The Tree of Life proposed by Charles Darwin in the 19th century depicts different forms of life diverging from one another as they evolve down through successive generations. But discoveries of new life forms and the phenomenon of horizontal gene transfer indicate life can also evolve through convergence.
Ibrahim, 17, and his mother spent two years as ISIS prisoners when the group controlled the area around Mosul. He says his Christian faith helped him survive. But after his release, the ordeal made him question religion altogether.
Some say science is taking the romance out of romantic love through brain research. Maybe so, but Esquire writer A.J. Jacobs says perhaps that's what we need to find happiness. He's all for rational romance, and offers some "rational" Valentines you can send to that special someone.
Great scientific discoveries often come from great scientific mistakes. That's the theme of the new book Brilliant Blunders, written by a NASA scientist who says he's all-too-familiar with the fallibility of scientists.
A team of scientists and Google mapmakers travelled to the Galápagos to retrace Darwin's steps and to capture a 360-degree Street View perspective of the islands. Raleigh Seamster, project director for Google Maps, describes the journey.
Researchers, in preliminary research, have found Botox might bring relief to patients suffering from depression or anger issues. Though Botox is typically used cosmetically and for a number of health issues, some hope this means it could be used for mental health reasons in the future.
Europe has a long history of searching for and cataloging its indigenous species. But, surprisingly, a number of species still went undiscovered. Now, there's a renewed effort to find the insects and other small creatures previously unknown — before humans unknowingly force them into extinction.
In Europe, home to history's greatest taxonomists, professional scientists and amateurs are scouring the countryside for new species — and finding them at an astonishing rate. Ari Daniel Shapiro of our partner program NOVA reports.
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