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Alfred Wallace’s life and times

Science historian Dr John van Wyhe and his fellow researchers at the National University of Singapore have compiled the entire collection of Alfred Russel Wallace’s documented life and discoveries from his scientific travels….

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Fashion from the stars

Music also undergoes a natural selection process. Image: Shutterstock

The evolution of music

Music can evolve by the process of natural selection, the same way species evolve in the natural world.

Don't miss the Transit of Venus. Image credit: NASA/LMSAL

In times of Transit

We’re often told that an event or offer is a “˜once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity, something not  to be missed; and usually that’s just hyperbole. But on June 6 we’ll witness an astronomical event that is…

Two of the paintings from Abri Castanet. Image: Raphaëlle Bourrillon

Earliest evidence of human art

An engraved ceiling predates the famous paintings at the Grotte Chauvet. 

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Vintage Scientists, part 2

The clear conditions meant there was a surprising lack of fog. Image: Shutterstock

Why did the Titanic sink?

It wasn’t a single factor that sent Titanic to the bottom of the ocean, it was a chain of them.

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From the archives: Test-tube babies

The first test-tube baby, Louise Joy Brown, was born in 1978.

Coyotes are pint-sized versions of their former selves

Dwindling food supplies not climate change played a role in the downsizing of coyotes.

Neanderthals were disappearing before modern humans arrived

European Neanderthals were already on the verge of extinction 50,000 years ago.

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