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.


Dust traveling over the Atlantic from North Africa feeds both phytoplankton that makes the oxygen we breath and the bacteria that could kill us.

The real story about the roots of infidelity and monogamy is far more complicated than whether you have the "cheating gene."

In the absence of sound waves in the air, your brain will try to fill in the silence.

Scientists have found microbes in Antarctica that somehow survive just on gases in the atmosphere. This could have some exciting possibilities for determining how alien life on other planets could stay alive.

A woman has given birth to the first baby born in the U.S. from a transplanted uterus. The product is no doubt rewarding, but the process isn't easy.

Stuff To Blow Your Mind's Joe McCormick joins Stuff They Don't Want You To Know to talk the controversial theory of the bicameral mind.

Think you could beat a prehistoric woman in an arm wrestling match? Think again.

Saudi Arabian rock engravings could be the oldest artistic rendering of human-dog relationships ever discovered. It's certainly the oldest depiction of a leash.

In recent years, three mummified cubs from an extinct lion species have emerged from the Russian permafrost. Cloning might be possible, but is it wise?

New research suggests Neanderthals went extinct, not because we outcompeted them, but because we took over their ecological niche.

A groundbreaking study finds light skin pigmentation gene variations originating in Africa, eroding the notion of race as a biological characteristic, and shedding light on cancer and evolution, too.

Our instincts often tell us to do certain things — or avoid others — but we don't listen. Is this wise? How do we know when to obey our instincts?

A new study shows that belief in perceiving patterns correlated strongly with belief in conspiracy theories and the supernatural.

It's already a scary world. Why do we seek to experience more fear?

Fossils of a "missing link" may never be found, but new research shows apes' last common ancestor may have been smaller than previously thought.

Neanderthal genes may be to thank for your skin tone, hair color and even smoking habit.

Rabid fans may seem crazy, but there can be good reasons why they go all out for their favorite celebrity, sport or TV show.

The Batman Effect, as researchers have dubbed it, allows little ones to separate themselves from temptation and stay on task.

Mapping the genome of the King of Fruits reveals the source of its smell, and may present opportunities to develop pharmaceuticals.

We often think that if a drug has been studied by scientists and given a favorable outcome, then it must be safe and proven. But many kinds of biases can creep into a study, rendering it less than effective.

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.