Evolution

Top Three Excuses for Being Fat

John C. Parkin | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
John C. Parkin

It's January and most of us are concerned about being fat after the over-consumption of the festive period. Here are your best excuses for being fat: that you can use throughout the year, not just in January.

Dolphins Aren't Dumb

Philippa Brakes | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Philippa Brakes

Intelligence is a complex subject but let's get one thing straight, dolphins aren't dumb. The question about which species are the 'smartest' fascinates us. Our answers will always depend on human-derived value judgements associated with the merit of different attributes...

The Need for Growth: Why Change Matters Now More Than Ever

Anna Nathanson | Posted 17.12.2013 | UK
Anna Nathanson

A year ago I went along to a three day re-educational seminar called Turning Point, delivered by best selling author and international speaker Dr Rohan Weerasinghe. I was blissfully unaware at the time that my life was about to change for good.

Have Humans Stopped Evolving By Natural Selection?

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.09.2013 | UK

Human beings have stopped evolving and should be persuaded not to have large families, TV naturalist Sir David Attenborough has said. The broadcaster,...

Life On Earth May Have 'Started On Mars'

PA | Posted 29.08.2013 | UK Tech

Life on Earth may have started on Mars, growing evidence suggests. An element believed to be crucial to the origin of life would only have been ava...

Did We Get Darwin All Wrong?

Richard Reoch | Posted 18.10.2013 | UK Tech
Richard Reoch

It has been fashionable from the time of Darwin, indeed almost beyond question, to hold that evolution is based on survival of the fittest. But what this latest study demonstrates is that the fittest among us are likely to be those who are the most adaptable, considerate and cooperative.

Travel Eye: Going Wild in Galápagos

Karen Edwards | Posted 07.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Edwards

I'm sitting on a boat, with the sizzling sun beating down on me. The temperature is about 26˚C and the sea water gleaming. A group of ten people on board are darting back and forth, declaring their amazement at the adventure we've just been on.

'Art Is the Criticism of Life'

Meg Fairclough | Posted 11.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Meg Fairclough

If adults and children both draw the same thing, does this mean that we effectively see the world in the same way? This would dispute the work of famous Psychologists such as Piaget, who assume that children are not just 'miniature adults' and actually have different cognitive processes depending on their age.

Evolution: Chuck Norris and Angry Birds

Trevor Holland | Posted 24.05.2013 | UK Comedy
Trevor Holland

If you spend any amount of time on public transport, particularly in our anti-social, paranoid, abrasive capital city, you'll notice that the vast majority of people neither talk nor look at each other and instead opt to waste away their existences in the soul-destroying cesspool of social media, angry birds, BBC iPlayer and other such pointlessly depressing activities found on smart phones.

Evolution, Racism and an Inflatable Lara Croft

Xavier Toby | Posted 24.05.2013 | UK Comedy
Xavier Toby

So I've discovered using the power of research that all racism is baseless. Racism is based on the belief that one race is better than another, and it's just not true. Never ever. Which is a massive statement. Usually when someone says 'never ever' it's complete rubbish, and they actually mean, 'all the freaking time'.

Is Your Cat a Lion at Heart?

Simon King | Posted 18.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Simon King

Have you ever wondered why your pet cat rubs up against your legs, kneads your thighs with its forepaws or sleeps on top of a wardrobe? These, and many other behaviours, can be attributed to the tiger lurking within your pet tigger.

WATCH: How The Human Face Evolved Over 7 Million Years

Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.05.2013 | UK Tech

How did humans evolve? Really slowly, for one thing. And also quite elegantly, seen from the right point of view. A video originally released in 20...

Is Mass Extinction the End of the World?

Chantal Lyons | Posted 22.04.2013 | UK
Chantal Lyons

We are directly and indirectly threatening the existence of countless species through the harvesting of them and the destruction of their habitats. Among the more well-known species we have already lost are the Great Auk, Stellar's Sea Cow, the Baiji White Dolphin, and the Passenger Pigeon.

Humans: Created or Evolved?

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 29.03.2013 | UK
Muhammad Abdul Bari

Religion and science seem to be at loggerheads again. This time it is evolution that takes centre stage - the creation of our species on Earth - and i...

'Forgotten Man' Of Science To Be Honoured

PA | Posted 24.03.2013 | Home

A 19th century British scientist famous for being the "forgotten" father of evolution will be remembered in a series of events at London's Natural His...

Richard Dawkins and the Myth of the Angry Atheist

Andrew Doyle | Posted 16.02.2013 | UK Comedy
Andrew Doyle

Religious positions would be better served if their proponents addressed the actual criticisms, rather than taking a defensive stance against the imagined disdain of those who disagree. Like Robert Frost's drunken cow, they bellow on a knoll against the sky.

Dawkins Is Wrong - Religion Is Rational

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 23.02.2013 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

In trying to disparage 'faith', Dawkins and his allies constantly confuse 'evidence' with 'proof'; those of us who believe in God do so without proof but not without evidence. As the Oxford theologian (and biophysicist) Alister McGrath has observed: "Our beliefs may be shown to be justifiable, without thereby demonstrating that they are proven."

Sexual Regret - The Latest Research Reveals How Men and Women Feel Sorry About Sex

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 06.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Raj Persaud

The top three most common regrets in women's top five lists of regret were in descending order - Lost virginity to 'wrong' partner - 24% of women cite this as a top five regret, in contrast to only 10% of men. Then came 'Cheated on past or present partner' - 23% of women put this as a top five regret in comparison to 18% of men. Third was - 'Relationship progressed ''too fast'' sexually' - 20% of women put this as a top five regret, while this only applied to 10% of men.

Physicists Find Evidence That The Universe Is A 'Giant Brain'

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 26.01.2013 | UK Tech

The idea of the universe as a 'giant brain' has been proposed by scientists - and science fiction writers - for decades. But now physicists say the...

In The Thicko Of It

The Huffington Post UK | Ted Thornhill | Posted 13.11.2012 | UK

Modern society clearly has its benefits – hot showers, supermarkets, transport infrastructures and so forth. But research suggests that all this ...

The Meaning of Life?

Stephen M. Twigg | Posted 19.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Stephen M. Twigg

Whether I'm in the countryside or town, on a dark, cold, rainy night or a day lit and warmed by brilliant sunshine, one constant is clear to me - it is all made possible by that strange phenomenon we call Life - and I am drawn to wonder - what purpose does it have?

The Panda: Is This Goodbye?

Simon Watt | Posted 05.12.2012 | UK
Simon Watt

Giant pandas are charismatic, fascinating creatures. From a biological perspective, I find them so very interesting. I really like them. And yet, I think it may be the time to let them drift off into extinction or, at the very least, reconsider our approach to their conservation. I do not say this lightly.

The Latest Sexual Medicine Research: Does Size Matter?

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 05.12.2012 | UK
Dr Raj Persaud

These theories remain controversial, but what is more established is that modern men's sexual organ size is disproportionately linked to how good they feel about their whole bodies, including how much they like their own face, and assess overall physical attractiveness. Researchers find almost 50% would prefer to have a bigger penis. Is this some kind of evolutionary competitive hangover?

Dr Pepper Advert Hijacked By Christian Creationists

Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.11.2012 | UK

An ad campaign on the Dr Pepper's American Facebook page has been hijacked by users arguing over the theory of evolution. The picture, which sugges...

Is Football Evolving?

Tom Cook | Posted 11.11.2012 | UK Sport
Tom Cook

I was watching Barcelona in the Champions League last season (I forget the game, which tends to happen when the anecdote is made up) and two thoughts flew to mind, with the urgency and clarity of a glass frisbee.