New Theory Suggests Charles Darwin Suffered from Lyme Disease

That Charles Darwin, born in 1809, suffered from a host of ailments is well documented. A prolific writer, the author of On the Origin of Species made copious notes about his various health woes, a litany of problems that included muscle tremors, panic attacks (including “hysterical crying,” in his own words), vertigo, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, weakness and fatigue, intermittent face rashes, shivering, “singing in the ears” (likely tinnitus), and gastrointestinal problems, such as vomiting and flatulence. Read More >>

These Hawaiian Stick Spiders Have a Profound Case of Evolutionary Déjà Vu

Environments make species. This was the fundamental biology lesson that was drilled into Charles Darwin when he visited the Galápagos Islands back in 1835, a trip that ultimately inspired his theory of natural selection. Nearly 200 years later, scientists in Hawaii have stumbled upon a fascinating evolutionary quirk that would’ve made Darwin proud—the discovery of spiders that are independently and repeatedly evolving the same characteristics over and over again. Read More >>

Charles Darwin’s Evolutionary Ideas Notebooks Scanned and Stuck Online

30,000 pages of notes written by Charles Darwin have been digitised and put online, giving academics a chance to see how he formulated his famous claims that your great granddad was actually a monkey and his great granddad was a crab. Read More >>

Charles Darwin Is Helping Solve One of Mankind’s Greatest Problems: Reinventing the Emoticon

Emoticons are ingratiated into modern language. Tweens communicate in nothing but nonsensical strings of emojis, and artists use them to create entire tales. But even with widespread use, emoticons' emotions have remained relatively 1-dimensional since their inception. Read More >>

Charles Darwin Hacked Together His Own Office Chair Because He Was a Genius

If you're reading this post there's a pretty good chance you're doing so on a computer. You're probably sitting in a wonderfully ergonomic office chair too. We have Charles Darwin to thank for the latter—sort of. Read More >>

‘Extinct’ Giant Turtle Might Join Lonesome George As World’s Rarest Creature

A giant tortoise species presumed extinct for more than 150 years is actually roaming the Galápagos islands today according to DNA evidence, scientists report. Read More >>