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Major climate data sets have underestimated the rate of global warming in the last 15 years owing largely to poor data...
The tsetse fly is best known as the vector for the trypanosome parasites that cause sleeping sickness and a disease in...
The National Institutes of Health is revising its "two strikes" rule, which allowed researchers only one chance to...
By stabilizing the components of retromers, molecular complexes that act like recycling bins in cells, a recently...
Fossil fuels power modern society by generating heat, but much of that heat is wasted. Semiconductor devices called...
Researchers are gaining insights into what made Supertyphoon Haiyan so powerful and devastating through post-storm...
Millions around the world got a first-hand look at what it was like to be in Tacloban while it was pummeled by...
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12 February 1997 8:00 pm
Charles Robert Darwin, the father of evolution and modern genetics, was born on this day in 1809. In 1831, Darwin left for an epic 5-year voyage on the HMS Beagle to South America and the Gal‡pagos Islands, where he began to formulate his theory of evolution. In 1859, he published The Origin of Species by means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. In his 1871 work, The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex, Darwin argued that humans evolved just like other organisms. The idea shocked many faithful who believed in the biblical account of creation and stirred up a controversy that continues to this day.
[Source: Roy Porter, Ed., The Biographical Dictionary of Scientists (Oxford University Press, ed. 2, 1994).]