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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Origins

Time for a little science, thanks to Science. In honor of the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species and the 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth, the magazine is launching a series of "Origins" essays and an Origins blog. Here is the news, from ScienceNOW. Please note that while access to the magazine requires a paying membership in the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the podcast is free to everyone. Yours truly will be weighing in with the second Origins essay in February, stay tuned.

Announcing Origins, Science's New Evolution Blog

ScienceNOW Daily News
9 January 2009

If Charles Darwin had had a laptop, he probably would have been a blogger--so eager was his desire to disseminate and discuss his ideas with the world. In this spirit, Science yesterday launched a new blog, Origins. Via weekly posts, our writers and editors, as well as guest researchers and blog readers, will share their thoughts, not just about the origin of species but also about key nodes throughout the evolution of life, just as Darwin did. Our bloggers will be introducing the people and processes behind the research, as well as other "Origins" themes. We welcome your comments and your feedback.

Also be sure to check out the magazine, which this week published the first essay of a monthly series celebrating Darwin. In the 9 January issue, author and evolution expert Carl Zimmer tackles the origin of life on Earth. Although Darwin considered it impossible to reconstruct how life began, researchers today are making headway in coming up with molecules and cells akin to what existed in those earliest days.


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