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Article ID: 556933

Genetic Conflict in Fish Led to Evolution of New Sex Chromosomes

University of Maryland, College Park

University of Maryland biologists have genetically mapped the sex chromosomes of several species of cichlid (pronounced "sick-lid") fish from Lake Malawi, East Africa, and identified a mechanism by which new sex chromosomes may evolve.

1-Oct-2009 4:00 PM EDT

Article ID: 556867

Professor's New Book Promises Solution for Teaching Evolution Without Conflict

University of Alabama at Birmingham

University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Associate Professor Lee Meadows, Ph.D., is author of a new book , "The Missing Link: An Inquiry Approach for Teaching All Students About Evolution," that claims it’s possible to teach evolution without offending students who have strong religious convictions against the theory.

30-Sep-2009 4:00 PM EDT


Article ID: 556741

Geological Society of America Honors Judge Jones for Upholding Science in the Classroom

Geological Society of America (GSA)

GSA Past President Judith Totman Parrish has named Judge John E. Jones, III, as the 2009 recipient of GSA’s prestigious President's Medal. Parrish will present the award at the GSA Annual Meeting Presidential Address & Awards Ceremony on Saturday, 17 October, at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. Jones will also participate in a 5-member panel discussion at the meeting, on Monday, 19 October, during “Darwin Day,” a 200th birthday celebration of Charles Darwin.

28-Sep-2009 8:40 PM EDT

Article ID: 556723

New Comprehensive Analysis Sheds Light on the Origin of Cetaceans

Stony Brook University

When the ancestors of living cetaceans—whales, dolphins and porpoises—first dipped their toes into water, a series of evolutionary changes were sparked that ultimately nestled these swimming mammals into the larger hoofed animal group. But what happened first, a change from a plant-based diet to a carnivorous diet, or the loss of their ability to walk?

28-Sep-2009 3:30 PM EDT

Article ID: 556665

University Group Creates Theatre Piece About Darwin

Virginia Tech

"Living Darwin," an original theatrical production, will debut at Virginia Tech this fall. The Theatre Workshop in Science, Technology, and Society and the Department of Theatre and Cinema developed the play, which addresses the theories of Charles Darwin.

25-Sep-2009 10:00 AM EDT

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    23-Sep-2009 1:00 PM EDT

Article ID: 556425

Ratchet-like Genetic Mutations Make Evolution Irreversible

University of Oregon

A University of Oregon research team has found that evolution can never go backwards, because the paths to the genes once present in our ancestors are forever blocked. The findings come from the first rigorous study of reverse evolution at the molecular level.

21-Sep-2009 12:10 PM EDT

Article ID: 556414

Race Has Little Effect on People’s Ability to Spot Family Resemblances

Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)

Scientists have ample evidence that individuals use a variety of cues to identify their own kin. People can also detect resemblances in families other than their own. A new study shows that their success in doing so is the same, whether or not those families are the same race as themselves.

21-Sep-2009 10:50 AM EDT
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Article ID: 556352

Why Female Water Buffalo Have Horns, Impala Do Not

University of Massachusetts Amherst

The reason some female hoofed animals have horns and others don’t has long puzzled evolutionary biologists, even Darwin. But a survey of 117 bovid species led by a UMass Amherst researcher suggests females living in open country and those who defend a feeding territory are more likely to have horns.

17-Sep-2009 4:15 PM EDT

Article ID: 556183

Evolutionary Training Expands Across College Curriculum

Binghamton University, State University of New York

The fight to keep evolution in the public school curriculum is well known. But a quieter fight is being waged on college campuses, where evolution is taught primarily as a biological topic and avoided in human social sciences and humanities. That is now changing, thanks to a course and multicourse curriculum developed at Binghamton University, State University of New York.

14-Sep-2009 4:00 PM EDT


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Article ID: 555872

Ego City: Cities Organized Like Human Brains

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Cities are organized like brains, and the evolution of cities mirrors the evolution of human and animal brains, according to a new study by researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

3-Sep-2009 3:00 PM EDT

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