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.


Homo floresiensis, popularly known as a hobbit, is an extinct, miniature human species that might be much, much older than previously thought.

A new study shows that brain wiring might not be body part-specific but function-specific.

Do ancient human remains mean we've found an ancient ancestor? It's not always that simple.

We've known for while that our microbiomes affect our health, but new research suggest their circadian rhythms are tightly interconnected with ours.

It's hard to be a night owl in an early bird world, especially when your genes are working against you.

A new study conducted on mice found a change in anxiety and aggression, and that probiotics could mediate any changes.

Israeli researchers have managed to erase fear-inducing memories in mice by weakening the connection between the brain's amygdala and cortex.

Research suggests the human brain is wired to distinguish the rhyme and rhythm of verse from ordinary prose, and to react to literary contemplation.

Temperature and humidity might have determined nostril width.

Need a neural workout? Satnav devices may be convenient, but they could diminish our abilities for spatial reasoning.

The ability to see food on land might explain why our fish ancestors evolved, eventually growing limbs so they could stalk the abundance of prey on land.

Traumatic head injuries can be dangerous for teenagers in the long term, but one group of teenage athletes is getting more than its fair share.

Empathy is an important emotion that enables healthy relationships and fosters the development of a safe, secure world. But what happens when someone has too little — or too much?

Heavy rains have set the Southern California desert near San Diego on fire — with wildflowers. The phenomenon known as a "super bloom" is peaking for the next few weeks.

Turns out people are pretty good at matching names to faces, a new study shows.

Would you seek out or avoid a soothsayer who could legitimately predict your fate?

New research shows that for people with misophonia, or an aversion to specific sounds, the brain is overactive in key areas.

Actually it doesn't. You may think you're skilled at "multitasking" but chances are you aren't working on two things at exactly the same time. What's really going on and why is multitasking not a good idea?

Can having a baby change your brain? Science says "yes" — and the changes stick around for years more than previously thought.

Study makes it harder for women to claim a biological upper hand in recognizing faces overall.

Is it better to be grossed out by the smell of your asparagus pee, or not to be able to smell it all? A new study explains why some of us can detect this unique odor.

A group of researchers is pressing to rethink Modern Synthesis, a version of evolutionary theory we've used since the 1940s to explain how species change and adapt.

Is handwriting analysis bogus hocus-pocus or a peek into people’s personalities? A new study sheds some light on the practice.

Brain banks researching how trauma affects the human brain have a problem on their hands: not enough female brains to study.

We may not be able to judge a book by its cover, but plants? A smartphone app has that covered.