Woman in a gym on an exercise machine

What’s the point of exercise?


The science behind why you’re sweating away on a stationary bike.


Charles Darwin’s ‘tree of life’ gets a new look

Mastodons (this one on display at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles) are just a small part of the story of how humans first migrated to the Americas 15,000 years ago — or longer.

Retracing paths that people first traversed while migrating to the Americas


Unweaving the Rainbow

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You say you want an Evolution?

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Acclaimed novelist Lydia Millet imagines a future where a genetic engineering accident has wiped out much of the earth’s plant life. When a few blades of grass appear on a remote island, a scientist goes to investigate. Martha Plimpton reads the story. With production by John Delore.

Darwin: A Life In Poems

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This year marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of On The Origin of Species. Charles Darwin’s great-great-granddaughter, Ruth Padel, tells her famous ancestor’s life story all in verse. One poem describes Darwin’s awe at the sealife that washed up on the deck of the Beagle. Another tackles how Charles’ scientific ideas did not square […]

The Art Instinct

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Denis Dutton is a professor of the philosophy of art interested in evolutionary biology. In his controversial book The Art Instinct, he argues that certain tastes in art are genetic. Dutton believes that if we examine art from around the world, we can see the marks of evolution.

More From Denis Dutton

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According to Dutton, Igor Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” shows how our art instinct is still evolving.

Spencer Wells

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Where did we come from? Evolutionary biologist Spencer Wells is pretty close to the answer. He’s the National Geographic “Explorer-in-Residence” and heads an initiative called the Genographic Project. By collecting DNA samples from people around the world, he’s tracing the paths of human migration, and he’s uncovered some startling facts about homo sapiens’ early history: […]