of scientists and conservationists tramped through the torrid Indonesian forest in search of the Wallace's giant bee — a species that hadn't been spotted alive since 1981. "Nobody had seen it since then," said Robin Moore, a biologist and communications director for the organization Global Wildlife Conservation, which funded the expedition. "It was feared extinct." It wasn't. They found a female.  The female bee — the larger sex of the species Megachile pl...
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Australia Laws on Tourists Phone and Laptop Content

( = || []).push({}); Are you planning to visit Australia soon? Do you know that the Australia Laws on Tourists Phone and Laptop Content? The Australia Custom Officials Can Check Your Phone and Laptop for explicit content like Child pornography? We blogged about this last year and two Malaysians were deported when the Australia Custom officials found explicit content in their mobile phones and you can read it here. Last month, an Indian nation...
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Darwin's finches don't tell the whole story of avian evolution

The connection between bird diet and skull shape is surprisingly weak for most species according to a new study led by UCL and the Natural History Museum, rewriting our understanding of how ecosystems influence evolution. Charles Darwin's 19th century observations of finches on the Galápagos Islands concluded that bird speciation was primarily influenced by ecosystem; the way a bird forages and eats forms its skull shape and drives evolutionary change.
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Darwin's rabbit helps to explain the fightback against myxomatosis

An unprecedented study of rabbit DNA spanning 150 years and thousands of miles has revealed the genetic basis for the animal's fightback against the deadly myxoma virus.
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How to Spend a Day at the End of the World in Punta Arenas, Chile

Chances are high if you’re planning a visit to Patagonia that you’ll fly from Santiago into Punta Arenas, Chile – a seaside city known as the “end of the world.” It certainly has that sense about it. It’s both bigger, windier and more colourful than I imagined it to be with an overriding sense of loneliness about it, largely because I hardly saw a soul, except on the boardwalk late in the afternoon. Despite its location near the tip of South America, it’s still another 2,000 kilometres from Anta...
Tags: Travel, Santiago, Chile, Antarctica, Patagonia, South America, John, Alberta, Darwin, Shackleton, Magellan, Don, Fodor, South Georgia Island, Scot, Strait

Request for Onyx Boox Darwin 5 or 6 Review

Hello: I'm exploring the many and varied options currently available for Android based e-reader devices. The Onyx Boox Darwin 5 and Darwin 6 have come to my attention... but so far the only reviews I've seen are YouTube videos in russian: there's an asian web that reviews the darwin 5 in english, but that's it; the rest of the references I've found are in russian. Can anyone comment on either device as a user? Awaiting your kind reply, [INCANUS]
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UK's Prince Harry and Meghan attend Darwin play in aid of forest conservation

Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan attended a play on Tuesday evening about the young Charles Darwin's 19th Century expedition on HMS Beagle, in aid of forest conservation. The Duke and Duchess Sussex were guests of honor at a gala performance of "The Wider Earth," staged at London's Natural History Museum in support of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust and the production’s charitable partner, The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy. Harry is president of the Trust, which uses its network and exp...
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Lincoln and Darwin: Right on the Money

Today is the 219 th birthday of two remarkable men: Abraham Lincoln, and Charles Darwin.What do they have in common?Exact same birthday.Both had beards.Both appear on money.They each changed the world.Both were terriermen in their fashion. Darwin, of course, was a fox-hunter in his youth, and a dedicated ratter as well. His father said of him:"You care for nothing but shooting, dogs and rat-catching, and you will be a disgrace to yourself and your family." Later, Darwin would write of the ev...
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Historic Manuscript Filled with Beautiful Illustrations of Cuban Flowers & Plants Is Now Online (1826 )

The internet has become an essential back up system for thousands of pieces of historical art, science, and literature, and also for a specialized kind of text incorporating them all in degrees: the illustrated natural science book, from the golden ages of book illustration and philosophical naturalism in Europe and the Americas. We’ve seen some fine digital reproductions of the illustrated Nomenclature of Colors by Abraham Gottlob Werner, for example—a book that accompanied Darwin on his Beagl...
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Defending Darwin: Scientists respond to attack on evolution

Science magazine, the country's top scientific journal, has taken the rare step of publishing criticism of a new book. The book is called Darwin Devolves, and Science says its author, Michael Behe, is on a 'crusade to overturn evolution.'
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The Bible and the Believer (5)

The Bible and the Believer: How to Read the Bible Critically and Religiously by Mark Zvi Brettler, Peter Enns, Daniel J. Harrington • • • One of my tasks this year will be to work on answering the two questions that Pete Enns raises regularly in his writings and podcasts: What is the Bible? What is the Bible for? First, we are taking up this theme by considering a book Pete co-authored with Mark Brettler and Daniel Harrington (a Jewish and Catholic scholar, respectively), called The Bible and ...
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Powerful Tools That Will Help You In Your Daily Projects

Present day, choosing the most powerful web tools is an art in itself. There are so many options that look very similar and are extremely hard to differentiate without spending money and time to test them. The best web design tools out there help you work smarter rather than harder and achieve the desired result within a shorter period of time. We bet that you’re after such tools. However, you probably don’t feel like trying and testing all the solutions available on the web to determine the bes...
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'Known hugger': Scott Buchholz told colleagues he may have misread the situation

Sources say Queensland MP told them he hugged the RAAF officer who filed the complaintThe under-fire Liberal minister Scott Buchholz gave a female air force officer what he described to colleagues as “a hug” – a move which led to an official complaint against him.Buchholz has issued an apology to the officer following the incident in Darwin last August during a taxpayer-funded exchange with the Australian defence force to observe the military exercise Pitch Black in 2018. Continue reading...
Tags: Australia news, Australian politics, Queensland, Northern Territory, Australian Defence Force, Darwin, Buchholz, RAAF, Liberal National Party, Pitch Black, Scott Buchholz

New islands, happy feet: Study reveals island formation a key driver of penguin speciation

Ever since Darwin first set foot on the Galapagos, evolutionary biologists have long known that the geographic isolation of archipelagos has helped spur the formation of new species. Now, an international research team led by Theresa Cole at the University of Otago, New Zealand, has found the same holds true for penguins. They have found the first compelling evidence that modern penguin diversity is driven by islands, despite spending the majority of their lives at sea.
Tags: Darwin, Galapagos, University of Otago New Zealand, Theresa Cole

Hybrid Ducks Are Common and Good

A few duck pictures from yesterday.At top is a male "Bibbed Mallard," which is a Mallard hybrid created by crossing a wild Mallard with a feral domestic farm duck of some type. Mallards hybridize a lot. This fellow was hanging out with a mixed flock of geese and ducks at a local park.At bottom is a male "Bibbed Black Duck," another natural hybrid made from crossing a Black Duck with a feral domestic farm duck of some other, unknown, breed. Some time back I noted that hybrids in nature are actua...
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Things to do in the Galapagos

The Galapagos giant tortoise is so big that it’s started to overshadow all that’s great about its home islands. Not that the rep is undeserved — this chain of volcanic islands about 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean is the only place you’ll see these big guys in the wild. And they’re definitely worth seeing, if for no other reason than to appreciate the effort it took to bring them back. But there’s a lot more to a place so abundant in biodiversity Charles Darwin anchore...
Tags: Travel, Charles Darwin, South America, Ecuador, Pacific Ocean, Maldives, Costco, Galapagos Islands, Darwin, Galapagos, Intrepid Travel, Santa Cruz, All, San Cristobal, Iron City, Tortuga Bay

Heatwave: South Australia breaks temperature records as Tasmania bushfires rage – as it happened

Adelaide broke the all-time weather record, while Victoria and NSW also suffered under extreme heat 8.49am GMT This blog is wrapping up for the evening, thanks for reading.While some parts of the country that have sweltered today will get some relief tomorrow, others will heat up. The latest forecast is for a high of 44C in Melbourne, 39C in Canberra and 38C in Penrith in western Sydney (the forecast for Sydney is for a high of 29C). Hobart is expected to reach a high of 37C, Brisbane 32C an...
Tags: Climate Change, Drought, Australia news, New South Wales, Sydney, Adelaide, Victoria, Melbourne, Tasmania, Hobart, Canberra, South Australia, Bushfires, Extreme Weather, Australia Weather, Darwin

Job Search Strategies: Searching the Smarter Way

by Shabnum Budwhani “I have sent over 200 resumes in a month and haven’t received a single call.” As counselors we hear these and other such comments very frequently from our clients who are newcomers to Canada. What you need to understand is that Job Search is an art. You have to learn successful job search skills so that you can get the best results and be successful in the labour market. If you produce a single resume and send that same resume out to many different employers it will pro...
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Your body’s full of stuff you no longer need. Here's a list.

An evolutionary biologist got people swapping ideas about our lingering vestigia.Basically, this is the stuff that served some evolutionary purpose at some point, but now is kind of, well, extra.Here are the six traits that inaugurated the fun. Evolutionary anthropologist and Boston College post-doc, Dorsa Amir, started the whole thing with a series of eight tweets, and boy did she start something fun. Amir laid out a list of weird, once-useful details of the human anatomy that we continue to c...
Tags: Science, History, Nature, Innovation, Evolution, Darwin, Physiology, Boston College, Amir, Ancient World, Bann, Human body, Dorsa Amir, Sabre Tooth, Stephen Roughley

Monarchs in California decrease by 86% + Trump allows increase in logging on federal land

Animals may perceive as much beauty as we do What explains the iridescent and long feathers of birds-of-paradise or the extravagant mating ritual of the male flame bowerbird? 150 years ago, Charles Darwin proposed that the opalescent beauty of some animals had nothing to do with natural selection. Darwin believed that animals could appreciate beauty for its own sake and that aesthetics and survival did not have to be linked. Today, biologists are reviving Darwin’s forgotten theory, saying that...
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Pasadena mansion famous for ‘Dynasty’ catfight between Linda Evans and Joan Collins is chopped to $19.5 million

Arden Villa sits on nearly three acres behind imposing gates that open to a 100-yard, tree-lined drive. See more in the slideshow. (Photo by Darwin Nercesian) (Photo by Darwin Nercesian) Sound The gallery will resume in seconds (Photo by Darwin Nercesian) (Photo by Darwin Nercesian) (Photo by Darwin Nercesian) (Photo by Darwin Nercesian) (Photo by Darwin Nercesian) (Photo by Darwin Nercesian) (Photo by Darwin Nercesian) (Photo by Darwin Nercesian) (Photo by...
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Problem-solving males become more attractive to female budgerigars

Darwin proposed that mate choice might contribute to the evolution of cognitive abilities. An open question is whether observing the cognitive skills of an individual makes it more attractive as a mate. In this study, we demonstrated that initially less-preferred budgerigar males became preferred after females observed that these males, but not the initially preferred ones, were able to solve extractive foraging problems. This preference shift did not occur in control experiments in which female...
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"Now, nearly 150 years later, a new generation of biologists is reviving Darwin’s neglected brainchild."

"Beauty, they say, does not have to be a proxy for health or advantageous genes. Sometimes beauty is the glorious but meaningless flowering of arbitrary preference. Animals simply find certain features — a blush of red, a feathered flourish — to be appealing. And that innate sense of beauty itself can become an engine of evolution, pushing animals toward aesthetic extremes. In other cases, certain environmental or physiological constraints steer an animal toward an aesthetic preference that has ...
Tags: Law, Birds, Evolution, Darwin, Darwinism, Aesthetics, Ann Althouse, Masculine Beauty

Guard Dog and Lap Warmer

Darwin holds down the fort with my mother. He came off the rescue van almost five years ago, and has been living the Life of Riley ever since. From: Terrierman's Daily Dose To order the book.. [Author: PBurns]
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Feature: How Beauty Is Making Scientists Rethink Evolution

The extravagant splendor of the animal kingdom can’t be explained by natural selection alone — so how did it come to be?
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Galapagos island gets its first iguanas since Darwin after mass-release

Land iguanas wiped out by feral pigs have been reintroduced to Santiago Island A group of more than 1,400 iguanas have been reintroduced to an island in the Galapagos archipelago nearly two centuries after they disappeared from there, authorities said on Monday.The Galapagos land iguanas from North Seymour Island were freed onto Santiago Island as part of an ecological restoration program, the National Galapagos park authority said in a statement. Continue reading...
Tags: Animals, Environment, Americas, Wildlife, Conservation, Ecuador, Galapagos Islands, Darwin, Galapagos, Santiago Island, North Seymour Island, National Galapagos

The Thinking Man’s Rogue

History is reluctant to give 17th century explorer William Dampier his just due. Just because he hobnobbed with pirates, spent 13 years plundering ships in the West Indies, Central America, whatever ocean he was in, and doing a little arson on the side. But then history has been known to make mistakes. Dampier, you see, had a sensitive, more intellectual side. While he never completely reformed (nobody’s perfect), the British government eventually commissioned him to take look at the world and r...
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AK Monthly Recap: December 2018

And just like that, 2018 is over. December was a nice way to end it, though. I spent most of my time in New York with a few quickie trips to Texas and Massachusetts via Connecticut, and longer time in Mass over Christmas. Each year, I try to crank out my final posts of the year early so I can relax — and I’m glad I pulled it off this year. And every year I stay off business email between Christmas Eve and New Year’s. (Though I did get one urgent press request on December 24 with a due date of D...
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Deep Time

Photo by Darv Robinson on Unsplash T his is the week when we recall what we’ve done last year, and resolve to use time better in the year to come. Indeed, in our everyday lives, time is a precious commodity. We can gain or lose it. We can save, spend or waste it. If our crimes are revealed, we risk having to DO time. But to scientists, time is something we can measure. Clocks have, over the centuries, been the high-tech artifacts of their era — the water clock, the pendulum clock, Har...
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