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 condition that causes unruly, silvery-blond hair has been traced to mutations in three genes.

A new study examines how cultivating a sense of thankfulness is not just good for an individual's health, but for the health of communities, too.

Depends on whether it needs to be quick or good.

Robert Lamb explores the mental healing power of ambient music and provides you with ambient music recommendations to help you through this, or any, troubled time.

There are a lot of ways mental real estate can be allocated. Neanderthals evolved their big brains in a different way than we did — and you see where that got them.

Time with animals can improve our mental and physical health, but a study find that even simply looking at pictures of cute animals can help you concentrate.

Data science has helped us map Ebola outbreaks and detect Parkinson's disease, among many other applications. Where is this science headed?

A statistician dove deep into human DNA and may have uncovered a possible new branch on the old family tree.

Humans are the only animals that strongly favor dominant right hands. This trait might be much older than suspected, perhaps going back 1.8 million years to Homo habilis.

You'd think being able to smell drinkable water would be an evolutionary advantage. But we can only smell things that suggest potable water. Why is that?

Wouldn't keeping quiet help us get away from whatever's scaring us? What's the science behind the weird face and raw shout?

They're called open-label placebos, and they may be able to help with conditions that the brain controls, like pain, hunger, fatigue or even depression.

What's the science behind fainting at the sight of blood? This BrainStuff video takes a look at the brain's internal toggle switch making some people hit the floor.

The recent unsettling spate of clowns disturbing America isn't the first time freaky greasepaint bozos weirded people out.

It happens to politicians, beauty queens and regular folks. Brain farts, that is. But, why?

New studies suggests your gait may be able to predict something deeper than just a temporary mood.

A new study looks at the benefits of non-conformity and of standing up for your own beliefs in the face of group opposition.

The more minds the better? Not necessarily, especially when it comes to dredging up memories.

Researchers subjected a bunch of E. coli to deadly levels of antibiotics. It didn’t take that long for the bacteria to become drug-resistant, as this video shows.

Donating your body to science is definitely one way to get into med school, right?

It's part creepy and part awesome: In a recent experiment, scientists changed how subjects felt about other people's faces without the subjects being aware of it.

Yuo cna raed thsi rgiht? Probably, but that doesn't mean a popular internet meme on the topic is totally accurate.

In the future, we may have the technology to make people more moral. Which could be great— or terrible.

Saying what the oldest thing alive is can be tough, because you have to define "alive" as well as "thing." But still, this Greek tree's got serious years.

This was not what researchers were expecting.