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.
Intricate Ice Caves in Antarctica May Harbor Unique Life
Plants Can Defend Themselves by Making Caterpillars Turn Cannibal
Could Gut Bacteria Become the Next Sports Drink?
Surprisingly Swift Evolution Observed in Lizard Species
Commercial Ancestry Tests Can Reveal How Much Neanderthal DNA You Have
Sorry, Not Sorry: When Apologizing Makes Things Worse
A condition that causes unruly, silvery-blond hair has been traced to mutations in three genes.
By Kate Kershner Nov 30, 2016
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.
By Laurie L. Dove Nov 23, 2016
Depends on whether it needs to be quick or good.
By Michelle Adelman Nov 16, 2016
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.
By Robert Lamb Nov 16, 2016
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.
By Jesslyn Shields Nov 15, 2016
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.
By Christopher Hassiotis Nov 11, 2016
Data science has helped us map Ebola outbreaks and detect Parkinson's disease, among many other applications. Where is this science headed?
By Meisa Salaita
A statistician dove deep into human DNA and may have uncovered a possible new branch on the old family tree.
By John Donovan Nov 3, 2016
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.
By Jesslyn Shields Nov 1, 2016
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?
By Jesslyn Shields Oct 27, 2016
Wouldn't keeping quiet help us get away from whatever's scaring us? What's the science behind the weird face and raw shout?
By Laurie L. Dove Oct 26, 2016
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.
By John Donovan Oct 20, 2016
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.
By Laurie L. Dove Oct 20, 2016
The recent unsettling spate of clowns disturbing America isn't the first time freaky greasepaint bozos weirded people out.
By Laurie L. Dove Oct 7, 2016
It happens to politicians, beauty queens and regular folks. Brain farts, that is. But, why?
By John Donovan Oct 6, 2016
New studies suggests your gait may be able to predict something deeper than just a temporary mood.
By Jesslyn Shields Sep 30, 2016
A new study looks at the benefits of non-conformity and of standing up for your own beliefs in the face of group opposition.
By Jesslyn Shields Sep 27, 2016
The more minds the better? Not necessarily, especially when it comes to dredging up memories.
By John Donovan Sep 22, 2016
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.
By Kate Kershner Sep 14, 2016
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.
By John Donovan Sep 13, 2016
Yuo cna raed thsi rgiht? Probably, but that doesn't mean a popular internet meme on the topic is totally accurate.
By Laurie L. Dove Sep 4, 2016
In the future, we may have the technology to make people more moral. Which could be great— or terrible.
By Lauren Vogelbaum Sep 1, 2016
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.
By Christopher Hassiotis Aug 29, 2016
This was not what researchers were expecting.
By Alia Hoyt Aug 9, 2016
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