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Article ID: 549454

New Theory of Bird Evolution

University of Montana

Ken Dial at The University of Montana has unveiled a major new theory for the evolution of flight that is changing textbooks around the world. It involves wing-assisted incline running and a fundamental bird wing angle.

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24-Feb-2009 1:20 PM EST
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Article ID: 549092

The Genome's Traveling Salesmen: Tips on Newsmakers at AAAS

Johns Hopkins Medicine

Transposons "” the traveling salesmen of the genome composed of DNA sequences with no fixed address "” are the focus of a symposium at the annual meeting of the AAAS led by experts from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

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12-Feb-2009 8:45 AM EST
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Article ID: 549140

Steve Darwin Is Steve #1000

National Center for Science Education

It was nip and tuck, but when the dust settled, Dr. Steve Darwin was named the 1000th Steve in NCSE's Project Steve. The coronation took place at the Improbable Research press conference held as part of the AAAS annual meeting in Chicago this week.

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14-Feb-2009 9:00 AM EST
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Article ID: 549045

Ancestral Genome of African Great Apes and Humans Had Burst of Sequence Duplications

University of Washington Health Sciences and UW Medicine

The genome of the evolutionary ancestor of humans and present day apes underwent a burst of activity in duplicating segments of DNA. Mos tof these differences occurred just before the speciation of chimps, gorillas and humans.

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11-Feb-2009 1:40 PM EST
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Article ID: 548935

Who Will be Steve Number 1000?

National Center for Science Education

1000th Steve to be crowned at AAAS press conference. Nobele laureate and Energy Secretary Steve Chu says "It's about time!" (OK, we made that up.) Steve Martin, Stevie Wonder, Steve Ballmer, Steve Carell, Stefanie Powers, and Steve Jobs could not be reached for comment.

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11-Feb-2009 12:00 AM EST
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Article ID: 548872

Evolution Vs. Creationism: An Introduction

National Center for Science Education

Revamped book examines the media, polls, new legal challenges, intelligent design in the courts, and more. Dr. Eugenie Scott, a promoter and defender of teaching evolution in the schools, dissects the ever-changing efforts of creationists to undermine science education.

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9-Feb-2009 9:00 AM EST
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Article ID: 548817

Darwin: a Not-So-Happy 200th Birthday

National Center for Science Education

Will February 12th be a happy 200th birthday for Charles Darwin? Maybe not, says Glenn Branch, Deputy Director of the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) in an article that just appeared on the U.S. News & World Report web site.

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5-Feb-2009 2:50 PM EST
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Article ID: 548749

Happy 200th Birthday, Charles Darwin

Saint Joseph's University

Scientists from around the globe will celebrate the bicentennial of Charles Robert Darwin's birth, as well as the 150th anniversary of his monumental work, On the Origin of Species on or about February 12, 2009. "Both Darwin's birth and the sesquicentennial anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species are major landmarks in the history of science, which is why so many institutions around the world are commemorating these events," notes Scott McRobert, Ph.D., a geneticist and evolutionary biologist who has traveled to the Galapagos Islands, the site of Darwin's case studies during his voyage on the HMS Beagle.

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4-Feb-2009 10:00 AM EST
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Article ID: 548725

Reason Or Faith? Darwin Expert Reflects

University of Wisconsin-Madison

This is going to be a big year for evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin: 2009 marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of his book "On the Origin of Species," and Feb. 12 would be his 200th birthday. Throughout the year, Darwin Day events are planned around the world to celebrate the man and his work, and to explore Darwin's legacy of science and reason.

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3-Feb-2009 3:00 PM EST
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Article ID: 548144

Experts Available to Discuss Current Status of Evolution Debate

Southwestern University

2009 marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin's landmark book, On the Origin of Species. Several experts from Southwestern University are available to discuss various aspects of this story.

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30-Jan-2009 1:00 PM EST
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