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Portrait of Charles Darwin by Julia Margaret Cameron

Darwin's Science in Schools

Meera - 2009 is Darwin year and it's 200 years since the birth of Charles Darwin. This week I'm at St Jude's primary school in Herne Hill, London for the launch of the Wellcome Trust's Darwin initiatives.  These include resources such as the ...

Water-colour portrait of Charles Darwin painted by George Richmond in the late 1830s.

Evolutionary biology 101

... it work? And how has our view of evolution changed from Darwin to DNA sequencing? Steve Jones, from university ... need to find a mate and have offspring, so there is what Darwin called ‘sexual selection’. If you have genes that ... no eye at all, or 49% of an eye”. Will - And what was Darwin’s role in the history of evolution? Steve - First of ...

A Woodburytype carte de visite photograph of Charles Darwin, published by John G. Murdoch.

The Rap Guide to Evolution

Chris -   Now this week was also Cambridge University's Darwin Festival.  What actually happened was that we've had ... to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin who was actually a Cambridge University student.  ... - His name's Baba Brinkman, and he unveiled his answer to Darwin which is his Rap Guide to Evolution and he spoke to ...

Darwin Centre Cocoon

The Darwin Centre

Kat - It's time to join Meera Senthilingam at the new Darwin Centre which opened at the Natural History Museum in ... science... Meera -   This week, I'm at the newly opened Darwin Centre at the Natural History Museum in London.  Now, ... at the Natural History Museum.  So Paul, tell me what the Darwin Centre is all about... Paul - T he Darwin Centre Phase ...

Darwin's finches or Galapagos finches. Darwin, 1845. Journal of researches into the natural history and geology of the countries visited during the voyage of H.M.S. Beagle round the world, under the Command of Capt. Fitz Roy, R.N. 2d edition.

Darwin's Finches and Morning Sickness - Science Update

... Hirshon and Chelsea Wald will be looking at evolution in Darwin's finches and also why pregnant women get morning ... - a theory first proposed by foreign biologist Charles Darwin. In this episode, we'll learn about brand new insights into evolution from the finches Darwin studied. But first, scientists have long wondered why ...

Baba Brinkman & Charles Darwin

Science and the Spoken Word

Baba -   "That is often the idea that most enrages Darwin's detractors.  And when I say Darwin's detractors, I'm specifically talking about his ...

An adult yellow-bellied marmot

The sound of fear

... looking and  listening to screams and it turns out that Darwin didn't know what marmots were - nowhere in Darwin is the word marmot. But Darwin knew what screams where. Darwin said "that screams ...

From textbooks, to peer reviewed papers...

Steve Jones - The Selfish Gene at 40

... books really writing about Neo-Darwinism, trying to get Darwin's ideas about natural selection along with genetics ... on that. I'm certainly not putting Dawkins up at the Darwin level. I don't think he would either. He's a ... that's the problem. It's a very old problem. I go back to Darwin again. My favourite quote from Darwin which really ...

Robin Ince, Caberet Tent, Glastonbury

Science as an Inspiration

... science into his comedy, quoting from Carl Sagan, Charles Darwin and Richard Feynman among others in his sets.  I ... the Wonders of the Solar System and obviously, the Year of Darwin was a great way of getting things out and people are ... science into his comedy, quoting from Carl Sagan, Charles Darwin and Richard Feynman among others in his sets. I asked ...

The Plight of Lonesome George

... in 1971 on a very remote island in the Galapagos. Charles Darwin passed through in 1835. This island was thought to ... they do. I can't say I've tried or would try them. Darwin noted in his writing that the young ones in particular ...

Ernst Haeckel sea squirts

Revealing ocean wonders before underwater photography

... one of the key promoters of Darwinism in Germany. He took Darwin's ideas and popularised them there, but he popularised ... way, it was a way that actually slightly baffled Charles Darwin. He had an idea, I suppose, that all life is guided by ...

Cows

Genes jump from snakes to cows

... results must be wrong. It's really weird. Kat - So, either Darwin was completely wrong, evolution isn't true, or there's ... is going on here? This is nuts! Nell - Well, we think Darwin wasn't wrong, so that's a relief at least, but what it ...

The Tide of Toads Plaguing Australia

... at the movement patterns of toads up in the bush near Darwin, we've found that longer legs help toads to move ... mostly studying the snakes at an area not too far from Darwin for about 20 years. We've got a study site that we ...

Fit Fathers, Unfit Daughters

... have relatively low breeding success. Chris -   Because Darwin would have us believe that as you breed populations ... is expected to favour only the best adapted individuals; Darwin's survival of the fittest.  What we're suggesting is ...

Impact crater in Algeria

Did Life on Earth Begin in an Asteroid Crater ?

... A hole in the ground, full of water and heat really is Darwin's proverbial warm little pond, the ideal place for ... micro-organisms. Charles Cockell, Open University Was Darwin's little pool, where life began, in an impact ...

Barrel sponge (Xestospongia testudinaria)

Finding the Oldest Evidence of Life

... at the fossil record though, and this frustrated Charles Darwin, life appears to pop into existence about 540 million ... I think that's right.  This is an important factor that Darwin was puzzled about.  The lack of information is that ...

Dolphins

What makes a mammal?

... from? Liam - When people starting doing taxonomy after Darwin, which was based upon shared history and ... mousey thing. Liam - Yeah, precisely. For a century after Darwin, people were doing taxonomy on morphological basis. ... Liam - Yeah and I had a moment - that was actually in Darwin’s garden, I think - I was just wandering around ...

A pair of headphones

Evolution of music

... to a bit of this.  So, we've got some of the tracks, the Darwin tunes as they're called.  So here's the first track - ...

Human evolution - Professor Mark Thomas

... that we think about is natural selection.  And of course, Darwin first proposed this is the means by which species ...

A man and a woman performing a modern dance.

Dancing in your Genes

... dance. Now it's thought to be that dancing might be, as Darwin suggested, some kind of courtship ritual so that like ...

The London Underground Mosquito

... World War. This story has inspired a new book called “Darwin Comes To Town – how the urban jungle drives ...

question mark on a blackboard

A day on Mars

... one that lived over a century isn’t there? One of Darwin's tortoises? Patrick - Yes I think I’m with you on ...

Artibeus watsonii bat

Evolution through bat's eyes

Darwin did the hefty lifting when it came to explaining the ...

Graffiti sperm

Why have sex?

... male and just makes all female progeny.  Georgia - Key to Darwin's theory of natural selection is survival of the ...

Christmas Tree Worms (Spirobranchus giganteus)

Planet Earth - polychaete worms

... these polychaete worms at the Natural History Museum's Darwin Centre in London. Now, the worms can reach up to three ...