Life Science

From the smallest microbe to the largest mammal, Life Science explores the origins, evolution and expansion of life in all its forms. Explore a wide range of topics from biology to genetics and evolution.


A series of studies showed that including the word 'sorry' in a rejection actually made the rejected person feel worse.

On the surface, Antarctica may seem like a barren landscape. But underneath, in massive ice caves, life may be abundant.

Although left-handed people were thought to be "sinister" or "unnatural" in previous eras, we now know that left-handedness is natural for 10 percent of the population. And it can have some advantages over right-handedness too.

At least two commercial DNA testing services offer users information on heritage coming from coupling between ancient humans and other species.

A recent letter in the journal Nature claims that access to ancient human remains should be more open, especially in light of advancements in analysis techniques.

The mass of microorganisms swarming inside your favorite elite athlete's body may be a great business opportunity.

An extensive study looks at personal space in 42 countries, and how weather affects preferences.

Over the course of one frigid winter, green anole lizards in Texas changed up their genetic makeup to help them better tolerate cold.

Is there a tendency to clockwise walks around the block? Why do sports favor counterclockwise rotation? Does anything have to do with handedness, or driving habits?

Researchers have deduced that Homo sapiens reached Australia 65,000 years ago, extending our presence Down Under by 10,000 years.

Forgetfulness may seem like an undesirable trait, but new research shows that memory loss is an essential brain function that can make us smarter.

What are the chances there are still large, undiscovered animals on the planet? More likely than you might think.

Baby brains benefit from a second language. A new strategy shows how one hour of daily play in "parentese" helps babies pick up new language capabilities.

An interesting defense mechanism recently observed in tomato plants has caterpillars turning on themselves rather than remaining vegetarian.

Frogs owe a debt to that giant asteroid, a new study finds, opening up evolutionary options previously blocked by dinos.

Cook pines are known to be a little tipsy. But a group of researchers just discovered that the trees' tilt isn't random — no matter their location on the globe, they lean toward the equator.

Were hobbits and giants real? And are they distant relatives of humans?

Remains in Morocco push back Homo sapiens origins at least 100,000 years — and show that our species evolved neither in the way nor place we've assumed.

A new study reveals that anything more than a moderate amount of charisma in a leader actually may interfere with his or her effectiveness.

But the artwork is just the beginning of how scientists hope to boss around engineered bacteria.

Yes, there might be another reason we reach for expletives when we're under stress.

Researchers have shown that THC in marijuana alters the structure of the brains in older mice to be more like brains of younger mice. Could the same be true for humans?

Shock yourself by learning Italian, or learn Italian by shocking yourself?

Humans do a lot of guessing to make sense of the world, even though we now have books and the internet to help us. So how do we get better at guessing?

People on both left and right in the U.S. were unwilling to learn about the others' views, even for pay, according to a new study.