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.

Imagine strolling down the halls of a vast library, the shelves packed with prime genetic material from society's best scholars and athletes. Is it ever going to happen?

Much like Noah, researchers are stockpiling the genes of Earth's living creatures, loading them into state-of-the art facilities and freezing them. Are scientists saving them for a rainy day?

We all experience grief at one time or another after we lose someone important to us. But did you know there are many different types of grief?

Everyone cries. For some it's an emotional response, while others just shed tears when chopping onions. Are tears a way for us to cleanse our bodies?

If you swim like a fish or run like a cheetah, you may understand biomimicry better than you realize. The practice involves imitating models in nature to improve technology and design.

We've all seen the effects that hatred has on our society, but just what is this destructive emotion? And can it be overcome?

You've probably heard some perfect couple smugly say, "Oh, we never fight." Besides being annoying, could their lack of fighting be unhealthy?

We've all felt fury wash over us. Whether it's the guy who blurts the score to the game you TiVo'ed or the woman who lets the door slam in your face, anger is universal. You might as well learn how it works.

Everyone's familiar with the green-eyed monster called jealousy. But why do people have those feelings, and why are they associated with the color green?

If you could control your dreams, what would you do? Grow wings and fly, travel to ancient Rome, dine with Marilyn Monroe, open opera season at the Met? It could be possible.

In the past, applying electricity to the brain was a painful measure of last resort. Now with lower power and electrodes surgically planted deep within the brain, it could be the answer to many debilitating diseases.

You may vaguely remember scratching your chicken pox at the age of 3, but do you remember the moment your body burst into the world? Most likely not.

Eye-rolling teens think boredom could just about kill them. And they're half right. While boredom itself might not kill you, what about its cures?

Can your mirror lie? Though loved ones reassure you that your appearance is normal, all you see is your flawed, monstrous reflection. This is life with body dysmorphic disorder.

In the wild, are brains better than brawn? Find out when your fight-or-flight response is your friend and when it's your enemy.

People with schizophrenia can experience delusions, hallucinations and paranoia. But they don't have to suffer social isolation. Find out what successful treatments can help people with the disorder.

When Australia became separated from the other continents, its species evolved in isolation. And yet, some of the Australian animals evolved in exactly the same way as the other animals in the world. How?

Memory is your only personal record of the past and of who you are as an individual. What if you woke up one morning and your memory was gone?

Whether they're big or small, extinctions change the world. And while extinctions themselves are all about change, the study of extinction is all about uncertainty. Anything that lives can become extinct, but how do scientists know when it happens?

One of the top-prescribed sleeping pills may cause you to shuffle out of bed and sleepwalk to the fridge. Could Ambien be making you sleepy and hungry?

One kind of flatworm doesn't have a working mouth, because the algae that lives inside of it makes food for the worm. Symbiosis is crucial to the survival of many species. In fact, you're a symbiote yourself.

Researchers are working on ways to engineer viruses to attack cancer cells, killing the disease without radiation, medicine or surgery. How do the viruses know what to kill?

Anyone who has pulled an all-nighter knows that it won't kill you. But what if you pulled an all-nighter every night? What would happen to your body? And could you survive for long?

Have you ever done something for someone else just because it was a nice thing to do? Do people perform unselfish acts because it feels good or is it just something society wants us to do?

Imagine feeling like you were born into the wrong body. People with gender identity disorder (GID) suffer persistent dissatisfaction with their gender identity. But is it fair to call GID a psychological disorder?