Brian Handwerk

How Many People Does it Take to Impregnate an Elephant?

How many humans does it take to impregnate an elephant? Earlier this summer a crowd gathered at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo to help Chai, a 32-year-old Asian elephant, conceive a calf. Specialists from across the country were involved, but ...

How the network of human minds can save Earth

National Geographic Emerging Explorer Albert Yu-Min Lin uses a suite of non-invasive technologies, like satellite imagery, remote sensors, and ground-penetrating radar, to explore the world’s wild places without disturbing them and set the stage for their future conservation. ...

Evolution Webcast: Celebrating 150 Years of Origin of Species

On the 150th anniversary of On the Origin of Species, today, November 24, Charles Darwin’s revolutionary, evolutionary ideas are still shaping modern science as it moves into the future. In a lecture tonight, Webcast for the global audience, leading minds ...

Evolution Webcast: Darwin, DNA, and the Making of the Fittest

Explore evolution in a way Charles Darwin couldn’t imagine–by delving into the DNA evidence of each species’ unique evolutionary journey. Geneticist and author Sean B. Carroll will explain how DNA holds a living record of the evolutionary adaptations ...

Evolution Webcast: Darwin on Variation

Delve into Darwin’s evolutionary theories with a free webcast lecture “On Variation,” by Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Columbia University professor Jonathan Weiner. Weiner will follow in Darwin’s footsteps to reveal how the Father of Evolution deduced that many ...

Evolution Webcast: Explore “The World Before Darwin”

Travel back in time to visit “The World Before Darwin,” courtesy of a free webcast lecture with Everett Mendelsohn, emeritus professor at Harvard University. Mendelsohn explored the milieu in which Darwin published “On the Origin of Species” 150 years ago, ...