16,000 Pages of Charles Darwin’s Writing on Evolution Now Digitized and Available Online

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The Darwinian theory of evolution is an amazing scientific idea that seems, at least to a layperson like me, to meet all the criteria for what scientists like Ian Glynn praise highly as “elegance”—all of them perhaps except one: Simplicity.

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Shelf Life: American Museum of Natural History Creates New Video Series on Its 33 Million Artifacts

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I once spent a summer as a security guard at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. A wonderful place to visit, but my workday experience proved dreadfully dull.

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The Ebola Virus Explained with Animated Video

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There’s just one small mention of the Ebola virus on the New York Times homepage right now. And it’s buried halfway down the page — which means that, no longer in panic mode, we can take a cool, calm and collected look at this virus called Ebola.

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How to Dance Your Dissertation: See the Winning Video in the 2014 “Dance Your PhD” Contest

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We’ve seen how modern dance can explain key concepts in statistics (e.g. correlation and sampling error). So why couldn’t dance also illustrate the conclusions of a plant biology doctoral dissertation?
Uma Nagendra, a graduate student at the University of Georgia, has just won the 2014 edition of the “Dance Your Ph.D.

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New Animated Web Series Makes the Theory of Evolution Easy to Understand

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When it comes to matters of broad scientific consensus, I’m generally inclined to offer provisional assent.

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Stanford’s Robert Sapolsky Demystifies Depression

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We know that depression affects people from all walks of life. Rich. Poor. Celebs. Ordinary Joes. Young. Old. But, somehow after the death of Robin Williams, there’s a renewed focus on depression, and my mind turned immediately to a lecture we featured on the site way back in 2009.

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Playing an Instrument Is a Great Workout For Your Brain: New Animation Explains Why

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Get me a piano teacher, stat!
When I was a child, my father, enchanted by the notion that I might someday provide live piano accompaniment to his evening cocktails, signed me up for lessons with a mild-mannered widow who—if memory serves—charged 50¢ an hour.

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What Does the Spleen Do? A Music Video Starring Harvard School of Medicine’s Class of 2016

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According to Harvard Medical School’s Admissions department, “to study medicine at Harvard is to prepare to play a leading role” in the “quest to improve the human condition.

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The Celebrity Encounters of Koko the Gorilla. For Her 43rd Birthday Today.

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Koko the Gorilla, who celebrates her 43rd birthday today, keeps pretty down-to-earth company for a celebrity.

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E.O. Wilson’s Life on Earth Released as a Free eBook and Free Course on iTunes

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Yesterday, E.O. Wilson’s Life on Earth was released as a free iBook on iTunes. It features “state-of-the-art digital media animations, video, and interactive modules in a comprehensive 41-chapter text covering standards-based biology curriculum.

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