Thursday, December 31, 2009

Nova video about evolution, genetics, and nature

I had the day off from work today and decided to catch up on some of the TV shows recorded on my DVR. There was a new Nova episode called What Darwin Never Knew that was 2 hours long, but it really did a good job at covering Darwin’s theory of evolution as well as the advances that have been made in the last 150 years from analyzing DNA, genes, and “switches” (I believe this refers to the Epigenome). Anyone interested in science, genetics, or nature should really enjoy this episode. I also couldn’t help but make correlations with many computer science topics (flow control statements for one) and was tickled pink when the final segment talked about using computers to statistically determine what makes humans different from other species. I highly recommend watching the full video online here:

http://video.pbs.org/video/1372073556

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