Writer Adam Gopnik gives meaning and significance to an enduring convergence in his new book Angels and Ages: A Short Book About Darwin, Lincoln, and Modern Life. He joins us now for a celebration of the 200th birthday of two amazing men.
The answer to today's Geo Quiz is Mt. Darwin in Tierra del Fuego at the southern tip of South America. As The World's David Leveille reports, the mountain was named in honor of Charles Darwin on February 12, 1834 -- his 25th birthday.
One hundred and fifty years ago, Charles Darwin's theories of evolution and natural selection were presented at the Linnean Society of London. A year and a half later, Darwin published what is now a monumental work: The Origin of the Species. The Takeaway looks at Darwin's legacy and the continuing debate surrounding evolution.
Brits are known for having a certain stiff upper lip. Keep Calm and Carry On and such. But recently, that stiff lip has, well, slackened. Take Andy Murray, who cried his way into British hearts during Wimbledon.
In studying anoles, Rosario Castaneda is looking at how animals evolve. There are more than 380 species of the lizards in the Americas, and diversity among them is incredible. Some are big, some are small; they're all evolved to fit their own habitat.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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