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  • Review: 'The Galapagos Affair' unveils a wild time on the islands

    Review: 'The Galapagos Affair' unveils a wild time on the islands
    Start with a sex-mad baroness and her frisky ménage à trois. Add in a stern German philosopher who fancied himself the next Friedrich Nietzsche, his mistress and a married couple who wanted a wholesome Swiss Family Robinson experience for their son. Throw...
  • Neil Shubin tells the story of us in 'Your Inner Fish'

    Neil Shubin tells the story of us in 'Your Inner Fish'
    Moving downward from the shoulder, the arms of Neil Shubin, fish paleontologist, are built like this: one bone, two bones, lots of bones, digits. The same is true for a bird's wing, a leopard's forward leg and the front fins of Tiktaalik, the ancient...
  • Review: 'Your Inner Fish' on PBS imparts smart human anatomy lesson

    Ever since Charles Darwin made his way to the Galapagos, we've heard a lot about that fateful moment when some previously water-bound creature pulled itself up from the slowly receding seas, took a breath and began the eons-long march to humanity....
  • 'Cosmos' recap: Deeper and deeper still

    'Cosmos' recap: Deeper and deeper still
    Things get small — really small — in this week’s episode of "Cosmos," which tackles the unseen universe at the atomic scale, from the teeming ecosystem inside a single dewdrop and the intricate machinery inside a plant’s cells,...
  • Expressions of fear and disgust aided human survival, study says

    Why do our eyes open wide when we feel fear or narrow to slits when we express disgust? According to new research, it has to do with survival. In a paper published Thursday in the journal Psychological Science, researchers concluded that expressions...
  • Darwin mural graces new building

    Darwin mural graces new building
    Regeneration is a key part of nature, so perhaps it's fitting that the art display at Irvine Valley College's new Life Sciences building arose out of discarded materials. When school officials, Irvine Chamber of Commerce members and others gather on...
  • Gerald Edelman dies at 84; Nobel-winner was 'Darwin of nervous system'

    Gerald Edelman, a co-winner of the Nobel Prize in 1972 who later joined the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla and wrote books and numerous articles about the brain, the nervous system and consciousness that amazed and sometimes annoyed his scientific...
  • Ricky Grigg, oceanographer and top-ranked big-wave surfer, dies at 77

    Ricky Grigg, oceanographer and top-ranked big-wave surfer, dies at 77
    It was just after a January storm in 1953, and the waves were epic. With other adrenaline-addled young surfers, 16-year-old Ricky Grigg caravaned up the coast from Santa Monica to Rincon, just beyond Ventura. Racing with his board into the roar of...
  • Pollution, global warming pose risk to Galápagos Islands

    Pollution, global warming pose risk to Galápagos Islands
    Cavorting in the ocean with sociable seals is a stirring experience, and because of this, I don't know a traveler who doesn't have the Galápagos on his or her bucket list. Even though Charles Darwin's living laboratory is 600 miles from the nearest land...
  • Snails in your garden? Warm up your throwing arm, scientists suggest

    Snails in your garden? Warm up your throwing arm, scientists suggest
    Sea turtles have it. So do salmon and Giant Burmese pythons. Pigeons are really famous for it. Now scientists report that some garden snails have a homing instinct too – but gardeners can overcome it with a simple heave-ho. In a two-year...
  • Meet Mary Anning, 'greatest fossil hunter' honored with Google doodle

    Meet Mary Anning, 'greatest fossil hunter' honored with Google doodle
    Today’s Google doodle celebrates the 215th birthday of Mary Anning, a 19th century fossil collector and paleontologist who, even as a poor working-class woman in a field dominated by wealthy upper-class men, helped shape the study of ancient extinct...